"I am more excited than I can tell you." — J.J. Abrams
Can't get enough of Star Trek Into Darkness's trailer and Super Bowl spot? Neither can we, which is why we're glad Paramount Pictures has released a new featurette about the upcoming sequel, which reveals new footage from the movie along with interviews with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and director J.J. Abrams. watch the video >> Posted 02.20.13 by Ryan
Director J.J. Abrams was apparently "very upset" when the first "spy" photos leaked off of the set of Star Trek 2 while filming was underway in Los Angeles, revealing that Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) will mix it up with Benedict Cumberbatch's possibly-Starfleet, possibly-villainous character. We imagine Abrams is going to have a fit now that 75 new photos of the shoot have hit the 'net, revealing Quinto as Spock dressed up in a red space suit and dangling in the air in what could be a plot-spoiling scene from the movie. check out the new images [POSSIBLE SPOILERS] >> Posted 04.30.12 by BrentJS
The first set photos from Paramount's highly anticipated sequel Star Trek 2 were leaked online, and, while fans had to pleased to see Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) battling with Benedict Cumberbatch's unknown (possibly villainous) character, there was at least one person who was not pleased: director J.J. Abrams.
"J.J. was very upset," Saldana told MTV at the Independent Spirit Awards over the weekend. "I have to say that. It's not going to stop people from intruding, but they are, and it's such a bummer because it only hurts them by stealing away the surprise, you know." quinto talks photo leak >> Posted 02.27.12 by Ryan
Just a month after going into production, we now have our first look at J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel. First set photos show Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the movie's unknown villain, fighting each other, not with futuristic weapons, but with their bare hands. A second photo shows Zoe Saldana, returning as Uhura, pointing a phaser while the two battle.
While we don't know exactly who Cumberbatch plays, we do get some clues from the photos. As Yahoo! points out, Cumberbatch is wearing a black Starfleet shirt like Kirk (Chris Pine) wore in the first movie before he was made an officer and his ears are rounded, indicating that he isn't Vulcan - though he appears capable of going toe-to-toe with Spock.
Earlier, Abrams hinted that maybe Cumberbatch is not a villain, but then why would he be exchanging blows with Spock? Guess we'll have to wait until May 2013. click to view the set photos >> Posted 02.25.12 by Chris
Star Trek 2 is inching closer to reality.
Though Paramount Pictures erased the sequel's June 29, 2012 release date, which the studio imposed early last year without a script or commitment from director J.J. Abrams. Earlier this month, Abrams said that the time will allow him and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof time to "get the important things figured out" first before launching into production. The writers admitted in May that they have a working 70-page outline, and Orci and Kurtzman hinted at a possible January production start. Abrams, however, told MTV that he recently met with the writers and will be able to announce something in the next month.
why is the sequel "starting over"? >> Posted 08.10.11 by Ryan
We had a big, endless meeting and I think we'll have something to talk about very soon. I think within the next month or so we'll be able to tell you what's going on and when and all that. We're working really hard and this is all to make sure that no one — cast, crew, mostly the audience — isn't disappointed by what we do. [The audience] is the only master we're serving.
Paramount may have scheduled a release date for Star Trek 2, but it seems like no one knows when it will go into production. In April Zoe Saldana thought shooting might start "early next year," and last week Star Trek actor Bruce Greenwood, who plays Captain Pike, said the "the plan is to film it in January." However, during the Comic-Con, Zachary Quinto (Spock) had a different opinion of the timeline and refuted the January rumor in a conversation with MTV. what timeline did Quinto give? >> Posted 07.27.10 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. Posted 02.02.10 by Ryan
After a notable role as Eomer in the second and third chapters in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Karl Urban went on to star in the ill-fated Pathfinder, Marcus Nispel's Vikings-versus-Native Americans action film.
Urban followed up his little-seen Pathfinders starring role with the supporting role of Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in J.J. Abrams' revamped Star Trek, a role that promised to put him back in the spotlight. However, Abrams' film focused primarily on the relationship between James T. Kirk (played by Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto), rather than on the the Kirk-Spock-Bones trinity that served as the basis for the original series. In a recent interview with IGN, Urban said that he hopes that his role gets beefed up for Star Trek 2, if only to pay homage to the original.
The structure [of the new film] wasn't really the traditional triumvirate that you've seen on the television show. It was really more a movie about establishing everybody. I certainly hope that [screenwriters] Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and J.J. continue to strengthen and evolve those characters into those directions.
I would love to play scenes being essentially Kirk's moral compass or point of conscience. The way McCoy was written, he really sort of verbalized the war going on in Kirk's conscience, and I certainly would love to see more arguments of passion versus logic with Spock because they're always fun.
Urban also offered his opinion on the direction the second Star Trek film should take.
I think the challenge is to come up with the most important mission, the mission that literally tears these people apart. The mission that is the definitive Trek mission. We have to come up with something akin to a Dark Knight or The Empire Strikes Back. Something like that.
Urban recently shot And Soon the Darkness, which is in post-production, and is currently filming Priest. Posted 11.20.09 by BrentJS
You would think that Leonard Nimory would know the intricacies of playing Spock like the back of his hand, considering he's been portraying the character for nearly forty years. But Nimoy wasn't afraid to go to director J.J. Abrams for advice. Nimoy told Entertainment Weekly:
It was clear [Abrams] was nervous, and I'm glad he got over it. Look, I had been away from the character for a long time. His input was important to me.
It's still a mystery just exactly how the elder Spock will fit into the Starfleet Academy-set reboot, but with Eric Bana portraying a time-travelling Romulan with a grudge against Chris Pine's James T. Kirk, it's possible Nimoy's Spock may actually meet young Spock, portrayed by Zachary Quinto. Posted 04.27.09 by BrentJS
Leonard Nimoy, who just turned 78, will reprise his role as Mr. Spock in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek and go face to face with Zachary Quinto, who will play a considerably younger incarnation of the iconic Vulcan. In a recent interview with SciFi Now Magazine, he explained his what it was like encountering his replacement on-screen:
You're seeing him even before the place I was playing the character on the original series, and you're seeing me giving a performance that's totally after all of that ... That was so weird, standing there and talking to him. We have a scene together that's a mind twister. We're both the same person, each coming from a different time frame.
It has been forever since Nimoy last appeared as Spock on the big screen, and almost that long since he last played the character in The Next Generation, and he says he's ready to pass the torch to Quinto, for whom he has nothing but praise. He won't completely rule out reprising the role in another trans-generational encounter though. "Never say never," he concludes. Posted 03.27.09 by reelz