Star Trek 2, the sequel to 2009 JJ Abrams re-boot Star Trek, is in pre-production with filming due to start mid January 2012 and a release marked in for May 17, 2013 in 3D.
JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Robert Orci are in the process of finalising the script. This is, of course, now set in the alternative universe from the original series created by Gene Roddenbery back in the 1960’s. Nothing as yet in know about the storyline apart from it will follow the highly successful 2008 film in being action packed.
The regular cast have been under a three film contact which means that Chris Pine (Captain James T Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spook), Karl Urban (Bones), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) will all be re-prising their roles. Majel Barrett, the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, died two weeks after recording the voice of the Enterprise computer for Star Trek (2009) so obviously someone else will have to take over the reigns. JJ Abrams’s has confirmed Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro (for possible villain?) may also join the cast but this is currently just in discussion.
Last time JJ Abrams decided to use film as opposed to digital to shot the movie preferring the big-screen feel and the realistic, organic look. This time, with shooting the movie in 3D, digital is the obvious choice. The digital process was good in 2008 but still in its relative infancy. These days digital has way outpaced what can be done with film. Director Peter Jackson has been expousing the benefits of digital 3D shooting for his two 3D Hobbit movies and so we feel it is certain the JJ will be convinced this is the way to go.
The gap between the two JJ Abrams Star Trek films has been down to his commitments on other projects. He is currently working on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Fringe and upcoming tv pilot Alcatraz. With the release date of May 2013 this will mean a four year gap between the Trek films.
In 18 months time we all will be able to see the results as Star Trek boldly goes 3D…