We are exactly one year away from June 29, 2012, which is the officially scheduled release date for the the sequel to JJ Abrams 2009 Star Trek. So should we all start our countdown clocks? As the film has yet to get into official pre-production, most seem to expect that the next Star Trek will require a bit more waiting.
June 29, 2012 – The Day Star Trek returns?
Before the Star Trek movie premiered on May 8, 2009, word had already come out that Paramount Pictures was ready for more from the same creative team. Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams, made it clear that he was happy to return, but he wanted to write and direct another film project first. So on January 8th, 2010 Paramount Pictures set down a marker, picking June 29, 2012 as the release date for the Star Trek sequel, hoping to take advantage of the July 4th holiday weekend.
While JJ Abrams was shooting his Super 8 project with Steven Spielberg in the fall of 2010, the writing team of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof started working on the Star Trek sequel script. The goal was to have a first draft done by spring 2011 leading to production starting in the summer. Clearly that hasn’t happened and Abrams himself admits that his busy schedule has put a delay into kicking off the Star Trek sequel production.
The question is, will this delay in the production schedule result in a delay for the film’s release? There is still time for the Star Trek sequel to be made for its June 29, 2012 release date. While it usually takes around a year or more from production start to release on big budget effects movies, they can be done quicker. Director Matthew Vaughn started shooting X:Men First Class at the end of last August, and that film came out in early May. And while there isn’t a singed off Star Trek sequel script for pre-production, prep work did start in April based on an "extensive outline." This is all why JJ Abrams and his writing team have all been saying that they could still make the release date one year from today, but they have all also said that they will not allow quality to be compromised in order to just meet that date.
It may be counter-intuitive, but there is some good news in all of this. Paramount could have easily cobbled together some kind of team to get a sequel out by this summer, but they wanted to stick with Abrams, Orci, Kurtzman, Lindelof and Burke. The 2009 Star Trek film threaded the needle – garnering fan, critic and mainstream success – and a brand new team risked the just-revived franchise. And in the spring Abrams could have phoned it in on Star Trek, allowing pre-production to start without his giving it the proper attention.
So we wait. The conventional wisdom in the entertainment media is that the Star Trek sequel will be delayed to the Holiday season of 2012. Such a move would also probably mean that production would move to a start of November of this year, which would fall in line with the production schedule for the Abrams first Star Trek movie. Of course that film was originally planned for Christmas 2008 before its released date was moved (after production started) to May 8, 2009. And by the look of things, history may be repeating itself. Let’s hope, like with that film, in the end it will be worth the wait.
June 29, 2012 is the scheduled date for the return of Star Trek – but it wouldn’t be surprising if there was a delay getting out of spacedock
What is worth waiting for?
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