For most of the time the last Star Trek film was in production, Hollywood was working under a Writer’s Guild strike. This time that isn’t an issue and, according to actor Zachary Quinto, the writing team is taking advantage of the opportunity to make changes as they are going along. More details below.
Quinto: Star Trek script is evolving
At the Producer’s Guild Awards in Hollywood, Star Trek’s new Mr. Spock talked to E briefly, contrasting how things are different with the script for the sequel:
"It was the middle of December and finally I had to be like, ‘We need to read the script,’" Quinto said, with a smile. "They waited a pretty long time, but that’s because they were working on it. There was a writer’s strike the first time so they weren’t able to let the script evolve. Now it’s really changing…on a regular basis."
While not unusual for a feature film, edits to the script during shooting is a change for this team and Star Trek. JJ Abrams first Star Trek film went into production on November 7th 2007, one day after the Writer’s Guild went on strike. Abrams worked closely with writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman in a mad rush as the deadline closed because they all knew they could not change anything once the filming began. In fact, Abrams later noted how this constraint caused some frustration. The strike was lifted in February about a month before shooting ended on the film.
Quinto talks co-stars and Spock hair
Regarding the start of Star Trek production, Quinto noted "it’s been an incredible return to that world." He also said of his new co-stars :
All of them (Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller and Alice Eve) have folded in so beautifully and brought a whole new level of intelligence and sensitivity"
The actor also talked a bit about one of his less favorite parts of shooting Star Trek, the effect on his hair, noting "My eyebrows are shaved and I do my hair in a way that people don’t know I actually have my horrible Spock hair."
Zachary Quinto arriving at the Producers Guild Awards on January 21st, 2012 in Hollywood
Star Trek director JJ Abrams with Quinto at PGA Awards 2012
And here is Getty Images video of Quinto on the red carpet: