More news on the Star Trek sequel has emerged from SDCC. Co-writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman say they are now hoping to start shooting January 2012. And for his part, fellow co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof revealed the sequel is "consuming" him currently and the team will not settle for anything that isn’t "mind-blowing". And Star Trek actor John Cho has no idea what is going on. Watch SDCC videos from each below.
Orci & Kurtzman – Star Trek sequel targeted to shoot in January 2012
While a delay is expected, Paramount has yet to make an official announcement for a new release date for the Star Trek sequel (currently scheduled for June 29, 2012). But on Saturday night at the the San Diego Comic Con Cowboys & Aliens premiere, Trek sequel co-writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman made it clear their schedule has already moved as they talked to Cinepremiere about when they formed the idea for the film and when they plan to shoot it:
Orci: We had ideas when we did the first [Star Trek] movie – we always think it is bad luck to think of the sequel – but we had some ideas for the sequel way back then and actually we are doing some of those ideas now and pitching and pitching them to the studio and JJ [Abrams] has been developing them with us. The idea’s that we had have stuck so we feel pretty strongly that we have an amazing story and we are going to be shooting very soon.
Q: How soon?
Kurtzman: …Early next year.
Orci: I think probably in January, but every time we say "we will be shooting any second now," we are not, but it is going to be soon.
Orci is right about the moving target. The original target was May or June 2011, which later became August, then September and most recently reported as November. With shooting in January of 2012 there is no way the film can be released by the summer of 2012, leaving holiday 2012 or summer 2013 as possibilities.
Lindelof "consumed" by Star Trek sequel + Dark Knight is standard
In a pair of San Diego Comic Con interviews, Orci and Kurtman’s collaborator Damon Lindelof revealed just how hard they are working on the sequel and how they are keeping a high standard. First up in comments to with OTR:
Lindelof: Right now my days and nights are consumed by Star Trek 2. We were supposed to dive in on that as soon as I finished Lost, but JJ [Abrams] was so busy on Super 8, Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] had their own sort of empire to manage. Now finally the four creative minds that made the first movie what it was are all back in a room together and that was the only way we wanted to do it. And we have been doing it and I think that the bar is very high. We are not going to be satisfied with "oh this is fine." If an idea isn’t mind-blowing or super-cool or doesn’t present the Star Trek universe in a way you haven’t seen before, but you also have to pay homage to the fans who have stuck with this amazing franchise for 40 years. So it has been very very tricky, but I think we have finally broken through and figured out what the movie is going to be.
And then with G4:
Lindelof: We have been working very long and very hard on the scirpt. It is our challenge, we have to make it better than Trek 1. We hold The Dark Knight as a sequel that really transcended the original and now that we have gotten the crew together the "what happens next?" question is something that we are taking really seriously. It has been a lot of fun but it has been really hard.
John Cho not sure what is going on
Finally here is SDCC video from IGN with Star Trek’s new Sulu John Cho (sporting a mustache for his role in Total Recall) talking about the Trek sequel and revealing that the actors have still not been told when they will be needed on the set:
Q: When will the Star Trek band will get back together?
Cho: I’m not sure. I know we are getting back together. Scribes are working writing this thing. So we will see.
Q: Do you think Sulu will be rocking that sweet ‘stache?
Cho: I don’t think so. Not my choice.