Last week we reported on a new image that showed up on the web and appeared to be related to the Star Trek sequel. Many are reporting this as the first “teaser” for the Star Trek sequel due in 2012. TrekMovie has been checking around and has confirmed that it actually isn’t an official teaser, but the image may still be related to ILM.
Sequel image follow up
As we reported on Friday, Collider posted an image they say is "something" related to the Star Trek sequel, possibly merchandising. TrekMovie has checked around with a number of sources and has confirmed the image does not come from Paramount, Bad Robot, or CBS. So far it has not been linked to any licensee or merchandiser either.
That being said, our resident expert Vreenak isn’t ready to say it is entirely “a fake”. The reason is that the shot of the Enterprise seen in the image has been confirmed to come from ILM. The shot of the Enterprise was created back in 2009 and was available internally at ILM, but not used in any publicity materials. The above image crops that original ILM rendering and adds the warp effect and the ‘Star Trek Summer 2012’ copy, but it is unknown who did the work. It could be fan made, but that fan would have to have access to the original ILM rendering of the Enterprise. It could also possibly be for ILM, who maintain a page on their site listing projects "in production" (w/ thumbnails, see below). The Star Trek sequel is currently not listed, but it is expected to be added to the page some time in 2011.
ILM site touts work in production
So while this new image is not a "teaser" intended for the public, it may be somehow related to ILM or possibly a Trek licensee.
And that is probably enough digging for just one image, but the interest that this image has garnered shows how much fans are anticipating anything related to the Star Trek sequel.