We have a couple of Star Trek sequel updates. While attending the National Board of Review Awards in New York earlier this week, producer JJ Abrams talked a bit about the next Trek, but then started joking about the Gorn. And in a separete interview co-writer Damon Lindelof said that work on the script will begin in April.
Summer 2012: Go Gorn (OK not really)
On the Star Trek sequel Abrams said:
We have some ideas about that, but it is in very early stages, so it is not something we can point to that villain from episode fill in the blank, and say "it’s that guy"
Then MTV’s Reporter Josh Horowitz suggested "it is a Gorn, isn’t it?", to which Abrams (joked)
I have to admit it, the movie is all about Gorns. We just thought it would be fun to Go Gorn!
JJ later suggested:
I can’t believe you didn’t go for ‘Children of the Gorn’.
Glad to see JJ is having some fun with the whole process.
Click the image to play the video at MTV.
UPDATE: Lindelof says Scripting starts in April
And in a group interview (via SciFiWire), Damon Lindelof gave a status update on the script:
We’re going to start probably in April once the writing on Lost is done. Trek will come out in 2012 some point, so we’ve still got a little bit of time, but we’ve been talking about it. We just haven’t been writing.
Of course Paramount has announced that the Star Trek sequel will arrive June 29, 2012. Working backwards from that date, production could start as late as the summer of 2011, so pre-production could start as late as January of next year. So that gives the team plenty of time to finish the script.
Of course when talking about the Gorn, JJ was referring to the famous man-sized lizard from the classic original Star Trek episode "Arena" (the same episode that the Mythbusters recently put to the test).
"I love karaoke night at the Metron City Sushi Bar, now for my rendition of ‘Gorn to be Wild’"
If the Abrams team decide to actually "Go Gorn" they do have a possible head start. Barney Burman and his prosthetic team at Proteus FX created a number of creatures for the Rura Penthe Klingon prison planet, but it all ended up on the cutting room floor. However this behind the scenes video (available on the Star Trek Blu-ray) gives you a glimpse of the re-imagined Gorn.