As we have been reporting, the first draft of the script for the Star Trek sequel isn’t quite done yet, but Paramount is still planning to get production started in the fall to meet that June 29, 2012 release date. Co-writer/producer Bob Orci now explains that they do have enough material to get a "soft prep" of the film going.
Star Trek sequel’s "soft prep"
One more straggler interview from Wondercon two weeks ago comes from HitFix, who spoke to Orci about various things, including Star Trek. Regarding the status of Trek, Bob talked about how even though the script draft isn’t totally complete, they can still do some prep work:
We are still working on [script] iterations. We have enough stuff that we are able to start a little bit of a soft prep. We can have designers working on stuff. There are things we know for sure we want to do. But in terms of the script and the dialog, that is something we continue to hammer out.
TrekMovie has confirmed that this "soft prep" has already started, but that the film is still technically not in official pre-production. Obviously that won’t happen until script draft is deemed completed and JJ Abrams makes an announcement on if he will direct the sequel (and if not, then who will).
Here is the video of the HitFix interview (Trek bit at the end):