Last night Simon Pegg and Greg Mottola sat down with a bunch of journalists for a Hollywood dinner to talk about the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray release of their alien road trip comedy Paul. We ate with them for about two hours, so a lot of ground was covered, and of course some of it was about Star Trek 2.
You kind of have to feel bad for Pegg because he knows approximately as much about Star Trek 2 as we all do. Nobody tells the actors what’s up, and I can’t tell you how many times I have been the person to inform actors about what’s next for the franchise in which they star. But that doesn’t stop people from asking Pegg ALL THE TIME about Star Trek 2.
Anyway, he doesn’t know anything about the meat of the movie, but he does know this: he’s planning on moving his family to LA this fall. That’s not a hard date, of course, but that sounds like it means that JJ Abrams intends to get the Enterprise out of dry dock this fall or early winter. Which sort of makes me nervous. See, he’s not been working on the film at all. Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have been chipping away at it, but even these guys admit that JJ’s been out of the loop. So when JJ finally begins taking a look at what they have - this week, probably - does development start all over again? Does he give these guys copious notes and start the process over? Or is he going to jump in with what they have?
My take: if Star Trek 2 does go this fall and Abrams only begins developing the script NOW, we’re in trouble. That just doesn’t feel like enough time to me - but we’ll see. I’ll remain cautiously optimistic that they don’t blow it, and that they in fact improve upon the original.