It turns out there is a new interview with JJ Abrams on his Super 8 tour where he talks about the Star Trek sequel, planned for June 29, 2012. On the Howard Stern Show on Tuesday Abrams got grilled on being spread thin and Abrams admitted the sequel was behind schedule. Read the full exchange below. [UPDATE: More from Abrams on release date and directing from MTV]
UPDATE: Abrams on status, release and possibly directing
A new video from MTV with JJ Abrams talking about Star Trek has just been published. It is brief but he covers the big points.
Abrams on status:
I’m working with Bob Orci, and Damon Lindelof and Alex Kurtzman on the script. They’ve go some amazing stuff and hopefully we’ll have something to talk about soon.
On returning as director
Part of me feels, even without knowing what the story is, part of me feels jealous of anyone who gets to work with those actors. It is such an amazing group of actors. But also want to make sure I know what I am being asked to direct before I do it. We are just working on the story and we are getting there, but I am very excited about what they have come up with so far.
Abrams on June 29, 2012 release date
It is not an impossibility for us to do it. I think the studio agrees that the most important thing is that the movie be good. No one wants to make something that makes its date, but isn’t worth your time. I wan to make sure that whatever we do, whenever it comes out, it is something people will have a great time watching.
Here is the video:
Abrams: Star Trek six months behind, admits "maybe" spread thin
Yesterday JJ Abrams was the guest on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Radio. After talking about his process, working with kids on Super8 and other stuff, Howard turned to the subject of the Star Trek sequel, where he and sidekick Robin Quivers grilled JJ. Here was the exchange:
Stern: Are you spreading yourself too thin? Because Super 8 took so long to make, you had to push off Star Trek 2, which you are the director of and everyone is waiting for. How far behind are you on Star Trek 2?
Abrams: We are probably six months behind.
Stern: What does that mean? Have you begun principle photography?
Quivers: Is the script done?
Abrams: No. I am not writing the script, but we are working on it.
Stern: Does the studio call you every day. Star Trek 2 is going to be a big money maker, big franchise, and say "listen, you are spread too thin." Listen to this. This guy has two new television series coming out this fall, CBS Person of Interest…Fox’s Alcatraz, you just finished Super 8.
Quivers: How much is he hands on with these TV shows?
Stern: Are you making a money grab or are you serious about your projects?
Abrams: Oh Howard! Those are not shows I created, those are shows Bad Robot, my company, is producing. We two people running the TV stuff and I have my producing partner [Bryan Burke]. So it is a bunch of us – these are two writers Liz Sarnoff worked on Lost and Jonah Nolan…
Stern: So you have nothing to do with those?
Abrams: Well, I helped give notes on the script, on the story. I helped giving notes on the pilots…
Abrams and Stern then went into talking about how he is keeping young by keeping his office full of toys, and Abrams said he does it because it is important for reminding him of the youthful optimism that "anything is possible." They then went off talking about Abrams learning the business with his producer father, working with Steven Spielberg and other stuff but eventually returned to the subject of Abrams workload and how it might have resulted in the cancellation of his recent NBC series Undercovers. Here is the exchange…
Abrams: The truth is when a TV show fails, and you do think "am I spreading myself way to thin?"
Stern: Undercovers failed.
Abrams: Big failure.
Stern: What happened
Abrams: I just f–ked up. I didn’t work on the script enough…
Stern: Were you spread too thin?
Abrams: I could say "maybe," because it didn’t work. If it had worked, I would have said "obviously not."
Stern: Are you a workaholic?
Abrams: I guess I am.
Stern: Do you spend any time with your children.
Abrams: I take them to school every day, make them lunches and put them to bed at night. And I don’t work on weekends, so I not absentee dad.
They went on to talk more about Spielberg, the hotness of Abrams wife, the ending of Lost (JJ said "ask Damon Lindelof") and more Stern type talk.
JJ Abrams visits Howard Stern, gets grilled on Star Trek and schedule (Photo: HowardStern.com)