Is Star Trek 2 production further along than we think?

Is Star Trek 2 production further along than we think?

We recently received official confirmation that JJ Abrams is indeed going to be taking on the directorial duties of the next Star Trek film to follow up the successful 2009 instalment. It was also discussed via the same announcement that it is expected that the script for the sequel will be finished and polished over the next few months with filming to begin late 2011 or early 2012.

Interestingly the official Paramount Picture release schedule is still listing the new Star Trek film for a release in Australia on June 28, 2012. Assuming filming does begin in late 2011, this would indicate that the film is only looking at a post-production period of six months or less. For a science/fiction film, which will no doubt require a large amount of post-production work to deliver the audio/visual effects alone, a post-production period of less than six months is simply quite inadequate.

Whist in all likelihood the release schedule will be updated over the coming months with a new time slot allocated to the film, perhaps December 2012, what is an interesting theory is if the film is actually secretly in production already, working along towards the June release date.

Unfortunately for film studios in this internet, and tech savvy day and age it’s become increasingly difficult to progress film production without various details leaking out as films fans eagerly follow the news of their highly anticipated films, however just think of the fan reaction if a studio was able to move into production without the news leaking out in order to reach a seemingly impossible release date, is Paramount up to the task?

We’ll just have to wait and see.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.