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Today brings more news on the Star Trek sequel production schedule. A report on Paramount’s planned reboot to the Jack Ryan franchise (which stars Chris Pine) includes an update on how Paramount sees the 2012 Star Trek sequel fitting into their production plans. Details below.
Report: Star Trek to wrap by January 2012 + Abrams expected to direct
A month ago news came out that Paramount had shuffled their production schedules around and switch places for the Star Trek sequel and their Jack Ryan reboot, both starring Chris Pine. The move was due to the studio not being happy with the script for the Ryan reboot. Today Deadline is reporting that Paramount has inked a "7-figures" deal with screenwriter David Koepp (Mission: Impossible, Spider-man, Jurassic Park) to handle the rewrite for the now untitled Jack Ryan reboot.
The Deadline report also includes an update on Paramount’s plans for the Star Trek sequel:
I’m told the hope is to start production on the Ryan film sometime in January. JJ Abrams is busy finishing and will be promoting Super 8, but then he’s expected to be back at the helm of the Star Trek sequel, which has Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof finishing the screenplay. That film has a June 29, 2012 release date. Pine would then move right into Jack Ryan.
There has been some concern on slippage for the Star Trek sequel shooting start date. Last summer producer Bryan Burk told TrekMovie he expected production to start in early summer 2011. Since that time estimates have migrated, first to late summer and more recently co-writer/producer Roberto Orci has pegged September as the target date for production. JJ Abrams’ Star Trek took around 3 1/2 months to shoot, so if Paramount wants Chris Pine on the Jack Ryan set by January 2012, September may be as far as they can push it to start shooting the Star Trek sequel (not to mention the time required for post-production).
Regarding JJ Abrams directing the Star Trek sequel (in addition to producing), Deadline’s reporting is consistent with previous TrekMovie and other industry reporting that there is an expectation for Abrams to return. However, Abrams has said he will not announce any decision until after he sees the first script draft, which is currently being finalized.
Window for JJ Abrams (pictured above directing "Star Trek") to go into production on the sequel is tightening
POLL: Expecting Think Star Trek in Summer 2012?
What do you think? Do you have faith that they can meet that June 29, 2012 release date, or do you expect the Star Trek sequel to be delayed.