Is the Star Trek sequel definitely on schedule? Plus: Jack Ryan delayed

News Simon Brew
31 Mar 2011 - 07:29

As Paramount prioritises the Star Trek sequel over the Jack Ryan reboot, questions arise as to whether the new Trek movie will be able to hit its summer 2012 deadline…

We must have missed it, but apparently there's some suggestion that the planned sequel to JJ Abrams' Star Trek was in danger of hitting a timing problem. Basically, the issue is this. JJ Abrams is still hard at work on his wonderful-looking summer flick Super 8, which is likely to take him up to the end of the July/August, by the time all promotional duties have been completed.

Meanwhile, Paramount has inked in a release date for the sequel to his Star Trek reboot of 29th June 2012. Even appreciating that Abrams hasn't yet 100% confirmed he'll be directing the sequel, it's a fair bet that he will. And thus, some had voiced concern that he wouldn't be able to fit it all in. He is, after all, but one man. An epic man, clearly, but one man nonetheless.

So, then. Coming Soon spoke to JJ Abrams and he told them, "We're working on the story. That's probably more important than the release date at this point, but at the moment, we're not going to change anything."

That's in line with how questions have been fielded on the project to date, to be fair. But his assertion that nothing's changing would seem to hint that June 2012 is feasible.

Following that, Deadline got wind that Paramount was jiggling its schedule a little, to give Star Trek priority. Basically, it's signed Chris Pine up to be the new face of the Jack Ryan reboot, too. That reboot, Moscow, had been expected to film this year, but Paramount has shifted it back until Star Trek is completed, giving Pine's return as Captain James T Kirk top priority.

Deadline reports that Star Trek is expected to "start production by the Fall", so that the 29th June 2012 release date can be kept. Until we hear otherwise, that's when we'd assume the film will be coming out. We wonder if Moscow, meanwhile, will slot in for Christmas 2012, or summer 2013. Or if Chris Pine will even star in that at all...?


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