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Bruce Greenwood ‘Hustling’ For Star Trek Sequel + Starts Production Rumor (Sequel Still Starting Spring/Summer 2011) July 20, 2010

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Bruce Greenwood won high praise for his portrayal of Capt. Christopher Pike in the 2009 Star Trek movie. As he is not part of the main crew of the Enterprise, it isn’t certain that he will be back. But in a couple of new interviews the actor said he doing what he can to return to the final frontier. He also started another production start rumor.


Greenwood ‘hustling’ for Star Trek sequel – wants out of the chair

Bruce Greenwood is one of the stars of the Steve Carell comedy Dinner for Schmucks, due out next weekend. caught up with the actor at the premiere earlier this week. When asked about the Star Trek sequel (due in theaters June 29th 2012), Greenwood said that he ‘hoped’ he was in it, noting:

I’m hustling for it…we’ll see.

Greenwood also spoke to about the same topic and Greenwood elaborated on how he is ‘hustling’ saying:

I know they’re writing the script and I encourage them whenever I see them to make Pike a critical element.

But Greenwood again stated that he hopes any Pike sequel action is on his two feet and out of that wheelchair, saying

I think with the latitude of the parallel universe I might be able to get out of the chair, and I’m hoping the mentorship between myself and Kirk (Chris Pine) continues. 

Greenwood is ‘hustling’ for another Star Trek ride – but on his two feet

Greenwood starts production rumor but sequel still starting Spring/Summer 2011

Greenwood also told "I just know the plan is to film it in January, more than that I don’t know". Earlier this year Greenwood said a similar thing to at he Schmucks set visit, saying "I gather January 2011 is when they’re going to roll cameras". Now based on Greenwood’s comment to a number of other sites are running "Star Trek sequel starting in January" stories.

However, it appears that Greenwood is working off older info. A few weeks ago producer Bryan Burk told TrekMovie that he was hoping to get production started in "late spring or early summer", and at the same event Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and
Alex Kurtzman said
that they were just starting to break the story for the sequel and they have previously stated that the script was due around Christmas 2010. TrekMovie checked with Orci again today, and nothing has changed in their schedule. So it looks like pre-production will be happening as early as January 2011, but cameras will not be rolling until around May/June/July (which would be in line with their schedule for the first film which began production 13 months ahead of the original release date).


Greenwood in Dinner for Schmucks

Dinner for Schmucks, starring Paul Rudd Steven Carell opens this Friday, July 30th. Greenwood plays the boss of a company that has a strange dinner tradition. Here is the trailer.



1. AJ - July 20, 2010

Get this man into the film! What a great, great re-interpretation of Pike. Greenwood deserves the credit for making it…something special.

2. Newman - July 20, 2010

Bruce Greenwood is the man and I want to see him in the sequel!

3. Hugh Hoyland - July 20, 2010

I hope he’s in it, he did such a great job in the first one. I’m sure the Guys can come up with a scene or two with Admiral Pike.

4. Sci-Fi Guy - July 20, 2010

If I were writing this film, I would reimagine the Talosians and sort of rework The Cage and have Kirk captured by them this time and have Pike lead the rescue mission. I would not have it take place on Talos V like The Cage did and I would make the Talosians more powerful and menacing. I would almost completely rewrite the Cage. That would make for a great movie.

5. Red Dead Ryan - July 20, 2010

I have to concur with #1 and 2. Bring back Bruce Greenwood. His take on Pike in the first film was classic!

Bob and Alex are geniuses for being able to reel in a talent such as Bruce Greenwood. Let’s hope that they have someone special in mind to appear in the next film, whether as a villain or as someone else.

6. Horatio - July 20, 2010

I still have a mancrush on Greenwood’s Pike. It would be great if they could work him back into the second film. Hope boborci is reading…

7. Crusade2267 - July 20, 2010

Bruce Greenwood was the one actor in the film I felt surpassed the original. Some of the others came close (Simon Pegg), and some matched the original (Karl Urban), but I much prefer Greenwood Pike to Hunter Pike.

8. S. John Ross - July 20, 2010

He shouldn’t have to hustle; they should be kissing his butt. He was one of the core acting talents in the film that made the creative team look good.

More Greenwood = Better Sequel.

9. Ralph F - July 20, 2010

I’ve been reading a lot of Trek fiction lately, and focusing on the Pike era ENTERPRISE. A lot of great stories; I forget that (in Trek lore) Pike was the Captain of the E for two five-year missions at least; there’s a lot of stories to be told.

And to bring up a non-topic: I nominate Sandy Wood* as the new voice of the ENTERPRISE computer!

(If you’re as much into the science as the fiction you might recognize the name.)

10. Schultz - July 20, 2010

I was totally exhilarated when I read for the first time that Greenwood had been cast as Pike, and it was a great choice and a wonderful performance. He *must* be in the sequel. I’d even settle for a short video cameo like Janeway in ST:Nemesis.

11. LoyalStarTrekFan - July 20, 2010 recently did an interview with Bruce Greenwood. It’s interesting so I recommend everyone reads it.

8, yes, there are indeed plenty of stories to be told in the Standard (un-rebooted) Universe.

12. Hat Rick - July 20, 2010

Three words: Gra vit tas.

Okay, so that’s one word, but it’s one word that encapsulates Greenwood-as-Pike.

I concur with those who laud his performance in ST2009. Together with Leonard Nimoy, Greenwood made this a movie for the ages and not just your average awesome prequel.

Apropos to someone who’s played a U.S. President, Greenwood brought an air of quiet but supreme confidence to the role of Captain Pike. It actually help reflect positively on Starfleet that someone of Pike’s caliber, as portrayed, was near the top of its hierarchy. And it made it seem all the more interesting when Pike gave his quasi-soliloquy in that bar scene about how Starfleet was losing its edge.

We remember, now with fondness, the BBK (Bring Back Movement) movement of the late 1990’s and most of our current decade. Perhaps now is the time to start a BBP movement that continues Pike’s storyline through at least another movie, if not cycle.

After all, someone has to keep an eye on our newest Starfleet wunderkind.

13. Lore - July 20, 2010

#3 when your done you could use it to wrap fish.

14. Vultan - July 20, 2010

Yeah, Bob Orci, get the wheelchair out of storage. We want this guy back!

15. captainmccoll - July 20, 2010

This is to do with the poll and not the article:
If the Shat doesn´t include Chris Pine in his documentary it will be due to his big ego and nothing else, not recognising somebody else playing his character.

And by the way, I love Shatner and am not trying to bash him but I have to admit his ego is kind of big sometimes

16. I'm Dead Jim - July 20, 2010

A mere cameo would be an insult to the actor, Greenwood as well as the character, Pike! We need just as much of him, if not more, in the sequel! Please Supreme Court, the fans have spoken!

17. Startrekker - July 20, 2010

I want more how about he mentors the young Captain Kirk or would Karl Urban’s bones advise Kirk anyway I hope the sequel will include Pike again and make it better hope you’re reading this bob orci

18. S. John Ross - July 20, 2010

#15: “If the Shat doesn´t include Chris Pine in his documentary it will be due to his big ego and nothing else, not recognising somebody else playing his character.”

The poll bothers me because it bundles responses with reasons, even when it’s very likely that a lot of people will have the same responses for _different_ reasons.

I think there’s no reason to include Pine at this point … not because he isn’t “prime timeline” (as the poll gives me no other choice but to say) but because he’s been a Starfleet captain on screen for what — maybe an hour or so? Less than one movie. And there’s at least a fair chance that a grand total of 4-6 hours of him as captain is all there’ll ever be. He is, at this point, a footnote compared to the captains that the documentary will be focusing on.

19. Dr. Image - July 20, 2010

More Pike!!
Yes! And get him out of the chair!
Sean Kenny should have a cameo IN one though.

20. moauvian waoul - July 20, 2010

It appears the ONE thing everyone here agrees on: more Pike.

21. cw - July 20, 2010

Yea, no doubt. Kirk is starting off on this Capt. thingy waaaay earlier than our Kirk, so he needs a big brother out there telling him what to do.

22. webitube - July 20, 2010

Yes, more Pike, please.

Wheelchair: Given that we have HULC (from Lockheed Martin) and REx (RexBionics) in the here and now, it wouldn’t be unreasonable that there would be *some* reason why we couldn’t have a Pike on his feet.

23. Mr Phil - July 20, 2010

My vote is cast, more Pike, and not just a walk on (wheel on?) part.

Kirk needs a father figure, gives the character more dimension than just a jock who likes shiny starships, snogging birds, and punching enemies / colleagues.

24. OfficialSpudUk (Formally known as PropperTrekkieUk) - July 20, 2010

yes please…more Pike! Even maybe still onboard the big E?

Or fighting the Enterprises’ corner in Starfleet Command whilst Kirk is out stopping something…I wrote down an idea but cba to write it all out now

25. Gary Neumann - July 20, 2010

Pike has to have at least a supporting Role like Sulu did in Star Trek VI.

Lets change that concept that Other Starfleet Captains or Admirals are corrupt or broken… let kirk have some friends… some powerful friends like Pike!!! We all want MORE PIKE!

26. Jeyl - July 20, 2010

While I didn’t enjoy Greenwood in Trek09 as much as I thought I would (Weak character), it is nice to see a good actor like him want to do a role like that again.

27. Sid - July 20, 2010

More Pike. Greenwood’s and Urban’s performances were the two that were (to me) absolutely perfect in that movie.

I want to see him out of the chair and kicking some ass.

28. T'cal - July 20, 2010

How about Star Trek: The Wrath of Kirk in which Pike is killed and Kirk takes the ship and crew on a mission of revenge!

29. Rick - July 20, 2010

He did a wonderful job in Star Trek 09. Liked him alot. I’d like to see more of him as Pike :)

30. trekprincess - July 20, 2010

why are you concerned about Pine he playing a young Kirk rebel, troublemaker i think it would be great if he had a father figure Pike has to return but not in the wheelchair.

31. Will_H - July 20, 2010

I’m glad he refereed to it as the parallel universe. I’ve never liked to think of it as an alternate timeline because time travel in Star Trek always alters a single time line and never has created a separate one. But given Star Trek’s dealings with parallel universes that would be a much better example and would also clear up a lot of errors that couldn’t be answered by time travel (Kirk not having Sam Kirk as a brother, transporters seeming to be lower tech than in Enterprise, to name a few). I wish they’d officially go with that, it would give them a lot more freedom because they wouldn’t have to worry as much.

But I also do think they’d be wise to put Pike back in. Kirk’s still young and could benefit from a mentor like Pike, plus Greenwood did an awesome job with the part.

32. Anthony Thompson - July 20, 2010

More Pike and more McCoy. I’ll be a happy man. And, oh yeah, a real Engineering deck! : )

33. Praetor Tal - July 20, 2010

Dunno. I’d like to see more Pike, but then you gotta cut the training wheels off Kirk sometime. I say bring him back for one film, and then kill him in a fantastic, gut-wrenching way. Could be a seminal moment for Kirk, and fun for Greenwood.

34. DavidJ - July 20, 2010

To be honest, as much as I loved Greenwood in the first movie… I’d kinda like to see Pine’s Kirk (and the rest of the crew) strike off on their OWN this time– something the end of the movie already set up perfectly.

Plus having Pike lurking in the background would continue to make everyone else look like just a bunch of young cadets next to him.

35. captain_neill - July 20, 2010

15 and 18

I agree with 18 tha Pine could bea foot note, all the other Captains have had more screen time than Pine.

36. Thorny - July 20, 2010

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, start of Star Trek 2012 with Admiral Pike, now Chief of Starfleet Operations, giving the twelve Constitution-class starship captains their orders to proceed on their five year missions. We get to see Pike again (he could also appear later in the movie as Kirk reports what’s going on in the main story), we have cameo opportunities for big stars as the other captains (Decker, etc), and a great SFX shot as the twelve ships depart Starbase One all moving off in different directions. Plus, using the Five Year Mission concept gets the Abrams-verse back in sync (well, a little anyway) with the Prime universe.
The adventures Kirk & Co. had before they will have again, but with a twist.

37. Trekprincess - July 20, 2010

How about Kirk needs to grow and wise up i think he is still young and would need a father figure or mentor that’s why they should bring Pike back even though they should let them stand out on their own

38. - July 20, 2010

Does Shatner decide which captains to interview? I doubt it. That job would be organized for him.

Gotta love how people who do not even know the guy make judgements about his ego.

39. nscates - July 20, 2010

@ 38

Yeah, and everyone’s a psychologist!

40. Dura Europus - July 20, 2010

Hill Harper for Dr. Richard Daystrom!

41. Victor Hugo - July 20, 2010

i want to see him back as an admiral, at least.

42. Apollo - July 20, 2010


And if the cage could somehow be the Nexus.

43. Darkwing - July 20, 2010

Make a new series and make Greenwood the lead!

But yeah, make Pike a critical element to the movie, he can be what Leonard Nimoy was to Trek 09

44. DeShon Steinblatt - July 20, 2010

I wonder if more people are familiar with Pine’s movie, or Mulgrew’s blockbuster series of 15 years ago?

Nah, I don’t wonder at all.

45. Red Skirt - July 20, 2010

Wow. I really hope they start shooting sooner than May.

There is a very real threat of a joint directors, writers and actors strike in June when their contracts expire.

46. ajd - July 20, 2010

Big fan since St. Elsewhere…great actor.

47. Thorny - July 20, 2010

45… A writers strike again? They just struck in 2007-08. Anyway, I think that fiasco is going to work in favor of a compromise avoiding another strike next year, Hollywood is still picking up the pieces from the last strike, as witness this severely ho-hum summer movie season. Everybody lost in the last strike, and now the economy is a lot worse.

48. Jamie - July 20, 2010

I love Bruce Greenwood!

49. Red Dead Ryan - July 20, 2010


Don’t underestimate the greed of Hollywood studios. They’ll be willing to keep things shut down for as long as possible. Especially if they believe President Obama will bail them out with a $100 billion cheque package. :-)


“Wow. I really hope they start shooting sooner than May.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have the feeling that the sequel will be shot during the summer of ’12 and be in theatres during summer ’13 not just because of the potential strike, but because J.J Abrams has other movies/shows he’d like to create/produce/direct. Neither Bob nor Paramount would even consider giving the sequel to another director. They’ll just wait for J.J Abrams to be ready.

50. Phobos - July 20, 2010

Paramount would be wise to bring Greenwood back. He has a classic Star Trek appeal.

51. Ironhyde - July 20, 2010

Leave him in the chair. People with disabilities can be heroes too. I’m excited to see an accessible universe.

52. The Original Spock's Brain - July 20, 2010

I’m so looking forward to seeing Bruce as Ben Stevenson in “Mao’s Last Dancer.”

53. Dom - July 21, 2010

I’m really torn about Bruce Greenwood appearing again. On one level, I thought he was fantastic and could play Pike in a whole movie of his own (maybe some kind of spin-off after Star Trek 2?) but do I really want to see a James Kirk who will be at least the same age as Shatner’s Kirk in TOS season one by 2013 still being mentored? I want this guy to be in charge and confident in his own leadership ability!

Maybe a Pike cameo would be ok, but I’d rather have the character get his own spin-off!

54. P Technobabble - July 21, 2010

I think the matter of Pike being in the sequel will really owe more to the story than any desire to simply see him again. I totally, 100%, agree with everyone that Greenwood’s portrayal of Pike was a home-run performance, and would have no problem seeing him in the role again. But what should he be doing? I don’t think he belongs on the Enterprise, where he would have greater authority than Capt. Kirk… what would be the point in having Kirk? And, hopefully, the story will be taking the Enterprise into deep space, away from the confines of Earth, Starfleet, and anything else familiar. So, possibly an early scene between Pike and Kirk, but I don’t think the rest of the story would include him. All my opinion, of course… But, again, I really like the guy, and think he did an awesome job in Trek09.

55. S. John Ross - July 21, 2010

#54: “I think the matter of Pike being in the sequel will really owe more to the story than any desire to simply see him again.”

You are so generous :)

56. Bernard Tilman - July 21, 2010

I hope that there are many more planets this time and larger space battles with more starships. The sequel needs a larger all-star cast with many recognisable actors making cameo appearances. I hope that James Kirk has several (human) love interests like James Bond and that they are played by Hollywood’s most beautiful young actresses.

Four stunningly beautiful and talented actresses (Jennifer Morrison, Rachel Nichols, Winona Ryder and Diora Baird) were wasted in the last movie and should have had more screentime.

57. Aubrey Titmuss - July 21, 2010

The Jerry Goldsmith theme music from the Star Trek Insurrection end credits should have been used at the end. The Original Series theme music and new theme music in the movie was unnecessary. The soundtrack was disappointing overall. ‘Labour of Love’ was the best part of it.

All of the cut scenes should have been included in the final film. J.J. Abrams made a bad call removing the Rura Penthe scenes. He said that the test audiences were confused by those scenes in particular. I am at a loss as to what was so confusing about the inclusion of the Klingons in the film. It was absolutely shocking to leave such a huge plot hole regarding where the villains were for 25 years. It makes them look lazy and stupid on top of the fact that they were superficial. Nero and Ayel would have had more depth at least as well.

58. The Brit - July 21, 2010

James Kirk lost nearly every fight in Star Trek (2009). He should have been a hardcore badass like Christian Bale in Batman Begins and particularly in The Dark Knight, Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Matt Damon in the Bourne trilogy and Liam Neeson in Taken. He should have won the fights against the Starfleet officers, Spock and Nero. The fight between Kirk and Nero was pointless and anticlimactic. A wasted opportunity for an amazing and action-packed fight which would have made Kirk’s triumph at the end all the more emotional and uplifting. He didn’t seem to care about avenging his father. He should have gone after Nero after shooting Ayel. The fight between Jean–Luc Picard and Shinzon at the climax of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) was more satisfying and even the William Riker and Reman Viceroy showdown.

59. Jarod - July 21, 2010

In my opinion the writers should stop thinking “what is demanded by the franchise” and let the reboot develop naturally. If Bruce Greenwood as Christopher Pike could carry his own Star Trek movie (and he definately can) then they should do that movie.

60. janice - July 21, 2010

YES—I REALLY want to see Pike/ Bruce Greenwood in the sequel.
A significant role and not just a cameo.
Also—-NO wheelchair!
Any Star Trek movie will benefit if Bruce Greenwood is in it. He’s a mighty fine actor and so easy on the eyes. I’m all for it!

61. S. John Ross - July 21, 2010

#58: “If Bruce Greenwood as Christopher Pike could carry his own Star Trek movie (and he definately can) then they should do that movie.”

Well, amen to that.

62. ensign joe - July 21, 2010

If I had to pick one thing about Star Trek(2009) that felt most like trek it would be Greenwood’s Pike.

Greenwood should have more screen time in a commanding role. Anything else is a waste of material…

63. Buzz Cagney - July 21, 2010

He’ll be in for sure.

64. P Technobabble - July 21, 2010

55. S. John

and I have an uncanny grasp of the blatantly obvious!

65. S. John Ross - July 21, 2010


Well, that puts you head and shoulders above 90% of the Internet ;)

66. DeShon Steinblatt - July 21, 2010

NO Wheelchair!

I do not approve of the handicapped lifestyle.

67. moauvian waoul - July 21, 2010

65. he, he,he.

36. I like it. I hope Mr Orci reads it. You out their Roberto?

68. Dennis Bailey - July 21, 2010

Another vote for Greenwood, here.

69. Dom - July 21, 2010

To be fair though, Chris Pine also knocked the ball out of the park as Kirk, which is why he’s also landed the Jack Ryan role.

The ‘crew of the starship Enterprise’ film franchise is too small to accommodate both the captain and the admiral in substantial roles. Find something in the new universe to occupy Pike and give him a movie of his own between Kirk, Spock and McCoy films.

70. Nick Cook - July 21, 2010

If it works for the story, I say yes. Greenwood was certainly one of the high points of the movie, and I’d like to see more of his Pike. But only if he’s not shoehorned into it.

71. Desstruxion - July 21, 2010

I’d like to see Admiral Archer get his dog back.

72. Jarod - July 21, 2010

Kill off Kirk and let Pike assume command. It’s a reboot! You know you can do it! It’s bold! It’s daring! It’s unexpected! It’s awesome!

73. Dr. What - July 21, 2010

We need a poll to show if we want pike in the next movie!

74. Losira - July 21, 2010

The trek sequal would not look let alone feel right without Pike. He. Appears as a strong staple for the movie. As for the wheelchair it does not mean a permanent situation. He was still recovering from his injuries. And still weak. He appeared still moble during his rescued,though badly injured, not paralyzed. However I agree on his presence as a mentor and friend to kirk.

75. Dr. What - July 21, 2010

I enjoyed Pike enough that I would say:
1. Make him a major player in the next movie.
2. Make a spinoff movie starring Greenwood.
3. If he’d do it, here’s the star for the next Trek TV series.

76. Dr. What - July 21, 2010

Absolutely get him out of the chair. Chekhov has no chair.

No reason for the continued chair.

Nuclear Wessels.

77. Red Dead Ryan - July 21, 2010

I think #56, 57, 58 is the same person. I’ve read those posts about three times before on other threads.

78. Trekprincess - July 21, 2010

I liked the original series music on Star Trek’s End Credits anyway I want to see Kirk have a mentor and father figure so bring Pike back hope you are reading this Bob Orci

79. Trekprincess - July 21, 2010

Who would even think of killing Kirk off :0(

80. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - July 21, 2010

I am ALL for Pike on the next movie. He brings a serious face and depth to the movie as a whole. The movie cant be all light and humor so who do you need to be in the serious parts??? PIKE!!!

81. the Quickening - July 21, 2010

I enjoyed Pike/Greenwood in ST ’09, but think it’s time to move on. You can only put so many characters in a movie, and it certainly doesn’t help that Abrams–who thinks he knows everything–is so critical of movies lasting over 2 hours. More time to develop key characters–especially females and the antagonists–and plotting, would have definitely made ST ’09 a far better film.

82. Dom - July 22, 2010


I’M critical of movies that last over two hours!

In the 1980s many movies were 80 minutes long and still good! Many writers seem incapable of writing short but sweet films these days. Moreover there seems to be a perception post-Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter that, to be ‘important,’ a film has to be a bum-numbing length.

ST09 worked in part because it didn’t outstay it’s welcome.

Economy is something I respect with Abrams’ films!

83. S. John Ross - July 22, 2010

#82: “In the 1980s many movies were 80 minutes long and still good!”

That’s seldom true of the science-fiction and fantasy films though, because such films tend to (traditionally, now; obviously I don’t mean ST09) be about ideas on top of being character films, dramas, etc … Not many great genre films weigh in at 80 minutes! :)

That said, two hours is still a _often_ good cap. Quite a few of the fondly remembered genre films of the 80s (Blade Runner, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Wrath of Khan, etc) weigh in somewhere around the 110-120 minute range.

That _also_ said, some of the greatest genre films push past the two-hour limit, even when they’re from decades where films are shorter as a rule. Empire Strikes Back squeaks past the 2-hour mark, as does It’s A Wonderful Life, Aliens, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and many others.

I think the only rule to be taken from it is that a film should be exactly as long as it needs to be, and that trying to apply an arbitrary metric one way or another, fails.

“Many writers seem incapable of writing short but sweet films these days.”

I certainly agree that the [in]capabilities of writers is a relevant concern.

84. Dom - July 22, 2010

83. Hi John.

Well, I wasn’t being specific about which genre! But yeah, about two hours is fine for a sci-fi film.

I’d argue whether Aliens is a ‘great’ sci-fi film. It’s a fun, well constructed actioner and the even longer special edition is the only worthy version. Certainly, it isn’t a patch on its predecessor or it’s sequel.

I have no issues with films that need to be long being so. The bad thing in the 80s was forcing films to be short! Hell, some of my favourite films are extremely long!

That said, there’s an unfortunate tendency these days for bloated, overlong epics that could do with half an hour cutting out. Then again, many of the James Bonds could have done with that throughout the films’ history!!

85. Trekprincess - July 23, 2010

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