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Last weekend we reported that Star Trek writing team of Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman were now talking about delivering the script for the sequel in mid 2010 for a potential 2012 release. But now Star Trek’s Uhura Zoe Saldana says she has been asked for details on her 2010 schedule, implying that their still may be a chance for shooting next year. How does this all add up? TrekMovie asks a trusted source to help us sort it all out.
2012 or 2011?
As we were reporting over the Summer, the original plan for the Star Trek sequel was to have the script finished by Christmas 2009, to shoot the film over the Summer of 2010 and to put it out in the Summer of 2011 (possibly May). However, since then Paramount has been dropping more and more movies into Summer 2011 and JJ Abrams has been adding more and more work to his schedule (as has the new Kirk, Chris Pine). TrekMovie noted that 2011 was looking less and less like (especially Summer) a couple of weeks ago, and last weekend Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman seemingly confirmed this, stating:
Orci: We think it’s going to be a 2012 release, but I’m not sure.
Kurtzman: Originally we thought we were going to have to have the script in by Christmas, but the release changed so certainly within the next eight months I’d say
Yesterday we reported that this week Zoe Saldana (the new Uhura) was presented the Calvin Klein Collection Spotlight Award at the 16th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Tribute. E’s Marc Malkin spoke to her at the event, and regarding the sequel, the actress stated:
Saldana: We’re working on it. They were calling to see where we were going to be and how my schedule is next year.
It could just be that Zoe hasn’t yet been updated, remember while at Comic Con she said the script was ‘half done’, something that is certainly not true, TrekMovie has confirmed that the scripting has not even started. But last week while at the Scream Awards, Karl Urban also talked about the Star Trek movie going into production in 2010, saying:
Urban: The hope would be mid next year, mid to end next year, the hope would be to have the next Star Trek out for 2011.
So which is it? TrekMovie checked with a trusted source and it seems that there is not exact answer right now. It is confirmed that the script is definitely no longer due to be handed in by Christmas and it should be done by Spring or early Summer 2010, but the source also noted that it "is still possible" that the film could still go into production in 2010 as early as late summer. The source also stated that a 2011 release date "is still possible." It was pointed out that pre-production could start in early 2010 based on an outline from Orci & Kurtzman, which is exactly how Paramount proceeded with Transformers 2. The final script for that film was completed in Spring of 2008 and the film was still completed for release by June 24, 2009. One other possibility for the next Star Trek could be a release in the Holiday Season 2011, but the source didn’t know if this was being discussed or not.
So the bottom line is that, for now, there still is no confirmed date for the Star Trek sequel, and that 2011 could still happen, although 2012 may look more likely at this point.
More Zoe from the Elle Tribute
Here are some more pics of Zoe from the Elle event.
Zoe strikes a pose
Zoe shows off her outfit
Zoe (in the middle) with the other honorees and the host
(L-R) Robin Wright, Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, casting director Bonnie Timmerman, Renee Zellweger, Zoe Saldana, ELLE Editor-In-Chief Roberta Myers, Emily Blunt, Julie Andrews and Katie Holmes
Photos: Wire Image