It has been reported before that there has been a "soft prep" going on for the Star Trek sequel including some early design work. In a new video interview from Sand Diego Comic Con, co-writer/producer Roberto Orci goes into more detail about this work, including how the USS Enterprise "might change." Watch it below.
Orci talks Star Trek sequel design work + possible "changes" to Enterprise
The guys at HitFix ran into Bob Orci at San Diego Comic Con and got him to open up on the status of Star Trek. He sounded very enthusiastic about progress and gave more details on what kind of work is going on in the "soft prep."
Transcript of comments on Trek
Orci on the work being done:
JJ [Abrams] did this little side project, Super 8. So he is finally done with that little home movie of his. It was all about making sure he was done with it. We have been developing the a story even while he was working on Super 8 and I think it is going to be what the movie is. I think we really know what the movie is and we are in soft prep. We have designers working on the Enterprise and what could change. We have designers working on the alien planets whatever they may be, I can’t tell you. But we are really on track and we believe we have the idea for the sequel. I think JJ is resting as a result of Super 8, but I think we are going to announce very soon now when things are going to happen. But in terms of the development of the movie and the design of the movie – that has never stopped. We are on track and really like where we are going. If you are a Star Trek fan, we are on the case and I hope you really like it.
On the release date:
We always felt comfortable. By the way for the first movie there was a release date poster before we even began writing it. So we were like "oh it comes out in ’08? I guess we better get started." It is a dance that happens. Paramount we have to give a lot of credit to for being patient with us and betting on us and knowing that they would rather have us all come together then start anew. They get it. Super 8 is a Paramount production so it is not like they can pretend they have no idea what was going on with Super 8, so the delay is a little bit on you guys. They have been great. They want to know what fans want to know: do you have a story and is it coming along and are we going to left holding the bag or not? And I think we have it going on. By the way we have pitched the story to Paramount and they loved it. So a couple of people at Paramount out – [President of Paramount Film Group] Adam Goodman and [President of Production] Marc Evans – know what we are going to do and so you should find them on the street and ask them what is going on.
Bob also offered this tidbit on Enterprise and designs
Yesterday I was at a meeting with me and Alex [Kurtzman] and JJ and Damon Lindelof, looking at how the Enterprise might change. So yesterday we were with Scott Chambliss, and amazing production designer we worked with on Alias and Cowboys & Aliens and who is back for Star Trek, he did the first Star Trek. So yesterday we were looking at designs of the alien planets that we might be looking at. He had actual cardboard cutouts of the opening sequence with the Enterprise, I can’t tell you where it is, flying over I can’t tell you where. So we are working on it, we are not just laying around.
UPDATE: Changes = new sections
Bob has dropped by the TrekMovie comments and offered the following:
Perhaps i should clarify. We will see new sections of the Enterprise, not necessarily redesigning, though.
Changes coming to the new USS Enterprise
TrekMovie has also clarified with Bob that by saying the team are "comfortable" with the schedule he was saying the team don’t know when the release date will be but they are "ready for anything." As TrekMovie noted earlier, signs still point to some delay for the Star Trek sequel.