Report From Mexico City Star Trek Press Conference (w/ Pictures & Video) + JJ Talks Sequel

The Star Trek movie has opened in most markets around the world, but there are a handful left, including Mexico this weekend. To promote the Mexican premiere JJ Abrams went down to Mexico City with Zachary Quinto, Roberto Orci and Zoe Saldana. We have video and images from the yesterday’s press conference, along with a few comments from Abrams about the Star Trek sequel.

 

JJ Talks sequel – says they will use subtitle
Unlike the other premieres TrekMovie did not have a man on the scene, so we are reliant on the local media, which is all written in Spanish. Some can get lost in translation from English to Spanish and back to English, but based on multiple accounts from the press conference (AP, La Cronica, SDP and others) most of what was discussed was previously covered territory, however Abrams did make some comments about the Star Trek sequel noting that the team was "in talks" and they were "working on it". In an interview with El Imparcial, JJ got a bit more specific saying "nothing would make me happier than to see what happens with these characters," but he did not want to "presume" people are going to see the first one (this seems aimed at the local audience since at over $310M worldwide, he could certainly do some presuming). Abrams was also asked what number should the sequel have (like ‘Star Trek 12?’) and he noted that if they make a sequel, "it would have a subtitle instead of a number." So looks like the current thinking is ‘Star Trek: Something Something’.


JJ answering questions at Star Trek news conference in Mexico city

Safe to go back to the movies
In May Star Trek and other movies (including Wolverine) were delayed in Mexico because of swine flu. However it appears that this is no longer an issue. Reports from the press conference quote Orci saying how Paramount and the Star Trek team were assured by the local governor that Mexico "is open and the city is safe." Bob talked added how beautiful it was in Mexico City and how it was like being on vacation.


Bob at Trek news conference in Mexico city
 

VIDEO: Orci y Saldana en Español + Zach Gets Happy B’Day in Spanish

This first video of the press conference from EJE Central TV has Roberto Orci (born in Mexico City) and Zoe Saldana (from a Dominican family) showing off their Español.

For the Gringos, Bob talks about how the new Star Trek movie is about the first adventure for this crew who you will get to see come together as a family and that it is a story never shown before and not one you need to have seen the past 10 movies to understand. He also talks about how JJ made sure that it was at its core a good adventure and something that didn’t have to be in space, but something that dealt with human relationships. Saldana talks about how humbled the actors were to have that vision passed down to them and how proud they were to be ‘reincarnating’ the characters from the original Trek. She also talks about how JJ wanted the actors to take risks with their characters.

As we noted previously, Zach spent his birthday in Mexico, and so, apparently spontaneously, he was sung "Happy Birthday" (in Spanish) at the news conference (even though his birthday was the day before).


PHOTOS: Press Conference & Party

Here are some more shots from the press event in Mexico City (via Wire Image).


Zach and Zoe play with BK Spock toy


Group Shot


Zach looking more Spock-like


Zoe with that beaming smile

And Zimbio has photos from a Tuesday night birthday party for Zach in Mexico City, including this one of Zoe hitting a piñata.


Zoe swings for the piñata

Star Trek opens in theater in Mexico tomorrow (Friday June 5th).

For more visit the official Latin American Star Trek site

 

Special thanks to Barbara Gajate for help with translation

 

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MrData
June 4, 2009 9:02 pm

I had no idea that movies were being delayed in Mexico.
That sucks. :/

June 4, 2009 9:03 pm

Viva Mexico!

MP
June 4, 2009 9:04 pm

I think they should just call the next movie “Star Trek II” with no subtitle.

June 4, 2009 9:11 pm

# 3

IT’S NOT STAR TREK II!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS STAR TREK XII!!!!!!!!!!!!! Star Trek was actually a sequel

SirMartman
June 4, 2009 9:14 pm

Hope they dont eat any pork sandwich’s !

Liz
June 4, 2009 9:18 pm

That was great. So many Spanish speakers in the group. I’m glad Mexico is over some of it’s toubles. Zach and Zoe look great, as usual.

Devon
June 4, 2009 9:34 pm

Zoe knows German, Spanish, and three dialects of Romulan. She has an impressive tounge….

AJ
June 4, 2009 9:40 pm

God forgive me for finding this: “Mexican Star Trek.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJGvn5iOERM

Valar1
June 4, 2009 9:59 pm

God help me Zoe is freakin hot!

Andrew C
June 4, 2009 10:01 pm

I don’t know, Star Trek Something Something doesn’t sound like a very good title. :)

Peter F
June 4, 2009 10:17 pm

Es bueno! We’re going to Mazatlan in a week…

My wife and kids loved Trek, so maybe we should see it en espanol!

DavidJ
June 4, 2009 10:17 pm

Wow, Zoe looks absolutely gorgeous in these shots!

Jim Nightshade
June 4, 2009 10:28 pm

how much can mexico add to the world totals? I like this country-its exciting-

The Realist
June 4, 2009 10:45 pm

HOw about

Star Trek: Ummmm Errrrm Oooooooh Damn I can’t think of one

News guy
June 4, 2009 11:04 pm

Star Trek: One Spock Too Many

Wastedbeerz
June 4, 2009 11:24 pm

#8. AJ

ESTRELLA VIAJE!!!!

Poor Senor Sulu having to go one on one with the Capitan’s gut like that. Cracks me up every time I see that part. For the longest time before they cast Pine as Kirk my friends and I were saying (half jokingly/half seriously) that JJ should cast Will Sasso as Kirk and just have him do the Shat impression for the whole movie… but make sure he gains all that weight back so it could be just like Estrella Viaje.

June 4, 2009 11:32 pm

Bob rocks the Spanish. Yeah, baby!

And so does Zoe?! Holy s**tballs!

Double trouble, Amigos!

Harry Ballz
June 4, 2009 11:39 pm

The name of the next movie?

Star Trek: The Search For More Money*

*(with thanks to Mel Brooks)

Harry Ballz
June 4, 2009 11:47 pm

Could Zoe BE any more gorgeous??!!

Iowagirl
June 4, 2009 11:47 pm

– ‘Star Trek: Something Something’ –

‘Star Trek: Figure Out, Take Two’

June 4, 2009 11:49 pm

No Harry. She could not.

Simon
June 5, 2009 12:11 am

I know first hand Latinas love Star Trek.
It should do pretty well there.

PS: Bob Orci…could it have killed you to smile? :)

Emotionally logical
June 5, 2009 12:15 am

I’m happy they are going with Star Trek: Subtitle. It just feels like star trek II would be wrong. Star Trek (2009) was cool because there was no movie previously with that title to dishonor.

Jimtibkirk
June 5, 2009 12:40 am

I wondered what they would do for the sequel title, and thought they might try another title altogether. It worked for The Dark Knight, but not the series Enterprise, however.

The Starship Enterprise? Nah, too wordy, like The Shawshank Redemption (now recognized as a great film but did poorly in theatres, partly due to that ambiguous title).

Alfredo Ruanova
June 5, 2009 1:00 am

Hello everybody!!!

I’m the president of a local star trek fan club in mexico city (and as far as we know the only one in mexico city).

We found out at what hotel they were staying, but we weren’t lucky enough to see or meet them. We left letters for them welcoming them to the city and offering to show them around, but it seems it was too brief a visit.

We went tonight (june 4th) to a pre-screening of the movie (it opens tomorrow). The screening was arranged by paramount’s local representative and 15 guys form the club were invited.

We were completely blown away by the movie and plan to see it again with the rest of the club this weekend. We even made special t-shirts for the event.

We would like to thank JJ, Zachary, Roberto and Zoe for coming over, and wish that if it ever happens again we get a chance to meet (we can dream can’t we?

Best wishes to all involved in trekmovie.com

Alfredo

June 5, 2009 1:49 am

Maybe something like
Star Trek: The Continuous Journey
or
Star Trek: The Beginings
or something like that

Hat Rick
June 5, 2009 3:02 am

Here’s hoping for:

1. Great fan enjoyment of this new movie in Mexico; and,
2. Big Money!

:-)

Bugs Nixon
June 5, 2009 3:27 am

24.

Agreed. I keep thinking the title should be simply: “Kirk & Spock”

Like butch and sundance

Matt D
June 5, 2009 3:30 am

Star Trek: How Spock Got His Groove Back

Bugs Nixon
June 5, 2009 3:30 am

(The K and S being interchangeable with the S and K at the beginning and end of Star treK)

Admiral_BlackCat
June 5, 2009 3:32 am

25. Alfredo Ruanova
Glad you enjoyed the movie. Sucks you had to wait so long to see it. But at least you’ve finally seen it. :)

They should call it Star Trek 2 and the poster should be a mock of Ghostbusters 2 with Pine holding up two fingers… or better yet Quinto doing the Vulcan salute. LOL

Doing my best Don LaFontaine:
“In a world full of adventure… Star Trek: Something Something!! 2011.”

Devon
June 5, 2009 3:42 am

#29 – Epic win!

June 5, 2009 4:01 am

I think we should print t-shirts of STAR TREK: SOMETHING SOMETHING

David B
June 5, 2009 5:02 am

Star Trek: The New Frontier

Star Trek: Unthinkable

Star Trek :Return to Tomorrow (oh wait..)

Star Trek: The Enemy Within

CJS
June 5, 2009 5:10 am

Star Trek: Something, Something
Starring Someone as Someone Else
Coming Sometime to Some Theater near Some of you.

section9
June 5, 2009 6:11 am

Star Trek: Senator Vreenak Lays an Egg

Star Trek: The Search For Plot

Star Trek: The Voyage To Reseda

Star Trek: Taboo Interspecies Love

Star Trek: T’Pring Is In Da House!

That One Guy
June 5, 2009 6:16 am

Star Trek: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side

Mike Ten
June 5, 2009 6:20 am

#35, that was funny. Reminds me of the old Airplane! movie with William Shatner and the space shuttle that was going to fly into the sun. They had alot of conversations like your statement above.

ME
June 5, 2009 6:31 am

Listen to Zoe! She would make Uhura proud with her talented tongue!

Mike
June 5, 2009 6:48 am

Star Trek opened in Hong Kong yesterday. Saw it tonight. Not a huge turnout for the 7pm show, but that is still very early for Hong Kong. Everyone there seemed to like it though!

trekboi
June 5, 2009 7:22 am

Zack is so hot & quite adorable- would love to meet him in the flesh one day- as for the hong kong – lets pray word of mouth…with legs!

June 5, 2009 7:28 am

2-0.

Dr. Image
June 5, 2009 8:21 am

Star Trek: Revenge of the Cloned Phantom Timeline.

Jim Nightshade
June 5, 2009 8:22 am

star trek:two kirks,one spock and a pizza-(sorry im hungry)

June 5, 2009 8:32 am

Let us not forget that we should now refer to ST3 as:

STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK *PRIME*

Harry Ballz
June 5, 2009 8:39 am

Well, if the sequel has Harry Mudd in it, I think the title should be:

Star Trek: The Mirth Of Mudd

……………….what do you think of my solution?

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June 5, 2009 8:44 am

This is the best video of “mañanita” for Zachary Quinto. :-)

Adam Shepherdson
June 5, 2009 8:45 am

Star Trek : The trouble with teeny tiny turbolifts filled with tons of tittering tribbles….

Adam Shepherdson
June 5, 2009 8:46 am

Otherwise known as ST: TTWTTTFWTTOTT

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