Zachary Quinto Taking Time Off from Star Trek, Playing Gershwin Instead
Posted 02.02.10 by Ryan
In a recent interview with Wired magazine, Zachary Quinto gave Trek fans nightmares when he announced he was taking a two-year break from Star Trek.
I'm stepping away from Star Trek for at least two years — no movies, no conventions, no anything for a while. I want to invite [my fans] along with me on my journey, which is going to take them out of their comfort zone and into other areas and other styles of storytelling.
Quinto's "stepping away" has led to confusion and speculation amongst his fans, so Quinto tried to ease their worries over whether he would return as Spock in an announcement on his website.
i have been inundated with questions and confusion about a comment i made during an interview with wired — about the new atari Star Trek online game — in which i said i am stepping away from Trek for the next two years. obviously i will be a part of any upcoming films... reprising my role as spock. what i meant was that in the meantime i won't be making any public appearances related to the franchise - or doing any more auxiliary projects pertaining to the trek universe. i will be focusing my efforts on other projects and preparing to shoot the next film — which will be released in june of 2012... two years from now. hence the no Trek for two years remark. worry not trekkers. it was a misunderstanding of context. i am not spock. but i am spock. all at the same time.
As for Quinto's next project, Deadline Hollywood reports the actor is set to appear as composer George Gershwin in a biopic that could be the next directorial project for Steven Spielberg. Doug Wright (Quills) wrote the script, which is one of three projects Spielberg is considering. Quinto is already working with an accent coach for a possible April shooting start.