Today there are a number of reports on the web stating the script for the Star Trek sequel is "almost complete". TrekMovie has done some fact checking and while work is currently underway by writing the team, it appears they are still targeting early 2011 for their hand-in. More details below.
Scripting still underway for early 2011 pre production start
Yesterday TrekMovie reported on comments about the Star Trek sequel made during Viacom’s Q3 earnings report and call with investors. This call was also reported on by The Hollywood Reporter, who added a note that "Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are hammering out the script as we speak. They’re supposed to deliver it by the holidays. J.J. Abrams, who is producing, hasn’t committed to climbing back into the director’s chair, but the studio definitely wants him." This bit of detail has been picked up by a number of other sites and sourced to the Viacom call, but it was not actually part of the Viacom call (see full transcript), but added by THR.
It is true, as TrekMovie has been reporting, that J.J. Abrams has not yet committed to directing the Star Trek sequel, but this is due to the script not yet being completed. As with his first Trek, Abrams will not make the call until the script is completed. As for when the script will be done it appears that THR is still working off of an old estimate. TrekMovie reported last month that the script is expected to be completed in early 2011, and sources indicate this is still the plan. Scripting has only been underway for about a month, and just last week JJ Abrams was on the record saying that the script was just "being sort of fully outlined".
Filming for the Star Trek sequel (due in theaters June 29, 2012) is expected to start in the Summer of 2011, so there is still plenty of time for the script. Pre-production on the film should not take as long as the 2009 Star Trek feature as most of the main casting is already done, and much of the design and construction has already been completed, leaving the team to focus on the new elements.
Of course any bit of news regarding Star Trek quickly sweeps around the web so all these reports are understandable. We are all hungry for anything new. The next 19 months will be full of lots of reports, rumors, speculation, facts and more all about the next Star Trek movie, and we here at TrekMovie will do our best to bring it all to you as accurately as possible.