TrekMovie has an exclusive follow-up on yesterday’s news about the Star Trek movie shooting in Seoul. The Korea shoot will be just for a portion of the film, TrekMovie has learned that the studio is planning on shooting principally in Vancouver. More details below.
Orci To Shoot Star Trek 2016 In Vancouver – Enterprise Sets To Be Rebuilt
TrekMovie has learned that the current plan for the next Star Trek film is to primarily shoot it in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. According to sources all the main sets will be set up in a studio in Vancouver and the British Columbia area will also be used for some location shooting as well. In fact, director Roberto Orci has been in Vancouver this week scouting locations. The plan is still to start shooting in mid February, targeting a Summer 2016 release for the film.
The primary driver to shoot in Vancouver is said to be due to the very generous tax incentives being offered, saving the film potentially tens of millions of dollars. Shooting in Canada has become more and more prevalent in recent years for both feature films and television. Vancouver is now the third largest production center in North America, which has garnered it the nickname "Hollywood North." Bad Robot (the production company for the 2016 Star Trek movie) has used Vancouver for feature films (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and TV (including Fringe and Almost Human). However, this will be the first time that a Star Trek film was principally shot outside of the Los Angeles area. In fact, Star Trek: Into Darkness was the first Trek film to be shot on stages outside of the Paramount lot in Hollywood. JJ Abrams used the Sony lot in Culver City (primary for the Enterprise sets) and Raleigh Studios in Playa Del Rey.
According to sources the plan is to actually rebuild the Enterprise sets from scratch in Vancouver. This is also being done to save money as rebuilding turns out to be cheaper than shipping and redressing. Many of the sets were redressed to stand in for the USS Vengeance and so returning to the Enterprise look would take a lot of work.
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