‘Star Trek 3’ Reportedly Starts Shooting in February for 2016 Release

By September 19, 2014
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Fans waiting anxiously to see the next adventure for the crew of the starship Enterprise now have a greater idea of when to expect it, thanks to an exclusive report from TrekMovie. According to the film’s writer and director Roberto Orci (who co-wrote the prior two films directed by J.J. Abrams), the as-yet untitled third new Star Trek film will commence principal photography in February of 2015 for a 2016 release, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.

TrekMovie’s report goes on to say that Paramount is enthused by Orci’s script for the film, and that a summer 2016 release date is now being considered by all involved, with an official announcement to arrive “soon.” The report even goes as far to say that while the film has technically not been “greenlit” or given an assigned budget, Orci and various members of the production team are already hard at work with pre-production activities, including pre-visualization, early special effects tests, set and wardrobe design, and even casting discussions for new characters. The majority of the cast is expected to return, including main crewmembers Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu, and Anton Yelchin as Chekov. Alice Eve’s return as Dr. Carol Marcus is also likely, but not currently known.

As to be expected this early in the game, plot details are very thin, but previous quotes from Orci point to the film picking up while the Enterprise is “well into” the five-year mission they began at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness. The report also goes on to say that unlike the first two films, Earth will play no significant part in the overall story, which makes perfect sense if the crew is out exploring in deep space “where no one has gone before.” The Star Trek faithful reacted to the last film with a particularly lukewarm attitude for being “derivative,” so the fact that the new film will attempt to delve deeper into space and hopefully include new alien species and situations should be encouraging news. Taking place “well into” the five-year mission should also be positive for fans of the original 1966-1969 television series, which primarily depicted the same kind of mission that Kirk and crew have embarked upon at the end of the second new film.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to GeekNation for any new developments related to the final frontier!

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