According to sources in today’s Frettabladid, there are very good chances that the new Star Trek movie will be (in part) filmed in Iceland. Two production companies, Pegasus & Saga Film are still batting over the film, and now Paramount Pictures have sent over plans for the budget and the two companies are looking it over. Both parties are optimistic that a deal will be made and the new Star Trek will be coming to the small island nation.The article also states that director J.J. Abrams is coming to Iceland to look at the locations Paramount scouts looked over in June. (previous story).
The latest news seems to confirm the previous report that the Iceland shoot will indeed be a ‘big’ part of the film. A source close the production told TrekMovie.com editor Anthony Pascale that production designer Scott Chambliss has already traveled to Iceland. The Iceland location shooting will make the new Star Trek the first Trek production to film outside the USA. Of course what Iceland is standing in for is still anyone’s guess.
Weather permitting? breaking up the shoot?
The Frettabladid source states that shooting is expected in the Spring, after things warm up. The film starts production at Paramount studios in November and it would be unusual for filming to last long enough to take them through to Spring, but perhaps they will have a shooting hiatus between the studio portion and the location shooting.
Hallbjörn Guðjónsson will continue to report on events as the new TrekMovie.com Iceland Bureau Chief