141 days after he declared ‘action’ for the first time, JJ Abrams has wrapped principal photography for his Star Trek movie. This comes in pretty much on the original schedule (although a couple of weeks earlier than the revised schedule). The 20-week shoot is long, but actually comes in 2nd place for the franchise behind the 24 week shoot of the last ‘epic’ scale Trek film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
In his recent interview with TrekMovie.com, produer Damon Lindelof stated that shooting would go until mid April. TrekMovie.com asked co-writer and executive producer Bob Orci how it is already finished and he replied
Well we always add a few weeks for the studio, just in case. This is a lesson we learned from Scotty…this way we can appear like miracle workers.
At closing of shooting today on the Paramount lot JJ Abrams gave out gifts to the cast and crew and made speech thanking everyone.
Although ‘wrapped’ there is still some shooting going on. There are some 2nd unit shots (scenes without Abrams and principal cast) to go. Next week JJ Abrams is off to Tokyo for the Japanese premiere of Cloverfield and when he comes back there will be some ‘pick-up shots’ with some of the actors (stuff they missed, different angles, etc).
On to post production
Of course due to the move of the release date to May 2009, Star Trek’s 407 days will be the longest post-production period for any Trek film. The next big step for the film is in the hands of the two editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey. ILM are already at work on the visual effects, but they will now be increasing their efforts. Even though the film’s release was moved back 4 1/2 months, plans are for the film to stick with the original schedule for the most part, with some ‘padding.’ This means the film could be completed months before the release…so Paramount better lock up that vault tight.
“Star Trek” time line
Believe it or not, it has been 23 months since the first word that there would be a Star Trek film made by JJ Abrams. Here is a time line of the major events.
|April 20, 2006
|Variety reports JJ Abrams in talks to produce Star Trek film (stating film to be about Kirk & Spock at academy)
|July 15, 2006
|Paramount announce multi-pic production deal with JJ Abrams / Bad Robot
|July 22, 2006
|Comic Con: Paramount release first teaser poster (showing blue & gold uniforms, hinting TOS era), indicated ‘2008’ release
|Script completed / Paramount give green light, begin discussions on director
|February 27, 2007
|Paramount announce green light, Abrams as director, Christmas ’08 release date
|Abrams first confirms Kirk storyline for Star Trek
|July 27, 2007
|Comic Con: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy announced as ‘two Spocks’, release new teaser poster showing "Star Trek" as title
|Casting rest of main ‘crew’ and cast
|November 11, 2007
|Principal photography begins
|January 18, 2008
|First teaser trailer released (w/ Cloverfield) + official movie site & ‘viral’ ncc-1701.com site go online same week
|February 13, 2008
|Release date changed to May 8th, 2009
|March 27, 2008
|Principal photography wraps