The most recent Star Trek film directed J.J. Abrams was released in the US on May 2009, with a production budget of approximately $140 million the film went on to gross approximately $385 million worldwide. This was a significant improvement over the previous film Nemesis released in 2002 which managed only approximately $67 million worldwide with a production budget of $60 million.
With such critical and financial success it was only ever going to be a matter of time before the next film in the franchise goes into production and is released in cinemas. If recent news surfacing holds true fans can look forward to the next film sooner rather than later.
It is being reported that the Trek sequel is due to begin principal photography later in 2011 in order to meet the existing released date that was previously announced of June 29, 2012. It is yet to be confirmed either way if J.J. Abrams will be returning to direct.
Fans can understandably be somewhat sceptical that this release date will be adhered to, it appears a short time frame in which to complete both production and post-production, especially for a film which will no doubt contain its fair share of visual effects shots as well as demanding sound work.
That said delivering a film in such a tight time line is certainly not unheard of, so we’ll have to wait and see how quickly progress is made, in the meantime movie goers have plenty to look forward to as we are edging closer to some of the more anticipated releases for this year including Sucker Punch, Thor, Captain America and of course Green Lantern!