Americas most trusted news source, MTV, caught up with J.J. Abrams at the premiere of his new movie Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol and needled him with questions about the upcoming sequel to 2009’s Star Trek. Asking him questions about lessons learned from the first one, where the next one is right now and how he’s handling the 3D side of the production. They totally missed asking him about the Dark Knight Rises prologue, shame. Anyway, here are some highlights.
An update on progress for the Star Trek sequel:
It’s a little early to be talking about ‘Star Trek,’ but I will say that they wrote — the three writers, Damon [Lindelof], Bob [Orci] and Alex [Kurtzman] — they wrote the most amazing script, and I’m thrilled to get a chance to direct it. I’s totally mine to screw up, so if you don’t like it, it’s completely on me. Our sets are almost done, so we’re going to go back and start shooting next month.
About how he learned from his first Star Trek:
I’m sure, like many people, you see what you do and you go, ‘I really could have done that one better, I should have done that, that was a mistake, more of this, less of that.’ You always do that,” he said. “I’m hoping that as we do the next one, all the mistakes that I’ve made that I’ve hopefully learned from, I can bring to this one and hope make it better.
Also confirmed they will be doing a 2-D conversion to 3-D:
We’re shooting on film, 2-D, and then we’ll do a good high-end conversion like the ‘Harry Potter’ movie and all that. Luckily, with our release date now we have the months needed to do it right because if you rush it, it never looks good…. “We were talking about [shooting in IMAX] and I would love to do it. IMAX is my favorite format; I’m a huge fan,” he added.
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Ready for some more Trek sequel casting news? Blissfully NOT about Khhhaaaaan (sorry, nerd law states I must say it that way at least once). A source listed as ‘close to the production’ says no members of the original cast have been approached to be in the movie. That means no Shatner, no Nimoy and yes, no Walter Koenig (sorry buddy).
The next “Star Trek” installment, directed by J.J. Abrams, will have no members of the original cast. No Shatner, no Nimoy. No classic recipe Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Chekhov or Sulu. The last “Star Trek” film featured Leonard Nimoy as Spock. But sources close to the next film, many of whom worked with Abrams on the new “Mission Impossible,” confirmed for me last night that none of the originals has been invited back this time. “MI4″‘s Simon Pegg, who now plays Scotty (original Scotty, James Doohan, is in space heaven now with original Bones, DeForrest Kelly), quipped, “That would involve time travel. And if the real Scotty showed up, that would be something.”
Please tell me none of you are upset by this. Leonard Nimoy‘s appearance in the last one worked as a great bridge/set up for the new movies, it’s now time to move on. As much as I love Shatner, I am comfortable with his deep frying a turkey being the last thing I ever see from him.
Who IS being asked back? Apparently Bruce Greenwood (Captain Christopher Pike in the last movie) is being written in. Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Roberto Orci revealed the news in a comment on TrekMovie.com.
boborci: Spoiler alert!
We wrote a part for Greenwood. Let us hope he says “Yes!”
Greenwood has gone on record multiple times that he wouldn’t be against playing the character again. When we last saw Pike he was promoted to Admiral and was in a wheelchair. If he does take the role will he still be in chair? Will he only speak with blinking lights? Damn you Orci, let us in.
There, made it through a whole post about the next Star Trek movie and never once brought up anymore Khan related rumors. The next voyage hits the big screen the 16th of May, 2013.