Orci: Star Trek Almost Done

In a new interview Star Trek co-writer and exec producer Roberto Orci says that JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie is almost finished and he also talked about how this new Star Trek is two movies in one. More details below.



In the past Star Trek producers JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof have stated that they hope to stick to their original schedule (set before the film was moved to May) and have Star Trek finished by Christmas. And according to Orci they seem on track or even possibly ahead of schedule. 

[We’re] so close to being done, and we’ve almost … finished the bomb shelter where we’re going to hide the movie.

It isn’t clear how ‘done’ he means. Some sources have recently told TrekMovie that Abrams is close to having his final editing cut done, but there are still visual and sound effects along with music to be dropped in. Regardless it is clear the film will be done well before the May release date so Paramount just might need that secure undisclosed location to hide it if they want to keep this ultra secret project from springing a leak.

Orci also talked to SciFi Wire about how Star Trek appeals to both general film fans and hardcore Star Trek fans (like himself). He even used a word beginning with ‘re’…

If you’re a fan, it’s a re-introduction to Star Trek, and if you’re not, it’s an introduction. And the idea of sort of doing two movies in one is tricky, because you don’t want to somehow dilute it, but again, since this is not a story that’s ever been covered in the Trek canon, in terms of the film or the series, it’s an old and a new story

More from Orci on Trek at SciFi Wire.

More from Orci and Kurtzman on Transformers 2 and Fringe
SciFiWire also talked to Orci and his writing partner Alex Kurtzman about their other summer 2008 movie, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, and even though they were just talking about Star Trek II, they apparently are looking at other ‘second movie’ for inspiration for the Transformers sequel, Kurtzman noted:

We loved Superman II, we loved Empire [Strikes Back], we loved Aliens. And those were all movies that felt like they truly stood apart from what had come before them in great, great ways.

And on the Fringe front, Orci and Kurtzman are now doing a new podcast for their Fox show Fringe. The pair answer questions fans from fansites and the Fox message board. You can listen to the first episode at the Fox Fringe Blog

There is also a good Fringe interview with the pair at Deadbolt.

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They had better find a REALLY REALLY safe place to hide it. lol

Good luck on that one nowadays.


i watched fringe episode 1… i’m hoping that they do a Lost tie in by the end of the series.

So it’s time for the trailer.

“just might need that secure undisclosed location to hide it if they want to keep this ultra secret project from springing a leak.”

where to hide the movie ?

idea 1 : Talos IV (as its under General Order 7 , so no body is going there)
idea 2 : The mirror universe ( but it might come back with a goatee)
idea 3: William Shatners house ( XD Its the last place people will look)
idea 4: deep under Cheyenne Mountain ( dam i ran out of star trek bad jokes and had to move to another show)

anybody else have some ideas ?

well it’s digital, or not?

It’s perhaps not even a hard copy – but datas and files.

That simplifies it.

Buy a tribble, no! Buy 1000 Tribbles, copy all on an usb-stick and put it in only one little furry creature ;) … then drape it among the other 999 in the room of your children – nobody will find this tribble ever again.

*cannot wait, cannot wait … purrrrrr*

It would seem most logical that JJ is almost done the editing of the live action sequences. SFX sequences and music scoring are highly unlikely to be in the same state at this point in time.

Still its excellent to hear that the creative powers are chugging along as per their original schedule.

…and the adventure continues…

I still think its dumb to have it done now yet wait till next summer to put it out. Now that harry potter’s been pulled i think its perfect for winter.

As much as they deny it, it won’t do as well as it would have done, had it been released this winter.

Let’s hope they can pull it off, because if this bombs in the box office (or does better than the previous movies but still fails to make at least twice what its budget was), then it’ll all come back down to when it should have been released.

The wait continues..


my fekkin time machine has bust a cog!!!

{russin fussin} now I’ll have to WAIT with everyone else!

its gonna put me “outta my vulcan mind!”

one word: trailer!


CAPT GERICO ….. OUT!!!!!!!

After watching the first two episodes of Fringe, I am soooo excited about Star Trek! Great stuff!

Sigh! So now it’s not only a re-invigoration, it’s a re-introduction. But at the same time it’s an introduction. And it’s an old as well as a new story. Fascinating!
And maybe it is going to be a good movie and at the same time it isn’t.
And maybe the bomb shelter is not just for the movie but also for its makers for the time after the premiere…

All the signs are, in my humble opinion, that it is going to be set in an alternate timeline… or the events of the movie will eventually lead in to an alternate timeline for future movies.That way they don’t mess with official cannon, plus they will have ample room to play around with plot and the general trek universe next time round.

I’m going to scour the entire world looking for the roll of film that is the new STAR TREK!!!! Let us all join in the glorious hunt/search :P

My house is really safe. I have a monitored alarm and security doors.

Anyone know if the film will be 2.35 to 1 or 1.85 to 1 ratio? Hoping for 2.35 to 1.

# 4

Idea # 5 Hide it back in time.
Idea # 6 Hide it in the Delta Quadrant
Idea # 7 Hide it on the other side of the wormhole
Idea # 8 Give it to the Borg for safe keeping
Idea # 9 Hide it under the snows of Rura Penthe (with the beaming shield in place too…)
Idea # 10 Hide it on the holodeck

Just some addional thoughts on where to hide the completed movie…

ENOUGH about the trailer!! You will get a trailer in due time. Patience little boys, patience.

I am just sick of every thread coming up with people saying “give me a trailer already. we want a trailer.” It is so annoying… almost as annoying as people saying… “First!”

#4 They can just give the movie to Rick Berman because he wouldn’t know what to do with it anyway

#19 – I was just about to post the same link. Is that a long-awaited photo of the Trek XI Enterprise? Looks kinda ugly if you ask me.

21 – Funny one! You started my morning with a good and much-needed laugh! Thank you!

19 – It looks like the photo is attributed to the UK paper “Coventry Telegraph.” It looks pretty similar to the one under construction in the trailer, so maybe, just maybe, this is an actual leaked photo. Of course, there are a growing number of fans who make pretty good fakes. If it is the real deal, however, won’t Paramount be pissed?!

Trailer…. PLEASE!!!

Give us a 5min trailer like the new The Day The Earth Stood Still!!!


19, that image has been around for over a year now. It’s a rendering done by Gabe Koerner, seen in the documentary Trekkies as the budding teenage FX artist, who now actually is a professional VFX guy; he does work on BSG as well as many other shows. It was his own “re-imagining” of what the Enterprise might look like, and not an official Paramount project.


If I recall correctly, the only Trek movie to be released during the summer months was STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER.

I’m just sayin’…

#27 – Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan was a June release when it premiered in theaters.

26- Thank you for clearing that up for us.

#s. 4 and 18:

All effective places to hide it, but I’d say give it to V’ger. By the time it takes us all to drift through his outer cloud the film will have come and gone from theaters anyway.

#4 They can put it in the same warehouse that the Ark was taken to in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” No one will find it in there.

Also, if no trailer, at least throw us a few official photos.

Where to hide the film?

-Give it to the Horta for safe keeping.

“If I recall correctly, the only Trek movie to be released during the summer months was STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER.”

And ST:II.


The image in the article is Koener’s Enterprise.

“If you’re a fan, it’s a re-introduction to Star Trek, and if you’re not, it’s an introduction.”


Now there’s a “re” word I have no trouble accepting at all! Mr. Orci, thank you for that wonderful turn of phrase! I’m not so naive to think this will put the debate completely to rest on this issue, but it has for me, at least. I’ve been searching for something that will explain this new movie to my non-Trek fan friends, and this word is perfect. Hopefully, this will ease some of the anxieties over what this new movie is supposed to be.

Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?

#27, regarding STV being released in the summer:

STV got lost in the midst of Indiana Jones 3, Ghostbusters 2, the first Batman movie with Michael Keaton, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and Dead Poets Society.

Plus the movie wasn’t very good. I went to the theaters to see STIV three times, but only once for STV. A lot of the money made by Star Trek films is from repeat business from the hardcore fans.

After watching STV, I walked out of the movie theater thinking, “Dang, this is not how I felt walking out of the theater after the last two movies.”

#21. That was Very Funny. He would not know what to do. But Wait. He might mess with it and make it bad. So ,maybe not such a good idea. Well Give it to me and Ill take it to the I.S.S Enterprise an Ill make sure that if anyone touches it they will spen a great deal of time in the aganiser booth. Long Live The Terran Empire.

I bid 1,000 quatloos on the newcomers!

Hmmmm where to hide the ST movie *scratches head and thinks*

I know a good hiding place; in my DVD player at home. It will fit very nicely and I promise not to tell.

Pssss – Don’t let JJ know but I am having an “xmas party” at my house to show everyone a new movie I got. :-)

18. Miles R. Seppelt

“Idea # 5 Hide it back in time.”
Better yet: send it into the future, to its planned release date. That way, it won’t even exist in the timeline until May 8, 2009, so it’s protected from getting leaked…

Ok. Here is the best Idea to hide the Movie. Or the best i can think of. take it to the Alternate Universe and take it to The Emperiors private room. Once there it can be placed in a special room. With out the proper code anyone who even tries to touch it will be Vaperised with the tantalus field.

All — the final cut of the film will be in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’.” Room 42. :)

I say put in Jeremy Bentham’s coffin.

Talos IV would be ideal. People would keep on thinking they’ve stolen it but actually haven’t!

What movie are they attaching the trailer to?

Ok. Give it to Q. He will know what to do. If you try and steal it he will put you on trial for crimes of Humanity.

If it’s “almost finished” that leaves too much time for other people to go messin’ around with it. Once the final, final cut is done (including SFX and music) then it needs to go in a secure vault, along with all reels of original film, any edit decision lists, the editor, and a six-month supply of Cheetos and Dr Pepper. Nobody sees it (or him) until a week before the release date. That way, no leaks. And nobody can make changes to the final product based on ego, either.

And if the Cheetos aren’t enough, throw in a bag of M&Ms, too.

Can’t say that I’m encouraged after watching the Fringe pilot.. Not really any room for growing pains (plenty of room with me) with a Trek reboot / reinvention..

and a six-month supply of Cheetos and Dr Pepper.

And when we do see it in May it will have dusty orange fingerprints on it. Or, that could be a special FX?

This week I started watching Lost for the first time as it has started airing on ScFi and, of course, Fringe. I’ve never watched Lost before but was pleased to find that I got sucked in pretty quickly. Can’t say I *love* either show yet, that comes over time, but I am certainly entertained and wantt to see more. Lost especially has impressed me. I love how all the misdirection and storytelling-sleight-of-hand keeps me on my toes and constantly guessing. The non-linear nature of the show is also refreshing. Gotta say that with both shows I am particularly impressed with the casting decisions so any doubts I may have had about Star Trek have disappated. Giacinno’s scores are also quite good. The scene in the episode covering Terry O’Quinn’s Mr. Locke’s origins had some wonderfully emotional music cues — effective stuff.

Fringe really puts a smile on my face as I’m interested in futurism and what science is working on currently. Last night I watched NextWorld on the Science Channel before watching Fringe and the two episodes covered much of the same ground concerning science’s advances in practical immortality (btw, I strongly endorse NextWorld as the perfect supplement to Fringe). If the Trek ‘supreme court’ is following actual advances in the field of science as Fringe demonstrates, I can’t wait to see what surprising updates to Trek technology they bring us.