Star Trek 2 rumors: No script, no filming date, no Shatner
Space isn't the final frontier; it's the Internet, where rumors and teases and updates and more are circulating endlessly about the second Star Trek movie by J.J. Abrams. (I feel bad about that cliche of a sentence. And actually, I still can't figure out what space is. And reading the works of Stephen Hawking isn't helping.)
Anyhoo, here's what we know about Star Trek 2:
FILMING HASN'T STARTED: The latest rumors is that production could start this fall with a theatrical release delayed from summer to the holiday season of 2012. (That's from Simon Pegg, who played "Scotty" in the first movie.)
SPOILERS ... NOT QUITE: Christopher Pine, who played Kirk in the reboot, has seen the script. Or did he? According to an early report, he said: "After a thousand questions regarding the Star Trek sequel I can finally say I am holding the draft script in my hand. I can also now tell you I have a love interest and it's all looking very exciting. Sorry but I cant give you a date for filming yet, but you guys are going to love it!" Turns out the statement came from a Facebook page that wasn't "officially" his.
NO SCRIPT AT ALL!?!?: According to Trekmovie.com, co-writer Roberto Orci says a script isn't even completed yet. (Well, as of March anyway.) His official comment regarding the Chris Pine script rumor: "Wish it was true that he had read a great script so we wouldn't have to finish it! We will be keeping a close eye on developments."
NO SHATNER: Mr. Spock/Leonard Nimoy made a memorable cameo in the first movie, but don't expect the same for William Shatner in part 2. The original Capt. Kirk took the stage at the Calgary Expo over the weekend and had this answer to a fan question about starring in the new movie: "I have become an acquaintance of J.J. as of late but I'm afraid no.. no I will not be in Star Trek 2 I'm afraid."
SOME REAL TEASERS: Co-writer Orci did go on the record with these character arcs for the next movie. "The first one was about, 'Spock is pretty emotional.' Well, he is younger. And 'Kirk, he is not a bookworm with legs who really understands the chain of command.' Well he is not quite there yet. So you can get closer to what you know. It is all about earning what you know and learning that when we see them now they have been through a couple of adventures, but they don't know each other either. There is still discovery, but there is also more familiarity. So, like the first one, it will feel like Trek, but it will also chart new ground."