Last week Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams participated in a "Visionaries" panel with Buffy/Dollhouse/Firefly creator Joss Whedon at Comic Con (see TrekMovie panel report). Full video from that event is now available online, check it out below.
Today there was a Geek Summit of sorts with an Entertainment Weekly hosted panel with Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams at San Diego Comic Con. Unfortunately there was no discussion of the Star Trek sequel, but there was news from Whedon on The Avengers, and Abrams confirmed the start date for Super-8 and also said some interesting things about 3-D. More details below and a full report below.
It looks like Simon Pegg, Star Trek’s new Scotty, is going to appear in another JJ Abrams produced movie. According to a new report, Pegg is in talks to to appear in Mission: Impossible IV, reprising his role from Mission: Impossible III.
Does JJ Abrams have a musical in his future as a director? Abrams is currently gearing up to go into production on his new movie Super 8 and most think he will follow that up with the Star Trek sequel. But a new report says that JJ is also angling to helm the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Wicked".
The Thursday schedule for this year’s San Diego Comic Con has been released and it includes a number of panels that could be of interest to Trekkies, especially an Entertainment Weekly hosted discussion with geek gods Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams. See below for details on that and other Trek related panels and guests for Thursday.
We have another update and some rumors to deal with for Free Enterprise 2, the sequel to the 1998 Star Trek-themed cult-comedy starring William Shatner. All indications are that this film is happening and now actress Alicia Witt has let it slip that she is in the film as well. There is also a rumor that the film will include cameos from Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and JJ Abrams. Robert Meyer Burnett responds to TrekMovie about that below.
Now that Lost has ended, Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams is currently producing a mere two TV series: Undercovers for NBC and Fringe for Fox. But a new report from E! says that he may move that back up to three again, with ABC interested in creating a "reboot" of Abrams spy show Alias.
William Shatner, Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk, is headed back to network TV, this time in a sitcom. CBS is announcing their Fall schedule this week, which will include the $#*! My Dad Says sitcom, as well as the remake of Hawaii Five-O, produced by Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. More details below, plus NBC’s newly released trailer for JJ Abrams Undercovers.
After rumors and speculation it was finally confirmed last week that JJ Abrams’ next project as a director will the alien mystery Super 8, a collaboration with Steven Spielberg. The first teaser trailer was shown with Iron Man 2 over the weekend and is now available online. There is also an official website and a viral site. See it all below.
The drip drip drip of the secret JJ Abrams project continues. Today comes more details on Super 8, which has a teaser trailer showing with Iron Man 2 this weekend. It is now confirmed that Super 8 is a collaboration between JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg. More details below, including a description of the trailer.
Back in the Summer of 2007 a mysterious trailer for a film "produced by JJ Abrams" showed up in front of Transformers, sparking rumors (we had to debunk) it was for the upcoming Star Trek film. It turns out, that was just the beginning of the viral campaign for Cloverfield. Now comes word that this weekend JJ Abrams may do it again with a secret new trailer for what might be a Cloverfield follow-up. [UPDATE: possibly a prequel]
We have an update on our Pilot Watch from last week. One of the three pending pilots from Star Trek luminaries has been picked up. Today NBC announced they have given a full season order to JJ Abrams new spy series, Undercovers. Details below.
One of the big question’s in Hollywood these days is: What is JJ Abrams next project as a director? Now a new report from New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog says they have the answer, which is that JJ is planning on directing an homage to the Steven Spielberg movies of the 70’s and 80’s, in collaboration with Spielberg.
In May the broadcast networks will all announce their Fall schedules, including what new pilots they will be picking up. The Hollywood Reporter is now providing a preview of what shows are getting the good buzz, and they include two dramas members of the new Star Trek team, as well William Shatner’s new sitcom. [UPDATED: more buzz]
The members of the Star Trek ‘Supreme Court’ continue to show their Hollywood power. Today it was revealed that Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are producing a new airport thrill (and they also just cast Harrison Ford in another film they are producing). Plus Time Magazine is preparing their Top 100 issue, and JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof are climbing up the online poll.
Much has been said about JJ Abrams directing style in the 2009 Star Trek movie and copious lens flares. Well if you ever wanted to give your photos or videos the JJ Abrams Star Trek treatment there are apps for that. See below how you can add flare to your life, plus some examples lens flares being added to things to make them more…flarey.
Fringe, the FOX sci-fi show from Star Trek’s JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, has been renewed for a third season. Details below, plus the latest comments from JJ Abrams on the season two finale.
As reported last night, Star Trek producer JJ Abrams was honored at an event in Los Angeles. While walking the ‘green carpet’ at the US-Ireland Alliance event he gave some comments about Star Trek and the Oscars, check out the excerpts below.
On Thursday night Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams was named an ‘honorary Irishman’ by the US-Ireland Alliance at their annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles. Presenting the honor was Abrams’ Mission Impossible IV star and co-producer Tom Cruise. More info and photos below.
JJ Abrams may or may not have been ‘snubbed’ by the Academy for his work on the 2009 Star Trek movie, but one thing is for sure, the man was paid. According to a new report in Vanity Fair, the producer/director is now on Hollywood’s Top 10 list of moneymakers for his ‘back end’ profits from Star Trek.
There has been an update on progress on that other big Paramount franchise JJ Abrams is working on. Paramount has announced that the Abrams-produced Mission Impossible IV will go into production this summer and Tom Cruise will be back as both producer and star. The goal is for the film to be out by the summer of 2011. Details below.
Another day and another comment from JJ Abrams on the 2012 Star Trek sequel he is producing (and possibly directing). This time Abrams is talking about time travel and possible cameos from past Star Trek actors. Find out what he had to say below.
We have a couple of Star Trek sequel updates. While attending the National Board of Review Awards in New York earlier this week, producer JJ Abrams talked a bit about the next Trek, but then started joking about the Gorn. And in a separete interview co-writer Damon Lindelof said that work on the script will begin in April.
JJ Abrams did a new interview attending a FOX TCA party last night and while he mostly talked about his TV projects, he did provide a quick update on the Star Trek sequel, and talked about all the recent award buzz and nomination. Excerpts below.
We are still months away from knowing whether or not JJ Abrams will be directing the 2012 Star Trek sequel, but today it was announced he is going back into the director’s chair for the pilot of his new spy show for NBC, Undercovers. The new JJ Abrams executive produced show will be one of the new dramas to fill out the NBC schedule, now that their 10PM Jay Leno has been cancelled.
The January issue of GQ Magazine has an extensive feature and interview with the original Kirk, William Shatner. The article explores Shatner’s multi-faceted nature from actor, spokesman, and self-aware pop culture figure. We have a first look at some excerpts, plus links to Shat-tastic cutting room floor audio from his interview.
2009 has been a good year for Paramount Pictures. Thanks to winners like Star Trek, Transformers 2, Paranormal Activity and GI Joe the studio is ranked #2 with $1.5 B for the year, but with fewer films than any of its rivals. Today the New York Times takes a closer look at the studio and its chief Brad Grey, who gives an update on plans for JJ Abrams’ and Star Trek’s future.
As his Star Trek movie is being talked up for the Awards Season, the Hollywood Reporter checked in with director/producer JJ Abrams to talk about the film, his process and more. JJ had some interesting things to say about how the film was personal, the fans and more. Plus Variety talks to the Star Trek editors. Excerpts of both below.
Last night Bill Shatner was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, promoting his show Raw Nerve, but things swung around to discussion of Star Trek. Bill said he thought the Star Trek movie was "wonderful", implying he finally saw it, and revealed he and JJ Abrams recently had lunch. However, he said he didn’t know if he would be in the sequel. See video below.
In yet another mainstream accolade, the December issue of GQ magazine celebrates the return of Star Trek by naming Chris Pine and the Star Trek team as men of the year (in two categories). We have photos below, plus some excerpts and an additional MTV interview with Pine and Abrams.