Last week Paramount finally acknowledged that the sequel to the 2009 Star Trek movie has been delayed. Paramount did not set a new release date and now co-writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman say the schedule is still up in the air, but they are already working as fast as they can.
Orci & Kurtzman: Star Trek schedule still being developed
Star Trek sequel co-writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman did an interview with AICN’s Mr. Beaks about Cowboys & Aliens (in theaters now), but of course talk also turned to Trek. Last week the pair said they were hoping to see the film start shooting in January, but in this new interview they noted that the production start date (and the release date) aren’t set yet. Here is an excerpt:
Beaks: So you guys are gunning for a January production start date?
Kurtzman: We’re still in open conversation.
Orci: I’ve heard so many things mentioned, but we have so much… it’s a matter of someone putting the date on paper and saying, "We’re starting."
Kurtzman: We’re in the process already. A date at this point wouldn’t make us move any faster. We’re already in it.
Beaks: Rushing for a date always feels like a bad idea.
Kurtzman: It can be a very bad idea. Especially on TREK…
Orci: It’s just so effects-heavy. You go, "Oh, we only need so many weeks for ILM to [finish] that." Then you get there, and you’re like, "Oh, maybe we didn’t give them enough time…"
Kurtzman: You just don’t want to do that, especially on a movie that we all love so much and has high expectations.
Orci: Rushing means more expensive, and that’s a question for our benefactors, who have to decide how bad they want it in terms of that kind of stuff. You can finish stuff [quickly], but it means more people working simultaneously. So those are, in a way, production things that aren’t just based on time.
As noted previously on TrekMovie.com, Paramount are mulling two options to release the Star Trek sequel: holiday 2012 or summer 2013. Typically this kind of film would have around a year or more for production and post-production, but other tentpole films have sufficed with less.
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