A Holiday Update From JJ Abrams

The new Star Trek movie is 136 days away, but the original plan was for it to be here in just three days, on Christmas. Back in February Paramount moved the film to the bigger summer season, but director JJ Abrams has pretty much stuck with his original schedule. Today Abrams posted a comment for fans at the official Star Trek Facebook page about the status of the movie. Read it below.

 

Abrams Comment (posted at Facebook)

We’re just making final tweaks to the movie — we should be totally locked next week. Then we’re going to flash-freeze it so it’s totally fresh for you in May. I can’t wait for you to see the movie. The cast is awesome. The action and effects pushed the stunt team and ILM beyond their limits. I’m so grateful to this cast and crew — and to all of you for your interest and patience. We’ll continue to update this page with new info and exclusives, so check back when you think of it. In the meantime, have a happy, healthy, fun holiday!

From the last days of the sound mix,

JJ

 

While you wait, you can watch the (quadruple Spockified) Star Trek trailer.

 

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Brett Campbell
December 22, 2008 5:18 pm

Something to look forward to in ’09.

December 22, 2008 5:18 pm

Happy Holidays, JJ. Here’s hoping the movie satisfies me, you, your intended audience, a few unintended audiences, and the guy scooping the popcorn. Or, barring that, that it makes a pile of cash and pressures someone into making a new TV series, regardless :)

That One Guy
December 22, 2008 5:19 pm

And to all a good night!

Brett Campbell
December 22, 2008 5:23 pm

JJ looks a smidgen like “Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” era Kurt Russell.

Harry Ballz
December 22, 2008 5:29 pm

Waiting for the movie like this reminds me what it felt like on Christmas Eve as a child!

LordCheeseCakeBreath
December 22, 2008 5:33 pm

I’m addicted to this site.

captain_neill
December 22, 2008 5:35 pm

He better make this a good movie. He has changed so much, it better pay off for Star Trek fans. he has insulted the fans with his comments so this better be a great reward.

I want to love this film and hope to be proven wrong.

Orb of the Emissary
December 22, 2008 5:35 pm

Oh! How exciting! Why can’t it be May yet??

Katarian Eggs
December 22, 2008 5:39 pm

That gives you plenty of time to fix the Enterprise & make it look like it used to & re-edit the plot so it doesn’t totally trash canon, as it currently does!
Good news, JJ! You can still save this from being as bad as the Star Wars prequels!!
Don’t forget to edit out Jar-Jar & the crystal skull!!

Brett Campbell
December 22, 2008 5:40 pm

8 – So that Paramount will have time to push its release date back to Christmas ’09?

MORN SPEAKS
December 22, 2008 5:47 pm

It blows my mind that we were supposed to see this movie this week!

MORN SPEAKS
December 22, 2008 5:50 pm

BTW, it’s disgusting how many times I’ve seen this trailer!

December 22, 2008 5:51 pm

I want to use some of Orci’s QM and make the movie premiere as previously scheduled! ;)

SPB
December 22, 2008 6:15 pm

Is it me, or does Nimoy/Spock look like a vampire in that shot? His eyes strike me as VERY creepy. They look all black with no whites.

Katarian Eggs
December 22, 2008 6:20 pm

Here here, Captain Neill.( #7)
Unfortunately, Abrams comments & lack of respect for long term Trekkies like myself, already has me thinking I won’t even see this or acknowledge it as Trek.
Sad, huh?

Steven
December 22, 2008 6:22 pm

I finally saw the trailer on the big screen (with “Quantum of Solace”), and it looks even more awesome on the BS! God, I can’t wait for this movie!

December 22, 2008 6:29 pm

Oh, stop. I sure don’t feel JJ has insulted us fans.

I, for one, am counting the days till the release (and my return home — less than 50 now) of the movie.

Happy Holidays, everyone.

cellojammer
December 22, 2008 6:31 pm

I’m a long term Trek fan, but have never felt insulted by anything said by anybody associated with this production.

Thick hide people, thick hide…

James Heaney - Wowbagger
December 22, 2008 6:39 pm

I’ve been a Trekkie for as long as anyone of my generation, and I feel like you’d have to already be a bit combative about this movie to be offended by anything anyone has said.

Enterprise
December 22, 2008 6:44 pm

Okay, who put the tree in the Transporter?

McCoy's Gall Bladder
December 22, 2008 6:46 pm

I’m so old I expect to be dust by May…

(le sigh, le sigh)

With the passing of Majel, along with Doohan, Kelly, Mark Lenard, et al., I’m ready for Trek to move onto a new generation.

Most of the people I admired as a kid are dead now… time for me to move on, too.

NCC-73515
December 22, 2008 6:52 pm

Why don’t you give us something like the first minutes or at least one scene of the movie? That would be a cool christmas present in honor of the original release date ;)
Please!

Enterprise
December 22, 2008 6:57 pm

I’m sure starting in Jan, we’ll get a ton of new scenes. We’ll get one more trailer, and maybe some cool scenes on the websties.

cugel the clever
December 22, 2008 7:00 pm

7. captain_neill – December 22, 2008

” He better make this a good movie. He has changed so much, it better pay off for Star Trek fans. he has insulted the fans with his comments so this better be a great reward.”

You are pathetic.

Enterprise
December 22, 2008 7:07 pm

Lol, at people still harping on JJ. There’s been so many different interpretations of Trek over the years. Give ti a rest people.

cugel the clever
December 22, 2008 7:09 pm

15. Katarian Eggs – December 22, 2008

” Here here, Captain Neill.( #7)
Unfortunately, Abrams comments & lack of respect for long term Trekkies like myself, already has me thinking I won’t even see this or acknowledge it as Trek.
Sad, huh?”

You are the sad one (and pathetic too).

December 22, 2008 7:15 pm

133 extra days of waiting! ahhh!

cugel the clever
December 22, 2008 7:18 pm

9. Katarian Eggs – December 22, 2008

“That gives you plenty of time to fix the Enterprise & make it look like it used to & re-edit the plot so it doesn’t totally trash canon, as it currently does!
Good news, JJ! You can still save this from being as bad as the Star Wars prequels!!
Don’t forget to edit out Jar-Jar & the crystal skull!!”

Good news, JJ! After your brilliant re-imagining of ST is a huge critical and financial success, we won’t hear again from a$$holes like this.

rm10019
December 22, 2008 7:19 pm

26 – That is sad. Let it go and hopefully you will enjoy a good movie in May

Sean
December 22, 2008 7:46 pm

I still think it’s a big mistake to open this movie in May. It’s competing against so many other widely anticipated, sure-thing movies that I doubt Trek will make as much money as if it had opened on Christmas. Paramount, you should know better.

Lil' black dog
December 22, 2008 7:48 pm

Heartfelt thanks JJ, for keeping this franchise, and especially TOS, alive for those of us who love it. I can’t remember when I’ve been anticipating the release of a movie so much. Wish it were in three days, but it’s not so I’ll just have to get over it ;-). Here’s hoping this movie lives up to its expectations, and more, and leads to a renewed interest in TOS, its beloved characters, and Mr. Roddenberry’s vision of the future.

Happy Holidays!

One very grateful Trekkie

Brett Campbell
December 22, 2008 7:52 pm

31 – Great sentiments of gratitude for us all to keep in mind this holiday season. Thanks.

Plus, we should all remember that we have so many things to be grateful for in addition to and besides “Star Trek.”

Lil' black dog
December 22, 2008 7:53 pm

# 17 Doug in Kabul

Thank you for your service, Doug. Wishing you a safe return in 50 days, and as happy a holiday as can be expected far from your family.

NCC-73515
December 22, 2008 7:59 pm

Why don’t they use the time to make it 3D?

Ergo Proxy
December 22, 2008 8:09 pm

You can bet that a movie being finished THIS early will also take advantage of the Blu-Ray / DVD release production. Meaning that they’ll start working on the Discs release so they’re ready to be pressed by the time it hits the theaters.

It’s nothing new, but it does provide the company for a quite and painless transition to the home video market.

Having said that, you can also expect that this movie, once it hits the theaters will also hit the net in a very good quality cause there’s ALWAYS some moron who steals a copy and uploads it. Nothing new, but, then for those who steal it from the net, should be ashamed of them selves for not giving the Movie it’s GRAND experience in having it experienced on the silver screen.

This film will be best either way, in the perfect environment. :)

So, this is the road map for having to push it so far into 09.

Also, May, is going to be an insane month!

I’ve counted 3 major movies coming out in May! I don’t get it why some people want to compete for that slot! It’s horrible time to go up against such giants!

ster julie
December 22, 2008 8:11 pm

17. –Doug, I echo #33. Lil’ black dog in wishing you godspeed in your last 50 days in Iraq. Come home safe and sound, and may this madness cease.

Dom
December 22, 2008 8:12 pm

cugel the clever

You’re rude, but you’re right! ;)

The stupidity of people who don’t understand marketing is shocking. We’ve got a great-looking new film on its way offering Trek a fresh start and some people can only whinge.

I hope they boycott the film, because the thought of having sad little whingers sat next to me or behind me muttering through the film.

I swear, these sort of people make me embarrassed to be a Trek fan!

Mark
December 22, 2008 8:24 pm

This movie better to live up to the hype..Cause that T4 movie a week later looks rad

December 22, 2008 8:28 pm

I’m just jazzed that we’re getting new adventueres of Kirk and Spock. We could be seeing a new crew and ship and who would care about that?

Driver
December 22, 2008 8:37 pm

If the film were released next week as planned, they would have had to rush it to make the deadline and that would have irked more than a few of us hardcore trekkies.

Odkin
December 22, 2008 8:43 pm

As much as we all want to see this movie, it pains me to read people’s comments wishing away months of their lives. Don’t be in such a rush to wish 6 months away. Have fun every day until May anticipating the new movie. It will get here. But you’ll never get those days back.

ZtoA
December 22, 2008 8:43 pm

I saw the IMAX trailer before “Day The Earth Stood Still”. Trek in IMAX is going to be off the chain! “Day” IMAX however was poo-poo, Kah-kah.

Kirk, James T.
December 22, 2008 8:46 pm

I have to hand it to JJ Abrams – this new movie looks awesome and lets face it, it’ll clean more than just the Trek slate – it’ll get rid of some of the most ridiculous of fans wining over the tiniest details. i agree with 28 and 37!

seriously, i can’t wait for the revolution to begin. May 8th 2009!!!!

Enterprise
December 22, 2008 8:48 pm

I don’t want it in 3D. 3D is terrible. The only really decent 3D I ever saw for a movie was with Superman Returns.

Harley3k
December 22, 2008 9:01 pm

re: canon winers.
Just stop watching all of the movies and stick to DVDs (originals, not HD) of TOS.

By your standards, ST I violated canon because the Klingons had bumpy foreheads. You should’ve opted out of all movies after that.

Enterprise
December 22, 2008 9:03 pm

And Season 2 violated canon, cause they never said Spock’s mom was a teacher.

Jordan
December 22, 2008 9:29 pm

Always nice to hear another update. May is too far away!

750 Mang
December 22, 2008 9:40 pm

“All my hopes…”

15. Katarian Eggs – December 22, 2008
Here here, Captain Neill.( #7)
Unfortunately, Abrams comments & lack of respect for long term Trekkies like myself, already has me thinking I won’t even see this or acknowledge it as Trek.
Sad, huh?
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Not sad at all; the rest of us won’t have to share the theater you. Please stay home and watch your TOS dvds over and over again and let the world change around you. That’ll teach those kids and their newfangled horseless carriages who come around and bring a great show into the 21st century!

Xai
December 22, 2008 9:57 pm

Tired of the “JJ insulted the fans and me” lines. Those spouting the complaints seem to have very selective hearing and memory. Don’t you tire of your own negativity?

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