J.J. Abrams is Committed to Start Shooting 'Star Trek 2' This Winter
Back in July came somewhat of a confirmed update that J.J. Abrams, the director who quite successfully rebooted the Star Trek franchise in 2009, would be returning to direct the sequel, but the proposed summer 2012 release date was being pushed back to allow for a non-rushed completion of the script. Since then Abrams has skirted the issue of confirming his return to the director's chair. But now apparently Vulture has learned Abrams is fully committed to shooting the sequel himself, pre-production is underway, the script will be finished by the end of the month, and the film will begin shooting this winter.
Apparently most of the delay on the script is due to Alex Kurtzman (who co-wrote the first film with Robert Orci) finishing his first directing effort Welcome to People. But apparently the film is complete and now Kurtzman is back on the Star Trek boat, working hard to finish the script. Frankly, this confirmation is merely a formality as we've always assumed that Abrams would return for the Star Trek sequel, especially after taking a break from the franchise with Super 8. However, after this installment, I wouldn't be surprised if he hands the reigns to someone else and concentrates on more original films.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
It's about time! But I'm also glad they are taking there time to do the sequel. I loved the first film (i mean the rebooted FIRST film), and I think by not rushing this one they are saving the franchise by not following it up by some rushed cash cow sequel! Take all the time you need Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman! 🙂
seph m on Sep 14, 2011
The Orion Syndicate as the villains Larger all-star cast as well as many cameos including by William Shatner More planets Larger space battles with more starships Kirk having better fighting skills Kirk having several human love interests played by Hollywood's most beautiful young actresses No cut scenes The Star Trek theme music from the Insurrection end credits used at the end
Reigert on Sep 14, 2011
I hope they include Lady Gaga in the sequel as a singer with dark connections to the villains. With her futuristic music and style, she would fit right in. I'd like to see Kirk, Spock and McCoy go undercover to a concert of hers on a distant planet like with Diva Plavalaguna in The Fifth Element (1997). When she sings Bad Romance, Paparazzi, Poker Face or Just Dance, her show could be raided by many henchmen who have a thunderous phaser fight with Kirk, Spock and McCoy like the intense post-bank heist gunfight in Heat (1995).
Paula Hatton on Sep 14, 2011
Chazzy on Sep 14, 2011
This is not Star Trek 2. Star Trek 2 was the Wrath of Khan. This is Star Trek 12, don’t ignore the past. I want a scene in the sequel with Kirk, Spock and Bones sitting around a campfire at Yosemite National Park singing ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’!I hope J.J. Abrams gives Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie cameos in Star Trek 12. Perhaps as a couple who are ambassadors for the United Federation of Planets that adopt extraterrestrial newborn children from different prospective member planets.
Jane Carter on Sep 14, 2011
About time. I'm still watching the first one, I've seen it so many times its not funny and I'm not a Trek fan whatsoever, so Abrams did something right to make me a fan.
Xerxexx on Sep 14, 2011
I hear you bro, I'm too young to follow the original nor Professor X's series. But Abram's film made me a fan, and I'm really hoping that the sequel is better or at least at the same level of Abram's first ST.
seph m on Sep 15, 2011
Fingers crossed. I have no worries, I know Abrams will deliver.
Xerxexx on Sep 15, 2011
i just like how it took Self-admitted Star Wars fan, Abrams to work his magic on the franchise. 🙂 He brought a whole new perspective and NAILED it. didnt feel grounded to source material or sterile like Star Trek can get... Hands down the most fun I'd had at the movies in years. One of those movies where I left the theatre already waiting for the sequel. Just read that Pine said he drew from Indy and Han Solo for his Kirk, I mean HOW COOL is THAT?? 🙂
Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011
I've re-watched it several times on DVD myself, Xerxexx, and the film still works. While I'm a Trek fan, I've also seen non-Trek fans really get into and enjoy Abram's STAR TREK, so yeah...he did do something right. Of course, there are those who hate it beyond belief, but live and let live. However, when they start calling people who liked ST 2009 stupid for liking the film....well, I gotta put the boot in. It's a better film than most--plus, it's a helluva lot of fun and really captured the essence of ST (and it made the most money and also received the most accolades from critics). And even though I'm not a fan of the site, it still ranks at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes....which is higher than AVATAR, INCEPTION, and even DISTRICT 9. Definitely looking forward to this one.
Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011
Its a truly magical piece of cinema. Abrams along with the cast did their job and brought us a great memorable worthwhile film.
Xerxexx on Sep 15, 2011
hopefully it wont be as bad as the first.
happy camper on Sep 14, 2011
I would have been excited a couple of years ago.
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