J.J. Abrams Officially Set To Direct ‘Star Trek 2′; Production Timeline Revealed

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

Trekkies both original and new have spent pretty much the whole of 2011 wondering when J.J. Abrams would officially commit to directing Star Trek 2 – and thus, get the delayed sci-fi project moving forward once more.

We’ve been hearing for months now that Abrams was “hopeful” about directing Star Trek 2; then, that he was all but ready to helm the highly-anticipated sequel; and finally, about three months ago, that Abrams was essentially on the verge of actually claiming the director’s chair as his own. Seriously, there have been “will they or won’t they?” romances on TV shows that’ve been less drawn out than this…

However, it’s at last (pretty much) official: Vulture has learned that Abrams is finally set to helm the Star Trek followup, which will see the cast of his 2009 reboot (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, etc.) reprise their respective roles as the “rebooted” crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Pre-production is well underway on Star Trek 2, which is expected to have a shooting script locked by the end of this month. Abrams is planning to start principal photography by this winter, with the intention of having the film ready for either a Winter 2012 or Summer 2013 theatrical release.

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Paramount will probably end up settling on a Summer 2013 release date, for two reasons:

  1. Abrams’ original Star Trek was supposed to soar into theaters in Winter 2008, but ended up being delayed until the next summer – and, judging by the box office returns, it certainly wasn’t hurt by the move.
  2. With big titles like Les Miserables, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, World War Z, and Django Unchained already being locked for release during December 2012, Paramount would probably prefer for one of its more lucrative tentpole releases to have a little less direct competition.

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Virtually nothing in the way of concrete details have been released about the plot of Star Trek 2 – other than assurances from co-screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci that it won’t simply be a rehash of any previous Trek movies. So, for the time being, it is anyone’s guess as to who the villain will be (though, presumably, it will not be Khan), or what exotic worlds the crew of the Enterprise will be traveling to next.

If nothing else, though, at least the Star Trek sequel is finally back to making its way down the production pipeline – with all the same ingredients (re: writing, directing, and acting talent) as the first film. That’s cause for celebration, right? simple smile J.J. Abrams Officially Set To Direct Star Trek 2; Production Timeline Revealed

We will keep you posted on the status of Star Trek 2 as more information is released.

Source: Vulture

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  1. Summer 2013 is much worse competition. Those aren’t really Sci-Fi (WWZ?). Summer 2013 has 1000 A.E., Robopocalypse, Pacific Rim just to name a few.

    • True, but I imagine Star Trek 2 would be released in either May or early June 2013 – before most of those other sci-fi flicks hit theaters, basically.

  2. Awww man, 18 more months with no new Trek? BOOOO!! :)

    Hoping the villains are the Gorn and/or the Tholians.

    • Yeah I’m ready for more than “a villain”. I want to see at least a group of villains or a gaggle of them. I wonder how bad it would mess things up if they started the Earth/Romulan war in this episode? In TOS it happened off screen in the past and the neutral zone was set up. What if it didn’t happen in this universe the same way? What if Romulus gets word about what happened in the previous movie and misinterprets it as a long term plan at genocide?

      • I would watch that movie.

        • I second that.

  3. Can’t wait

  4. June 7 you have 1000 A.E. with Will Smith. Also Singularity from a few weeks back.

    Best dates are May 31, June 21 or June 28.

  5. I wouldn’t care if it was February 30th …just as long as we get a Star Trek movie (I know there isn’t any Feb 30th) but you get my point.

  6. why doesn’t anyone listen to me
    add christine chapel as a rival to
    uhura ,in the series nurse chapel tried
    to express how she felt for Spock but he
    always said no,and the greatest episode
    of Star Trek,The Naked Time ,she finally
    told him how she felt and besides be a great
    tribute to Majel Roddenberry ,long live Star

  7. Yea!!! Thank god!! Been waiting years for this announcement!!!

  8. Now, J.J., when are we gonna get our “ALIAS” movie??? After Jen Garner has her baby, and before Michael Vartan signs for something else, and hopefully before Ron Rifkin (age 72) kicks the bucket…

    • You know, Alias was a good TV show. It was good, not great. I’m not sure there is enough of a fan base for a movie. Just my humble opinion.

  9. Can we get some real artistic alien villain design and not just some persons with tattoos on their faces!!That was a bumber to me especially coming from Cloverfield to Trek, i was expecting a lot from JJ! But the rest are awesome!!

  10. Good news, but if he hadnt chosen to direct, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. Directors are the amongst the least important aspect of the process.

    • Nicholas Meyer?

  11. • 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

    • Good Lord …. you realizes this is a movie and not a series don’t you?

      BTW, Kirk’s fighting skills were always more western in style. i.e. “I can take more hits than you so I will win.”

      • By “western” I meant wild west, fist fighting.

    • Orion Syndicate, just familiar enough and mysterious enough to be worth serious consideration. I like it! The story doesn’t have to hang on a single Uber-villain, a trope which I’m sick of ‘Star Trek’ using…

    • Hmmmm. I’m not sure what to think about this comment other than ‘not gonna happen in one movie’. Paula, I think you may have a Shaner fetish. :)

      • Shatner rather…and I think I meant to say ‘Kirk’ fetish. Yes, she seems to have a thing for Kirk (no matter who plays him).

    • What do you mean no cut scenes?? That’s really impossible.

  12. 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.

    • good stuff

  13. Star Trek 2 – The Wrath Of Lens Flares coming soon in 3D

  14. “Star Trek: Wrath of Lens Flares”


  15. It’s about frailing time! (been watching Farscape :-) )

    I don’t mind a 2013 release date, just take your time and do it right. I want great villains but I want to see some exploration as well.

    • Thats Frelling thank you very much.

  16. Man! Can’t wait! I absolutely loved the 1st one
    and while I do like Fringe, I am not a huge Abrams
    fan or a trekkie for that matter. At least they’ll
    take their time and get it done right.

  17. The first movie was great! I anxiously wait for the sequel.

  18. New Villians and New places, and none of that next generation crap. The first one was great New faces, places, and villian. Keep up the good work. Thats the way to do remake/revamp.

  19. freaking excited!!!!

  20. Id be surprized if Klingons don’t figure more prominently in this movie. After all is said and done I’d rank Klingons as the most popular aliens in the Star trek U after good ol’ Spock and his peeps.

  21. Absolutely not looking forward to anymore Star Trek! I’m so over this remaking movies for todays audiences. Hello come up with something original please already! And leave the classics the way they should be.

    Ok I’m not making sense here because I like remakes most of the time but Star Trek remade is just not cutting it for me. Just not. Sorry.

  22. I, for one, am glad J.J. is helming the Star Trek franchise. I did have have my doubts on what the first movie would look like but I was impressed. I’m looking forward to the next one!

  23. I heard William Shatner will have a major role.

  24. i like this tv show so much.