It has been two years, six months and two days since the last time actors have stood in front of a Paramount camera on a Star Trek production (for the finale of Star Trek Enterprise). It has been over five years since a Trek film was in production (the longest period since the movie franchise began in the 70s). Today J.J. Abrams will declare ‘action’ again as he begins shooting his re-invigoration of the Trek franchise, simply titled Star Trek. Sources tell TrekMovie.com that this week’s shooting will be on location (somewhere in Southern California), with the first shots on the Paramount lot scheduled next week.
The Star Trek production is expected to last until March 2008. Apparently the shoot will be front-loaded with a mix of location and stage work. As reported before, it is Abrams intention to use ‘real’ locations as often as possible and limit the stage work to the starships and other sci-fi type locales. The latter half of filming will focus more on the Paramount lot, including shooting on the Enterprise sets which are still under construction. It is undecided if there will be any location shooting in Iceland (as reported before by the Icelandic media), but indications are that if there is any Icelandic filming it would be for ‘second unit’ (establishing shots done without Abrams and the principal cast). Although Paramount Studios will also be a spot for WGA picket lines for the foreseeable future, the strike is not expected to affect production for the new Star Trek.
Over half way there (a brief history of the new Star Trek)
4/06 – 2/07: Development Phase [Paramount green light movie 2/27/07]
3/07 – 11/07: Pre-production Phase
11/07 – 3/08: Production/Principal Photography Phase
3/08 – 12/08: Post-production Phase