Looks like Paramount Pictures is gearing up for May 8 release of its Star Trek franchise take-off, the studio is firing ahead with a sequel, and has hired three writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof to pen the screenplay.
J.J. Abrams may or may not direct, but is onboard to produce the follow-up alongside his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk.
No story line is in place yet; I suspect if a story were in place, it would be hush-hush. However, the trios of writers need to deliver by Christmas for what would likely be a summer 2011 release.
According to Variety, as for potential storylines, Kurtzman stressed that the writing team will wait to take a cue from fan reaction about which direction to go.
Hollywood Reporter just sent me an announcement that Paramount Pictures has purchased film rights to the Wired magazine article “The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist,” by Joshua Davis. Writer-producer-director J.J. Abrams, through his Bad Robot shingle, will take on the project as a producer and hopefully, as a director.
The article, which is a rather unbelievable story about an actual diamond heist, will be published in the April issue of Wired. The article describes the true story of an unprecedented diamond heist in Antwerp, Belgium, and the crew that pulled it off. In early 2003, a small group of Italian thieves miraculously circumvented 10 layers of security to access a vault beneath the Antwerp Diamond Center and make off with a purported $100 million in diamonds, gold and jewelry (the actual value is still a mystery).
Cloverfield-induced headaches be damned! Director J.J. Abrams just confirmed that a sequel to the shaky-cam film might be headed our way if they get the idea right. He was asked about the film at this Star Trek panel at WonderCon over the weekend. Here’s his answer:
"We’re actually working on an idea right now…. We have an idea that we thought was pretty cool that we’re playing with, which means there will be something that’s connected to ‘Cloverfield,’ but I hope it happens sooner than later because the idea is pretty sweet."
He offered no further details on the project, which appears to be quite a long ways off. Abrams’ next project is Star Trek which opens this summer.
The latest production still from J.J. Abrams Star Trek posted by Total Film. It’s not much to look at but it’s new to the Internet. Total Film’s article is pretty cool because there are quotes from the different actors about their characters, which I thought was interesting.
Harrison Ford is talking with Rachel McAdams to star with him in Morning Glory, a comedy produced by J.J. Abrams. Roger Michell will direct.
According to Variety, McAdams character would be an aspiring news producer who tries to save a deteriorating morning show by getting control of its feuding anchors. Ford is set to play one of the anchors, and the female actress to play the other anchor will be announced soon.
Aline Brosh McKenna The Devil Wears Prada penned the comedy script.
Paramount re-released the J.J. Abrams Star Trek Trailer with an ending from Spock, which you need to enjoy. The HD trailer is available at Paramount’s site. Take a look and get beamed to a nostalgic look at a great actor (and director). Star Trek
Capitalizing on the upcoming release of the Star Trek reboot film, Paramount Pictures has teamed up with IDW Publishing to publish a four-issue limited comic book series.
The first in the series is dubbed Star Trek: Countdown #1 and will be released in January 2009. The story is presented by Abrams himself and is plotted by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It has been written by Mike Johnson and Tim Jones and features art from David Messina.
"’Star Trek: Countdown’ lays the groundwork for what happens in the movie," said Roberto Orci. "It’s our way of passing the baton from the ‘Next Generation’ characters and their movies to the new film.”