Trek XI Update: Still Writing, Budgeting and Casting

TrekMovie.com is keeping an ear to the ground on what is happening now that Trek XI has got the official greenlight. Firstly we hear that even though the decision has not yet been made, there is growing support for the simple title ‘Star Trek.’ As for pre-production, it really has not started in earnest yet. Sources tell us that the script is going through a budgeting rewrite phase, which is typical. However various behind the scenes people are being lined up and told to get ready. The art department should be starting up in April with construction slated to start around June or July and shooting starting in October or November. Bear in mind that dates can easily move around (as they already have), but the release date of Christmas 2008 seems to be firm.

Regarding casting we are told that at least one of the leads has been cast and that it is not one of the rumored names (Sinise, Damon or Brody). Cast announcements should be made before the Summer. TrekMovie.com has also been told that some details of the films story may have changed from our earlier reports. Although it is still a TOS film that ’embraces canon’, some of the details previously reported here may no longer be part of the script. Sorry there isn’t more detail on this, it is more of a heads up.

One area where we are getting differing accounts is regarding stages. There are a number of (questionable) rumors going on around the Paramount lot. One says they may need a dozen stages and another that they may even shoot the film in London. However the most likely is that they will be using five or more stages at Paramount, possibly including stages 8, 9, 14, 15, and 18 (all of which have been used for Trek films and/or TV shows). Obviously these things cannot get finally nailed down until the budget and script are more final.

TrekMovie.com will continue to bring updates as we hear them 

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Oh jeez, after the last few Star Trek films being so gawdawful, I’m afraid to get my hopes up. Kind of like being with a spouse who keeps letting you down over the years and now says, “Don’t worry, I’ve changed.” Yeah, right!

NICE.

Thanks for the update trekmovie.com really is the best for news on [b]Star Trek XI[/b]

P.S. FIRST

Hey, wait a minute, why the possibility of London? It’s pretty expensive to shoot at Pinewood Studios and this would usually signify employing a British cast, at least in part. Other than Scotty, I don’t want to see any Brits playing the leads THIS time! Patrick Stewart was great in his time, but COME ON!! The actor playing Kirk SHOULD come from North America!

Great news! The casting essentially is unknown. That means we have at least a 33% chance of a No Brody film. That’s great news.

Still hoping it doesn’t run something like:
Kirk – Kevin Pollack doing Shatner doing Kirk
Spock – Adam Sandler (because they just keep letting this turd do film)
McCoy – Matthew McConaughey (because he’s been awful in everything else so by Hollywood logic he’s ready for something new)

I am so curious what lead has been cast! I gotta know!!!

London!
Let the Doctor Who crossover rumors begin.

Xai (with shields up)

#3 Michael Appleton
Shooting in London doesn’t imply anything about who is playing a part. Shooting in London inplies one thing to me, the potential use of a very large stage or set.

I was initially very excited about this film project and the direction it was taking but now I’m feeling less so by the day. The casting rumours aren’t very encouraging. Most reboots seem to be for a new audience but not very satisfactory to the older ones. I guess if I don’t expect anything wonderful then I can’t be disappointed.

I will greedily slurp up rumors–plausible or otherwise–when it comes to Star Trek 11. Keep up the good work, Anthony!

When the casting news does hit moderators at several of Star Trek BBS’s will be pulling overtime to maintain order. Thats just going to be a given.

As far as budgetar concerns maybe the writers cant afford as many explosions as they originally thought. It might be just a wise move on there part Thats sounds like a blessing. Making them realize story and character first then add some action so you dont bore out the short attention span audience. If you dont have a story to grab your audience then your pretty much finished.

I’ll play devils advodcate on the issue of British actors. Some of them can carry an american accent quite well. But thier is this thing that our North American actors can take these vehicles called planes to film in England so no worry there. :P

Micheal A. Personally I dont find Trek like a wife at times the last two movies I find Trek film franchise like a ex wife sucking whatever money and self respect as a fan out of me.

Xai (embracing my "canon"...... **Bo0m!**)

#9 Anthony, thanks for the clarification on all counts.

People are getting excited or dismayed over pure rumor.
Until facts are reported, people need to take all they hear with a grain of salt. Guessing and hoping are ok… but nobody should be basing opinions on any facet of this film until all is known.

X

Michael A — even if the filming did happen in London, it doesn’t imply that more of the primary cast would be British. The Star Wars and Indiana Jones films were predominently shot on London sets, but that didn’t affect Indy’s or Luke Skywalker’s accents, right?

And about Pinewood being expensive… actually, one reason that above films were shot there was because it was more economical at the time. I’m sure that would be Paramount’s main consideration for set location.

As long as we’ve brought up sound stages and sets… I’d love to put in two cents, because I know JJ Abrams reads every word I write…

Please, as much on location as humanly possible. As recently as First Contact, staged exteriors looked staged. It’s a distraction in this day and age.

Please, no fake caves. Insurrection used fake caves. It looked fake. There are real caves and, as Batman Returns proved, cameras fit into them.

Please can we have at least one window that looks out over the bulk of the saucer section. The prospective would be breathtaking… imagine looking out any window of the tower of an air craft carrier. You don’t just see sky. You see ship and sky. Let’s see the curve of E’s sexy hull and some stars!

One more, then I’ll hush up… It’s always been a pet peeve about Trek that there is an enormous amount of the ships devoted to corridor life. It’s like the part of the overpriced apartment you never use. If we have long walking scenes through the corridors, can technicians actually have work stations and not just be walking back and forth? STVI did an excellent job showing us parts of the ship that don’t have pretty paneling but are working areas. MORE of that, please.

OK, tirade over. (for now)

I am happy to get something new as far as news thanks! I wonder if the person cast is that friend of Abrams who wants to play a vulcan like was reported a while back…

If one of the major parts has been *signed* then it’s likely that rumor and leakage on the identity will beubiquitous within a week or so.

Given the rumors a higher-than-ever budget, I wonder if the new Enterprise sets will be as elaborate as TMP’s and left standing after production, as they were after TMP.

Wait… let me run and get a copy of the Midnight Sun to confirm.

Yep… Bat Boy is playing Spock. His agent says it’s a three picture deal.

Who’s bat boy? Christian Bale?

Gawd! People are really on a downer tonight! We know absolutely nothing. All that has been said above is that some of the past rumours about the film are incorrect (don’t know which!) and that someone yet unnamed has been cast as an as-yet-unconfirmed character!

Yet judging by to the above posts, people seem to think they know all the details. How can people such as dannyboy get depressed about something we know nothing about?!!

What with this and people being down on a sped-up trailer for The Tholian Web, I’m feeling quite annoyed as I get ready for bed!!

So many people are so pessimistic. This movie cant be as bad as the last 2 films. So that has to be good. Right?

I cannot wait until they announce the cast.

#22 “this movie can’t be as bad as the last 2 films”
Well, yeah, but compared to those two pieces of cowdung, where can you go but up?

#23 Stanky, I don’t understand your comment. Based on all your comments, you won’t be happy unless they cancel the film or use a time machine to have the original cast in their prime.
What gives?

this is probably the first step in the movie eventually not being set in TOS era

With casting in progress, let’s see what comes up when it get’s to the guest star/cameo elements. I do not know what guest aliens/officers they have in mind, but I would love to see Wiiliam Dafoe or a Hugo Weaving as Vulcan ambassadors, or Nick Nolte or Tommy Lee Jones as “grizzled” Klingons…or how about Kurt Russell or Bill Paxton as Starfleet admirals…and give ’em a square…I loved the old style of movie posters where you had the small squares at the bottom of the one sheets with the stars faces in them…

just a thought…

I hope JJ give us lots of little surprises…

Notice the wording, “at least one of the leads has been cast”. Does this refer to Kirk, Spock and McCoy and not one of the other lead characters in the script? If we speculate, for a moment, that this is true, then it would seem to refer to Kirk or Spock as the McCoy role should likely be a “lock” with Sinise playing the part (and if not shame on you Abrams!). God, there’s still hope that these iconic parts will be played by someone other than Damon and Brody! Thank the sweet baby, Jesus!

Adrian Brody looks like the illegitimate love child of Jimmy Durante and Betty Boop for cryin’ out loud! For those of you unfamiliar with these two names, this not a good thing!

re: 25. Xai

Ahhhh, just seeing if anyone was paying attention. ;)

If this ends up like “Lost in Space” did, I will NEVER watch a JJ Abrams show again.

Redshirt is a Deadshirt

Has anyone given any thought to the fact that there was a book written by Vonda N. McIntyre in 1986 called “Enterprise – The First Adventure”. the story line is the first mission of Kirk as Captain, metting Spock and McCoy and Scotty as experienced starfleet oficers who think Kirk is to young and not ready for the job. It takes place before the 5 year mission is ordered.
Do you think this may be considered? Even for just some filler material

Hey, I liked the Lost in Space movie,and I’m a huge Lost in Space fan. I love the serial type adventures and camp fun of Smith and the robot….but I knew the movie was not going to be Lost in Space as I knew it…there was absolutely no way it could be. Without the original magic of Jonathan Harris and the Irwin Allen style, it can’t be, it’s impossible…..sooo…. no reason to expect it to be. It was what it was…a new take on Lost in Space. It would never replace the show I enjoy watching and I never expected it to. The movie was highly imaginative and fun, great eye candy and I enjoyed it for what it was, a different take on Lost in Space.
My approach with the new Trek movie is exactly the same. It will NEVER be Shatner and company…it will NEVER replace the classic Trek that I love so much…that is an impossibility. But I can still watch it and, if it’s a good story and well done, I’ll enjoy every minute of it. Sure, it won’t be my Star Trek…but it doesn’t have to be.

Novels aren’t considered part of the canon, so I don’t believe anything from McIntyre’s book would be looked at.

Perhaps I’m being a stuffed shirt, but I am perfectly content to wait and see what Mr. Abrams & Co. have in store for us…..

It’s very interesting when you consider our arguments concerning recasting the main characters comes down to one thing; Which is fundamentally more important, the characters and stories or the actors who personified them the first time around? I’d, at first glance, be willing to side with Shatner and cast, but then I thought of another series I watched growing up. I was a HUGE fan of the old Sherlock Holmes movies starring Basil Rathbone when I was a kid. As I got older I still fostered the notion that nobody would ever take the place of, let alone surpass

Hmm someone cast but not the big 3, could that add credence to to Jennifer Garner rumor?
LLAP

(cont’d) ,this thespian’s take on such an iconic character. Then Jeremy Brett came along. Wow! Maybe, just maybe, we should give the “chosen few” the benefit of the doubt concerning this new film. Mind you, Jeremy Brett “knocked it out of the park” based on sheer talent and we would expect no less from the new cast of our reborn Trek adventure!

Xai (hailing frequencies open...)

#32 Redshirt. Highly unlikely.
They paid writers to write and not to borrow from a novel… even a good one. And writers tend to like being paid for their work and protect it mightily… McIntyre included. Even derivitives can be considered intellectual property or violation of copywright… a big no-no. Studios tend to look thses things over pretty well to avoid being sued.

#30 Stanky.
So you found the time machine, eh? Give my regards to De Kelley and Jimmy D.

Call James McAvoy up! Maybe he’s the one who’s been cast.

Speaking of, I just caught “The Last King of Scotland” and I have to reverse my earlier position on the guy- McAvoy is charismatic and extremely talented, depsite his diminutive stature. He may not be Jimmy Doohan’s Scotty, but he’s a great actor and I would be happy to see him involved in this movie. And ” Last King” was a very good movie as well.

jonboc (#33): Nice to see the Lost in Space film getting some love for a change. I like the movie, too. Don’t get me wrong, the film has some huge flaws: it falls apart toward the end with the whole time portal thing, John Hurt seems to be deliberately trying NOT to act, and the kid who played Will Robinson was just plain awful. I can overlook all of that, though, because most of the story is a ripping good adventure, the production design (especially the look of the Jupiter 2), were amazing, and the special effects were fantastic. Furthermore, Matt LeBlanc showed how versatile an actor he really is; there is absolutely no hint of Joey from “Friends” in his performance as Major Don West. Gary Oldman turned Dr. Smith back into the conniving, dangerous man he was supposed to be. Also, Apollo 440’s rendition of the main title theme rocks big time. It’s not a great movie by any means, but it’s a lot of fun.

Oh, and Heather Graham is in it. That alone justifies its place on my DVD shelf.

Hey Buckaroohawk, good to see you posting! I’d be curious to get your feedback on my musings of # 35+37.

“art department should be starting up in April with construction slated to start around June or July”

I wonder how the design of the Enterprise is going to turn out. So far in Trek, all of the varations of the Enterprise have been “new” designs A, B, C, D …etc (yes even the horrendus NX).

The Enterprise has become a character unto it’s self, and it doing to be a delicate balancing act to stay true to the original, while also updating it.

With April just a few weeks away, there’re should be a few napkin sketches by now.

I feel they should look for unknowns for the major roles rather than to try to shoehorn top-tier actors into them. Use the money saved from paying those high salaries to get the special effects right.

However, for the supporting cast, do whatever you want. I would love to see John Cleese as Harry Mudd.

Right now I think we’re all in Wait-and-see mode. We do know a few things about this movie, but there is a lot more that we don’t know. I’m excited by the possibility of new Good Star Trek, but I’m also nervous that it will turn out the way the Star Wars Prequels or the Narnia movie did: someone putting out a half-hearted franchise piece in an attempt to grab some money.

I heard they are using stages 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.

They need the very large stage for that very large actor William Shatner.

Xai (I'll take the bloody 1701, A, B, C, D, E, J or NX anytime.. she's still Enterprise.)

#45 nice subtle humor Sith. perhaps there’s a hatch or two on the set also? Or a wild polar bear?

#42 Ed D
“the horrendus NX”…
I realize this is your opinion and you are entitled… but I really tire of the constant Trek vs. Trek pissing contests in the threads. Yours isn’t the only one.. just the most recent.
I don’t belittle anyone else’s Trek, why do it to any of mine?

Michael (#41): I don’t have any problem with recasting any of the original Star Trek characters. I actually proposed that very idea to a friend quite a few years ago. He jokingly called it blasphemy, so I PhotoShopped a mock movie poster that introduced a new cast in the TOS roles. You can see it here: http://www.comics2film.com/DCG/DispArt.php3?f_id=10568&f_ssn=&f_fooble=108 Please don’t go all crazy about my casting choices. At the time (I think it was 2002 or so) these were the best choices I could find. Anyway, when it comes to choosing new actors for these parts, the main critereon for me would be “NO IMPERSONATIONS.” I don’t want to see anyone doing Kevin Pollack’s caricature of Shatner as Kirk. It would turn the film into “Star Trek: The Brady Bunch Movie,” and that would be bad. I’ll give an example. James Cawley (from Star Trek: New Voyages) generally doesn’t try to do Shatner’s Kirk, and the few times he has it’s come off as forced and truly artificial. He plays Kirk his own way, and that’s just how whoever wins the role should do it as well. We must remember that Shatner and the other actors INTERPRETED these roles, bringing their own experience and expertise to them. The new actors will do the same thing. Yes, the performances will be different, but if the new actors are able to focus on the essence of their character (i.e. Kirk’s love of the Enterprise and the thrill he feels about exploring the unknown),… Read more »

Buckaroohawk, very good points, as always. Thanks!

p.s. I agree with your saying that Casper van Dien is the right “kind” of actor to portray Kirk. I just finished posting on the Justman site that the actor chosen to play the part should have a strong jawline. Casper van Dien exemplifies the physicality of that.

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