While J.J. Abrams has (in public) been scuffling his feet about actually committing to the task of directing Star Trek 2, it is understandable. Between his having completed post-production and promotion duties on Super 8 just a couple months ago, and his involvement as producer on upcoming TV shows like Alcatraz and Person of Interest, the man has definitely had a lot on his plate to handle.
The good news for Trekkies and sci-fi lovers alike is that Abrams seems ready to finally accept the job as helmer of Star Trek 2. However, the bad news is that (as we've all but known for months now) the film will definitely not be arriving in Summer 2012.
According to Deadline, Paramount has accepted that it's simply not possible for Star Trek 2 to make its original June 29th, 2012 release date. So, the next Trek is being pushed back, while the G.I. Joe sequel (which is reportedly now titled G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is being bumped up to take its place.
Abrams is reportedly prepped to sit down with his Star Trek 2 writing staff (Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, and Roberto Orci) and flesh out their 70-page outline for the film into a full-blown screenplay. The tentative plan is for production to begin by about January 2012.
While it's possible that the Star Trek followup will be ready for release by Winter 2012, there's a good chance that Paramount will delay the film until Summer 2013 - like Warner Bros. did recently with Superman: Man of Steel. A handful of tentpole pics are already slated for release in December of next year (including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Lone Ranger), so the next voyage of the USS Enterprise might not be until almost two years from now.
With progress on Star Trek 2 being so slow for almost a year now, there've been only a handful of unconfirmed rumors circulating the film, including who the villain might be and whether or not newly-minted Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) would be getting a love interest in the sequel. Kurtzman and Orci settled on a story for the project last year, but we can only guess how much the game plan might've changed over the past six months - not to mention, any possible alterations or changes to the plot that Abrams could push for, now that he appears to be getting properly involved with the screenwriting process.
All the same, the project looks to finally start picking up speed again. So expect to hear more news and rumors about Star Trek 2 - as well as an update concerning its new official release date - in the near future.
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