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Yesterday TrekMovie’s exclusive interview with the Star Trek sequel writers had them talk about how the film could start shooting in September, but might not. Now a new report about Zoe Saldana’s schedule indicates the sequel may be set for November. Details below.
Saldana in talks for "Infinitely Polar Bear" + Trek to shoot in November?
If the Star Trek sequel has any chance of meeting its June 29, 2012 release date it would have to start shooting around September, which is when JJ Abrams began shooting his Super 8 movie last year (and was released last weekend). In TrekMovie’s exclusive interview with the Star Trek sequel writer/producers posted yesterday, they said they felt they could start shooting in September, but that everything depended on JJ Abrams and they would not move forward just to meet a deadline.
Today brings a new possible wrinkle. New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog is reporting that Zoe Saldana, Star Trek’s new Uhura, is in talks to star opposite Mark Ruffalo in the drama Infinitely Polar Bear, a Paramount film being developed by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot. The article also notes that "we also heard rumblings that Saldana plans to go from Polar Bear straight to a Star Trek sequel in November."
So it could be that Bad Robot are already working from a November schedule for the Star Trek sequel, which would fit with a film slated to be released in the Holiday season of 2012. Abrams first Star Trek feature, which at the time was scheduled for Christmas 2008, started shooting in November of 2007.
One other moving part in this schedule shuffling is Paramount’s next Jack Ryan movie, which stars Star Trek’s Chris Pine. Last report on that film was that Paramount shuffled their schedule around so that the Star Trek sequel would start in September with the Jack Ryan film starting in January, allowing time for Pine to go from one project to the next. If Star Trek 2 moves to November, then the Jack Ryan film would also likely have to be moved. It is likely these inter-linked schedules for the cast and crew of these various films are all part of the talks going on now inside Bad Robot and Paramount, but Abrams has promised that sometime "soon" word will come out that finally reveals his plans for the Star Trek sequel.
Saldana loves her New York Water
Taking a break from the Star Trek sequel release date obsession, and speaking of Saldana, here is a new PSA she did with some other lovers of New York Water.