In a new interview Star Trek co-writer and exec producer Roberto Orci says that JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie is almost finished and he also talked about how this new Star Trek is two movies in one. More details below.
In the past Star Trek producers JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof have stated that they hope to stick to their original schedule (set before the film was moved to May) and have Star Trek finished by Christmas. And according to Orci they seem on track or even possibly ahead of schedule.
[We’re] so close to being done, and we’ve almost … finished the bomb shelter where we’re going to hide the movie.
It isn’t clear how ‘done’ he means. Some sources have recently told TrekMovie that Abrams is close to having his final editing cut done, but there are still visual and sound effects along with music to be dropped in. Regardless it is clear the film will be done well before the May release date so Paramount just might need that secure undisclosed location to hide it if they want to keep this ultra secret project from springing a leak.
Orci also talked to SciFi Wire about how Star Trek appeals to both general film fans and hardcore Star Trek fans (like himself). He even used a word beginning with ‘re’…
If you’re a fan, it’s a re-introduction to Star Trek, and if you’re not, it’s an introduction. And the idea of sort of doing two movies in one is tricky, because you don’t want to somehow dilute it, but again, since this is not a story that’s ever been covered in the Trek canon, in terms of the film or the series, it’s an old and a new story
More from Orci on Trek at SciFi Wire.
More from Orci and Kurtzman on Transformers 2 and Fringe
SciFiWire also talked to Orci and his writing partner Alex Kurtzman about their other summer 2008 movie, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, and even though they were just talking about Star Trek II, they apparently are looking at other ‘second movie’ for inspiration for the Transformers sequel, Kurtzman noted:
We loved Superman II, we loved Empire [Strikes Back], we loved Aliens. And those were all movies that felt like they truly stood apart from what had come before them in great, great ways.
And on the Fringe front, Orci and Kurtzman are now doing a new podcast for their Fox show Fringe. The pair answer questions fans from fansites and the Fox message board. You can listen to the first episode at the Fox Fringe Blog.
There is also a good Fringe interview with the pair at Deadbolt.