Paramount Officially Announces Star Trek Sequel Production Start

On Thursday TrekMovie reported on the beginning of production for JJ Abrams Star Trek sequel, but today Paramount Pictures made it official with a press release announcing filming start. It also includes some details on the team behind the film. See below for the full release.


Press Release

JJ Abrams Begins Production  On Next “Star Trek” Movie

Paramount Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced in Los Angeles, CA on the sequel to STAR TREK from director J.J. Abrams. The film will be released on May 17, 2013 in 3D. The 2009 re-launch of the "Star Trek" franchise by Abrams was met with critical acclaim and a worldwide gross of over $385 million at the box office.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Bad Robot Production of a J.J. Abrams Film. Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

Based upon "Star Trek" created by Gene Roddenberry, the film is produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The script was written by Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci & Damon Lindelof.

Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers. The director of photography is Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC. The production designer is Scott Chambliss. The film is edited by Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. The costume designer is Michael Kaplan. The music is by Michael Giacchino.


Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company’s labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.


Skydance Productions has a strategic partnership with Paramount Pictures which allows it to co-finance and produce several films per year with the studio. The first film to be co-produced under the partnership was the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit,” which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards© and has earned $250 million worldwide. Most recently, Skydance productions released the Paramount feature “Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol,” starring Tom Cruise, which has made over $460 million worldwide and growing. Upcoming films include “G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation,” starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson, set for release on June 29, 2012; “My Mother’s Curse,” starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, slated for release on November 2, 2012; “World War Z,” directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox and David Morse, set for release on December 21, 2012; “One Shot,” based on the best-selling novels by Lee Child, directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom
Cruise, currently in production; the Untitled Star Trek Sequel, starring Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine; and the Untitled Jack Ryan Project starring Chris Pine, to be directed by Jack Bender (“Lost”) and produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld. Additionally, Skydance is producing, along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, “Without Remorse,” written by Shawn Ryan.


Bad Robot was formed by filmmaker J.J. Abrams in 2001. The company has produced television series such as ALIAS, LOST, FRINGE, and PERSON OF INTEREST, and feature films such as CLOVERFIELD, STAR TREK, SUPER 8 and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL. Bad Robot is based in Los Angeles.

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I am so pumped! benedict is so great on his Sherlock show!

When can we expect a first photo?

It’s not getting as much publicity but Noel Clarke, who played Mickey Smith in Seasons 1-4 of the New Era Doctor Who has also been cast in the film. It wasn’t mentioned here, so Google it, and I’m sure Bob Orci can verify this.

I’m so conflicted about spoilers for this movie. I want it to be good so badly that I want to know more about it, but if it’s going to be good, I don’t want to know so I can experience it for the first time in theaters.

I was going to do a happy dance and propose a toast to the good news…. until I read about the 3D part.. It’s so annoying trying the fit those stupid 3D glasses over my regular glasses, not to mention the headaches I get from watching 3D for too long.

But I guess 3D is the fad, and people with eyes that don’t function the way normal eyes do are just some kind of insignificant minority. :(

#5, it’s not only in 3D.

“Sequel to Star Trek”. “Star Trek Sequel”. Those are getting rather…awkward. Give us a title JJ!

Can they just announce the title already?!?! Many movies announce the title Before they start production….


at long at only two years late
ok to be fair the first date they were given was pushing it however the 2nd they should of met

having said that i am jazzed about still worried once i see some picture (engineering please, dont have to show to much just enough)

They better not wreck any more Corvettes.

I am excited of course but i saw Hugo last night and i’m not sure it is possible for any movie to ever live up to that.

Hugo Ironically was written by the same writer that gave us Nemesis.

#7 beat me to it…

Can they announce who Bennedict is playing already?

“# 3 – It wasn’t mentioned here”

Actually it was:

#7 – “Can they just announce the title already?!?! Many movies announce the title Before they start production….”

And many don’t. They’ll announce it when they announce it.

#14 – When #3 says “It wasn’t mentioned here”, I think they’re meaning just this one particular press release, rather than as a whole.

Perhaps they don’t want to announce a title until they’re absolutely certain it’s the best title they can come up with? Why commit to it before they truly have to?

My best wishes to the crew for a safe and good filming experience.

My wish for the sequel is that no matter the narrative, the characters are true to their original versions, with some growth and surprises, but nothing so divergent, for example, as the slobby Starbuck from the new Battlestar Galactica as contrasted to the suave original version. The best thing about Star Trek 2009 was that the characters were recognizable to their originals despite the different universe. Kirk was a leader, Spock was logical, Scotty was brilliant, and McCoy was a complainer. Keep the characters, at their heart, the same and the film will be better because those original characters are about as perfect an archetype as possible.

As a collector, I also hope the sequel gets as much attention as the original. The 2009 film had a great marketing campaign and some great collectibles. It was wonderful to go to stores and see Star Trek again. I hope that endures.

Please anounce title

#16 – They meant, thus advising us all to google it (which would likely lead to this site anyway) and asking Orci to verify it. No need to google it or have Orci verify it when it’s on this site (next page in fact.)

I do have high hopes for this new film, but I am not without my fears about it too. I keep reminding myself about the 2007 remake of Halloween and its 2009 sequel. Hear me out…..

When Rob Zombie was given the keys to the car to reboot the Halloween franchise, he made a movie which was, in essence, 50% faithful to John Carpenter’s original film and then 50% of “Zombie-ness”. When the movie was released, I immediately loved it. I thought it was a fresh and interesting take on the characters. While there were some deviations from previous canon, it was very respectful to it’s source material. It also did quite well at the box office ($80,253,908 according to BoxOfficeMojo) so a sequel was announced.

Zombie seemed reluctant to take the reins of a sequel so soon (claiming he was burned out by the experience of the first one). So after a few failed drafts of a script by a couple of writers, Zombie decided he was ready to come back and he had a script ready which was remarkably different in tone from the first movie he made. But the producers decided to let him make it as the first one was so successful. The sequel he made was 99% pure Zombie and 1% familiar territory. As a result, the film did not do well at all (pulling in just under $40m).

What I am trying to say here is that the first movie in this rebooted franchise was made to be faithful to the franchise it was remaking. But the sequel was given free reign to be whatever it wanted to be. I just hope that the Supreme Court don’t get in over their heads and think that they can do any story they want, not caring about the rules and spirit of what makes Star Trek so great.

Rant over. Lol. I just hope you know what I’m taing about.

News flash…


I can see it now. Some chick flick filled with Trek geeks just to see the trailer.
And then the rest of them go “ga ga” trying to score who’s posted the pirated screener version on the net.

I’m sure most of you remember these, and the hysteria they caused.

At the time Trailer 3 broke some sort of record

Yeah, I think I actually shed a tear at the trailer that showed Leonard Nimoy at the end. Seeing him with the ears back on and saying “Live long and prosper” was just too much for me to handle. Lmao!

Wonder if we will get a teaser trailer in May, the end of summer, or next January?

Very happy that the ST Sequel is finally underway and I’m even happier that Bruce Greenwood is back as Pike!
Looking forward to reading all the news as the movie progresses.

Wow they mentioned “untitled Jack Ryan project” and “Without Remorse” under Skydance. Are those movies ever going to get made?

I’ve always loved the official press releases without even a nugget of new information– It does have additional production team, but I think they have been on imdb for a while– but at least this is official.

Nice to see Bruce Greenwood on the official press release. And the release date!

Has anyone seen Simon Pegg’s tweets re: Phantom Menace in 3D?

Here’s one: “Enjoyed Hugo, despite almost being ruined by Phantom Menace 3D trailer. Come and revisit the most disappointing 2 hours of your life, in 3D!”

Nicked it off AICN.

It’s officially begun!! :) But,like many have asked,when are they going tell us the gosh darn title?! Can’t you see I’m on my knees begin’ here!! Please Mr.Bob Orci,tell us soon!! :)

Loving the Paramount logo!

Has anyone heard if Ben Burtt will be back to do the sound? His efforts in the ’09 film were a highlight for me.

I hope they get Ben Burtt on board early and not at the last minute!!


“…when are they going tell us the gosh darn title?!”

The “writing team” is facing tough choices.
I hear they are hesitating between two titles:

-Star Trek : How Do You Like The Script, Phil ?

-Star Trek : How Is That For A Birthday Present, Phil ?

Mmmmm, decisions, decisions….


I wonder why they haven’t posted a synopsis yet? Then we would know the title and who the bad guy is. Don’t they usually post one when the movie starts filming?

Title for the film Where No One Has Ever Gone Before

… so… then… “Solo/Kirk shot was official…”…. hmmm… yup… I got it… LOL

I NEED pics… PLEASE!!!! :-) ;-)


No. They don’t want to generate too much excitement early on. They’ll probably do a soft art-house opening on a few screens in New York and L.A. to see if it has any general appeal before spilling the beans on plot/title, etc.

Here is a link to the AICN article on the Paramount Announcement with a sarcastic lead-in and news that JJ Abrams is NOT sharing writing credits with Bob, Alex and Damon, as Bob mentioned last week.

We probably won’t know the title until the teaser trailer. JJ’s usual cloak of secrecy is in place.

Star Trek: It’s McCoy’s Turn to Croak at the End, Pike Gets Irradiated, and Uhura Gets Pregnant.

Wordy, but it will fill the marquee…

I realize that you guys are obssessed with secrecy, and that’s fine, I don’t like major spoilers. BUT – would it kill you guys to GIVE US A FREAKIN TITLE?! We’ve been calling this thing Star Trek 2/12/whatever for the past couple years now and I’m sick of it! You HAVE to have a title by now, right?

Also, if people are just now finding out about the 3D you must be hiding under a rock or something because its been known for a while now that it will be in 3D. And I don’t see why people are upset its being released in 3D. 3D is a choice and you can choose not to go see it in 3D. No movie I’ve ever seen has required you to go see it in 3D to understand the plot – not even Avatar.

How about: “Star Trek: Too Early To Say”

24… I’d wager we get the teaser trailer with “GI Joe 2” in the summer and the first full trailer with “World War Z” next Christmas.

How about… “Star Trek: Foot Dragging and Diverted Attention”
That pretty much sums up what we actually know about the movie to date.

—– STAR  TREK —–
T O   B O L D L Y  G O

Cool make-over for the Paramount logo for the centenary.

I remember when the last major change, from the old basic Gulf + Western to a realistic animated mountain back in 1987. The 75th back then.

#32,Aurore,hi! :) What about Star Trek:This One is For You,Phil! ? :)

I don’t know if this has been brought up in another post, but there’s a new name on the cast list on IMDb – Tom Archdeacon playing an ‘Ensign Spyke’. Can anyone confirm if that’s legit? (‘Cause, if so, that’s a badass name.)

Im happy that paramount didn’t call it Star Trek 2!! That is getting on my nerves!!

I am pretty sure the villain’s name is in the title so they won’t be telling us the title.

In addition to seeing the rest of the main cast, I look forward to seeing Uhura, Chekov, and Sulu.