J.J. Abrams Headed To Iceland

According to sources in today’s Frettabladid, there are very good chances that the new Star Trek movie will be (in part) filmed in Iceland. Two production companies, Pegasus & Saga Film are still batting over the film, and now Paramount Pictures have sent over plans for the budget and the two companies are looking it over. Both parties are optimistic that a deal will be made and the new Star Trek will be coming to the small island nation.The article also states that director J.J. Abrams is coming to Iceland to look at the locations Paramount scouts looked over in June. (previous story).

The latest news seems to confirm the previous report that the Iceland shoot will indeed be a ‘big’ part of the film. A source close the production told TrekMovie.com editor Anthony Pascale that production designer Scott Chambliss has already traveled to Iceland. The Iceland location shooting will make the new Star Trek the first Trek production to film outside the USA. Of course what Iceland is standing in for is still anyone’s guess.

Weather permitting? breaking up the shoot?
The Frettabladid source states that shooting is expected in the Spring, after things warm up. The film starts production at Paramount studios in November and it would be unusual for filming to last long enough to take them through to Spring, but perhaps they will have a shooting hiatus between the studio portion and the location shooting.

Hallbjörn Guðjónsson will continue to report on events as the new TrekMovie.com Iceland Bureau Chief 

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Nice! Iceland… an Alien landscape, perhaps…

… and FIRST


Sounds interesting to me. Any thoughts what they could shoot there? Kirk’s vacation?

Okay, alien landscape! Andorians?

Think “Ruora Penthe”

Rura Penthe was the first thought I had as well.

Well…, Kirk gets kidnapped again… Or for the first time?^^

Cool. Maybe we’ll get to see those cool landing party jackets from The Cage again.

Welcome to Trekmovie.com, Hallbjörn!

Iceland is not all ice

Of course it isn’t. But I’m curious… I still hope, it’s something Andorian.. I dunno!

Maybe it’ll mirror Captain America’s rebirth since I always felt Kirk tailored one of his fight scenes in the time travel episode on the air force base after something Jack Kirby would’ve had Captain America do. Throwing one’s whole body against a group of people.

I’d like to know what kind of villain we’ll see in ‘Star Trek’… A Klingon would be great!

Andorians would be cool. The original ones. Not the out of work, just graduated from Julliard, overly articulate people, antennae miraculously in front of their head thespians, who’ve been playing them these days. Bring back a French/Hungarian like Reggie Nalder to act in the role. That was genius casting watching a person who’s not comfortable with the English wrapping their mouths around those lines. Certainly added an air of legitimacy to their not of this world alien status.

Andorians? Yeah, why not?

Something I definitely wanna see is something new: Something thrilling connected with the original philosophy of Trek. And some suspense…
Something kickass!

I know this isn’t really the place for it, but if anyone’s interested here’s a sculpt I’m working on of Quinto as Spock. Obviously it’s still early so I’m just kind of guessing what he’ll look like (and what he’ll be wearing).

Ok back to the Iceland talk. : P


Agreed! The one thing ENT actually got right was the Andorians. I loved their ice planet and seeing their culture developed, and think they’d be great villains for the movie.

Certainly better than yet another Khan retread.

I didn’t think they did get them right. The whole time I saw them on Enterprise I would think, “yeah,…something finally to like about this show.” Just my opinion, but I cringed every time I saw their new incarnation of that show.

Wow! David J, good work. What medium are you using? Good stuff.

Again,…..I’m looking at that again David J…….Nice work. Good eye for detail.

But the Andorians are much better developed than the f**k Xindi. I mean, there were some great episodes during the 3rd season, but it wasn’t earl gray, you know…^^

As I posted once before on this board, my wife and I vacationed in Iceland, and it has many varied and alien landscapes — not just ice.

It is not as cold as you would think — the gulf-stream runs right into the SW of the island, so we enjoyed 40+ degree days in mid-October. We visited an 800-year old lava field that was nothing but lava rock from horizon to horizon. We also saw are steaming hot springs and bubbling geysers, tall thin waterfalls and big fat waterfalls. There are of course glaciers (we ate a picnic lunch on one). The movie ‘Flags of our Fathers’ was filmed there because Iceland’s black stone beaches were similar to Iwo-Jima’s.

From what I saw, they could probably get two or three planets out of that one island. More ‘bang for your buck’.

EPIC! Its nice to see the locations are going “Global”, makes this picture feel and seem epic. Can we say “Blockbuster”?

Well I hate the Xindi too.

oh…and to add to my above description: There are almost no trees out in the Icelandic countryside. We were told that the Vikings cut them all down for building materials and fuel. Damned Vikings.

Yeah! I hope there won’t be any cameo of a Xindi! No! This won’t happen!
I want to see more of Andoria… and perhaps a descendant of Shran… played by Combs! Meh, just a fanboy dream!
Btw: This girl from ‘Death Proof’ would be a sexy love interest for Kirk.

‘I. Want. That. Girl. Now!’

yea Iceland isnt just ice, its like a huge lava place too


Thanks. It’s just Sculpey clay. I’ll probably wait until some official pics come out (December hopefully?) before finalizing it and painting it.

really good work, man. They should buy your work.

DavidJ –

Great sculpt! I’ve been hoping we might find a place for this sort of stuff here on the site.

What say you, Anthony? Can we hope to see a “professional fan art” section at some point?

I hope they’ll be landing on a planet of blond supermodels (as extras).Well at least JJ will.

i liked the aquatic xindi. couldn’t they have built the probe from st4?

federation snowball fight?

I’m hoping for all new planets to explore, as opposed to going back to Rura Penthe or re-visiting the Andorians.

It’d be great for Kirk and crew to “boldly go where no man has gone before” again!

Well, if the movie comes here it will be filmed in the spring, when all the snow is gone.

Surprisingly, Iceland is one of the most volcanicly active places on Earth, and has just about the only fissure-type eruptions in modern history.

Before you curse the Vikings to Eternal Damnation for cutting down all of the trees, you should also include the Chinese, most of the European nations, the Indians (both Asian and Native American), ALL of the Mid-Eastern cultures, Haiti and many other Carribean islands, Madagascar, Easter Island, the original 13 colonies, etc, etc and of course etc.

Star Trek has always screamed to be made into a epic motion picture. Maybe we’ll get some of that this time instead of a high production value TV episode.

A quick Google image search of Iceland shows some pretty mythic-looking landscapes. Seems like a good choice to me…

and nice sculpture David J! Really looks like Quinto and a good representation of a young Spock.

# 36.


At least it’s a location and not a “alien planet set” at desilu. I hated them.

Now we need a crew in Iowa to film the opening teaser.
Ask Orbitalic, he has a good one written up

This is Orbitalic’s opener, pardon the slight sidestep from Iceland. (which I agree has some great ‘scapes to use in the film.)

“Baaa-paa-ba, ba, bum-bum-pa-pa! is heard faintly…
Imagine a tree-lined creek bed in the middle of an Iowa summer. Birds chirp, the water gurgles around a couple of rocks. Our point of view sees a stone being thrown to skip across the water, frightening the deer on the far bank. We see a close up of a black-booted foot using a rock as a stepping stone moving in and out of the frame. The scene steps back to see a gold-shirted man from the back, now standing on the high bank, looking at the water and trees. He now looks to the sky, sighs and opens a communicator. He speaks calmly.
“One to beam aboard”.
We hear the transporter sizzle and the point of view accends as the man disappears… The image of the creek bed moves back now, fields of corn rapidly give way to a patchwork of fields, a nearby town. We start seeing the curvature of the horizon. The POV rotates as we elevate… more Earth, the glow of atmosphere, the glare of the sun and now …space. The starscape fills the screen… and we begin to move forward… faster and faster…
Cue the theme… the music swells.
Introduction. “

My sources tell me they’re shooting in Iceland to stand in for Vancouver!

Yes, big location shoot, no more dodgy studios. Thank you Paramount for opening the purse strings on a Star Trek movie, something that hasn’t been done since 1978!

I have spent a lot of money on Trek over the last 15 years so its nice to see Paramount doing the same ;)

Oh and I love that trekmovie.com has an icelandic correspondant. All the bases are covered here :)

#4 & 5: Anthony is right. Iceland isn’t icy, nor is Greenland green, generally speaking. :D

Pardon the pun, I like the idea of the Iowa inclusion by Orbalic’s-

But as long as it’s not too “Corny”

I remember the scene in enterprise where Bakula remember playing the with the remote control Warp Ship with his Dad.

Felt a bit forced.

And the spinning Champagne bottle of Generations seemed too “Precious”.

Iceland, Volcanoes, odd shapes, yeah… Epic!
take a look at these



Man, a little color correction would make either seem even more Alien.

Given the exotic locale, I hope they go easy on the Green screen (unless it’s ILM) and I hope for a great budget and lots of practical sets/effects-

JJ, Please keep that second unit busy!

ps: Excellent sculpy work, David J. – Is that collar from TMP?

Without color, it reminds me of the laser modeled heads from TVH

It would be really coolio if Iceland has a sexy alien girl played by Bjork!

Heck, she’s not from Earth anyway (assuming she was just raised in Iceland).

“My sources tell me they’re shooting in Iceland to stand in for Vancouver!”

Yeah you couldn’t possibly use any location in Vancouver for an alien planet. No wait, Stargate only did that over 100 times. I won’t mention Andromeda or Battlestar Galactica….

Seriously Iceland doesn’t look like an “alien planet” – it looks like Iceland. But this is space opera so you have the Ice Planet®, the Swamp Planet®, etc. In that context Iceland has many varied and scenic landscape all devoid of those pesky identifiable evergreen trees. Great unless you want the Desert Planet® – for that you go to Tunisia or better yet Namibia.

Re: David J

You’re really quite talented. You’ve captured a great look in your sculpture, possibly better than Quinto himself will manage.

My main worry about Quinto is his voice – he sounds more like HAL9000 than Leonard Nimoy.

Once again, excellent work David.

Vulcan, perhaps?

Knew we’d get the Bjork joke eventually.

Looking at the first pic of David’s sculpture, I’ve noticed something … ahem… fascinating. With your eyes wide open, it looks like Quinto, but if you squint, it DOES look like Nimoy. HOLY CRAP!!

Also regarding the green screen. If you watch the special features for MI:3, there are numerous green screen shots that weren’t even detectable on the screen. The pan-in before the base jump scene in Shanghai was a spectacular combination of a live helicopter shot, a boom-cam 360 shot of Cruise, and a bit cg to fill in the transition from long shot to close-up. If it’s done right, you’ll never even suspect it.