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.