It has been a little while since we have heard anything on the sequel to the Star Trek movie, but in a new interview producer JJ Abrams gives a little update on the ‘cool’ progress of the film, plus Zoe Saldana reveals some of the new moves we may see Uhura do the next time around. Details and more below.
‘Cool’ Trek in the works…Greg Grunberg recast as Kirk?
Abrams latest comments come from an interview with SciFiWire from a FOX party last, here is an excerpt:
Where are you in talks for Star Trek 2?
Abrams: We’re hopefully going to have everyone, obviously, from the first cast. I keep trying to spread this rumor that I’m going to recast Kirk as Greg Grunberg, but no one ever prints it.
Have you settled on what direction you’re going to take it?
Abrams: We’re just starting on that. Yes, we know the direction, but it’s very early. We’re working on a script right now still. I can tell you it’s cool. We have some really cool ideas, but it’s too early.
So Orci and Kurtzman have physically started writing?
Abrams: No, but we’ve started talking story, and Damon’s writing it with them.
Read the full interview at SciFi Wire where Abrams also talks about Mission: Impossible IV and more.
JJ Abrams at FOX Fall Eco-casino party Sept 14th
Saldana wants Uhura kick where it hurts
Zoe Saldana, Star Trek’s new Uhura, was interviewed by Cinematical, where she mostly talks about her role in the upcoming Avatar, but she did offer this tidbit on her hopes for the Star Trek: Something Something sequel:
In Star Trek, I had so much fun, but the boys got all the action! J.J. [Abrams] promised me that I’m going to — [that] in the sequel, she will have at least one little fight. I mean, just [let me] kick a guy in the groin or something!
Saldana wants to do more than just show off her legs in Trek sequel
(WireImage – BET Awards June 28)
Fringe DVD release + JJ and Gates
In other JJ Abrams (& Orci & Kurtzman) related news, the DVD and Blu-ray sets for the first season for Fringe were released this week. Fringe was created by Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman. Star Trek executive producer Bryan Burk is also an executive producer on Fringe. Orci, Kurtzman and Abrams all appear in the special features for the DVD, as well as doing commentaries.
Orci and Abrams posing with the cast of "Fringe" at DVD release party in Vancouver August 31st.
One final bit of JJ Abrams news, the Star Trek director took some time out last week to hobnob with the VERY rich and famous. JJ attended the premiere of "Get Schooled: You Have the Right", a 30 minute TV special for kids put together by Viacom and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Here is JJ hanging with the big boss (Viacom chairman Phillippe Dauman, along with Bill and Melinda Gates.
JJ with Bill and Melinda Gates and Phillippe Dauman on Paramount lot September 8th