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Quinto: Star Trek Sequel Script Still Evolving

For most of the time the last Star Trek film was in production, Hollywood was working under a Writer’s Guild strike. This time that isn’t an issue and, according to actor Zachary Quinto, the writing team is taking advantage of the opportunity to make changes as they are going along. More details below.

 

Quinto: Star Trek script is evolving

At the Producer’s Guild Awards in Hollywood, Star Trek’s new Mr. Spock talked to E briefly, contrasting how things are different with the script for the sequel:

 "It was the middle of December and finally I had to be like, ‘We need to read the script,’" Quinto said, with a smile. "They waited a pretty long time, but that’s because they were working on it. There was a writer’s strike the first time so they weren’t able to let the script evolve. Now it’s really changing…on a regular basis."

While not unusual for a feature film, edits to the script during shooting is a change for this team and Star Trek. JJ Abrams first Star Trek film went into production on November 7th 2007, one day after the Writer’s Guild went on strike. Abrams worked closely with writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman in a mad rush as the deadline closed because they all knew they could not change anything once the filming began. In fact, Abrams later noted how this constraint caused some frustration. The strike was lifted in February about a month before shooting ended on the film.  

Quinto talks co-stars and Spock hair

Regarding the start of Star Trek production, Quinto noted "it’s been an incredible return to that world." He also said of his new co-stars :

All of them (Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller and Alice Eve) have folded in so beautifully and brought a whole new level of intelligence and sensitivity"

The actor also talked a bit about one of his less favorite parts of shooting Star Trek, the effect on his hair, noting "My eyebrows are shaved and I do my hair in a way that people don’t know I actually have my horrible Spock hair."


Zachary Quinto arriving at the Producers Guild Awards on January 21st, 2012 in Hollywood


Star Trek director JJ Abrams with Quinto at PGA Awards 2012

And here is Getty Images video of Quinto on the red carpet:


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Craiger
January 25, 2012 7:16 pm

In that photo he looks like Clark Kent.

Jefferies Tuber
January 25, 2012 7:20 pm

‘Folding in’ with BC implies that he’s not a distant character that would share minimal screen time with the key crew. Maybe BC and PW are both Vulcans?

NCM
January 25, 2012 7:23 pm

Bring on the Vulcans! Always fun to hear from and see pics of gorgeous ZQ.

Trekker5
January 25, 2012 7:26 pm

#1,Craiger,I agree! Looks like he might dash off at any time and go save the day! :) Anyway,this don’t worry me;I just thank God they are filming!!

Hat Rick
January 25, 2012 7:34 pm

Great interview. The eyebrow and hair thing… one suffers for art! ;)

Trekkermaster
January 25, 2012 7:47 pm

My comment must have fell into a blackhole… anyway, this is always good news they have the opportunity to improve the movie as they go…

Bucky
January 25, 2012 7:48 pm

How did Nero’s incursion cause Spock’s facial hair to grow seemingly more rapidly than his prime counterpart?

Martman
January 25, 2012 7:53 pm

Cant wait for the first “on set” pic !!

Come on JJ,, hand someone a camera!

:oD

Khan was Framed!
January 25, 2012 7:54 pm

I watched the Day of the Dove last night & realized what a dead ringer Peter Weller is for Kang in both face & voice.

I reallly hope he’s a Klingon in this.

Bucky
January 25, 2012 8:04 pm

I hope Weller’s playing a descendant of his character from Terra Prime! Wheels within wheels. NX-01 lives!

Browncoat1984
January 25, 2012 8:10 pm

Yes, Zachary Quinto would make a great Clark Kent/Superman and I bet he would be as good if not better than the recent Tom Welling in the role. They shoulda cast him in the next Supes film!

750 Mang
January 25, 2012 8:35 pm

Thank God. Keep working on the script until the thing is in the can. The dialogue in ST09 was awful. I’ll give the brain trust the benefit of the doubt because of the strike, but this time there will be no excuse. #WittyBanter #WatchStarTrekII #Don’tMinseWordsBonesTellMeWhatYouReallyThink

Bucky
January 25, 2012 8:47 pm

There was a bunch of great dialogue in Star Trek. I will admit that “I am Spock.” “…bullshit.” is one of my favouritest Trek dialogue exchanges ever.

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
January 25, 2012 9:01 pm

Hey Bob Orci. Are you evolving the Script.

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
January 25, 2012 9:02 pm

Quinto does look like Clark Kent. he would make a pretty good Supes.

Jack
January 25, 2012 9:15 pm

12. Although I still cringe at how Shatner delivered some of those lines. Don’t mince words, indeed.

jas_montreal
January 25, 2012 9:46 pm

Khan is evolving.

Demode
January 25, 2012 10:17 pm

Abrams looks like Quinto’s “mini-me” in that picture :)

NCM
January 25, 2012 10:18 pm

Good grief! I just watched the red carpet video on this thread. Unbelievably obnoxious ‘press.’ Can’t imagine having to stand in front of such a crowd–and we’ve sometimes, here, criticized these actors for how stiff they look in still shots from such events. Talk about lens flare. I’d want to start spraying rubber bullets into a crowd like that.

saavik001
January 25, 2012 10:35 pm

19 – LOL! too true!

Aurore
January 25, 2012 11:02 pm

Quinto: Star Trek Sequel Script Still Evolving

“Now it’s really changing…on a regular basis.”
______________

Excellent news.

@The writing team.

“Sugar plum” , remember those words, gentlemen….

Khan was Framed!
January 26, 2012 12:13 am

Somebody please stop selling thick frames to Hollywood; it hasn’t been hip to be square for like three weeks now.

@11 Couldn’t disagree mor;, Qunito isn’t square jawed enough & doesn’t exude the authority needed for Superman.

He would just be another Brandon Routh.

Superman has been & it’s looks like continues to be done all wrong; it should only ever be set in the 1930’s where his type of hero belongs & the actors they cast are way too young. He should be about 35-40 as he was in the 1950’s tv series & the fleischer cartoons which defined that character.

The same is true for James Bond; that series should never have left the 60’s cold war era.

Vivien
January 26, 2012 12:19 am

Oh my God, oh my God!! His exebrows are gone!!! Spock is officially back. :) Huhh…I waited for this moment so long to capture him as Spock!!

I want to message to Mr. Quinto, that his SPOCK hair is the sexiest thing on this world…Besides his SPOCK eyebrows. My boyfriend has the same style and it is not nerdie or something. Be proud to play a character like that. And be proud that you play wonderfully!

Spock/Uhura Fan
January 26, 2012 12:20 am

Just lovely!!!!! :-) :-) :-)

Tanner Waterbury
January 26, 2012 1:35 am

You know ZQ is playing Spock again when he starts wearing those hipster glasses again.

Peter Loader
January 26, 2012 2:17 am

I wonder if Benedict Cumberbatch is playing a Vulcan bent on revenge.

January 26, 2012 2:20 am

Now mind you, I LOVE “Star Trek – The Motion Picture,” but I hope this film’s script isn’t evolving on a daily basis like the 1979 classic did.

VulcanFilmCritic
January 26, 2012 3:37 am

I think having the opportunity for some changes to the script is probably a good thing. If something that works on paper just isn’t working in front of the camera, then you need the flexibility to change it. I guess that means that the script will involve a lot of human interaction in addition to complex action sequences.

Gee, I wonder if the actors were allowed time for rehearsal before filming?

January 26, 2012 4:14 am
Hat Rick
January 26, 2012 5:50 am

It would be pretty awful if one day after the close of principal photography, ZQ discovered that his eyebrows had decided to take a vacation from growing back. (I wonder if there are such things as prosthetic eyebrows, and why he wouldn’t be wearing them in public? Maybe the art of artificial eyebrows hasn’t been perfected.)

On the other hand, it would guarantee that he would want to continue to play Spock for quite a long time thereafter.

Or at least that he would wear a certain style of eyewear (see photos in article) for an equivalent period thereof.

;-)

VZX
January 26, 2012 6:26 am

I would love to see a random pic from the set, like maybe a grip setting up some rig or something.

C’mon, give us something!

boborci
January 26, 2012 6:29 am

31. Let me talk to JJ

andrew
January 26, 2012 6:31 am

Im having anxiety attacks just watching that video of Zach on the red carpet get his picture taken 10,000 times in 30 seconds.

Do You Wanna Dance
January 26, 2012 6:54 am

I don’t know about you, but I might not mind a permanent Spock eyebrow look. The bowl-cut hair, well, that’s a different story.

Picard's Fish
January 26, 2012 6:54 am

@32 Please do, Bob :)

Robert Karma
January 26, 2012 7:01 am

New Star Trek projects cause distortions in the space-time continuum for me. The time spent anticipating the new movie or series seemed to pass ever so slowly. I remember reading the newspaper as a kid back in the late 70’s to look for stories about ST:TMP and the thrill of seeing that Nimoy had finally signed on to reprise his iconic role of Spock. Fast-forward 30+ years and time still passes at a crawl for me waiting for the premiere of the latest Star Trek. Yes, we now have the Internet to keep us informed of the progress of the movie but it doesn’t effect the relative passage of time. Once the film is released then the space-time continuum jumps to warp speed as life returns to normal. I just hope that this film is worth the stress of the anticipation otherwise I may have to make the jump to the Mirror Universe. Strangely enough in the Mirror Universe I don’t have a goatee.

NCM
January 26, 2012 7:02 am

@32: Yes, please, but something recognizable as action around Trek filming.

Tanner Waterbury
January 26, 2012 7:04 am

@32

At least something on a set already seen… since its not so secret anymore.

jas_montreal
January 26, 2012 7:26 am

@31

Please.

CJS
January 26, 2012 7:37 am

Bob’s going to send us a picture of a lens flare.

Commdore Mike of the Terran Empire
January 26, 2012 8:03 am

Thanks Bob Orci for Trying. You are the best.

Aurore
January 26, 2012 8:07 am

31. VZX.

Way to represent, VZX !!!

:)

Sebastian S.
January 26, 2012 8:19 am

Interesting about the script ‘evolving’ even after it’s started filming. I know that because of the last strike, the script for ST09 was essentially locked and that movie turned out pretty good.

It’ll be interesting to see what little evolutionary changes occur this time around (I assume Quinto means there might be some improvisation this time?). I’m officially intrigued…

And it looks like Quinto also found the perfect pair of glasses to hide his partially shaved eyebrows this time as well….

;-D

Buzz Cagney
January 26, 2012 8:26 am

How about a picture of one of Cumberbatch’s pecs, Bob, just to see if he is measuring up as Khan? ;-)
Nipple at your discretion.

January 26, 2012 9:52 am

“There was a writer’s strike the first time so they weren’t able to let the script evolve. Now it’s really changing…on a regular basis.”

First everyone says “The script is amazing” now it’s “we’re changing the script on a regular basis”. Of course that’s how making movies works. Even Robert Wise made changes to the “Day the Earth Stood Still” script. I just think it’s funny when the film makers, actors and producers praise the script before production, yet it goes through so many changes on a regular basis.

Daoud
January 26, 2012 10:01 am
@40: I expect him to come back of a picture of the dailies: Of course, he’ll note “we hadn’t turned on the projector yet”. @36: Shades of ’79 all over again, indeed! Wonder if there will be an Untitled Star Trek Sequel Happy Meal, though? @10: Weller as Kang? Interesting. They did have a full Klingon helmet and outfit set up. “Imagine Star Trek’s greatest rivals… working together in a common cause… to defeat an alien civilization that will if allowed to spread will end the galaxy as they know it….” “Captain Kirk having stopped Nero, is given a special mission to pick up and take [insert Weller CEO character here], head of a powerful Klingon conglomerate suspected of being behind Nero’s escape from Rura Penthe and his easy destruction of the Federation fleet at Vulcan, to Vulcan jungle world P’Jem for an inquest by the Vulcan High Council. Kirk is one of the few people available who would have known nothing about any fleet conspiracy, so he is the ideal man for Pike to send on the mission. Another passenger is Dr. Elizabeth Dehner [Alice Eve’s character], a Federation psychiatrist/mentalist expert and the Vulcan (or is he?) Stonn [Cumberbatch] — a rescued prisoner from Rura Penthe with an inexplicable story of capture, torture, and escape. But on the way, they encounter a vessel crewed by aliens from a strange new world…. Together, adversaries must come together to prevent those aliens from ending the galaxy as they know it.”
Spock/Uhura Fan
January 26, 2012 10:06 am

@#32

If possible, can the cast, or someone from the cast (say, someone wearing a blue shirt with pointy ears :-)) be in the distant, blurry-fuzzy, background? That can’t be giving up too much, can it? If it helps, pretty please with a cherry on top. :-)

Thanks.

Spock/Uhura Fan
January 26, 2012 10:09 am

@#45

From what I can tell, I like you, but I can tell you must have been a grinch in a former life. ;-) I’m just joking around, so no offense.

Chris Pike
January 26, 2012 10:11 am

32. boborci – January 26, 2012

31. Let me talk to JJ

Please don’t TEASE Bob!

Orly
January 26, 2012 10:15 am

Bob please feel free to post some photos of Cumberbatch. Fangirls are dying for new info,

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