I, amongst many others, absolutely loved J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot of Star Trek. It was fresh, fun, exciting, sexy and, most importantly, it made Star Trek cool again. It also left me wanting more. A sequel had been booked by Paramount for next summer. But that isn’t going to happen. For a franchise which features many a time paradox, ironically, time is not its side. But every cloud does have a silver lining.
Abrams recently commented on where him and his screenwriters, Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof currently stand with the sequel: There have been a lot of things that we’ve been working on, a lot of important elements that we just know we need to really nail down and solve. Once you say, “We’re ready to go, but we don’t have a finished script yet,” or “I’m directing the thing and here’s the release date, but we don’t have a finished script,” what starts to happen – and I’ve seen this happen with a lot of friends of mine – is that you’re suddenly in production on a movie that they’re thinking, “Oh my god, we weren’t really ready. We thought we’d get it done in time, but we didn’t.” So, while we have a moment to say, “Let’s get the important things figured out,” then all the pre-production stuff will come. But, I just want to make sure that we’re putting the story and the characters, the cast and the crew, and most importantly the audience, first before we start talking about exactly which locations we’re going to be shooting at and what the wardrobe and visual effects budgets are. It just seems important that we get the important stuff right first.
It is so incredibly refreshing to hear a big name in Hollywood to say that they want characters and story in place before anything else like a release date. It also gives me great confidence in J.J. to make a great sequel to his excellent movie and maintain the quality he has already established, and maybe even surpass it. So even though Star Trek 2 is not quite in the forseeable future, it certainly looks promising that J.J. and co. will be committed to making the best film possible.
If you can’t wait that long for some J.J. Abrams stylings, then check out Super 8, which opens in all UK theatres this weekend!