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JJ Abrams: ‘Amazing Ideas’ For Star Trek Sequel – Will Focus After Super 8 May 6, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Abrams,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

Star Trek sequel producer (and possible director) JJ Abrams is currently getting ready to release his new movie Super 8. And Abrams says that after that, he is ready to put his focus onto Star Trek. Details below.


Abrams: ‘Amazing Ideas’ For Star Trek Sequel – will focus after Super 8

Speaking to MTV, JJ Abrams confirmed that there still isn’t an officially approved script for the Star Trek sequel, but he said "we’re working on it." Noting how this time the writing team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have additional help:

Damon is working on the script for this one. As busy as I’ve been with ‘Super 8,’ I remember that when we did the first one, Damon was that busy with ‘Lost.’ So it’s going to be very cool to have him on board as a writer…There are some amazing ideas. These are not just great friends of mine, but they’re great writers. I’m thrilled and very optimistic that it’s going to get to where it needs to get to

Abrams still hasn’t announced if he will direct the Star Trek sequel in addition to producing, noting:

The truth is that my focus has been so much on finishing ‘Super 8′ that it’s been something I’m looking forward to getting to, but with an incredibly compressed post [production] schedule, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time for me to be working with the writers…Now that ‘Super 8′ is drawing to a close in terms of this post schedule, I’m looking forward to jumping in and hopefully getting that ready as soon as possible.

Super 8 comes out on June 10th. So it looks like the Star Trek sequel still has another month before the ball really gets rolling. Hopefully that will leave the team enough time to get production started by September and release the film as planned on June 29, 2012.

JJ Abrams will put focus back to Star Trek once Super 8 is released


1. The Rusted Robot - May 6, 2011

No matter what they do, I’m sure it’s going to be amazing indeed!

2. The Rusted Robot - May 6, 2011

I can’t wait to see both Super 8 and Star Trek 12.
JJ and crew are pretty great at what they do!

3. Allenburch - May 6, 2011

I do hope that J.J. directs.

4. Enterprisingguy - May 6, 2011

STILL no script?

Sheesh!! Forget coming in on the original schedule!

5. AP - May 6, 2011

Summer 2013, here we come!

6. Elliot - May 6, 2011

Summer 2015, here we come!

7. Driver - May 6, 2011

Late Summer 201X, here we come!

8. Trek Nerd Central - May 6, 2011

Okay, so NOW can I get my JJ bobblehead?

9. Darkthunder - May 6, 2011

No lens flares this time, PLEASE!

10. pilotfred - May 6, 2011

i am looking forward to super 8 however i am getting a little tired of this endless wait for a script thats been in the works before the release of trek 09 over two years later and its still being written

now i get you dont want to rush the story however its about time they get it done or bring other people to finish it

in my option the best trek film trek 6 took less time to write and make then they had already

having said all that if they are planing the storyline for the rest of the films ok just let us know and know i am not wanting any spoilers just something to reasure us please

11. BrodyKoss - May 6, 2011

More lens flares this time, PLEASE!

12. Paul - May 6, 2011

Guys, you’re taking too much time. Do you really want to risk that your principal actors become major stars meanwhile? You need to make as much sequels as possible, while they still are inexperienced and cheap. You won’t be able to afford them later. :-P

13. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 6, 2011

Come on J.J. Direct this one and Bob and Alex. Come on. We need this done already.

14. Vultan - May 6, 2011

Forget the lens flares. How about a good, original story that doesn’t try to pander to every demographic to get as many people in theaters on opening weekend?!

Oh right. They don’t make those any more.

15. Harry Ballz - May 6, 2011

To Bob Orci:

Look, we know you can’t post an OFFICIAL response here, but can you tell us, best guess, whether the movie APPEARS to still be on track for the proposed release date?

(don’t worry, we won’t hold you to it!)

16. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 6, 2011

Oh and Bob Orci. Failure to comply with Harry and the rest of us will get you time in the Agoniser Booth.

17. THX-1138 - May 6, 2011


I don’t mean to pick nits, but I can’t call this next film “Star Trek XII”.

Because it’s not the 12th movie in the series. It’s the second movie in JJ Abrams Trek series. And I don’t think they should number the movies JJ does at all. Be different. Just give the movies titles.

18. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - May 6, 2011

@ 17. THX-1138

No bud, thats extreme nitpicking.
How would you number the Nimoy Trek movies?
The Nick Meyer movies

even more tricky … the Harve Bennett movies!!.

Bob Peak would have had a problem if you were telling him what to do :P

19. rvp - May 6, 2011

I know JJ Abrams is a hot name right now and they were pleased with what he did with XI, but I don’t get why Paramount isn’t more open to getting a director a little less swamped.

It could be interesting to have a director who is actually into Trek. See how he’d play with this new universe now that the pieces are set.

20. Christopher Roberts - May 6, 2011

Oooh! Amazing ideas you say? Do tell. Oh go on. :}

21. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - May 6, 2011

@19. rvp

You mean someone like Jonathon Frakes?

22. Daoud - May 6, 2011

Star Trek Oh Point Five. Since, the first JJ movie was Star Trek Zero, according to the Supremes. Then the third movie can be Star Trek One. And since TMP was never called Star Trek One… there you have it. Star Trek 0, 0.5 and 1 :p
Seriously, who cares, just make the movie already! When James Cawley and crew can put out 2 per year… surely the pros can do one every three years. This ain’t the Olympics.

23. John from Cincinnati - May 6, 2011

You can’t tease us like this!

24. TrekkieJan - May 6, 2011

They could call it Episode Two. Fits. I’d love to see this in the hands of a director who was actually into Trek.

25. Dee - lvs moon' surface - May 6, 2011

Yes… that’s it! … he finally said the words… after the premiere of Super 8 … LOL…

:-) :-)

26. Dee - lvs moon' surface - May 6, 2011

“I’m thrilled and very optimistic that it’s going to get to where it needs to get to” … Well, JJAbrams is saying …

So… why people are worried?… this assertion of JJAbrams… shows that he is excited and totally on top of everything that is happening with the script for the sequel… even if he can not be “fully available”… this interview was the most positive he gave until now about the production of Star Trek sequel… at least I think so!

And they will continue to keep the secret… TOP SECRET … then…

:-) :-)

27. T'Cal - May 6, 2011

Super 8? Yes, yes, very nice. I WANT TREK, DAMMIT!!!

28. TrekMadeMeWonder - May 6, 2011

Does’nt sound like JJ is impressed with the script so far.
Oh well. A delay of a month or two will allow more time to create an impressive Engineering set.

29. rvp - May 6, 2011

@21 I mean someone in the molds of Bryan Singer. But really, any solid director with some interest in Trek could be interesting.

Someone as unattatched as JJ was good to reboot the universe because they needed to free themselves from canon. But it’s done now, it’s a new sandbox. Anyone can play in it, so. Let others play in it.

30. pilotfred - May 6, 2011

#26 top secrect i so get it i dont want the film spoiled by un-wanted information or maja plot points however they have had two years to sort a script out and so far nothing

all i want them to do is write the script not tell us what it is

i would like jj at the helm if only he feel like its a story he can do otherwise nick mayor and the reason for this is this trek is more like trek 2 or star wars and this suits his style if it was more like next gen then frakes would be a good choice

please just tell us the script is done and everyone is happy with it and i will be happy and thats it for the time being no plot or charctors just the script

31. Anthony Thompson - May 6, 2011

JJ’s comment says volumes about the state of the script. It’s not even close if he’s still talking about “ideas” rather than dialogue and other components of a script nearing completion. My feeling about this delay is that something was put together awhile back that JJ didn’t approve of and he sent Bob & Co. back to the drawing boards. However, we’ll never know for sure if that scenario is true…

32. Mike - May 6, 2011

@31 – It’s not our problem. Why should we care?

33. Disgruntled - May 6, 2011

Ugh. I know its unfair, but I get so upset the more I see this being dragged out. My mom is a huge Trek fan and loved the last movie. She was diagnosed with cancer December of 2009 (GBM) and I keep hoping she’ll live to see the next movie. I know its silly to feel this way, but I don’t think I could handle seeing it if she passes before they manage to get their butts in gear.

Especially since going to the movies in town is much more doable with her
medical condition than planning to go to a convention on the opposite side of the country. =/

Sorry, I’m just frustrated!

34. trektech - May 6, 2011

This is how a reinvigorated franchise loses whatever momentum it gained. Talk about failure to effectively capitalize. This movie certainly didnt have the merchandizing to sustain the franchise in between so this is another step backwards. The creative team I fear has too many irons in the fire after becoming so popular that they dont have the time to devote to this franchise that it deserves.

35. Dee - lvs moon' surface - May 6, 2011

#30 -pilotfred

Well… if the whole “thing” is top secret … how to make sure the script is not nearly finished? … because boborci said … “it’s not done until the movie premiere “… so … my advice, if this is good for something … DO NOT PANIC! … AND PATIENCE! …

:-) :-)

36. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 6, 2011

I think a lot of people are feeling frustrated, even a little let down. I also think that using words like “ideas” could mean a lot of things, including “ideas” on how to make the dialogue of a character better; “ideas” on whether this or that minor scene is really necessary, etc, “ideas” on how to best explain a concept, etc.

A lot of people still seemed confused about the MWI notion that was used in Star Trek 09. It seems clear that this concept needed to be clarified better in the last movie…

37. Dee - lvs moon' surface - May 6, 2011

And when they say they’re done… we want to know about the film’s plot… I ‘m sure… and they will avoid this question as much as possible… so after debut Super 8, JJAbrams will prefer to stay away from the media… my guess!

:-) :-)

38. trekker 5 - May 6, 2011

well,this is cool. hey J.J.! i’m looking forward to it to but i;m still waiting. And will wait. I think they’ll get it out on the time apointed,i think the story will be good,& i think the whole movie will be great. I back Bob&co. 100%!!!

39. Devon - May 6, 2011

#28 – How in the world did you ever conclude that based on in this?!?

40. Red Dead Ryan - May 6, 2011

J.J Abrams: “….There are some amazing ideas.”

So, does that mean the writers have come up with something new and original and are trying to fit it all together?

Or does this mean that they couldn’t come up with something never done before and are deciding which TOS episode or episodes to remake?

41. Harry Ballz - May 6, 2011

My motto is………………..IT’S NEVER TOO SOON TO PANIC!

42. Anthony Thompson - May 6, 2011

Harry, that’s a motto to live by! : D

43. Red Dead Ryan - May 6, 2011



I hear that was what was written in the letter the Pakistani intelligence agency sent to Osama bin Laden last Sunday….

44. Jefferies Tuber - May 6, 2011

I think they’ll bypass the naming issue [Star Trek 2, etc.] by giving it an episodic name, like “Arena” or “The Enterprise Incident.” Look at the new ‘Pirates’ billboards. They just say PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and ‘Stranger Tides’ is tucked away in a smaller font.

45. Ciaran - May 6, 2011

This is starting to concern me because the same thing happened with Iron Man 2. The production on that film was very rushed and done very half-assed, and it certainly showed in the final product. The movie was very disappointing because the same amount of care and quality wasn’t put into the preparation of the sequel and the very same is happening here with Star Trek. I’m VERY nervous about this. It’ll be an absolute miracle if the Star Trek sequel is even up to par with the original, not even mentioning it surpassing it. This is one scared Trekkie.

46. VZX - May 6, 2011

Hey, If JJ can’t direct it, I’ll do it! I’m cheap!

47. PBN - May 6, 2011

I agree with whomever mentioned squandered opportunity. Simon and Schuester last year had posted on their site specific plans to release books based on ST 2009’s alternate universe – authors, titles were indicated on the outline. Last few times I checked, I could find nothing of the sort. Maybe our fan contingent, big as we think we are, isn’t as relevant as we think we ought to be – I would it weren’t so.

48. Joel - May 6, 2011

Let’s all relax a bit. Sure, things might seem a little tight, but we really haven’t the slightest clue, outside of a few soundbites, what’s actually going on with the movie, it’s pre-production and production schedules. I understand there’s a lot of negative vibes with a possible tight schedule but let’s see how it all shakes out!

The money is still on Abrams to direct, the man is just kind of busy finishing Super 8. As the summer rolls on and we move past Super 8’s release, I’m sure everything will fall into place.

Going on about poor merchandise sales or producers/writers being stretched too thin does nothing to keep the optimistic spirit of Star Trek alive.

Keep your heads up everyone and you just might see a great film come 6/29/12!

49. Harry Ballz - May 6, 2011


Anthony, I’m so cynical about the future, I don’t even buy green bananas!

50. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - May 6, 2011


It would be the second movie in the reboot series. I guess it would still work that way if you called it “Star Trek II”.

But yes, I agree: they should just give the movie a new title.

51. Matthew Weflen - May 6, 2011

An actual science fiction story that makes a lick of sense sure would be nice.

52. Harry Ballz - May 6, 2011

51. “lick of sense”

Our dyslexic friend meant “sick of lens”.

Yeah, I agree, enough with the lens flares!

53. captainkirk - May 6, 2011

The only thing that concerns me right now is that boborci said that they expected to have the first draft finishd by the end of March. It is now the beginning of May and they still haven’t finished. Fortunately all the comments by the writers and JJ that I’ve seen lately have been saying that the first draft is being finalized. My guess is that it will be finished this month (maybe even on the 8th) and that JJ will announce his decision soon.

54. chrisfawkes.com - May 6, 2011

If Abrams cannot do it can we have Tanrantino?

55. captainkirk - May 6, 2011

Oh by the way, the lens flares need to stay.

56. Harry Ballz - May 7, 2011


Temper starting to………..(wait for it)………………..FLARE!

57. Buzz Cagney - May 7, 2011

From what i’ve seen of Super 8 I think he may well have been wasting his time on that. To think we could have had Trek ’12 in, er, ’11 otherwise!

58. Harry Ballz - May 7, 2011

Super 8?
Don’t be late
We can’t wait
We’re irate
Don’t make us hate
Oh, what a state!

59. Bugs_Nixon - May 7, 2011

The next villains should be superintelligent patterns of light – that way the lens flares can return as the bad guys !!

60. pilotfred - May 7, 2011

#35 i so hope your right and maybe one of the reason is site like this(i love this site by the way)where in 1991 you had to wait a month or so to get the lastest news now its with mintues so every speeded up and so there for has slowed down

i just want a script ready i dont want a tmp where they went in without an ending

61. Cervantes - May 7, 2011

As well as a non-‘brewery’ engineering set, I sure wish that Chris Madden’s beautiful ‘Enterprise’ design could grace whatever ‘amazing’ storyline we end up with, instead of the current one – http://www.startrekonline.com/enterprise/gallery?share=869

62. Basement Blogger - May 7, 2011

IF PARAMOUNT WISHES TO RELEASE STAR TREK 2012 IN 3D, FILM IT IN 3D; NO CONVERSIONS. Just saw Thor in 3D; it was a conversion from 2D. Terrible conversion. Very good movie wrecked by a conversion. Action scenes shot on the dark planet of the Frost Giants were just mud. Too dark. Get this. The best 3D shots were the nebulas at the end credits. Star Trek can look good in 3D but it must be shot in 3D. We, Trekkers, deserve the same quality that Avatar gad,

63. Buzz Cagney - May 7, 2011

#62 I agree, the 3D in Thor was a disappointment to me. Its the first movie i’ve seen in 3D ( well since Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D in 1983!) and it added nothing to the movie at all. I didn’t realise it was a conversion job. I saw a trailer for the next Transformers and that looked far more impressive.
As to Thor itself I thought it was meh, at best. Hemsworth was good value in the title role though.

Trek ’12 in 3D? Really not a necessity for me personally, but i suspect the market is still going to be wanting the choice at that point.

64. Buzz Cagney - May 7, 2011

#61 now that is a looker!

65. Chris Pike - May 7, 2011

61. Cervantes – May 7, 2011

Yes, that was my favourite too…

66. trekker 5 - May 7, 2011

#41&58,Harry,I panic every time I see something for the next movie,in fear of it being some bad news! And,what a wonderful poem!! I wouldn’t put it up there with Frost or Shakespeare,it is very moving!! :) :)

67. Roy - May 7, 2011

Take advice from the HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY and “Don’t Panic!”

68. Lydia Roberts - May 7, 2011

J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman need to surpass Star Trek (2009) and rectify the mistakes that they made because as much as it was a tremendous film, I was still privately disappointed because it could have easily have been so much better. The Orion Syndicate as the villains, larger all-star cast as well as many cameos including by William Shatner and Lady Gaga, larger space battles with more starships, bringing back Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Morrison, Rachel Nichols, Winona Ryder and Diora Baird, Kirk having better fighting skills and several human love interests played by Hollywood’s most beautiful young actresses, no cut scenes and the Jerry Goldsmith theme music from the Star Trek Insurrection end credits as well as the album version of ‘Where My Heart Will Take Me’ used at the end.

69. New Horizon - May 7, 2011

– 4. Enterprisingguy – May 6, 2011
– STILL no script?

That’s not what he said…he said there was no ‘confirmed’ script. That simply means the current script is not finalized. HUGE difference.

70. Phobos - May 7, 2011

That is nice photo of Abram, Spock and Sarek.
Ben Cross was excellent, I hope they bring him back.

71. AJ - May 7, 2011


Time to pull your finger out and get “Trek” rolling. The film is scheduled for release in a year. We should have a teaser already, for Pete’s sake.

72. Janice - May 7, 2011

Just as I thought—the moviemakers are busy with other things right now.

Can’t wait for the day that the Star Trek sequel gets their full attention–and they can get going on this. I’d really like to see the movie released next summer.

73. Disgruntled - May 7, 2011

Patience only gets you but so far when the person who introduced you to Trek and who loved the new movie and is eagerly awaiting the sequel isn’t likely to see it and you have to keep explaining to them “Well, he decided to work on projects besides Star Trek, sorry mom!” (She had brain surgery in December of 2009, so sometimes things don’t stick in her memory as well as other times.)

The non-Trek fans who saw the last movie have likely forgotten it already because of this delay, too. IF they’re still on their new schedule – which is a big if at this point, clearly – it’ll be 3 years between the original and the sequel. I’m sure everyone who wasn’t already a Trek fan will be DYING to see it when they finally get around to releasing it. Not.

Avengers is due out in 2012 and is filming now – I doubt Trek will be out in ’12 if they don’t start filming soon, too. It’s not like you can make a Trek film without extensive special effects.

An amazing idea would be if they got their hands out of the 50 million different pies and actually worked on one thing at a time. =D It’s hard to just “be patient” when you’re fed general statements to keep a vague interest going when its clear that ST has been on the back-burner since the first film was released. And yes, I’m probably far more concerned with the production of this film than the last one since my mom’s chances of seeing it now that its hypothetically due in 2012 instead of the originally announced 2011 are slim to none.

Thank goodness she manages to like Iron Man more than Spock these days since Spock is nowhere in sight.

74. Buzz Cagney - May 7, 2011

Here’s to your Mum being with you to enjoy the next Trek, #73.

75. rvp - May 7, 2011

@57 — Wasting time? He’s a director, it’s his work. In the case of Super 8, his pet work, even, way more than Star Trek, so obviously he’s invested. I have no beef with that.

From what I’ve seen of the trailer, it’s not my thing (few JJ Abrams projects are), but it’s getting a lot of positive buzz. My only question is: why insist on a director who is swamped with a pet project and several other endeavors? Same goes for the writing team, by the way.

I’m happy for Paramount and the Bad Robot folks and I’ma let them finish, but while Star Trek is just another surefire-success on their resume, it’s a bit more than that for a lot of people.

76. Buzz Cagney - May 7, 2011

Super 8 does look like a big ‘ol waste of time, and here is the crucial bit, to me, rvp. Just because its his work doesn’t make it any less of a waste of time! And I will say it again, it looks like a waste of time TO ME.

If others are getting a buzz off the trailer then I’m afraid this Buzz is just not getting it.

77. PleasureGirl1990 - May 7, 2011

1. No lens flare, please 2. Ditch the embarrassing romance between Spock and Uhura 3. Lose the ‘brewery’ engine room.

78. Dee - lvs moon' surface - May 7, 2011

#41 –

Hmmmm …. In this case I do not want Harry Ballz commanding my starship … My Captain can not be panicking too soon … LOL

:-) :-)

79. Dee - lvs moon' surface - May 7, 2011

And what about… “PATIENCE … AND … DO NOT PANIC”… let me say that I’m always a little bit ironic … about the whole thing “top secret”… my fault … … but that, does not help to be in panic, not help! … LOL

:-) :-)

80. Hugh Hoyland - May 7, 2011

I look at it this way. I feel kinda lucky that we have A listers like JJ Abrams, Bob, Alex, Damon ect.. working on this movie. That hasnt happened since TMP actually (Robert Wise director, and an incredible director he was! Check out his credits.)

Although I like the other ST movies lets be honest, most of the folks involved in those sequels were B listers at best, and often would have been considered C listers by Hollywood standards.

Please dont think Im down grading what they did, they worked their arses off to make those movies, and with rather low budgets to boot, and thats a credit to them and their dedication.

But this new crew elevated Trek to a another level. They are HOT now, and for good reason. I have no doubt they will make a kick ass movie that will not only blow Trekkers away, but any non fan that braves the stereotypes and buys a ticket.

81. Jim Nightshade - May 7, 2011

I thought thor was a great fun movie-it was kinda dark n muddy but we didnt see it in 3d-chris hemsworth was awesome as thor–a fun different action movie–nice to see a special thanks to stan lee and jack kirby in the credits–now if only disney/marvel would pay the kirby family for all the movies n billions theyve made off his creative ideas–even dc should-the darkseid subplot on smallville to ff,avengers,hulk,iron man,thor etc all lee and kirby kreations–stan lee himself said kirby was the most imaginitive person he ever knew and probably the most prolific comic artist of all time–

82. Quinto is not Spock - May 7, 2011

They should just scrap this movie and go with a new TV series based on the original characters. The more I watch the 2009 movie the more I realize that the people playing these characters are just all wrong.

83. Harry Ballz - May 7, 2011


Uh, thanks, trekker 5! Just call it Return To ThunderPoem!

84. Phil the Gooner - May 7, 2011

If Bill Shatner can’t be infront of the camera, put him behind it and let him direct, maybe sing the theme tune, too!!

85. Harry Ballz - May 7, 2011

Phil, what have ya been smokin’, pal??

86. Cygnus-X1 - May 7, 2011


Is that you, Shatner?

87. joe1306 - May 7, 2011

@86 xDDD funniest thing all day! :D

88. Jimtibkirk - May 7, 2011

I say relax. Sets are built. Main casting is done. Makeup and wardrobe is done. Props are done. Soundtrack theme is done. Sound effects are done. CGI Federation ships are done. Lens flares are done :)

Plus they delayed the first film 5 months, and that worked out pretty well.

I know you’re hungry, but it takes time to prepare a great meal.

89. Charla - May 7, 2011

Ok I don’t like what your “name” is implying Mr. # 82~ Some of us here happen to really like Quinto as Spock. And the rest of the crew were just as wonderful too! :P yes you can have your opinion, I just don’t agree with it…. :)

90. Enterprisingguy - May 7, 2011

69. New Horizon – May 7, 2011

– 4. Enterprisingguy – May 6, 2011
– STILL no script?

“That’s not what he said…he said there was no ‘confirmed’ script. That simply means the current script is not finalized. HUGE difference.”

If the script isn’t finalized as even a first draft then there is no script yet. Otherwise JJ would have what he needs in order to decide if he will direct. It’s not as if they have approved it and it’s being tweaked while pre-production is underway. It’s merely a work in progress at this point. That’s how I interpreted it. Your view just differs from mine.

Don’t forget…..the first draft could be completely rejected. Until there is a final, and approved script, there is still NO script.

91. SoonerDave - May 7, 2011

Guys, the rest of the Paramount world can still opine their intent to release this movie next June, but I simply no longer believe them. Sorry, I am as optimistic and as enthusiastic as the next person, and I know I don’t know beans about making movies, but I know you have to have a script. Trying to suggest things are on track while we are still trying to “get the script where it needs to go” (whatever that means) is beginning to border on an insult to my intelligence.

I appreciate the hints and nuance and mystery as much as the next person. At some point, I prefer honesty about things even more. Maybe all the dominoes will fall into place and this thing will hit the screen spot-on schedule. I hope it does. But being one year from release, and still having no script and no director, combine to make me not just skeptical, but disbelieving.


92. Chris_of_ODU - May 7, 2011

Star Trek could probably come out in 2012 if they have the script finished tomorrow and begin filming June 11th the day after ‘Super 8′ comes out and reuse some of the effects created in the first film.

Yeah right.

They might be able to get the film out by December 2012 at this rate, but unless Paramount’s opinion has changed, I’m under the impression they’re only interested in a Summer release. While we can only look from the outside in, everything points to them not being finished with the script, JJ just stated he won’t be involved for at least another month, so there’s probably still a few months left with that. Then pre-production starts. Then filming. Then Post.

If they rush the film and make a lot of trims and cuts to finish it, sure. It can be done but the finished product will be exactly what you’d expect with a film that was forced on a tight deadline, had to trim and cut where it could.

My final bet is November/December 2012 or Summer 2013.

93. Stefan - May 7, 2011

How many on this forum are professional filmmakers? How many on this forum have made a major motion picture in their career? For those who can answer ‘yes’ to my questions – can you tell the coach-potato quarterbacks on this forum whether or not the next STAR TREK film is seriously in trouble in making a late June 2012 release.


94. Trekboi - May 7, 2011

JJ & the rest just used star trek & its success for their own gain- they have put it on the bottom priority beneath all the rest while they worked on all their other projects- they should have passed it to people who would prioritise it.

They may as well take their time & release it in 2013-14 because they have lost momentum & will have to win over new audiances with an amazing movie- 2 years is too long so wnat does 3, 4 or 5 matter.

95. Trekboi - May 7, 2011

Btw Stefan I have a BA in cinema & media & it doesn’t take an Industry insider to know that with 12 months left without having even started they will be rushing & compromising the final product to get in in the cinema.

96. Trekboi - May 7, 2011

i meant more than 2 years is too long so why not 4 or 5

97. Anthony Thompson - May 7, 2011

93. Stefan

Let me ask you the same question that I asked someone else who had also stated that a 12 month timeframe was not a problem: Please name just one big budget motion picture that did pre-production, filming and post-production in just 12 months. I need a name so I can do some checking and verify that it has indeed been done. PLEASE ANSWER! Because I never did get an answer from the other guy. ; )

98. Bill Peters - May 8, 2011

Let’s see the First and Second Transformers Movie, Thor, Spiderman, Star Trek II and III, Superman 1979 for starters Anthony.

99. Bill Peters - May 8, 2011

Also Star Trek 2009 was done in the Orgonal Time Frame shooting had nothing to do with the Push back on the Relase date Anthony, Also Green Lantern, and Transfomers 3 were done in 6-8 months wiht Shooting and did Pre and Post Proudction at the same time. So it can me done.

100. Jack - May 8, 2011

99. Agreed. It’s darned possible.

101. Bill Peters - May 8, 2011

Also must point out that Currenet Technology allows for that, and it doesn’t afffect the Movies in the least :) eveyrone needs to cool there Jets and have faith they can get it done.

all above comments were amied at #97

102. Aurore - May 8, 2011

98&99. Bill Peters.

Good to know.
Thank you for those facts.


103. Smoking Robot - May 8, 2011

Three years between movies is WAY too long.

104. Anthony Thompson - May 8, 2011

98. Bill Peters

Yes, Bill, thanks for those “facts”. But…according to a Marvel production history of Thor, principal photography began on Jan., 11, 2010. That’s a full 15 months before it’s premier on 4/17/11 (and doesn’t include pre-production time, BTW). I’ll check on others and report back.

105. Anthony Thompson - May 8, 2011

98. Bill Peters

Transformers. Orci and Kurtzman hired to do rewrite in Feb., 2005. Bay hired as director: July, 2005. Film released 6/11/07. Do you want me to continue researching your ‘facts’?

106. Evan Baxter - May 8, 2011

Principal photography began on Avengers on 4/26/2011. It is set to be released on 5/4/2012


107. Evan Baxter - May 8, 2011

JJ didn’t say they had no script. He said it was not approved yet. That can happen like overnight once they are ready to begin. And really no script is final until the opening credits roll on premiere night. They always are getting tweaked as the filming goes on.

And sequels tend to go quicker as much of the pre-production work is already done. Sets designed, costumes designed etc etc etc

So many pessimists here. This movie WILL open in June 2012. Bank on it. You think with the way 2011’s box office is going Paramount is going to let a for sure big block buster slide? No way. They will need it on time for summer 2012 to help make up for the challenges of this year.

108. Evan Baxter - May 8, 2011

Principal photography began on Iron Man 2 on 4/6/09 and the movie opened on 5/7/10.


109. Anthony Thompson - May 8, 2011

105. Evan Baxter

But when was the script complete? And when did pre-production begin?

110. Evan Baxter - May 8, 2011

Principal photography began on Transformers 2 on June 2 2008 and it opened on June 26 2009


111. Evan Baxter - May 8, 2011

Script for Trek 12 just needs to be approved and pre-pro is under way already. What you want to watch for is the shooting schedule.

Paramount will get it done in time for June 2012. JJ will be given all the resources that he needs to make it happen. Paramount cannot afford not to get this open by the date already set.

Relax, have some faith and optimism, and enjoy Super 8 when it opens.

112. Anthony Thompson - May 8, 2011

107. Evan Baxter

So principal photography on Iron Man began 13 months before it opened? Did you realize that we are now just 13 and one-half months away from the Star Trek release date with no script, no budget, no director and no supporting cast? That’s a huge difference! And JJ did not say the script was merely “not approved”. He said that he’s optomistic that it’s “going to get where it needs to go” That means UNFINISHED!

113. Aurore - May 8, 2011

“That’s a huge difference! And JJ did not say the script was merely ‘not approved’. He said that he’s optomistic that it’s ‘going to get where it needs to go’ That means UNFINISHED!”

I guess that means that you won’t be allowed to show up on this board again until you can say, “the script is done and submitted”, Mr. Orci.

I’m sorry about that,sir.


114. captainkirk - May 8, 2011

Now Orci seems to spend a lot of time here, Damon Lindelof is always on Twitter, does that mean that only Kurtzman is writing the script? No wonder it’s taking so long.

115. captainkirk - May 8, 2011

P.S: Happy Star Trek (2009) day!

116. Anthony Thompson - May 8, 2011

Luckily, Bob has a thick skin! : )

117. brec - May 8, 2011

More Lense Flares (F-U Darkthunder), More Ships, More Battles, More Time Travel, More Kirk fights Spock, More Nameless Deaths, More Spock and Hot Chick, New Ship. Now thats what im talking about.

118. brec - May 8, 2011

aaaaaaaannnnndddd, Kirk losses his ship in ultimate defeat..setting up the story-line for Stark Trek 3…featuring more time travel where kirk goes back in time and steals a klingon cruiser, better graphics, more ships, more lense flares, more kirk fights spock, spocks hot chick dies, and kirk losses the cruiser but is placed under the command of a brand new enterprise starship for saving earth, once again…setting up the story-line for Start Trek 4…where the enterprise intercepts a call from a whale in the middle of the ocean, where upon traveling towards the call they are sucked back in time into the 1980’s…I havent worked out he rest of this script but ill have it for you shortly.

119. Red Dead Ryan - May 8, 2011


“…I haven’t worked out he rest of this script but ill have it for you shortly.”

Don’t rush it. Take all the time you need.

120. gingerly - May 8, 2011

This is great news to me. :D

Damon is great at plotty details and heavy character moments. I’m happy to have him onboard.

If you don’t direct JJ, please beg Bard Bird to do it, please! ;)

121. Anthony Thompson - May 8, 2011

There is a positive way to view this story. JJ is obviously committed to telling a good story. He wants it to be right. And it can probably be inferred that he wants to direct so long as the script meets his expectations. All of that is good news.

122. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 8, 2011

Just because the Bad Robot team aren’t saying too much does not mean that nothing is happening. Bob Orci did say that soft-prep was already happening. I take that to mean that the sets are being brought out and dusted off, costumes are getting pressed and casting is being done for characters not already in Star Trek 09. Also, the actors can’t say anything without violating their contracts, although I bet they could be dying to say something, if only…

I am hoping that once the Super 8 premier is done on June 10, then we will hear something more definitive and positive. Let the countdown begin…

123. Bob Tompkins - May 8, 2011

I repeat… Thanksgiving 2012 at the absolute soonest. My bet is now May 2013.
Older people like me- who are getting older every day- are a bit antsy about the delays….. A script was projected for March. Doesn’t sound like they are anywhere near even a first draft….

124. Bill Peters - May 8, 2011

Anthony T. Also the time Inbetween Star Trek II,II and IV was short and was shot in short time spans, good movies can be done in 6-8 month shooting, also Super 8 which is going to be a big tent flim was and is being shoot, Pre and post proudced, and most actual shooting on a film takes less then 6 weeks, and you can do FX shots and Pre and Post Procution at the same time, It rediculous to think that they can’t , Star Trek 2099 was pushed back becase Parmount wanted it to be a Tent Flim it was done in short order, I expect that Parmount wants Trek 12 out no later then next summer and this Crew who is Proudcing it will make it so.

125. Bill Peters - May 8, 2011

Paramount wants to capitalize on the Trek Sequel and for a good one you don’t let more then 3 years go in between Sequels or you lose General Paying Public.

126. Bill Peters - May 8, 2011

2009 was the last good trek flim to make the right ammount of money for Parmount to Relase another Sequel after this one you need to Relase the next Trek Movie no later then 2012 Summer or you lose that $$$ amount you can Maxmize. Also I think 2nd and Third Sequles aer actually being Writein as back to back Scrips and both are in Writing Phase now, and you pich the 2012 Sequel to book end the one after.

127. SirBroiler - May 9, 2011

Patience is a virtue, people.

First, they have already laid a bulk of the pre-production ground work creating the first movie. This saves them LOADS of time. That is exactly why the original movies were so lucrative for Paramount in the first place. Half the work was already done.

Second, they said they don’t have a script. That doesn’t mean they don’t have a story outline – which drives the pre-production process much more than the final draft of the script. I can guarantee that there are a lot of people working on this movie already.

Third, if you lump together all of the criticism of the last movie it can’t overpower the positive response. I’d much rather these folks take their time to hash out the details of an EPIC Star Trek story. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

If it takes three years to make a GREAT Star Trek movie – I’m more than willing to wait.

128. Jipeman - May 9, 2011

127. Benefit of the doubt is for suckers. The impatient ones need personal emails sent to them detailing exactly what is going on and the progress that is made each day. That way they can more precise and pointed in their criticism and impatience.

129. Anthony Thompson - May 9, 2011


Hey, can I get on that email list?!!! : D

130. Bill Peters - May 10, 2011

agree with 127

131. DiscoVery - May 10, 2011

BobOrci – thanks for your devotion to Trek and working on a final script with the rest of your guys. I don’t doubt it will be a winner.

Could this be taken into consideration? A mini-episode. A 5 or 10 minute self-contained mini-episode to be released on the net to whet our appetites months before the next movie debuts. You could play it before the next movie, too.

It wouldnt be a money maker for Paramount per se, but it will energize the fan base BIG time. And it’ll remind new dans why they want to see the movie.

132. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 11, 2011

My problem is that we seem to keep hearing about all these amazing ideas for anything and everything but the Star Trek sequel. It also feels like sometimes this Trek site gets used to promote everything but Star Trek.

A really *novel* idea is for JJ Abrams and co. to start promoting the Star Trek sequel on this site with some real, solid information like reading pre-production has started and I can go and verify it by going to the IMDb Star Trek Sequel board and see its status has gone from “Announced” to “Pre-production”.

133. Bob - May 13, 2011

I hope he does away with the lights in your eyes and the brewery looking engine room. Both were stupid.

134. Bob - May 13, 2011

1. No lens flare, please 2. Ditch the embarrassing romance between Spock and Uhura 3. Lose the ‘brewery’ engine room.

Right on.

135. Sam - May 13, 2011

Keep fat William Shatner away from this movie.

136. Ken the bender - May 14, 2011

Loved the movie. Hated the costumes. The same problem as with Superman Returns, with little patterns in the cloth. What’s up with that? Plus, the visible double seams made the uniforms look cheesy.
Set design for the first Enterprise made no sense. Steel riveted girders?? Early 20th century at best. Then the next ship. What’s up with all the tube steel?
Casting couldn’t be better. Everyone was magnificent. Loved the little alien guy that hangs around with Scotty. Casting was magnificent and everyone was fabulous. Story was excellent, very action packed and exciting. I can hardly wait until the next sequel.

137. jaded - May 16, 2011

please, no more cheap, forced crossovers with characters from various ST tv series …. especially dead ones. leave the tributes outside the frame!

138. jaded - May 16, 2011

@ 134

yes: and please, enough with the uhura/spock love affair played out in the foreground. i could live with it were it entirely secondary and downplayed, but the close-ups of the two caught in overdone “tender” moments stride with the very idea of spock!!! did it not occur to anyone that thinking past emotions and becoming a being of pure logic living a life of rigid self-control cannot be reconciled with having a companion that stands for the furthest values? it makes for an entirely unconvincing romance ….

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