The secrecy of the new Star Trek film is becoming legend in Hollywood. In an interview earlier today Karl Urban (McCoy) noted that it was the most difficult thing to deal with and it appears he isn’t alone. Contact Music is reporting that security concerns have resulted in a smoking ban, and apparently Winona Ryder (Amanda Grayson) is ‘furious.’
It appears the producers are so concerned with spy photos leaking out that no one is to leave the secure areas to take cig breaks…forcing them to stay in the secure non-smoking areas. The site quotes a source saying:
Winona’s a heavy smoker and she was furious when the producers told her she’s not allowed to take a smoke break anywhere near the set because of a confidentiality agreement she signed.
The site reports that Abrams has tried to explain that his desire for secrecy is to ensure the film has maximum box office and that Ryder understood, “but she’s crawling the walls.” They also report that the crew are filming at a desert location. more at Contact Music.
Urban on Secrecy
In his recent interview, Karl Urban (McCoy) lamented the need for secrecy.
I think the hardest part really is maintaining the level of security and secrecy that we have all been forced to adopt. I mean it’s really kind of paranoid crazy, but sort of justified. We’re not allowed to walk around in public in our costumes and we have to be herded around everywhere in these golf carts that are completely concealed and covered in black canvas. The security of it is immense. You feel your freedom is a big challenge.
The secret script
One amazing thing is that so far the Star Trek team have managed to keep the script from being leaked, not an easy thing to do in this day and age. One way they have done that is by actually limiting the number of people who actually have a copy to a very very small number. Some lead actors on the film have reported that they did not even see the script until after they signed on, and then only in a secure room. In an earlier interview co-writer Roberto Orci told TrekMovie.com that they didn’t use actual parts of the script for the auditions, but used parts of Star Trek novels. And a source close to the production tells TrekMovie.com that many actors on the film are only given pages for their scenes and that they are not allowed to take them home. The same is also true for those working on designs and effects, with each artist only given a copy of the portion of the script describing the scene or object they are working on. This compartmentalizing of information keeps people from being able to decipher the plot. Of course they still have a year to go, but so far Star Trek appears to be successfully keeping the leaks to a minimum.