The future of J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek sequel has been a mystery for a while now. The movie industry has turned into a brand name driven environment where as soon as a film makes ten bucks over its budget, a release date gets set for the sequel. And it’s usually a date that’s closer than the filmmakers would like. So what’s been going on with Star Trek? Are we going to get a sequel? And if not, why not? Who does J.J. Abrams think he is? Recently a clue surfaced in the ongoing mystery when co-writer/producer Roberto Orci said that while a script wasn’t finished, they had a big ol’ outline done, and they were just waiting for Abrams to get done with his current projects before they pushed production into high gear. And now a second clue has come to light.
While talking to Cinema Blend, Abrams himself confirmed that Star Trek 2 would in fact be his next project; and he even talked a bit about its release date and whether or not he’s looking to make it in 3D. He started off by saying, “The next thing we’re working on, and hopefully we’ll be able to pass information out sooner or later, is the next Star Trek.” When asked about the too close for comfort release date that Paramount has the film penciled in for, June 29th 2012, Abrams was less than committal. “I care much more that it be good than it be ready,” he said, “I’m, obviously doing everything I can to make sure that schedules don’t get screwed up. But I don’t think anyone wants a movie on time that’s not worth your time.”
Twelve months from now seems like a ridiculously small window to put together a gigantic, effects driven film like a Star Trek sequel. It sounds like Abrams is going to play hard ball with the studio about giving him enough time to make everything come together right, and I certainly hope that they give in to reason on that matter. Too often these days we see big summer films scrambling to get their effects work done last minute, resulting in a less than perfect product showing up in theaters. And I don’t even want to think about what might come of a rushed screenwriting process. While there were a lot of things that I liked about the first Star Trek, there were also plenty of clunky moments that could have been smoothed over with another rewrite or two.
While he seems to be adamant about not rushing the movie into theaters, Abrams seems to be a little more flexible on the question of whether or not the Star Trek sequel will be in 3D. When asked about the possibility, the director said, “I’m not yet considering it, but you know, I haven’t gotten any phone call from people in suits. I know what’s good for me.” Recently we’ve been seeing signs that the 3D craze may finally be waning, but it sounds like if Paramount execs decide it is in the best interest for Star Trek to go 3D, then Abrams will soon be in the market for some 3D cameras. Have we seen a bunch of lens flares in 3D yet? Could be promising.