Star Trek 11 Behind-the-Scenes Tidbits

One-half of the writing team behind J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek 11″ was at the 16th Annual Grand Slam: The Sci-Fi Summit in Burbank, CA over the weekend, and ScreenRant had a guy there who jotted down some notes. The primary speaker was writer Roberto Orci, who co-wrote the Abrams movie with his partner Robert Kurtzman, who wasn’t there. Orci answered a lot of questions about how the film was handled behind the scenes, but not so much about the plot, only to say that it was written with Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in mind, that if he hadn’t sign on, they would have had been in trouble.

Here are the bullet points. Get more from Screen Rant:

- The budget on the film is far below $200MM.

- The film will be rated PG-13.

- The release date was pushed back to summer ’09 because Paramount really wants it to be a summer blockbuster.

- The intent was to re-invent the Star Trek franchise, and that is why they went all the way back to start at the beginning.

- The script was written with Leonard Nimoy in mind. Nimoy read the script and liked it. It seems he’s so pivotal to the story that they would have had a big problem if he hadn’t liked it.

- Yes, the USS Enterprise will be assembled in space, although parts of it will be assembled on Earth.

- Orci revealed that originally Steven Spielberg read the script and talked to J.J. Abrams about directing it during a set visit to the Transformers set. Abrams mentioned it to his wife, who also helped talk him into the final decision to take on the potentially scary project.

- Nimoy was there and said that Star Trek 11 is a gigantic movie. It’s the biggest film he’s ever worked on and that it will be worth waiting for. He also said that Paramount is losing money on this investment now because they really have a lot of faith in the film as a summer blockbuster.

- He also went on to say that he didn’t like the death of Kirk in Star Trek: Generations. He resented it. He then went on to say that it would have been damaging to the story to put Shatner in the film.

Man, is Shatner going to be really pissed when this thing finally gets released, or what? And you thought he was mad at not being asked to join the party. Wait til he finds out the whole thing was conceived with Spock in mind. Wow.

Trek 11 opens May 8, 2009.

Leonard Nimoy is Spock in Trek 11

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