Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof was at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday to host the Fox panel and to talk about his 2012 Summer movie Prometheus, the sort-of prequel to Alien currently being filmed by Ridley Scott. While in the press room Damon also gave an update on the status of the Trek sequel. A summary of his statements below. [UPDATE: TrekMovie adds more detail on status]
Damon Lindelof: Star Trek being written
Here is what Damon Lindelof had to say about the Star Trek sequel:
Damon to Screen Junkies:
Q: Are you putting pen to paper for Star Trek 2 yet?
DL: Fingers to keyboard.
Q: But are actual script pages getting written?
DL: It is definitely starting, continuing.
Damon to CinemaBlend:
(on status of script)
J.J. [Abrams]’s finally done with Super 8 and we finally have all the lions of Voltron back in the same room together trying to form the giant robot…Our process doesn’t really define “the script is completed” because sometimes, even when we start shooting, the script is never completed and I think that’s what makes it so cool.
(on if J.J. Abrams will direct)
He has not officially announced that yet but we are hoping that he does.
Damon to I Am Rogue:
[The script] is coming. I think it has been enormously challenging. We have set a high bar for ourselves. We want it to be awesome and better than the first one. JJ has been off doing Super 8. Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] have their own empire to run. I have finally finished Lost. So this is the first time that we are all are ready to get together and do it like we did it on the first one and I think that collaboration is starting to bear real fruit.
Here is the I Am Rogue video, mostly about Prometheus, with Trek segment at end.
UPDATE: Yes this means they have moved from outline to scripting
And for those who have been following this whole process closely, TrekMovie has confirmed that the writing team of Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have moved on from their famous 80+ Page "detailed outline" to actual scripting for the Star Trek sequel.
Of course the fact that the scripting process is still going makes the notion of the Star Trek sequel actually meeting its release date of June 29, 2012 seem extremely remote. In the past producer (and likely director) JJ Abrams has spoken about the film being 6 months behind and that he won’t rush it. All insiders believe the film’s release will be delayed, however Paramount has yet to make any announcement updating their Summer 2012 schedule and Star Trek sequel plans. TrekMovie sources indicate that such an announcement is likely not to come before August.
Moderator Damon Lindelof (L) and actress Charlize Theron (R) attend the 20th Century Fox panel at 2011 Comic-Con International Day 1 at San Diego Convention Center on July 21, 2011 in San Diego, California. (WireImage)