Still have June 29, 2012 marked on your calendar? You might still be able to watch a Paramount film then — but it’s getting increasingly clear that the new Trek film might suffer a delay of as much as a year.
Deadline reported yesterday that J.J. Abrams has just returned from his holiday and has begun working with Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof on the script for Star Trek XII. He hasn’t yet formally committed to directing the film, but according to Deadline, he’s inching ever closer to making that decision. There seems to be no possible way for him to get the film ready in less than a year, so the studio is now apparently considering moving the release date to either late 2012 or the summer of 2013.
Deadline confirmed this week’s report that shooting for the film is likely to begin in January of next year. The studio has already exercised its option on the film’s cast, meaning they will be ready when Abrams is. Paramount has also made the decision to release G.I. Joe: Retaliation on the date they were originally going to release the new Trek film, so they don’t lose that date to another studio.
Meanwhile, MTV this week posted an interview with Trek producer Damon Lindelof, who discussed the script-writing process, and said they were aiming to make their second film better than the first one — just like The Dark Knight improved on the already well-received Batman Begins. “We are deep into that process now and writing,” he said.