In Hollywood, movies don’t truly get started until there is a script. Our studio sources have been telling us that only the ‘story’ (or ‘treatment’) for Star Trek XI has been completed. Now, according to Trek XI executive producer and co-writer Roberto Orci, it seems that Halloween is the target for the first draft of a script with filming starting as early as next summer. Orci revealed the schedule in response to an online query about the Trek XI time frame this Wednesday, saying:
Just started writing it. First draft by end of October, second by x-mas and hopefully shooting in summer or fall. If all goes REALLY well.
As reported here last week, Orci and writing partner Alex Kurtzman actively participate in the online community for their upcoming Transformers Movie project. Because the quote was from an online discussion, the Trek Movie Report contacted Mr. Orci directly and he confirmed the schedule as “Alex and my’s best guess”. It appears that the pair are now really diving into the Trek XI script; today Orci warned Transformers fans that he and Kurtzman are “going underground to take a bite out of Trek”.
But when will it be released?
This type of schedule is what would be expected for an early summer 2008 release. It would be about the same as the schedule for JJ Abrams recent Mission Impossible 3 which was released on the first weekend of May this year. In an interview TV Guide last month, Abrams said (regarding Trek XI) “I think we have an incredible story…we’re actively working on it, we’re in the middle of breaking the story, and it’s coming along great. I’d be happy to start sooner than Paramount thinks”. It was pointed out to us by a Paramount insider that even if Abrams is planning on a rapid schedule, that doesn’t mean it is Paramount’s schedule. Paramount has already slated the first weekend of May 2008 for Jon Favreau‘s Iron Man film (produced by the new Marvel Studios with Para as the distributor). Most recent Trek films have been released in the Christmas period and the summer of 2008 looks very competitive for action and genre films, the biggest of which is probably James Cameron‘s Avatar. Paramount is sure to not want a repeat of Christmas 2002 when the Star Trek Nemesis was crushed like a bug by Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.