UPDATED: There is a tidbit of news on the progress for the new Star Trek movie. According to the Mayor of Seoul South Korea, the 2016 Star Trek movie will do some location shooting in that city.
UPDATE 2: Trek film to primarily shoot in Vancouver
In another exclusive follow-up, TrekMovie has details on where most of the upcoming Star Trek film will be shot.
UPDATE: Mayor Confirms Agreement To Shoot In Seoul
Today I met with Jeffrey Chernov, producer of Star Trek 3, at the Paramount Pictures Studio and agreed to film a portion of the upcoming movie in Seoul.
And today Bob Orci made the following comment here at TrekMovie.com
the Mayor was a lovely man :)
TrekMovie has already reported that the upcoming Star Trek film will not be Earth focused, so it appears that the Korean location will be standing in for some kind of alien location, or possibly a (non-Earth) Starfleet location. It isn’t clear yet if the production is being drawn to Korea through incentives or something unique about Seoul to match the scene they need to create (or combination of the two).
Star Trek With Seoul?
Park Won-soon, mayor of Seoul, South Korea, has been in Los Angeles to meet with LA mayor Eric Garcetti and mostly to tour the LA’s emergency preparedness systems to see if there is anything to be learned for his city. But according to the LA Times, Won-soon also spent some time courting Hollywood to lure productions to his city, and apparently Star Trek was part of that agenda. From the article:
During his trip, Park said he was also meeting with Hollywood producers and directors to court them to film in Seoul, citing the shoot of the movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in the city this year. He said the city was in talks with filmmakers behind the next “Star Trek” movie to film there.
“We provided every convenience for them, blocking streets or districts in total,” Park said of the “Avengers” shoot.
As reported earlier by TrekMovie, director Roberto Orci is now in the early stages of pre-production for his Star Trek movie slated to be released in the summer of 2016. This is the time that the filmmakers would be looking at various locations. It is too early to tell if the talks with the mayor or Seoul will bear fruit, but it is likely that the discussion were related to location shooting and not for the entire feature.
Thanks to Ralph for tip