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Orci Tweets Behind Scenes Photos From (Last) Star Trek Production [UPDATED] February 2, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Orci/Kurtzman,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

To up his follower count on Twitter, Star Trek co-writer producer Roberto Orci has been suggesting he will send out an image or two from the set of the new Star Trek sequel currently in production. While he tries to sort that out, today he sent out some "appetizer" photos from his personal collection of behind the scenes shots during production of the 2009 Star Trek movie. Check those out below. [UPDATED]


Bob’s Excellent Star Trek Adventure

Here are some photos Tweeted today by @boborci. They are all from production on the JJ Abrams first Star Trek movie back in 2007 and 2008. Orci says these are "appetizers" while he tries to get JJ to approve sending out something from the sequel currently in production.

NOTE: Captions and photos provided by Bob Orci
Click to see larger at twitter.com


whole family, from in front and behind the camera

Original photos

me on set, which can sometimes be dangerous

Nimoy aboard Jellyfish

Our amazing Producer Jeff [Chernov] doing all he can for the production

Don’t hide those ears!

Wanna ride a shuttle?

Production meeting


Bob clarified that this photo was actually from location shooting in Italy for Mission: Impossible: III.

Me, Alex and JJ doing on set rewrites [on Mission: Impossible: III]

If Orci tweets any more photos, TrekMovie will update this article or post a new article. Follow @trekmovie on Twitter to keep track of updates.


1. crazydaystrom - February 2, 2012

Cool stuff.

But what’s the new film gonna be called????

2. Danpaine - February 2, 2012

So much more exciting, impressive, meaningful, etc., than my job.

Good stuff. Count your blessings on a regular basis, Mr. Orci. Thanks for sharing.

3. crazydaystrom - February 2, 2012

Yeah Bob, thanks.

4. Horatio - February 2, 2012

Bob, you do realize just want a friggin great life you have, right?

5. boborci - February 2, 2012

4. I do realize how lucky I am, and with many of you to thank for it, too. Thank you.

6. jesustrek - February 2, 2012

Great pic to Spock Prime Leonard Nimoy Bob…Gracias sube mas fotos.

7. Tanner Waterbury - February 2, 2012

I like this pics! Hopefully we get to see some new ones here in the next few days…

8. drumvan - February 2, 2012

thanks bob! looking forward to some “newer ones” as well.

thought i’d throw out a little pet peeve since i played “good cop” first :) one littlle thing that bugged me a bit about st09 was the sound of the phaser fire. both from the ship and from the hand phasers. i thought they sounded a bit “thin”. a little too “pingy”. any chance those could be beefed up somehow to match the overall lush character and sound of the rest of the film?

9. Steve-o - February 2, 2012

I promise i would be a great asset to the new movie, what do you say bob?! i’ll pack my bags, and fly right out to do whatever incredibly important task it is that only i could complete within the production.

I promise my role is vital in the sucess of this movie :D

10. Peter N - February 2, 2012

Thanks Bob! How much fun would it be to spend just a few minutes hanging around the sets? Let’s have a visit-the-set contest! (I would assume “airfare and lodging not provided” would be a standard disclaimer….)

11. Ensign jack - February 2, 2012

I really really really love this website…….

12. Hugh Hoyland - February 2, 2012

Thanks for those pics Bob. Way cool!

13. FlippyHam - February 2, 2012

On set re-writes? Was this during the writer’s strike? Hmmm…

14. Hugh Hoyland - February 2, 2012

And I was reminded how much I loved the INT. of the Enterprise. Such a cool design! And seeing LN was cool to. I think its time I break out Star Trek 09 and have another watch, its been a while. :]

15. Bob - February 2, 2012

Awesome. Man do I miss working on the Paramount lot! Was there from 1995 to 1998. Was lucky enough to be an extra on the DS9 episode “Trials and Tribble-ations”. Any chance you can use me as a gold shirt in this one?? *grin*

16. Anthony Pascale - February 2, 2012

RE: rewrites
Well remember that there were a few weeks of production following the end of the writers strike in February 2008

17. boborci - February 2, 2012

oops! Just realized that picture of us writing is from MI3 in Italy!!!

Ha! Well, you get the idea.

18. Plum - February 2, 2012

Doing on-set rewrites??? During the writers strike??? Nah, it was just a tweak of the script. A polish, a little edit, a button. ;p

19. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 2, 2012

OMG, OMG!!!! Zachary and JJ photos just made my day.

And Spock lives!!!! :-) :-)

20. boborci - February 2, 2012

you can see the MI3 badge dangling from Alex’s neck!

21. FlippyHam - February 2, 2012

Bob & Co.: No worries! I don’t care when that script was written. I’m just glad it was extremely great! I anticipate the same for number 2!

22. VZX - February 2, 2012

17: I was going to say that…that looked totally Italian.

Anyway, these shots are really cool. Even though they seem iPhone-ish, you should put together a collection for a behind-the-scenes book.

BTW: It’s so cool that I drink the same soda (Coke zero) and use the same computer as JJ Abrams.

Thanks, Bob. These are fantastic.

23. Kaleb Wilson - February 2, 2012

Good luck on the new film, Bob, where can I write you a fan letter or for an autograph?

24. cmwhite001 - February 2, 2012

I hope you will put some photos up from this years Star trek movie. soon.

25. Anthony Pascale - February 2, 2012

I have updated the article with an additional photo and separated the MI3 image

26. boborci - February 2, 2012

23. You can reach us at

10201 W Pico Blvd, Building 3, Room 100 – 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

27. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 2, 2012

The current production would be nice, but these are just great to me!

28. Karen Brown - February 2, 2012

I understand why it all has to be kept hush-hush, but so glad for the (sanctioned) little tidbits we get. And these are great!

29. Aurore - February 2, 2012

Merci, monsieur Orci !

30. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 2, 2012

And Spock/Uhura right next to each other is PERFECT! :-)

I have to say the whole family pic and the one of Zachary/Spock are my favorites.

31. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 2, 2012

The Nimoy pic is great too!!! :-)

32. Allister Gourlay - February 2, 2012

Yeah – Bob any chance if i send a letter you’ll send me the bridge set to Scotland – lol!
Good luck with the production – cant wait!

33. Anthony Pascale - February 2, 2012

BTW Bob, nice lens flare on the Nimoy pic. Were you contractually obligated to do that?

34. CaptainSMAW - February 2, 2012

The photo with the whole cast and crew is appropriately with lens flare. The picture of Zachary Quinto in the hood has Mr. Quinto with a look that we have seen many times in his role as Sylar from Heroes.

To BOBORCI: can we get an appearance of the Vulcan Harp and a Spock/Uhura duet? Also, can we get another look at Sulu’s awesome folding katana? Seriously, I loved that thing, seeing him pull that out was great, can that be made into a collectible?

35. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 2, 2012

All-in-all, a nice set of photos. Bring on the MI3 too.. :-)

36. Tanner Waterbury - February 2, 2012

So if you were permitted to send out non spoiler set pics, what would the categories fall under? I would assume that any Enterprise Bridge set pic would be permitted, had it not been altered in any way to look damaged? And will any pics of our Hero’s be permitted to be shown?

37. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 2, 2012

Thank you Mr. Bob Orci … but you do not photographed Pine/Kirk on the set of Star Trek … Why? … Why?….. ;-) :-)

38. boborci - February 2, 2012

36. I’ll let JJ and the studio decide, but since they just contacted me wondering if these pics were new, It sorta proves the point that we should release new pics! I mean, if they can’t even tell the difference LOL!

I’m assuming we should be able to release hero pics soon. We’ll see.

39. boborci - February 2, 2012

37. I did, i just have to dig them up.

40. Kaleb Wilson - February 2, 2012

Thanks for the quick reply, man. Good luck and take care, all of you.

41. Mike B. - February 2, 2012

Bob – Can you shed any light on when the first teaser trailer will be released or a new website for the movie? I suppose it’ll fisrt show up in one of the big summer movies. I think I just answered my own question!
Thanks Bob!!!

42. Nony - February 2, 2012

Thanks Bob, these are great! You wouldn’t happen to have the actual picture all the cast and crew seem to be posing for in that first shot, would you? ;) There was a bunch of DVD special features footage of the cast posing for photo sessions in costume, and none of the shots were ever released!

43. Clinton - February 2, 2012

Thanks, Bob! Love seeing these show up in the Twitter feed (and then here on TrekMovie, of course.)

44. Nony - February 2, 2012

(clarification – I meant group photo sessions, not the character photos that made it onto posters and covers and stuff.)

45. Tanner Waterbury - February 2, 2012

Hey Anthony, what was that thing you stated a few days ago about doing some live stream/feed for something? I don’t remember if it was related to first production pics or what.

46. Dani - February 2, 2012

Love the pics, esp. any with a glimpse of my guy Karl Urban. And I look forward to hopefully seeing some new ones…but I need to add…if I had known Bob Orci was so hot, I would have followed him a long time ago. LOL ;-)

47. Kaleb Wilson - February 2, 2012

To Mike B., I assume it’ll be with the next James Bond film, Skyfall. It was like that in 2008, so I assume they’ll take the same route.

48. ensign joe - February 2, 2012


49. Nony - February 2, 2012

@46 – lol, Bob actually looks a little bit like Karl sometimes. I noticed in that picture he tweeted to somebody’s dad the other day…I think it was the McCoy-style side part…

50. windelkin - February 2, 2012

Thanks so much, Mr. Orci. You made our day. Keep being cool.

51. NCM - February 2, 2012

Thanks much, Bob. Do you really want to up your twitter count? Not sure why that would be or if the reference was a joke. I don’t see the point in twitter, but if it helps… I’ll start looking for photos and doing my part to support your success and improve your twit portfolio:)

You clearly squeeze more life into a day and more time out of one than your average man. You deserve your success. Now go out there and make a movie the masses will love and the Trekkies/ers will cherish.

52. MONGO - February 2, 2012

Hi boborci mans! Mongo love these old pictures!

Mongo try dig up some pictures from Mongo 12th birthday party.

53. Mr. Fusion - February 2, 2012

even in the Photos there are already Lens Flares, scary. :D

54. Factchecker - February 2, 2012

Seeing Classic Spock reminds me how sad it is we will never see Nimoy in these movies again…

55. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - February 2, 2012

Hey Mongo. How would you like to be the Chief of Security of the Empire. You would also control the Agony Booth. That way. If Bob Orci get’s out of line. Well. you know. Lol

56. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - February 2, 2012

Lens Flares!! Lens Flares!!!!!
Title of new Trek movie should be.
Star Trek. Search for the perfect Lens Flares.

57. crazydaystrom - February 2, 2012

Being a Trek fan has always been a rather special thing but it’s now even more so thanks to you. Your sharing is MOST appreciated sir!

58. MONGO - February 2, 2012

Mongo there for you, Commodore mans. Or should I say Ognom there for you. this Mirror Universe after all.

Mind P’s and Q’s, Orci mans or Ognom have to take you down. (It really me–Mongo).

59. Ahmed Abdo - February 2, 2012

wow, I love these behind the scene photos. thanks a lot Mr. Orci for sharing the photos with the fans.

60. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - February 2, 2012

Ok Mongo. You are now in charge of the Agony Booth.

61. chernobog - February 2, 2012


Is everyone watching the dailies or is there something else on tv?

62. KHAN 2.0 - February 2, 2012

boborci can you please post pictures of the following:

the new Enginering section
the new Bridge
the alien jungle planet
any important props appertaining to the plot
the death scene of any major character
william shatner in Kirk Prime outfit


63. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - February 2, 2012

I like the one of Quinto looking very creepy. Also like nu!Spock in hoodies. Ya.

I think Dee Ivs’ Moon Surface would like a picture of Chris Pine without his shirt on, Bob. Perhaps you could manage…? :D

64. AJ - February 2, 2012


The site has hit its stride again, bigtime.

Thanks to Bob for those great photos, and, we’ll take some more, please!

65. NanoTechDudeLA - February 2, 2012

OMG, the photos are great!! Love the crew on the bridge, and Mr. Quinto’s photo – he gave us a little bit of Sylar there :)

I agree with @2…. my job sucks sooo much in comparison with yours! :):)

Thank you so much Mr. Orci!
Merci beaucoup! Muchas gracias! Grazie mille!

P.S. Keep ’em comin’! :)

66. No Khan - February 2, 2012

Was the Bridge tweaked? It was too white I thought. Call me old school but I’d rather more of TOS look.

67. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 2, 2012

You’re the man, Bob Orci! Keep ’em coming – lovely pictures. Love the Quinto one where he’s wearing a hoodie… cute. If you could find some Chris Pine and Karl Urban photos, that would be so neat as well. Thanks so much.

I recall Bob Orci referring to himself as being an “ugly mug”. I keep looking for the “ugly mug”, but try as I may, I simply cannot see any “ugly mug” in the photos with Bob Orci. However, I do need to get another better pair of “reading the computer screen” glasses, so perhaps that could the problem. Will let you know…:)

C’mon, JJ Abrams! Need to see a picture or a zillion of “my captain” – the lovely fine Pine Captain Kirk as he is tomorrow. Rose – pinenut requires reassurance and her desktop keeps whining.

Consider sending out one or two photos of the lovely cast… filming the sequel now to be a mercy mission!

68. Phil - February 2, 2012

Pic’s from Trek 09? What was the event everyone was watching on the bridge, Paramounts Annual Report?

All kidding aside, it is kinda exciting to be around a shoot. We were in Chicago when T3 was bring shot. Could not see much, but considering that my son had just finished basic training, and happy to be off base for the first time in eight weeks, he was thrilled either way.

69. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 2, 2012

#39. boborci…..Oh Please… Please… Please!!!!….. I’ll be waiting for….;-) :-)

70. logical_chaos - February 2, 2012

Thanks for the pics again, Bob.

So I gather you will be our official production voice of Star Trek 2. That is for official news and pictures. We surely appreciate the gravity of your responsibility to trekkies worldwide.

71. Walter Kozlowski - February 2, 2012

Hey Mr.Orci , any news on when we will see the teaser trailer? Something that will make us think and excite us! The one for the last film was awesome!

72. NanoTechDudeLA - February 2, 2012

@37. I did, i just have to dig them up.

Make it so!

73. Dr. Cheis - February 2, 2012

Unless the bridge looks radically different or battle damaged, I don’t see why they couldn’t show a picture of everybody smiling and waving on that set. Unless they just haven’t gotten around to putting it up yet.

74. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 2, 2012

#63. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup …

“I think Dee Ivs’ Moon Surface would like a picture of Chris Pine without his shirt on, Bob. Perhaps you could manage…? :D”

Well, I’d love it … but here I am wondering if Mr. Orci was photographing shirtless Pine/Kirk on the set … hmmm … I think it did not, not really ….LOL

;-) :-)

75. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 2, 2012

The article said that these pictures are from when the first Star Trek movie was made. Bob Orci said he is seeking permission from the other producers and director to see if some pictures can be sent out from the current set.

#62 – I doubt there would be any way of what you suggest, that Bob Orci would get permission for, or indeed *Bob himself want to show us at this early stage. Some of what you suggest could be shown in the film trailers later on though…

*Bob – I hope I am not being rude, or out of turn, seeming to speak for you. I guess I am just interpreting what I have come to understand how some things work, little though that understanding is a lot of the time.

#63 – Dee is not the only one – yes, a lovely picture of the front of Chris Pine shirtless to the waist would be just fine, Bob.

76. KHAN 2.0 - February 2, 2012

heres an article for TM.com to do – first pics from each of the Trek movies. figure out what the first images were people saw released at the time in the press, starlogs etc. – official and unoffical

think ST09s 1st pics were of Qunito in the Spock robes? (sneaky pap shots)

seeing TMPs first pics in 78 or 79 mustve been mindblowing

i remember seeing what mustve been the first pics from Generations in a sf mag of Kirk on the bridge and being totally blown away….iid not been following Trek after VI thinking that was it for the original crew (id lost track of TNG and had no interest in DS9) and had no idea they were making another movie (think they were just calling it ‘Star Trek VII’ at that point) let alone one with the original cast and TNG so i immediatly thought it was going to be “Yesterdays Enterprise” done big as the brief article stated time travel was involved and in the pic Shatner looked to be on the Ent A bridge

77. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 2, 2012

Edit – a CURRENT picture of a shirtless Pine would be way better. I want to see where those extra 15 pounds (nearly 7 kilos) have gone. If you can get some full length frontal photos of our Chris just in a pair of comfy Calvin Kleins, that would also be very fine indeed. See what you can do. Good man!

Oh and, in advance, thanks a zillion to Chris Pine as well!

78. Hermioni - February 2, 2012

dream mode on: Ah, if only I could be a fly on the wall at one of these production meetings! : dream mode off, and back to normal operating…, :-)

@Bob, thank you very much for offering us a peek into your personal Star Trek treasure chest!

79. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - February 2, 2012

Thank you Bob for posting the Picks. Now. How about a Trailer. Not to soon I hope.

80. Stokiespock - February 2, 2012

OMG the trek train is rolling again more updates please bob !!!! Can’t wait 2013 can’t come quicker !!!!

81. SebiMeyer - February 2, 2012

62 made me laugh. Thanks for that.

82. Josh - February 2, 2012

Thanks Bob!!!!!!! This website kicks butt!!!!!!

83. NuFan - February 2, 2012



84. Gibnerd - February 2, 2012

what’s the word? think we will get an actual photo tonight still? sorry to be so impatient but c’mon… it’s TREK!

85. Shaun - February 2, 2012

it would be nice if the website for the new star trek film could be updated with pics from the set. say what you want about george lucas and his many foibles, but his company managed to keeps fans in the loop with set pics (and other goodies) before each of the prequels came out.

86. Captain Dunsel - February 2, 2012

38. boborci – I’ll let JJ and the studio decide…

All I can say is I hope whoever puts together the trailers is as careful and circumspect as you are, Mr. Orci. I can’t stand spoilers in trailers!

87. TheJman - February 2, 2012

I bet we will get to see a trailer at super bowl just my guess? Bob how bout a hint?!

88. Gary Makin - February 2, 2012

It’ll probably take a couple of months just to get one official photo, like with Skyfall…

Bob – stupid question, but is there any talk of when a teaser trailer will be out? ;)

89. FrancoMiranda - February 2, 2012

Thanks for posting those pics Bob!

90. Shaun - February 2, 2012

a teaser trailer during the next super bowl would seem to make more sense.

91. Sunfell - February 2, 2012

@boborci- thank you so much for the teaser photos- they made my day! Zach looking rather wicked in his hoodie was a total hoot.

Simon Pegg tweeted a line from “The Firm”s “Star Trekkin'” earlier today- sounds like they’re having fun.

92. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - February 2, 2012

Is it to early yet for a Trailor.

93. VZX - February 2, 2012

Oh, wow! They are all doing the “Spielberg Face” in that new pic! (the whole family one) I knew that Abrams was a fan of Spielberg, but this is ridiculous!

94. Walter Kozlowski - February 2, 2012

92. The teaser trailer for the first film came out in January of 2008 in front of Clover Field and the film wasn’t released until May of 09! Almost a year and a half. So I would say no not too early. How awesome would it be if they gave us a teaser during the Super Bowl?

95. Charla - February 2, 2012

Bob, Do you know just how many people you made so happy with these pictures? Maybe not so much about the actual pictures (which were t-totally cool), but that you thought enough of us to get these out for us to see. I think we are all feeling a little extra privileged today!

Thanks muches!!

96. dharmaworkman - February 2, 2012


Allow me to kiss your ass for a minute. Thanks for your hand in bringing Trek back. And also for keeping us all entertained and squirming in our seats until the new film.

97. VZX - February 2, 2012

Man, AICN talkbackers are so clueless. I just saw that Harry put up these same pics on his site, but the talkbackers are all like “but it’s from the 2009 movie…wah wah wah” I mean, DUH! I do post on there once in a while just to try to put those schmucks in their place, but to no avail.

Anyway, I saw that AICN states that Bryans Fuller and Singer are working on a new Star Trek tv series. Wouldn’t Abrams have to be involved or approve such an endeavor?

98. Walter Kozlowski - February 2, 2012

Thank God New 5-0 Next week!!! Love that show ! Thanx Bob!

99. Trekker5 - February 2, 2012

Very cool pics Mr.Orci!! :) Thanks for sharing with us!! :) And I think your awesome for doing so! Oh,and could you tell JJ he rocks for me? :)

100. Hugh Hoyland - February 2, 2012

I hope that JJ gives the okay for Bob to post some pics of the new production. I’m selfish, sorry. :)

101. Anthony Thompson - February 2, 2012

Thanks Bob! Some fun shots. : )

102. Sebastian S. - February 2, 2012

Nice to see the gang’s all back in their Starfleet best! :-)

Thanks Bob Orci, for sharing that with even us few remaining Luddites who shun both Twitter and facebook.

Personally? I think facebook will steal my soul….

103. Lostrod - February 2, 2012

Hmm …

Some sites actually reported this pics as being from the currently filming sequel. For example:


They headlined the story as:

Star Trek 2 Set Photos: Leonard Nimoy is Back!


104. Red Dead Ryan - February 2, 2012

I don’t think we’re going to get any new pics anytime soon, except possibly for a photo of a letter that reads “I.O.U., love J.J” lying on the floor of an empty soundstage, or a pic of Bob walking his dog with a guy right behind him who stepped in a pile of dog shit.

105. Charla - February 2, 2012

Lostrod, wow that is some irresponsible reporting right there now isn’t is? It is a very rare moment when I go anywhere other than Trekmovie.com for my updates/news. What you shared is why.

106. Craiger - February 2, 2012

I wonder if they feel they let too many things out for the first movie and that spoiled alot of it and they are doing things different this time. Would letting us know who the villain is be a spoiler?

107. VZX - February 2, 2012

103. OK, now I know why I never go to that site. They really thought they were from Star Trek 2, what idiots! They even used the MI3 pic!

108. harley3k - February 2, 2012

I can even see some lens flare in a few of the pics…classic. LOL.

109. NCM - February 2, 2012

I’m told by one who knows better than I do not to expect a trailer until Thanksgiving! He guessed May 2013 right, months ago.

110. NCM - February 2, 2012

I love the crumbs, but I don’t want to know who the villain is, at least not until the trailer’s out.

111. Hugh Hoyland - February 2, 2012

107. Maybe they do feel they let out to much the first time.

112. Gorn Born - February 2, 2012

boborci does for the hard hat what Rick Santorum does for the sweater vest, bringing it back in 21st century style (or was that picture taken in the 23rd century…damned time travel).

113. Daoud - February 2, 2012

Then again, Bob’s helping craft the lead-up Ongoing Comic series this time.
The first time, they had the Countdown series, and also the WIRED issue with JJ that had the really cool Spock Reflections sequence. I think they’re trying to build up anticipation. We can never know about the days to come.
But we think about them anyway, yay. Anticipation. Anticipation.
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’
Anyway, here’s hoping we get *something* other than a photo of a lump of coal sitting in the captain’s chair.

114. draderman - February 2, 2012

Thanks for the address Bob. Grannys cookies are on the way. When your done PLEASE RETURN THE TIN!

115. N - February 2, 2012

@111 I think the right amount was released last time, enough to keep interest and enough to make it a surprise.

In general I think this time they have more pressure, they’ve got to prove their universe can stand on its own.
The only thing I want from Star Trek XII is that they don’t screw it up.

116. Obsidian - February 2, 2012

Let’s just go ahead and get this out in the open: Orci is hot!

So let’s review:

Orci: Rich.
Me: Not

Orci: Hot.
Me: Old & fat.

Orci: Talented.
Me: Not

*sigh* :D

117. N - February 2, 2012

Orci looks so much like an older version of a friend of mine, I am never going to be able to take his comments seriously anymore :P

118. boborci - February 2, 2012

117 Can’t believe you could take them seriously before!

119. boborci - February 2, 2012


120. boborci - February 2, 2012

FYI, they are all looking up for a group photo, which I am not in because I wanted my own to share with you!

121. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 2, 2012

#103 Really? When I went to the link, I could not believe what I was reading, but then none of it is believable, is it? Bob Orci had posted all those photos with captions which were ignored. The article told a pack of lies!

#105 I agree, Charla. What happened to journalists’ basic literary skills, let alone integrity?. What a disgrace.

The problem is that some of the posters here think that these photos are the most recent pictures taken within the last few days on the Star Trek set in 2012, when it was clearly stated that they are NOT pictures from the 2012 Sony set. No pictures have been released, something also clearly stated in the article of this thread. Read what is there in front you, people!

I hope that Bob’s graciousness does not become as case of “No good deed goes unpunished”. I hope that that papz site will be dealt with appropriately, whatever that might mean, and that JJ Abrams does permit a few non-spoiler photographs/outtakes from the Sony Star Trek set taken as of now, to be published.

Those photos were for us, not to be screwed with, misrepresented by some stupid lazy papz journalist. Of course, they still are and so will any future photos be as well!

122. Picard's Barber - February 2, 2012

@ boborci

#8 mentioned above about the hand phaser fire sounding off. I slightly agree, but it wasn’t enough to make me cry havoc. Overall, I liked it and the impact sounds that were present. Ship phaser fire was cool.
Anyways, it got me thinking and I realized that I have more of a concern with the sound of the Photon Torpedoes. THOSE sounded “pingy” (to use #8’s term). One thing I always loved about the Photon Torpedoes of old was the way they screamed when launched. Those mothers let you know they were coming and they meant business!

How do you feel about them? Maybe you could make a suggestion to JJ and Mr. Burtt for a fan?

Thanks and keep up the great work!

123. boborci - February 2, 2012

122. will keep an ear open to this criticism when we are mixing the sound.

124. trekprincess - February 2, 2012

Bob these are amazing pics thanks again for taking your time to interact with us fellow Star Trek fans but any chance of current pics :):)

125. Red Dead Ryan - February 2, 2012

I’d like to see a photo of a Red Shirt Bob Orci. In front of a number 47 sign.

I dare him to do it!

126. CarlG - February 2, 2012

Hoodie Spock is looking kind of mischievous there… ;)

127. boborci - February 2, 2012

124. Working on it!!

128. boborci - February 2, 2012

By the way, the fact that no one over her could tell if they were current or not should let you just imagine that they were taken yesterday!

129. boborci - February 2, 2012

over HERE

130. Red Dead Ryan - February 2, 2012


Maybe it’s Sylar in disguise. :-)

131. USS Enterprise B - February 2, 2012

Bob, I love the photos! Never seen these before… the fact that JJ couldn’t tell they weren’t new pics suggests that the new shoots must have a similar look about feel. Any pictures of JJ giving direction to Pine / Quinto??

132. USS Enterprise B - February 2, 2012

*old pictures of JJ, not news ones (obviously)

133. boborci - February 2, 2012

Once they looked at the pics closely, they could tell. New movie will have look reflecting all we learned from last movie. It will be interesting to compare once we see both.

134. Red Dead Ryan - February 2, 2012


So the sets are going to look a bit different this time?

135. rtrj - February 2, 2012

133 …It will be interesting to compare once we see both.

Understatement, Real interesting!

136. Blake Powers - February 2, 2012

Never thought about the sound of the photons before.. But now that it’s pointed out, totally makes sense.. The photon torpedoes need more balls.. I mean you’re in space..
You guys obviously recognize there is no sound in space (thank you for those moments in ST09).. So that means if something in space DOES have sound it needs to be spectacular..

Thanks for the pictures!

137. Driver - February 2, 2012

Bob Orci, you’ve been reading Mongo’s comments too closely. You’re starting to sound like him.

138. boborci - February 2, 2012

137 no know what talking about.

139. N - February 2, 2012

@131 I thought they held out for JJ for the sequel because that would loosely give XII the same feel, and help give their universe continuity.

Speaking of continuity what about all the pre-TOS events that happened because of post-TOS events?

With a different future, this universe would then has a different past. So therefore has it always been a different universe? That would mean the black hole led to the point of the universe’s creation which then filled in the blanks of its past with its own future.

That would also mean you have a free pass to do whatever you want with the canon.

140. Pensive's Wetness - February 2, 2012

you guys realise how much legal BS from Paramount he has to go thru just to tweet, right? Pix only after the ‘Para’legals allow it LOL…

141. Ahmed Abdo - February 2, 2012

@ boborci,
Are we going to see some familiar federation planets in the new movie ?

142. Canadianknight - February 2, 2012

boborci is Mongo?

Dear god. Have I slipped through a multi-phasic space/time inversion?


Bob… jealous as hell. What an awesome job you have. (That shot of hoodie-Spock is awesome! Did he nerve-pinch you shortly thereafter?)

143. Baroner - February 2, 2012

Non sequitir but crucially important: Shatner must be in the movie! Don’t let the glorious reincarnation of Trek continue without getting the originator of the greatest character ever in one last ST movie before he croaks! It’s totally cool and it’s the right thing to do!

(I’m going to keep posting this until Bob tells me his honest thoughts on this)

144. boborci - February 2, 2012

143. Would love it, but i fear we missed our chance. A big regret for me.

145. somethoughts - February 2, 2012


Never too late bob, lucas is always adding stuff to his star wars, you can film ur pendant scene and attach to special 2009 blue ray…

146. Sean - February 2, 2012

Bob: Super bowl Sunday approaches. Pick a winner.

147. USS Enterprise B - February 2, 2012

Bob, I totally understand your point on the Shatner issue. This movie is more about the new actors standing on their own, and not dependant on the original actors like Spock Prime. The opportunity window to include Shatner came and went with the last movie, and original Trek canon interfered with Shatner’s return to the big screen, as he died in Generations. However, I still think an Easter Egg of Shatner would be very cool! What do you think of that Bob?

148. NanoTechDudeLA - February 2, 2012

I loved that moment when there was silence in space, despite the obvious “problems” Kelvin had with Narada :)

I know that realistic explosions and no sounds in space are a big no-no if we are to enjoy the movie… However, I am sure that the writers and SFX guys could find a way to make torpedoes badass without having sounds in vacuum, at least once in the movie :)

No way – or yes way?:)

149. Ensign Jack - February 2, 2012

Bob, can you tell us whether the ship getting damaged in the video game will have impact on the look of the ship in Star Trek 2? Thanks!!

150. N - February 2, 2012

“the originator of the greatest character ever” that is as far from describing Shatner as you can get.

151. Jim Nightshade - February 2, 2012

I also luv the behind the scenes picx bob orci thanks! We also preciate u being involved in our franchise—not many things in the ent…industry matter to me as much as trek—-trek means much more to me cant even say why—and i know many share my views, and we know u know it too…so your thanks to us goes back to you from us who appreciate u—re the phaser sounds–they were good to me i was amazed that awesome ben burrt did the sound….and that he also luved trek—bob o u guys lookin for n awesome boo fir a movie i am reading whitley striebers the grays it would make a helluva movie scary like a paranormal activity..intense like u wouldnt believe–authors imagery n emotions are stunningly good..i think it was optioned several years ago but it doesnt seem to being started anywhere far as i know..his new solving the communion enigma is also a way out there incredibly original book too…

152. Khan was Framed! - February 2, 2012

@150 I strongly disagree. Shatner was the one member of the cast who truly understood what Star Trek was. He realized very early that it was a comic book character/greek hero he was playing & knew never to take it too seriously.

Although some of those episodes where like 20 people have died & they end on a big laugh on the bridge are kind of disturbing.

But I think Nimoy taking Spock very seriously, in terms of trying to make him believable worked only because he had the balance of Shatner’s optimistic playfulness to bounce it off of.

153. Jim Nightshade - February 2, 2012

sorry bout the touch screen keyboard typos sigh…almost sounding like mongo without trying to….still waiting for mongo to say mongo not know has to do with choo choo-mongo only pawn in game of life–haha-hell in flash gordon mongo is a freakin planet..

154. Khan was Framed! - February 2, 2012

@144 boborci please tell me that Arex & M’ress are in this movie.

155. N - February 3, 2012

@152 I find most of TOS disturbing to be honest, but I’m from a different generation. I can’t see TOS as anything more than a Star Trek spoof ironically, but it works like that in a strange way, for example it adds a great comic element to Trials and Tribble-ations.

156. Buzz Cagney - February 3, 2012

The reason TOS episodes ended with a laugh was they believed in those days that it would make the viewer more receptive to the following adverts.

157. Montreal_Paul - February 3, 2012

@ 144 boborci

Bob, just watched Star Trek again tonight. Imagined the scene you wrote for Shatner while watching the scene with both Spocks… would have been an incredible add if it was done.

The scene you wrote for Shatner was so well written and in those lines, you really encompassed the feel of what Trek was and what Kirk and Spock were. It’s too bad that the opportunity has past. Who knows, maybe something for the NEXT sequel???

I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie next year. I think it’s great that you come on here and talk with us. Best of luck with the rest of the production!

158. Romulus - February 3, 2012

“The FIRST photo from the set of the STAR TREK SEQUEL has been released.”


these pictures are creating havoc for lazy journalists, well played boborci

159. MJ - February 3, 2012

Leave it to the Supreme Court to be so tight-assed about news on the new movie that they twitter photos FROM THE LAST FREAKING MOVIE.


160. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 3, 2012

I had a little scene in my story where Kirk saw from the moving nuli the Enterprise above glide silently, *slowly* by. The Enterprise looked so magnificent and so close. Could a similar kind of scene be possible to show in the sequel? I mean, you have the blue-blackness of space with various distant star light/colour and then there is this large beautifully lit, aesthetically pleasing shaped vessel moving in the silence just above its captain…

I live near Auckland Int’l Airport. I don’t live directly under the flight path but one time I was driving right under a massive jet as it was making its approach. Another time, a few years ago, a large grey 747 flew directly over another place I was living at. On both occasions, the planes appeared to be flying so low and so slowly that I thought I could just reach up and touch them. The noise was something else again…

161. nano - February 3, 2012

At Bob & 156 just goes to show this idea of pics is great free publicity and we already know the main characters!

162. T'Pol's Lover - February 3, 2012

Great pictures! Now I’m waiting for some picture(s) from the new movie. And don’t call the movie just “Star Trek 2″, give us something like “Star Trek: Rebirth” or “Star Trek:The Next Step”.

163. sonya - February 3, 2012

Dont tell me Uhura has that awful ponytail back….JJ pls tell her to pull her hair down and add a few pounds,she is way to skinny.

164. Andrews - February 3, 2012

Yeah, I was about to say, that looks like it’s from last year. Anton Yelchin has way too much hair in it, for one thing.

165. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - February 3, 2012


Just wanted to say thank you for shareing!

166. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 3, 2012

OT – Has anyone seen this? – Death of a Negotiator?


167. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 3, 2012

Look at the latest pictures of Zoe Saldana. She has a nicer, shorter style of hair. Hopefully that is the way she will look in this Star Trek. Anton Yelchin’s hair was fine.

168. KHAN 2.0 - February 3, 2012

@94. – yes the trailer came out in Jan 08 but that was because at that time Trek 09 was due Dec 08.

i doubt there will be a teaser trailer until the summer (attached to GI Joe or maybe Prometheus) just like Man of Steel probably wont get a trailer until Dark Knight Rising is released

169. china - February 3, 2012

Does this mean we’ll never see a photo of Cumberbatch and Eve because it would give the game away. Sad if so.

170. chrisfawkes.com - February 3, 2012

I love the way they used modern technology then just made it so it was two steps ahead of what we currently have for Mission Impossible. That came off as very credible.

171. JRT - February 3, 2012

The address you gave earlier in the comments here,when someone asked where to send you snail mail,can I use it to send snail mail to the cast as well to ask for a sigend pic? It’s been YEARS since I’ve written fan letters asking for signed photos,lol!

Keep up the EXCELLENT work! Loving the ongoing comic from IDW btw,and can’t wait for movie next year. Have fun!


172. NCC-73515 - February 3, 2012

Since sound effects were mentioned above, I also have a small request… the shuttle sounded like a flute going toodloodloodloodl… a high-speed loop of the Chakotay meditation theme XD – please change that.

173. VZX - February 3, 2012

158. Dang, there are a lot of naive people out there. Would their readers actually believe it?

174. VZX - February 3, 2012

148. I would say “Yes way.”

One of my favorite bits in the last movie was when that chick was blown out into space during the Kelvin attack and the sound just turned off. I really, really liked that. It was so chilling and sorta creepy. And cool.

Then, we here the explosions later on in the same space battle. *sigh*

And THEN, during the scenes where Geoge Kirk is talking to his wife as he pilots the Kelvin toward the Narada, the sound cuts off again as the music swells. We then see some explosions but don’t hear them. That was sweet!

The absence of sound is just as powerful and dramatic as a strong sound, if not more so. I hope to hear more of that again. (or less sound, depending on how you look at it)

175. VZX - February 3, 2012

Crap. Correction: Here=hear

176. VZX - February 3, 2012

133. So, you’re saying that the current production looks very similar to the last movie? Cool. I was hoping they would stick with the uniforms from the last one. That was one of my favorite things about the movie.

177. jas_montreal - February 3, 2012

For a second i thought these were photos from the sequel production, Lol. Glad they aren’t because im hoping for some uniform changes in this trek sequel :P

178. captainkirk - February 3, 2012

Any chance of getting some additional pictures of the Kelvin sets?

179. jonboc - February 3, 2012

hey Bob, don’t forget, Spock needs his sensor viewer, complete with blue lightbulb. think of the cinematic possibilities! besides, without it, Spock is sad. although the loss of vulcan might have something to do with that…regardless, that warm, familiar, blue light cast upon his inner eyelid will go a long way in cheering him up! :)

180. jonboc - February 3, 2012

…oh yeah.Bob, one more thing…remember, pointed angled sideburns are starfleet regulation…not everone was sporting them last time…I just don’t want to see anyone get written up…make sure everyone shaves accordingly. :)

181. Robert H. - February 3, 2012

Looking at the shuttle again, that was something I had thought was a good idea. A docking port leading to the shuttle like they did on DS9 so not having to worry about decompressing the shuttlebay first.

182. Toonloon - February 3, 2012


183. Starfleet's Finest - February 3, 2012

Hard to imagine that there’s actually a ‘job’ like THAT out there…of course, that’s coming from your average working shmuck :)

Live the dream Bob, live the dream…

184. Toonloon - February 3, 2012

@ boborci – (a none JFK related question) Would you and your fellow writers life to see an extended version of ST09 released to more closely match the script you wrote and if so, is that likely to come about? Nicholas Meyer got to reinstate some cut footage to his masterpiece and change some of the shots. Would you guys be open to that or not? It would be great promotion if an extended cut with finished effects came out to mark the release of your next film. I’d buy it.

185. Chris J - February 3, 2012

A big thank you to Mr Orci; it is great how you go the extra mile for us fans, through thick and thin.

Good luck with the movie!

186. Gary Makin - February 3, 2012

Re: Yeltchin’s hair – it really should’ve been straightened to match Koenig’s. Plus, they could’ve had Pegg wear a wig to match Doohan.

187. Blake Powers - February 3, 2012

If engineering is filmed in a brewery again? Can we at least get some limited edition Enterprise Ale out of it??

188. FrancoMiranda - February 3, 2012


I suppose we could imagine that:

Chekov’s hair is styled later through great pains to fit in with the fashion of the time ;)


Scotty has shorter hair when he’s younger?

189. Ensign Ricky - February 3, 2012


That would be awesome. “Enterprise Ale…..Boldly going down smooth”.

190. boborci - February 3, 2012

184. Not me. I tend to wanna leave well enough alone.

191. Mark Lynch - February 3, 2012

Great pictures, looking forward to getting new ones though…!

Quick question for Bob Orci please.
When Bones sedated Kirk just after getting him on the Enterprise, how long was he out for?

192. Silvereyes - February 3, 2012

Bob Orci

Thank you. It’s extremely thoughtful and gracious of you to take the time to share with us fans so often like this, whether it be photos or your thoughts in general. What other movie production team considers its fans in this way?

Khan or no Khan, brewery or no brewery, Spock/Uhura or not… I know the next movie will be great, lens flares and fat nacelles and all the rest and I’m looking forward to it.


193. Mark Lynch - February 3, 2012

Another one for Bob Orci,

What are the chances the big E. won’t be quite so well endowed in the nacelle department? ;)

194. boborci - February 3, 2012

191. Obviously, only what is on screen can called canon, so there is nothing to say exactly how long. However, we know he was out longer than most people think because when he passed out, Bones was not in uniform, and when kirk woke up, Bones was in his blues.

I like to think he was out for as long as possible.

195. Gary Makin - February 3, 2012

188 – Scotty must’ve have had receded hair when he was younger then, which then grew back… :)

196. boborci - February 3, 2012

193. Depends how you photograph her!

197. Andrew - February 3, 2012

Bob Orci, Talk to me!!!

198. Phil - February 3, 2012

Not too terribly sure why people are flinging suggestions now, with production under way. Any changes to existing sets would have been through the art department and design weeks ago, it’s not like they just change stuff on the fly…..

Enterprises nacelles are just fine, regardless of how they are photographed….

199. Phil - February 3, 2012

Star Wars Episode One on the 10th. We can watch Liam Neeson’s career self destruct in glorious 3D…..

200. D.J. Ammons - February 3, 2012

Can’t wait to see some pics of the new ST film! I am sure there are plenty of shots that won’t give away any plot or visual surprises. It would be nice just to see the cast at work.

Bob, if you are reading this please tell JJ I think he is a genius but please, oh please, ease up on the lens flares! I think he is seriously addicted and at some point they take away from the amazing work he does.

Oh, and if the script calls for any 52 year old fat guys with glasses as extras let me know!!! LOL (ok, actually I do have contacts I could wear)

201. DevlinC - February 3, 2012

@boborci – Have any of the official team considered offering the voice of the computer to Marina Sirtis (aka Troi from TNG)? She did play the daughter of Majel Barrett’s character in TNG after all, and their voices aren’t dissimilar. Would be a nice little shout-out to TNG without getting in anyone’s face with it.

202. CmdrR - February 3, 2012

I wanna produce a movie. Can I have $200,000?


203. CmdrR - February 3, 2012

Duh. I meant $200,000,000.00.

But, if you give me $200,000, I’ll shoot a movie with my cell phone and send you that plus some very nice pics from my new beach house.

204. Silvereyes - February 3, 2012

#199 Phil

My God Phil! Is it true you saw your shadow and we should expect 6 more weeks or Winter?

Say it ain’t so!

205. Toonloon - February 3, 2012

@190 Okay thanks. (I think that was for me).


206. Mark Lynch - February 3, 2012

@194 an 196


Thanks for answering those questions. I am truly grateful.
No one will believe me when I get home later and tell them…!

I get where you are coming from with your answer about Kirk, I hope he was out for at least two days, especially as I know how far away Vulcan is supposed to be from Earth… ;)

Best of luck with the sequel and don’t forget those new pictures from the sets for us all. :)

207. boborci - February 3, 2012

201. Interesting.

208. Mr Phil - February 3, 2012

Good to see lots of comments from Sir Bob (too soon?). It’s like the good old days…

209. Mark Lynch - February 3, 2012

Obviously I meant “and” and not an “an” (see what I did there!?!)
No goddamned edit button, grrrrrr…


Bob, as well as the photographs, please don’t forget the new film needs to be at least 2.5 to 3 hours long. Then extra scenes of at least half an hour in total on the Blu-Ray/DVD available as an extended cut.

We need something to keep us all going between films…

210. CmdrR - February 3, 2012

Trek’s always played with elapsed time… and the power of sensors… and a few dozen other things. It’s fun to read some hard science sci-fi just to see how the “realities” of the enormity of space affects people and civilizations. (One more shout-out for Iain Banks.) Being cut off from Starfleet was one of the elements of the early TOS eps. Kirk had an incredibly powerful starship and only his own (and Bones’ and Spock’s) sense of morality to deal with situations. Kind of a shame when the writers started inventing things like subspace radio and deciding that the E could get anywhere in 20 minutes.

211. Mark Lynch - February 3, 2012


Hey Phil, so you never felt that the nacelles were out of proportion to the rest of the ship?

212. JRT - February 3, 2012

boborci. Could you please read my post at 171 and ket me know about the address thing? Would really appreciate it. Greetings from the cold country of Norway btw,a country I like to call…..Crapland. LOL! Have fun! John-Robin!

213. Mr Phil - February 3, 2012

Bob, any chance you could sneak in to the set at night and film a mini-series? Might as well make use of the set while it’s there.
You could do a Lower Decks style series of shorts, with a few cameos from main cast.
JJ will never know, sssh, quiet…

214. Mark Lynch - February 3, 2012

I agree, often the enormity of Space is severely underestimated in the movies.

But ultimately movies are there to entertain and more often than not they need to appeal to a common denominator, which, lets face it, Science Fiction fans are not…

Sometimes we get gems, like 2001, Silent Running, 2010 which have quite realistic depiction of Space flight.
Then you get Star Trek V with their flight to the centre of the Galaxy (25,000 light years) but yet some of the best character moments.

215. Do You Wanna Dance - February 3, 2012

@boborci, perhaps you could give us a little taster on this subject: (SPOILER) at the end of ST09 when the Enterprise was escaping the black hole, it endured a significant amount of structural damage and distress throughout the ship.

Now, there’s really no indication of how much time had passed since the Narada incident and the last scene when Kirk is finally donning the yellow uniform. While we do see the Enterprise back in action and fully repaired, will there be any refits of the Enterprise design (externally, not Engineering)?

216. Mark Lynch - February 3, 2012

Given what we saw happening to the bridge, there must have been similar damage all over the ship and what with the jettisoning of the warp drive. Repairs must have taken weeks if not several months.

Lots of time to upgrade the Engineering section. Only joking Mr. Bob!!!
Well, half joking anyway!

Another request for Bob Orci.
Please, instead of “Away Team” can we have “Landing Party” which is more in line with TOS?

217. Mark Lynch - February 3, 2012

You know, if Trekmovie ever gets a “proper” forum, there should be a section named “Ask Bob”

I bet it would be pretty popular…

218. rogue_alice - February 3, 2012

Number 26 – Bob, so we can send you series/movies ideas? <grin?

219. VZX - February 3, 2012

177. jas_montreal :

Seriously, what was wrong with the uniforms from the Trek 09 movie? I thought they were a perfect update to the classic look. Sort of like how the NFL does throw-back jerseys.

The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the lack of sleeves on the women, but I dug the skirts and boots! Go shorter!

Anyway, since Paramount thought that these pics were from the current production, that leads me to believe that they are sticking to the classic look. Here’s hoping!

220. El Chup - February 3, 2012


Give it a rest and get a life.

221. VZX - February 3, 2012

201. DevlinC: I would rather have Nichelle Nichols do the computer voice.

222. Ahmed Abdo - February 3, 2012

@201. DevlinC
that is a very good idea, it would be really amazing if they used Marina Sirtis as the voice of the computer. TNG is by far my favorite Star Trek crew & to have one of them in the movie, even as a voice, would be a very nice touch.

223. spockboy - February 3, 2012

Actually their voices couldn’t be MORE different.(LOL)
Marina has a breathy, rounded, higher pitched (pseudo-American) voice.
Majel had an deep, authoritative, back of the throat voice.

As voices go I think Nichelle Nichols has a beautiful voice and being part of the original crew (like Majel) she would be a great choice.Especially since the new movies are about the TOS time period. Don’t want TNG popping into my head every time the computer speaks.

Looking forward to the movie :)

224. dmduncan - February 3, 2012

I wouldn’t want to see an extended edition of ST.09 because after seeing all the edits I agree with JJ on the calls he made. With one exception, regarding a certain scene that was never filmed, that is.

225. drumvan - February 3, 2012

201. Interesting.

well that sounds like a big ‘ol “doing that already” comment from bob :) he’s so transparent.

226. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - February 3, 2012

Hey Bob. Were you still gojng to use Anthony Pascales Name in the new Movie.

227. boborci - February 3, 2012

Believe it or not, today is our last day on the bridge!

228. Hugh Hoyland - February 3, 2012

227 Bob.

Seriously? Wow this production is flying by fast.

229. boborci - February 3, 2012

226. Hope to!

230. chrisfawkes.com - February 3, 2012

Cool, sounds like things are moving along.

I’m expecting to come away from the next installment with a sense that i’ve just seen something that truly captures the sense of the original show as well as having a sweeping epic feeling that only a big screen and big budget can afford.

I know that was all there in the first but now that the characters have met and moved forward i imagine that is going to be amplified.

Remember the scene in ratatouille where the harsh food critic on tasting the food is taken back to his childhood and all the emotions that came with it. That is what i’m talking about.

231. Hugh Hoyland - February 3, 2012

Then again maybe not, they have been filming for several weeks now.

232. VZX - February 3, 2012

227. Cool. Did you get any pics?

233. jonboc - February 3, 2012

…whoa…last day on the bridge…so much for Spock’s signature viewer and blue light! lol. oh well, maybe next time! looking forward to the new pics!

234. MrPhil - February 3, 2012

227. Mini-series made over the weekend then?

235. Red Dead Ryan - February 3, 2012

Yeah, I’d rather have Nichelle Nicholls as the computer voice in the sequel. She’s the only one from the TOS cast who hadn’t had at least a cameo in a non-TOS movie or show.


Great! Does anybody get killed/buried/blown up under the bridge?


236. NC Trekker - February 3, 2012

So who is doing the computer voice this time?

Also, it would be great if the new movie had a sense of how long it takes to travel in space. Not the mere minutes to get to Vulcan from Earth as in the last movie. Something that gives a feeling of scale. Otherwise it seems that another starship is always just moments away if Kirk and crew need to be rescued.

237. boborci - February 3, 2012

Computer voice won’t be decided until post production.

238. NC Trekker - February 3, 2012

Another thing: Who can recommend some good hard SF books and writers from the last decade or so? I have fallen behind and want to catch up with the genre.

239. Do You Wanna Dance - February 3, 2012

Well, so much for dreaming of being on the bridge of the Enterprise for that Super 8 Sweepstakes. I was so happy for James Cawley and Professor Pausch being on the bridges of the Enterprise and Kelvin.

I still hope they’re doing the contest and having the winners do walk-on roles. If I’m not mistaken, when you go to http://www.super8sweeps.com, the HTML header says “Super 8 Tweet – Coming soon.” I don’t remember seeing that before, so hopefully there’s a light at the end of the tunnel… and it would be a tractor beam pulling me to Hollywood!

240. FrancoMiranda - February 3, 2012


Do you ever get frustrated knowing a lot of the work is done and you still have to wait ages for the movie to be finished? You must get to a stage where you’re desperate for everyone to see it! I get that way, with the things I do – I finish what I’m doing, and then it seems to take months before it’s ready to go.

241. JOHNNYB807 - February 3, 2012

@BobOrci This isn’t exactly a question per se, but after nearly 50 years of Star Trek, why would you even need to re cast the computer voice? Isn’t there enough sound track footage over the course of nearly 50 years to get what you need in that regard? Just thinking out loud I guess.

242. Spock Jr. - February 3, 2012

Bob – while you’re all there, why not film a couple of short Trek moments, like the Marvel one-shot promos, just to drive everyone even more crazy in the run-up to release. For example, Kirk and Spock playing chess, like in the opening to Where No Man Has Gone Before?

243. mjpeng - February 3, 2012

Rivets on a Star Ship, oh dear JJ, not very good at this are we :(

244. boborci - February 3, 2012


Thats’s a good idea!

245. boborci - February 3, 2012

243. dont know that they read on film. Didn’t notice them before, did you?

246. Spock Jr. - February 3, 2012

Bob – that means more to me than you can imagine! :D

247. NC Trekker - February 3, 2012


Thanks. Interesting to know.

248. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 3, 2012

#193 – So you would deprive Scotty of her ample nacelles, given his love of her ampleness, not to mention that Scotty is a very tactile man as well. Are you saying that she (the Enterprise) is too well endowed and should receive a reduction? Yet she performed beautifully. But then again, as an older Dr McCoy did gripe – “Engineers just love to change things…”

Yes, the question about how long Kirk was out of it after McCoy sedated him is a pertinent one. In the movie it seemed to give the impression that Kirk was only unconscious for a few minutes, even though McCoy did say “Finally…”. A comment from Dr McCoy about actually how long he was unconscious would have cleared up that loose end in the movie and would have made the events that followed make more sense. I know there can sometimes be too much information given that does not seem completely relevant, but this was not one of those cases.

249. JRT - February 3, 2012

boborci Is it too early to let us know if you have any plans for Comic Con in July? You know,panel with the whole cast,some clips or something? OH and I only asked about that address you gave so I don’t send fan mail to the cast that they’ll never get,lol! Great that you take time out of your busy schedule to comment and such here. Thanks. Have fun. John-Robin!

250. Commodore Adams - February 3, 2012

@ boborci

If we don’t receive a huge armada battle in this movie, please please please #3. I.e. the battle to retake DS9 “Sacrifice of Angels” Battle for the Chin’toka system “Tears of the Prophets” and the battle of Cardassia “What You Leave Behind.”

All the best with the new movie.

251. Desstruxion - February 3, 2012

I really hope we’ll get to see some “New” old starship designs in the next flick. A JJ-verse, Daedalus class ship leaving space dock in a background shot would be cool. A freighter or two maybe? The Reliant?

252. MrPhil - February 3, 2012

237. Sounds like the computer voice should go to the vote.
I’m going with Mr Shatner.

253. Buzz Cagney - February 3, 2012

Already plenty of pix of your mate Daniel Craig in the new 007 shoot out there, Bob…..


We really do need to see some Trek stuff. ;D

254. Buzz Cagney - February 3, 2012

Funnily enough that official pic of Craig looks like it was taken on the new Enterprise bridge!

255. Buzz Cagney - February 3, 2012

A suggestion for the new computer voice.
It will keep everybody happy. In line with the new movie’s casting of Brits Stephen Hawkin will fit nicely and he’s really good at putting on an American accent so everybody will be happy.


256. Guiseppi - February 3, 2012

I know its been like 2yrs since I have posted anthing but I do check the site often. I am sort of a TOS purist at heart, yet I loved the new movie.

@ Bob Orci,
Solving the Shatner problem… It could be part of dream that young kirk has, a kind of residual from the mind meld with Spock prime (remembering an event from the prime universe) or part of a new mind meld. Either would work and not disrupt the story.

257. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 3, 2012

Honestly, there are surely so many pictures of the cast, for example, that could be taken and shown here which would not be spoilers. How does getting a glimpse of a briefing room or the captain’s quarters, as another two examples, going to spoil the movie? I can understand why JJ might not want to have the guest actors seen in costume/make up etc, but I can’t see how that would necessarily apply to some of the main cast.

I really hope that the TOS like uniforms remain in this movie. One of the things that stood out for me about the original Star Trek TV series, in a good way, were the uniforms. They were different. They gave the characters and the series a more relaxed look and feel, without being untidy and without the dull, stultifying starchiness so often associated with “uniform”. There was colour!

Keep those uniforms, please. Perhaps short or long sleeves could be an option for both men and women, although, obviously, an appropriate place for rank would need to be found on a short sleeved tunic. I am sure a good clothes maker could design something that is both functional and stylish.

258. Vultan - February 3, 2012


Buzz, I finally got around to watching “Goodnight, Mister Tom.” Wonderful movie. Thanks for the recommendation. Reminded me of “Hope and Glory.” I particularly liked the scene with the Spitfire flyby. Oh, and the people were good too. ;)

Seriously though, it “got to me” several times. Really liked the scene were the old man teaches the boy how to write his name. That one hit close to home.

Thanks again.

259. Vultan - February 3, 2012

Correction: “WHERE the old man…”

260. Brock's Spain - February 3, 2012

Speaking of uniforms – its time to bring back CAPT Kirk’s green wrap-around tunic!

261. Guiseppi - February 3, 2012

I know its been like 2yrs since I have posted anthing but I do check the site often. I am sort of a TOS purist at heart, yet I loved the new movie.

@ Bob Orci,
Solving the Shatner problem… It could be part of dream that young kirk has, a kind of residual from the mind meld with Spock prime (remembering an event from the prime universe) or part of a new mind meld. Either wUtould work and not disrupt the story.imdb

262. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 3, 2012

A photo of the last day of shooting of Trek guys on the bridge would be AWESOME … a dream … I could thank boborci eternally for that…. ;-) :-)

263. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - February 3, 2012

Hey Bob Orci. I know I have asked you this at least a thousand times. Are you still considering using Del Trame (BND) name in the new movie.

264. Phil - February 3, 2012

Maybe I should change my handle to OP….Origonal Phil. Unless other Phils were here first…..

@204. Yep. Six more weeks of winter. Don’t piss off a groundhog….

@211. I recall reading that the TOS designers allowed for the possibility that some races in the ST universe might be better at some skills then others. Klingons were supposed to be better engine builders, so theor warp drive units were smaller, in proportion, to their Federation counterparts. So the short answer is no. It’s an arbitrary decision to what these warp units look like, I wasn’t asked or paid to participate in the project, and the overall concept is true enough to the origonal that it’s not an issue for me. A little bigger or a little smaller makes no difference.

265. Buzz Cagney - February 3, 2012

I’m delighted that you enjoyed Mister Tom, Vults. As you are a man of impeccable taste I knew that you would.
Did you notice the guy playing Mister Tom was John Thaw, who played Inspector Morse? Not sure if you’ve ever seen Morse but John is probably my all time favourite actor. Sadly he died 10 years ago but he did some great work. For me he was most notable as Jack Regan in The Sweeney (the role Ray Winstone is taking on in the remake I was recently talking to you about).
Here’s a little clip of John in The Sweeney..


Funny that you mention the Spitfire. I was out walking my dog one day last summer and one flew overhead and it gave me goosebumps! I don’t know if it was the noise or shape of its part in history but it really moved me. I guess it was all of those things.
You’ve seen Hope and Glory! I’m impressed. Its not the most well known of movies. Enjoyable though isn’t it.
The scen’es that move me most in Tom are in the graveyard when Tom talks about losing his wife and son to make the boy understand he isn’t alone in his grief. And also the final scene, ‘i can ride dad, I can really ride’
Take a quick look at this…



266. VZX - February 3, 2012

260. Dude, that would be epic. Do you think the wrap-around tunic would be as tight on Pine as it was on Shatner?

267. VZX - February 3, 2012

I wonder if any celebrities came in to view the last day on the bridge. I know that Tom Cruise, Speilberg, and some Trek alums visited on the last one. How cool would it be to see Tom Cruise as a background red shirt? I doubt he’d do it, though.

It’s gotta be bittersweet, though, with no more filming on the bridge.

268. mjpeng - February 3, 2012

# 245. boborci – February 3, 2012
Some did some didn’t, the worst and most obvious was one of the shots at the start of the movie on the Kelvin (Running down stairs sequence).
I’m an Engineer so things like that and the mass of 20th century hardware in the engine room of the Enterprise took me right out of the movie.
Thanks for taking the time to read these comments, and please tell JJ to have a bit more attention to detail this time.

269. Vultan - February 3, 2012


Yeah, the graveyard scene and ending got to me, too.
Too bad about him wrecking his bike though. ;)

I wasn’t aware of John Thaw before, but you can count me as one of his fans now. Great actor. Sad he’s no longer with us.

By the way, the mother in that movie—well, I think the award for worst human being in film should go to her! At least a nomination. Do they have a category in the BAFTAs for that? ;)

270. Harry Ballz - February 3, 2012

Watched a two hour episode of Sherlock last night. The one with Irene Adler. It was superb. This Cumberbatch guy is one hell of a good actor.

Bob, have you seen many episodes of Sherlock?

271. KHAN 2.0 - February 3, 2012

boborci will there be homages/nods etc to other classic SF movies (not just star trek) like the way ST09 had some Star Warsy type stuff going on and First Contact had a bunch of Aliens stuff?

272. Buzz Cagney - February 3, 2012

So you’ve never seen inspector Morse, Vults? I would imagine its readily available over there. Not so sure about The Sweeney though.
I can definitely recommend Morse to you, I think you’d enjoy that very much.
Great theme tune. It is actually MORSE spelt out in morse code…


273. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 3, 2012

I vote Nichelle Nichols for the computer voice. I have from the start. Has she been asked? What does she think?

Question for Bob Orci – Here I go again…

I know that you have said that it is not necessary to have read the ongoing comic series in order to understand/appreciate the sequel. How necessary, though, would it be for the average cinema goer to have seen the Star Trek 09 movie in order for them to make sense of and enjoy this sequel presently being made?

274. Vultan - February 3, 2012


No, I haven’t. I do seem to recall it being shown on PBS years ago. I’ll have to look for it again, but I don’t think it’s on any channels. You know, wouldn’t want to get in the way of any reality TV shows. Sigh….

275. Buzz Cagney - February 3, 2012

Morse is a very slow burn kind of detective show. No shoot outs. Not really any car chases. I can only think of one fight! So its a bit more cerebral than most shows of its genre. Which is why I think it’ll be right up your street.
Look out for it. ;)

276. Buzz Cagney - February 3, 2012

btw the new series of Top Gear started well last week. Italy in 3 supercars! Whats not to like!
And I have to say i’ve come to quite enjoy Top Gear USA. Its ok. I quite like the presenters. They’ve found their feet and own personalities. And it has good production values and nice camera work. Good job.

277. Vultan - February 3, 2012


I will. Thanks. Sounds a lot like “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

I saw that recently. Good, moody film. Slow burn. A few bizarre scenes, like a Soviet Santa Claus singing the USSR national anthem at a MI6 Christmas party. Gotta love that.

Oh, and Cumberbatch was excellent.

278. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 3, 2012

I loved the Inspector Morse series. The Sweeney was a little before my time. I never paid any attention to it, but I recall my father raving on about the series, saying how good it was.

Morse had a young sidekick detective working with him on cases, Lewis, and now there is the Lewis series – very good as well. On an episode recently, a nice mention was made by Lewis about his late supervisor, Inspector Morse, which I thought was great.

I love those wonderful British series – Inspector Morse, Lewis, Lovejoy, Midsomer Murders, the Agatha Christie series – Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot et al. They feature episodes from those various shows most Saturday nights on Prime here in NZ, so I am off to my room, curled up on or under the sheets, watching one of these programmes on a small 14″ screen TV set. I like the stories, the interesting, if sometimes rather eccentric, characters and dialogue and importantly, the pacing, which is different to a lot of US shows, and the background music is not so loud and intrusive.

Can’t beat good British drama! I love a lot of American television too – it is just different, not so genteel and often does not have the same style and flair that these British dramas have. However, as a man called Richard Schumacher commented in a book he wrote called Small is Beautiful – “Variety is not the spice of life. Variety is the necessity of life”. Never forgotten that. (Curiously, that author way back in the seventies was warning of the perils of globalisation and the negative impact it can and will have on cultures and especially in terms of the environment because of agricultural techniques being used and promoted).

279. Buzz Cagney - February 3, 2012

Lovejoy! i’d forgotten Lovejoy. Great show.
And there was a recent Morse prequel- yes, there’s that word prequel again- called Endeavour. I haven’t seen it but it got good reviews.

280. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 3, 2012

I missed seeing the Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, but my family members who caught it by the second episode said that it was good. I hope to catch the second series that Ben just finished before he came to do the Star Trek sequel when it comes to NZ television later in the year. The first series did well here so hopefully I won’t need to wait long before TVNZ pick up the latest series and screen it here. Something to look out for…

281. NCM - February 3, 2012

228. Hugh Hoyland – February 3, 2012

“Seriously? Wow this production is flying by fast.”

Or our intrepid heroes won’t be spending much time on the bridge. Planet-side!!

282. Ahki - February 3, 2012

I did not know the original Spock-Nimoy, was in the movie, and the jelly fish ship in it too.

283. Phil - February 3, 2012

@282. Those were pic’s from Trek 2009

284. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 3, 2012

#280. Keachick…

Good God… Captain Fine is wearing a red shirt… Why?… Why?… LOL

;-) :-)



285. Vultan - February 3, 2012

I just watched “Death on the Nile” the other night. Think it’s about time for another Poirot mystery to hit the big screen.

286. Hugh Hoyland - February 3, 2012

281. NCM

Hmm, good point there.

287. MJ - February 3, 2012

@220 “Give it a rest and get a life.”

El Chump., I have no problem if you want to criticize my posts anytime here. But giving me the classic Trekkie “get a life” insult is actually quite hilarious, as those types of “get a life” Trekkies are the exactly the ones who are excited about getting photos from the last movie from 4.5 years ago instead of getting info on the new sequel. :-)

288. MJ - February 3, 2012

And by the way, I was having fun with the idea of Bob providing us the old photos. Don’t take everything so freaking seriously, dude.

289. Number 3 - February 3, 2012

Looking foward to the next TREK…..reading all these posts makes my eyes hurt but it’s good to know that there’s still so many rabid fans out there,like myself.

All my best to cast and crew.

290. boborci - February 3, 2012

273. like the first movie, it stands on its own. Bu if you saw te first movie, you will see evolution.

291. Walter Kozlowski - February 3, 2012

Hey Bob, is warp speed faster in this time line???

292. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 3, 2012

#290 – Thank you, Bob.

Dee – I love the video. Chris looks really good in that red shirt…who knew? He is absolutely lovely, gorgeous, a real honey, plus he looks good wearing those glasses. Tom looked and sounded good, although he let Chris and Reese do the talking. Now honestly, since really seeing and hearing Reese Witherspoon talk for more than a minute (at the premiere), I think she looks lovely and seems really nice as well.

I do not understand all the hate, vitriol that I have read been slung at her. Of course, she’s not perfect – who is? So much nastiness and jealousy/envy about. Sad.

293. logical_chaos - February 3, 2012

To TrekMovie,
Bob Orci spends so much time in your portal. Maybe you can make it official and give him writer’s credit.

Just thinking out loud.

294. MJ - February 3, 2012

@292. Reese is good people and an underrated actress. Some people are just jealous or are holding high school grudges still against the good looking girls who shunned them. It is sad at best and pathetic at worst.

295. boborci - February 3, 2012

291. Yup!!

296. FrancoMiranda - February 3, 2012

I have to admit, I’m rather hungry for news on the new movie. When can we expect a trailer?

297. Phil - February 3, 2012

@287. Consider the source. Some people just can’t resist the chance to lecture….

298. Walter Kozlowski - February 3, 2012

Wow Cool! Wonder how long it would take to get to Andromeda,with the new warp drives? Ya ever notice in Star Wars that when they engage the hyper-drive and jump to light speed they can cross half there galaxy in hours? So is the Star Wars Galaxy tiny?
Thanx Bob, for having fun with us!

299. Phil - February 3, 2012

@299. Well, the Star Wars folks didn’t feel the need to wrap their fake FTL drive in fake technobabble like the Trek folks do with their fake FTL. Gotta preserve the illusion that their universe is fantasy, and Treks is Sci-Fi now…

I suppose, in theory, that once space is sufficiently warped around your vessel, it would not matter if you were going to the moon, or another galaxy. You blink out here, and appear there. Then again, you would not have all that time to fill with stories about transporter accidents, tribbles, aliens with god-like powers and such if getting there didn’t take more then a couple of seconds…..

300. JRT - February 3, 2012

boborci Would still like to know if you have anything planned for Comic Con this year,if it’s not too early to tell us? Will you be there? And what about New York Comic Con? Also hope there’ll be special sneak peek events like last time,and like Spider-Man movie is doing on Monday. Keep Trekkin’ John(Robin!

301. Basement Blogger - February 3, 2012

@ 227

Bob Orci,

So the new movie is being filmed out of order? Yeah, I know movies are often filmed out of order. But maybe Sulu crashed the Enterprise. She’s insured right?

Oh, watched Fringe tonight. I love the two Olivias.

302. Rob - February 3, 2012

Just wanted to say thanks to Bob Orci for keeping us in the loop……cheers

303. Jim Nightshade - February 3, 2012

yeh but i Really luv the smiling redhead olivia..yum….

304. Anthony Pascale - February 3, 2012

Warp is faster? Hopefully not so fast as to where the crew devolve into lizards and have lizard sex

305. Harry Ballz - February 3, 2012


Lizard sex??

You’re saying Kirk is going to get it on with a Gorn??

Hey, once you go lizard, you never……..uh, never mind!

306. MJ - February 3, 2012

@304. Hey Anthony, sounds like you just polished off your Friday night 6-pack. :-)

307. DWNicolo - February 3, 2012

Hey Bob Orci, How about Rod Roddenberry or Nichelle Nichols for the computer voice?

308. PleasureGirl1990 - February 4, 2012


Star Trek 2: The Power Of Panties?

309. Colonel West - February 4, 2012

Great pics and tidbits of info Bob, cheers. Always good to have you come down from Stratos and mix it up with us Troglytes every now and again!

@Anthony and @bob, I think we have our first one shot sorted:



310. Hallbjorn - February 4, 2012

Marina Sirtis for the computer voice !

311. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - February 4, 2012

I think Marina Sirtis should be the computer voice. Nothing against Nichelle Nichols–I just think she’d sound better.

312. Phil - February 4, 2012

RE: 304….Voyagers Warp 10 speed limit. Janeway/Paris lizard babies is still a creepy episode…..maybe watching that episode drunk helps.

313. Buzz Cagney - February 4, 2012

Marina Sirtis would never be able to maintain a computer accent!
They must surely have plenty of Majel doing her thing so, unless they have some specific Wictor Wictor stuff lined up, why change it just for the sake of it?

314. Basement Blogger - February 4, 2012

@ 309

Great stuff Col West. . Ha, ha, ha. By the way, why the handle Col. West? (Saboteur in Star Trek VI) Trying to tell us something? Perhaps secret Star Wars fan infiltrating or Star Trek ranks? :-)

315. Basement Blogger - February 4, 2012

Hey Bob Orci,

So you’ve filmed the last scene on the bridge. (227) I bet it looked great as the crew was watching the view screen as Khan’s ship blew up. If that’s not the last scene on the bridge has Khan’s demise filmed? I keeed. I keeed. But seriously, Cumberbatch is Khan, right? :-)

316. Harry Ballz - February 4, 2012

309. Colonel West

Hilarious! Funny as hell!

Gorn With The Wind?

Nothing worse than a farting lizard! Kirk must have torn him a new one!

317. Harry Ballz - February 4, 2012

315. Basement Blogger

“Cumberbatch is Khan, right?”

What’s next, Woody Allen as Superman??

318. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - February 4, 2012

How about Erica Durance as Lois Lane. oops.

319. Harry Ballz - February 4, 2012

If Durance were cast wouldn’t that be Lois LAME?

320. Basement Blogger - February 4, 2012

Hey, when watching Fringe last night (303) , there was a blatant product placement for the Nissan Leaf. And Star Trek (2009) had NOKIA. What will be the product placement for Star Trek (2013)?

Kirk: What’s wrong?

Spock: It’s that time again.

Kirk: Pon farr?

Spock: Yes.

Kirk: Spock… you do use protection?

Spock: Yes. (Turns to camera and displays product.) I use Trojans, the logical choice of contraceptives for Vulcans. And may I add the logical choice for you and all the members of the Federation. .

We then move to Uhura’s station where she and Alice Eve are. The turn to the camera.

Uhura and Alice Eve: And when your man is on an away mission, try the Trojan Twister. (Both turn sideways to show their hair blown back.) It will blow your hair back warp speed.

Chekov’s head slowly comes up from the bottom of the screen.

Chekov: Yes, the Twister was a Russian invention.

Camera pulls back. The bridge crew all laughs. Cut to Enterprise. Alex Courage’s fanfare plays.

321. MJ - February 4, 2012

@315 @317

I for one am sticking with my prediction based on Orci’s clue several months back (whether Orci admits it it a clue or not is immaterial, becuase why would he admit it and then give away the secret?) that yes, Cumberbatch will be playing Khan.

And I am looking forward to the apology that Keachick and others are going to give me on this site when I am finally proven right on this! :-)

322. JRT - February 4, 2012

i keep hearing that the ongoing comic from IDW that you’re involved in,like it a lot btw,will tie in to the movie. Any chance you can tell us how? I’ll ask the Comic Con question again some other time as I would really like to know. Have fun. John-Robin!

323. Harry Ballz - February 4, 2012


MJ, will we finally be forced to admit that you KHAN do no wrong?

324. jliebe - February 4, 2012

just watched the first episode of sherlock starring benedict cumberland and during the whole episode there was just one star trek character screaming at me all the time – SYBOK….
Mark my words. They way he acts as Sherlock is so like you would imagine a Vulcan not suppressing his emotions. Also, Cumberland strikes a huge resemblance to Zachary Quinto.

325. jliebe - February 4, 2012

Benedict Cumberbatch of course. sorry for the misspelling.

326. Basement Blogger - February 4, 2012

@ 324 jliebe

Sybok?! You’re taking a character from the worst Star Trek movie ever made, and perhaps one of the worst dramatic presentations of Star Trek and putting him in a blockbuster franchise. Trust me, I’m a Star Trek ass kisser and Star Trek V is one of the few Trek productions I strongly criticize. But it does have some moments. ;-) Great music.

Watch him in War Horse. And check out this trailer where he gives a speech urging his men to be brave. Look they were looking for a Hispanic to play the villain. That’s got Khan written all over it. Cumberbatch’s voice and the fact he said in previous story he needs to work out sounds like Khan. Ricardo Montelban had a prodigious chest.

War Horse trailer.

327. Gary S. - February 4, 2012

Cumberbatch cant be Khan.
It just wouldnt make sense.

328. Red Dead Ryan - February 4, 2012


“Cumberbatch cant be Khan.”

Yes, he can. And he might be.

“It just wouldnt make sense.”

It does. J.J Abrams usually likes to cast actors who wouldn’t necessarily be the conventional choice of other directors. When a lot of people assumed Matt Damon would land the role of Kirk, Abrams picked Chris Pine instead. And a lot of people NEVER predicted that.

Anyway, I figured they’d go with Khan because everytime the writers and producers talked about Trek, they have referred to and mentioned Khan, “Space Seed”, and “The Wrath Of Khan”.

Khan seems to be the elephant in the room for these guys. They saw how the Joker worked out for “The Dark Knight” and decided that a familiar foe would work best for the sequel.

It’s going to be Khan.

329. Daoud - February 4, 2012

Nope, but you heard it here on Trekmovie three years ago:
“The Wrath of Sybok”
And when the disfigured Peter Weller as Garth disappears in the denouement of the movie.. it sets up perfectly the next movie:
“The Search for Garth”

330. Red Dead Ryan - February 4, 2012

And I can’t believe people are making the ridiculous suggestion that Cumberbatch will be playing Sybok. Really, some obscure character from one of the worst Trek films will be recast for the sequel? Sybok was an alright character, but c’mon, he ain’t gonna put butts in the seats.

331. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 4, 2012

MJ – There is nothing for anyone to apologise about. Either a person’s prediction comes true or it does not.

#326 – Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have also been working. That does not mean that they will be playing Khan. Actors tend to work out, especially if they know that they will be acting in a very action-oriented movie.

332. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 4, 2012

Edit – I meant “working out”. Also, one has to wonder where some of those extra 15 pounds that Chris Pine has gained within the last few weeks may have gone. My guess – chest, abs and pecs.

333. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 4, 2012

Red Dead Ryan – Given that many people have noted the physical similarities between Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto, anything is possible. Personally I doubt that Ben is playing Spock’s older half-brother, Sybok, but you never know…

334. Red Dead Ryan - February 4, 2012


“MJ — There is nothing for anyone to apologise about. Either a person’s prediction comes true or it does not.”

Hmm, that may be so, but you’ve been wrong about the film’s release date. When I was suggesting for an entire year that the sequel would be delayed until summer 2013, you kept assuming it would be released in the fall of 2012 even in the face of ever-mounting evidence to the contrary.

Not once did you admit the error of your ways. Understandable, as a woman, you’ll probably never admit being wrong. :-)

I don’t need an apology myself, but an acknowledgement of your wrongness would suffice quite nicely! :-)

335. Red Dead Ryan - February 4, 2012


Yes, but notice from certain photos that Cumberbatch has a similar stern facial expression to Ricardo Montalban from “Space Seed”. Yeah, he might not share the same skin color that Montalban did (at least as Khan) but with him working out at the gym right now, I’d say Khan is who he’s playing.

336. boborci - February 5, 2012

322. The further along they get, the closer theyll tie in.

337. FrancoMiranda - February 5, 2012


Hey man, how’s it going? Still sleepless in Scotland over here. Still, it means I’m awake when you American-continenters are: however, it’s 2.50am there right? Or is it just after midnight? Burning the candle at both ends?

338. JRT - February 5, 2012

Boborci ooooh,can’t wait! Thanks for letting me know. I love the comic right now,even though it’s retelling of old classics,but there’s a new original storyline coming up soon and can’t wait to read that! And here’s hoping you’ll be at Comic Con in July and that you got some cool stuff planned! Have fun! John-Robin!

339. china - February 5, 2012

I wish Benedict had got more than a few weeks to prepare for the film. He was buff for Frankenstein then he had to get skinny for Sherlock then pack on a load of weight to play the chubby Christopher Teitjens in Parade’s End and now needs to be buff again. Thats a lot to do in such a short space of time. The other actors have had plenty of time to get in shape.

I’m fretting because if he’s playing Khan the fanboys are going to take great delight in criticising his physique and wont care that he only knew a few weeks before filming started that he’d be playing the role. I dot want to have to grit my teeth at snide comments.

340. Aurore - February 5, 2012

“When a lot of people assumed Matt Damon would land the role of Kirk, Abrams picked Chris Pine instead. And a lot of people NEVER predicted that.”


A lot of people might have assumed that Matt Damon would have landed the part of (James Tiberius) Kirk.

However, Mr. Abrams never seemed to have considered him for the role:

“Given how well ‘Trek’ worked with a cast that was relatively devoid of big-name superstars, one has to wonder if Abrams ever really did call Damon up to talk about the Kirk role.

‘I did, but not for the role of James Kirk. I went to Damon for the role of Kirk’s father, and he declined in the most gracious and understandable and logical of reasons,’ Abrams explained. As you may or may not remember, Kirk’s father appears during the “Trek” prologue, sacrificing his life while his wife and newborn child make their escape from a doomed ship. “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth ending up landing the part, months before his starring role in the Marvel property was announced.
‘We lucked out with Chris Hemsworth, and he did a great job,’ Abrams said. ‘Maybe it would have been distracting to have someone as massively famous as Matt Damon in that role. … The decision was made very early on to have actors who were not necessarily the most famous but the most right for the role.’


As far as Khan is concerned, I still do not think it is going to be him.

But, if I’m “wrong”, I’ll have no trouble admitting it…provided the sequel is spectacularly good.

341. Aurore - February 5, 2012


Apparently the link only partially appeared in my previous post.
Should the same occur with this one, people interested in reading the original article may want to google the words “Matt Damon as George Kirk “.


342. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 5, 2012

#341. Aurore…Exactly … I remember this interview … the guy from MTV asked Chris: ” Chris, have you practiced your “Khan!!!” scream?” …

and Pine: “Yes, as I do every night before I go to bed. I practice my Shatner. I pray to Shatner. “…. :-)

JJ Abrams also talked about Khan in another interview on MTV …

“Dealing with Khan would certainly be a challenge, but we had an equal challenge in finding our crew of the Enterprise.”



But that was a long ago, so I do not know, though boborci said that the story they want to tell has never changed ….

;-) :-)

343. Phil - February 5, 2012

@321. I will be laughing my ass off if Ensign Khan dies in the first three minutes of the film in an unfortunate transporter accident……

344. Aurore - February 5, 2012


Thank you.

I had forgotten about this .
This, especially :

“How do you think Khan should be handled in this new “Star Trek” universe? Do you want to see him in the next sequel? In any subsequent follow-ups? Would you rather see him left out all together?”


345. Phil - February 5, 2012

Khan doesn’t have to be handled at all. Ignore him, it’s not like KNS was anymore insturmental in the development of Kirk then any of his other antagonists. He was just the lucky guy who’s character was picked for TWOK.

346. Harry Ballz - February 5, 2012

345. Phil “”He was just the lucky guy who’s character was picked for TWOK”

Well, if they’re going to pick a character to play the villain in a movie called The Wrath Of Khan, thank goodness they picked a guy named Khan!


347. jamesingeneva - February 5, 2012

@320, I hope you’re in advertising because that is bloody hellarious! I would seriously stop and watch that commercial though I’m know it would never happen.

348. jliebe - February 5, 2012

Okay. Sybok might have been not of the best characters ever written for a star trek movie, however this Sybok would be 20 or more years younger. Keeping in mind the destruction of Vulcan, if this younger version has the same drive, devotion and passion that he had for the mission to find sha ka ree he would be an interesting choice to lead a faction of vulcans to revenge the destruction of their homework – without any logic and suppressed emotions to hold them back – just pure wrath…

349. jliebe - February 5, 2012

homework=homeworld od course.

350. hypnotoad42 - February 5, 2012

155 – Which generation? (I’m a teen of the mid~late-80s, and early TNG was pretty bad… as an adult, and after reading a few behind-the-scenes books, without one man I think early-TNG would have been far better… but I digress. Early TNG was bad. I loved TOS. If there was no TOS and TNG was the first of its kind, it wouldn’t have lasted 13 episodes, much less the full year…)

156 – agreed

Nice to see Nimoy visiting the set, which is nice. Without his presence in the 2009 film, I wouldn’t be giving this new, updated, and sloppily-written reboot a further thought. (redlettermedia having a good review on the 2009 flick, even if they rate it far higher than it deserves to be…)

It’s also disturbing that everyone wants to see Khan re-used. Can they not create something new to poke fun at? (until the 2009 flick, the only Kirk-based movie that treated its characters like empty caricatures for comedic effect was Trek V…)

351. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 5, 2012

MJ, Red Dead Ryan –
I acknowledge that the prediction that the Star Trek sequel will not get released to cinemas until mid-2013 is correct. Given that Paramount has made a public announcement stating the new release date being 17 May 2013, it would be daft of me not to acknowledge same. Your prediction was correct and my prediction (more a hope/wish actually, based on the very limited facts that we all had at the time) was wrong.

This is a public acknowledgement, but as far as an apology, No, because none is needed, unless you see the meaning of “apology” as explained below.

“Word Origin & History
1530s, “defense, justification,” from L.L. apologia, from Gk. apologia “a speech in defense,” from apologeisthai “to speak in one’s defense,” from apologos “an account, story,” from apo- “from, off” (see apo-) + logos “speech.” The original English sense of “self-justification” ”

However, the more modern and usually accepted meaning of “apology” is as below:

   [uh-pol-uh-jee] Show IPA
noun, plural -gies.
a written or spoken expression of one’s regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another: He demanded an apology from me for calling him a crook.
a defense, excuse, or justification in speech or writing, as for a cause or doctrine.
( initial capital letter, italics ) a dialogue by Plato, centering on Socrates’ defense before the tribunal that condemned him to death.
an inferior specimen or substitute; makeshift: The tramp wore a sad apology for a hat.”

I never insulted, wronged, injured or failed anyone by expressing a hope, a wish, and even predicting, that the date of this movie’s could be sometime in November or December 2012. I also never denied the possibility that the film may not be seen until 2013, but I hoped that I would not have to wait that long. I also recall asking pertinent questions like whether the movie was going to be made or converted into 3D. I never got any answer until everyone did – much, much later.

Perhaps it might be more in order that I seek your commiseration for my having to wait five to six months longer before I get to see my beloved captain, along with his ship and crew, than I had believed/hoped.

352. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 5, 2012

#348 – “he would be an interesting choice to lead a faction of vulcans to revenge the destruction of their homeworld – without any logic and suppressed emotions to hold them back – just pure wrath…”

Except that the movie becomes yet another story about revenge – yawn!

I like the basic story line of Star Trek V, though some of the execution could have been better. However, there was some lovely, memorable dialogue in that movie between the three main characters.

Sybok was seeking Sha ka ree – Eden, paradise, a heavenly kind of world, where all suffering, pain, cruelty did not exist, a place where people could live in love and harmony with each other and their environment. Suppression of various emotions were not necessary, as all darker, negative, unclean, angry, vengeful type emotions would be washed away and the people healed body, mind and soul. That is, at least, how I understood Sybok’s character and his motivations. Perhaps, this younger Sybok wishes to have this new Vulcan world not follow the Surak philosophy so rigidly, without Sybok and his followers falling into the all too common emotional expressions of cruelty and revenge…

(Unfortunately, in Star Trek V, Sybok’s own innocence, naivety(?), idealism, honest and well-intentioned desires became subject to a very powerful, but deceitful, greedy and cynical mind, (a mind/being which was subject to imprisonment because of its unholy actions in the past) with the results that we saw at the end of the movie…)

353. Aurore - February 5, 2012

Correction. 340.

But, if I’m “wrong”, I’ll have no trouble admitting it…provided the sequel is spectacularly good. = But, if I’m “wrong”, I’ll have no trouble admitting it…


OK. Enough of this.

TOTO!!!!!!!!!! KHAN OR NO KHAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan???!!!


354. Daoud - February 5, 2012

Keachick, I’m glad you see potential also in a Sybok 30 to 40 years younger than STV. If Bob Orci isn’t using him in the film(s)… by all means, Sybok is a most excellent series of novels waiting to be written.

I wish the Supreme Court would give Pocket Books the go ahead now to start producing Alt Universe novels!!!

355. Daoud - February 5, 2012

Perhaps in this universe, Khan awakens on the other side of the cryogenic chamber and prefers to go by his first name “Singh”…

And since he ruled South Asia… the movie can be subtitled “Singh of the South”.

356. Jake W. - February 5, 2012

@boborci –

Hello Bob! Before I say anything, I just want to thank you for doing something that very few modern film makers do; Getting online and answering fan questions and actually discussing the films you’re making with the people that appreciate the series you’ve helped revive.

Unlike some Star Trek fans, I do like the new movie, and I have no problem with the new, alternate timeline. (After all, everybody likes the Mirror Universe, and that’s also an alternate timeline! Which reminds me, if you ever somehow find an opportunity to nod to the Mirror Universe, and who’s to say the alternate-prime universe doesn’t have a mirror alternate-prime universe?)
Anyway, you’ve successfully taken a very old film/television franchise and taken it back to it’s youthful sense of adventure and made it once-again accessible to people, as a potential future for us. And in fact, after seeing the trailers for ST09 on TV, it got me, originally a die-hard Star Wars fan, become interested in watching the past ST movies to prep for the very interesting-looking movie I was seeing ads for. I started with the Motion Picture, watched all the movies, then proceeded to get TOS from Netflix, and halfway through season 1, get the Blu-Rays! Then to a number of TNG episodes, a few Voyager, all of Enterprise and currently DS9, aaand… Well anyway, you’ve made a lot of new fans, and I thank you for getting me interested in the rich story and history that is Star Trek.

So I was wondering, if all goes well with this trilogy, could there ever be any chance of at least one more film in the Prime Timeline? I know several people, two groups, David Foster, and the Bryan’s, separately, are preparing to pitch new TV series, at least one in the Prime Universe. But is a film set in the original timeline still a possibility, or is that just too far off to give a good guess at?

Not that this thought should be taken seriously, as I’d never expect it to be, but I kind of liked the idea of a connection back to the Prime Timeline, maybe near the end of this trilogy. Maybe I just prefer the good old Kirk and Spock, Picard and Riker Star Trek Timeline and hate the thought of the Prime Timeline not knowing what really happened to Spock, but I really wanted to get these ideas out there, just to see if anybody other than me still would like to see the Prime Timeline again in film, after Nemesis and before ST09.

357. Red Dead Ryan - February 5, 2012


I appreciate you admitting that you were wrong. It takes a lot of courage to do that! :-)

Anyway, you can take some comfort in the fact that the film’s delay has given Chris Pine extra time to work out in the gym, and extra time to recapture the essence of Kirk.

358. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 5, 2012

I was a bit concerned that there was an attempt to “shatnerise” Chris Pine too much, but after seeing him doing an interview about This Means War with Reese and Tom, I am more reassured. He just looks a bit more mature, but still gorgeous as ever. I love the red shirt and the glasses with the dark frames he was wearing, although the frames are not as thick as Quinto’s ones. Thicker frames would not suit Chris anyway, as he is fairer than Zachary.

I felt the essence of Kirk come through in the first movie, especially when Uhura challenges with “I hope you know what you are doing…Captain!” and he soberly replies, “So do I.”

359. Baroner - February 5, 2012

Can we pause a moment to reflect upon how unprecedented, and fantastic, it is for the fans to have this kind of access to an actual current writer of the ST movies? Bob, you rock. Now ditch the “missed window” cop out and get Shatner in the movie! (kidding, but only a little. It would just be too cool).

360. MJ - February 5, 2012

@331 “MJ – There is nothing for anyone to apologise about. Either a person’s prediction comes true or it does not.”

A convenient response for some one who has consistently agreed with my predictions over time but yet has been proven wrong time over time. :-)

361. MJ - February 5, 2012

argh, I meant to say “consistently disagreed”

362. Tranya - February 5, 2012

What if Benedict is playing Joachim? And maybe in the new timeline, Khan’s sleeper freezer malfunctions (for whatever reasons, maybe she is under attack this time) and it’s Joachim that survives to lead the group of genetically engineered super men/women…?

Just a thought.. If Bob Orci and co would destroy vulcan, they’d totally have the ballz to write out Khan from appearing in altered timeline..

363. MJ - February 5, 2012

@362 “If Bob Orci and co would destroy vulcan, they’d totally have the ballz to write out Khan from appearing in altered timeline.”

Harry, how do you feel about that?

364. Mark Lynch - February 6, 2012

I predicted 2013 as well. Is anyone going to apologise to me? ;-)

As far as Cumberbatch playing Khan. I think the link below says it all;

Using Khan in the second movie of the rebooted franchise just seems uninspired to me. I can’t believe Orci and Kurtzman would do it.

Nods and references to TOS will be lovely, but I want to see new stories.

365. Mark Lynch - February 6, 2012

Bob Orci,

Please, please look at post #320 and get it filmed as part of the Star Trek 2013 blooper reel for the DVD/Blu-Ray release.

It just has to be done. :-)

366. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 6, 2012


At the first week of December 2011 Chris Pine was busy with the shooting of additional scenes for the movie “This Means War”… as far as I know he just started to prepare physically for Trek sequel after that… then the postponement of filming has nothing to do with building muscle which Chris looks at the moment…

;-) :-)

367. Harry Ballz - February 6, 2012

363. MJ “ballz to write out Khan from appearing in altered timeline”

MJ, I’d be glad to scribble out that scenario for TPTB. Would only take an afternoon!

368. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 6, 2012

MJ – Give it a rest and stop being a smart ass! Nobody owes anybody an apology, but you just might owe me one if you don’t lay off this nonsense directed towards me at the moment.

#366 – I think that Chris Pine has been consistently working out *forever*. He has just done a little extra, in terms of muscle building, in the last few weeks before filming Star Trek. As we know, there have been photos taken of him near his new car and he has been in gym shorts and t-shirt, so I think going to the gym and perhaps having some gym gear at his home, now that he is no longer living in a small apartment, is just part of his normal routine, way of life.

By the way, I have lost about the same amount of weight as he has managed to put on, but it took me a lot longer to lose it. Still need to lose more.

Note to Chris Pine: It is always easier to put on weight than to lose it. Put on the lean muscle weight because YOU need to, not because of people’s ridiculous and rude expectation that you should have to look as much like Shatner/Kirk as possible.

369. Daoud - February 6, 2012

Still no pictures?

370. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 6, 2012

#368. Keachick … there are great pics in The Chris Pine Network… CP looks like Clark Kent a bit… Superboy… just because I said he was so … definitely Captain Kirk in London… LOL

;-) :-)

371. MJ - February 6, 2012

@368 “MJ – Give it a rest and stop being a smart ass! Nobody owes anybody an apology, but you just might owe me one if you don’t lay off this nonsense directed towards me at the moment.”

Sounds like someone is getting a little nervous about being proven wrong again…temper, temper! :-)

372. Gary S. - February 6, 2012

#371Keachick has not been proven wrong yet .
No Khan in sight.

373. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 6, 2012

“My captain” – a photo taken at a This Means War press conference


Just had to share.

So, Bob Orci – can we please have a picture or two from the Star Trek set? How come a few outtakes from the filming of This Means War and Welcome to People get published but none from the Star Trek sequel? Please…

374. Anthony Thompson - February 7, 2012


I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon. Not Bob’s fault. Just JJ being JJ. I wonder sometimes, though, if such extreme secrecy is counter-productive.

375. MJ - February 7, 2012

“I wonder sometimes, though, if such extreme secrecy is counter-productive.”

YES, it is.

376. Phil - February 7, 2012

@375. It didn’t seem to be a problem last time around. Builds anticipation.

377. Anthony Thompson - February 7, 2012


Last time around we at leat knew the character names of the guest stars. Not so this time.

378. newbie on the bridge - February 7, 2012

@bob orci

how’s the working relationship of the old crew and the new ones, on and off cam? Lookin’ forward to trivia bits and new datas in this movie. i’m learning…

More Power to the ST Family.. Live long & Prosper! \V/

379. Daoud - February 7, 2012

@377: That almost *guarantees* that we’re getting a twist on some classic TOS characters. I mean, there was no big deal releasing “Nero”, “Ayel”… and “Pike” although intriguing, we expected him to be in a similar role to Hunter-Pike, the paterfamiliish character.
I mean, the moment we know who Weller, Cumberbatch, Eve, etc. are playing, we have big script clues.
But why not at least a picture of Pike, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, Sulu, Uhura, or Chekov? Geesh, we know they’re all in the frakking movie. I’d even settle for a recent picture of “Smilin’ Transporter Guy”. Chris, maybe you could post a current picture just so we could pretend?

380. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 7, 2012

#379 This is what I have been asking for since November last year. It is now February – almost three months ago.

Come on, Bad Robot team – be nice!

381. Phil - February 8, 2012

@379. Or, if the characters of Weller, Cumberbatch, Eve, and Clarke are announced to be a civilian doctor, lumberjack, Federation Marine, and Andorian spy we will know nothing more about the script then we know now.

Don’t expect any announcements, cast photos, teaser footage or anything else until Comic Con in July. These guys firmly believe in controlling their product, that business model works for them, and they are going to stick to it. We are not entitled to any special privlidges, and should not expect any.

382. Red Dead Ryan - February 8, 2012

They aren’t going to release anything at Comic Con, either. Nothing was revealed at the 08 Con, and the only reason J.J Abrams was at the 07 one was to announce the reboot, alongside Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto. I don’t think we’re going to see anything until the later stages of this year, or maybe even in early 2013.

I’m actually surprised J.J Abrams allows Bob Orci to chat with us on these threads. You’d think if he’s so secretive, that he’d want to muzzle his own writers to guarantee no leaks.

383. Phil - February 8, 2012

@382. Yeah, but if you think about it, Mr. Orci really hasn’t told us anything, either. It’s kinda like visiting a fortune teller, he pops in and says something like ” I’ll bet you are all excited about the changes in engineering” We get all excited, speculate a lot, fill in details we would like, and the he tells us “we won’t be dissapointed”. Much ado about nothing. How may post were on the thread about “Bob Tweets ST pics”, and it was all 09 stuff?

384. Red Dead Ryan - February 8, 2012


Yeah, good points, Phil. But I think it’s highly probable that Bob might accidentally let slip something that J.J doesn’t want revealed prematurely.

385. Harry Ballz - February 8, 2012


Red Dead Ryan “let slip something that JJ doesn’t want revealed prematurely”

Yes, as any gal can tell you, there’s nothing worse than when a guy suffers from premature elucidation!

386. Red Dead Ryan - February 8, 2012


Yeah, that sure could ruin the release date!

387. Harry Ballz - February 8, 2012




388. Red Dead Ryan - February 9, 2012


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