Star Trek 2 Script Still Not Close To Being Done, Expected Early 2011
I was so happy yesterday. After months of waiting, there was finally a light at the end of the Star Trek 2 tunnel with the revelation that the script being written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof was close to completion and would be done by late December. Sure, it came with the news that J.J. Abrams still isn't attached to direct, but it at least sounded like the project was headed in the right direction. Prepare to have your heart broken.
Upon hearing about yesterday's news, which came out of the Viacom earnings call, Trek-News.com did a bit of digging and discovered that not only is the script not close to completion as was reported, but that it likely won't be done until early next year. According to the site, the news of the script nearing completion was simply added in by THR in their report and wasn't actually said by Viacom COO Tom Dooley (see the full transcript here). What is true from the news is that Abrams still isn't attached as director but will make his decision once the script is completed.
While I have faith in the talents of Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof (Transformers 2 aside), it doesn't feel like they are giving the project the attention that it both deserves and, needs. All of them, including Abrams, have something else on their plate that seems to take precedence, be it Welcome To People or the Alien prequel. When you're dealing with such a huge franchise and fanbase, however, there needs to be some commitment and I can't help but feel that it's missing. The only soothing balm is that the film doesn't need to start shooting until summer 2011 to make its July 29, 2012 release date. Let's just hope it all comes together by then.
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