It’s a wonder Paramount and Star Trek screenwriters Orci and Kurtzman aren’t out there doing more to drum up confidence for Star Trek 2, considering the amount time between now and its supposed release date (June 29th, 2012 is getting awfully tight.

As you may have heard, JJ Abrams has been a little busy with some other movie coming out this summer, and has yet to formally commit to the Trek sequel, despite giving input on the story and keeping communication open with the writers during the last few months. Everyone involved is still kind of on the edge of their seat hoping JJ will sign on the line that is dotted, but while he gets Super 8 out there, work hasn’t been at a complete standstill.

Apparently there exists a “detailed” outline clocking in at 70 pages, on which the studio is basing currently active pre-production work. This comes from Orci, who dropped a few notes on the Trek Movie forums, and who was rather vague about what’s being done, all while noting that JJ –assuming that he decides to direct again– still has to approve the outline for it to move into full scripting stage. Abrams has a few more weeks of hardcore Super 8 business, but if Paramount wants to have any chance of meeting that date they better hopes he dives into Stark Trek but quick afterwards.

Just been waiting for JJ to be free to really decide if he likes the story and hear his suggestions before we finish the script. Once he says go, we’ll have it in no time. Meanwhile, our outline is detailed enough (70+ pages!) to do some prep :)

In the meetings we’ve had with JJ, he’s already given us amazing input and ideas, and that’s been while he’s been up to his eyeballs in Super 8.

Considering how hard Paramount fought to get the new Jack Ryan film going before Star Trek happened, only to give up and regroup in lieu of shooting with a shitty script, they’ll probably be a bit peeved if JJ holds things up any longer. That June date is quite valuable, but I’m really hoping they stick with the philosophy of not rushing what’s not right. Abrams did a lot to salvage what could have been a disastrous reboot, but I think many we’re hoping the sequel would tighten up some of the shifty plot-looseness that plagued 09’s blockbuster. With less than a year between outline and release when all is said and done- that’s a bit more intense than is typically ideal, especially with something that will require such a monumental amount of visual effects work, which is something the industry is currently struggling with working into the increasingly accelerated blockbuster workflow. There’s only so many effects houses.

We’ll see what happens- Abrams is about to get inundated with Trek questions as he goes on the road for Super 8. Something is bound to come out from all of that.

(via /Film)

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