Abrams & Crew Talk Star Trek Relaunch

J.J. Abrams and some of the cast and crew of the upcoming “Star Trek” film franchise relaunch sat down with TrekMovie.com to answer questions from fans.

He confirms the the first movie trailer with footage will “hopefully be in theaters early to mid-Summer”, meaning Paramount will likely be keen to attach it to “Iron Man”.

Abrams main goal is to “make Trek REAL — that is to say, not have it be camp — not have it be phony — not have it look like a scrap of green screen was used anywhere… WHEREVER WE CAN, we are shooting on sets — either built on sound stages or expanding upon found locations.”

The response comes to comments last week that one of the production designers was unhappy with the sets utilising so much green screen. Abrams responded with “For that one scene, which will last for maybe thirty seconds on screen, we built only pieces and were surrounded by green. But that is the exception.”

He also realises that Trek isn’t “Star Wars”, it doesn’t have that kind of money, so they need to make this film on a budget (partly because that’s the $ we have, and partly because I want the studio to see Trek as viable!).”

Despite their limitations, they are anticipating about 1000 visual effects shots – the biggest by far of any Trek film. The Enterprise itself “will be a combo of the physical and the virtual.”

Actor Greg Grunberg was to make an appearance, but had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. Shooting is scheduled to wrap early April 2008, but they finished their last night of filming on the Enterprise bridge on Friday. A PG-13 rating is also being targeted.