Paramount Chief Says New JJ Abrams Star Trek Is ‘Close To the Starting Line’

Paramount Chief Brian Robbins has given an update on JJ Abrams’ new Star Trek movie, revealing that they’re currently “deep into it” and edging closer to the “starting line.”

Robbins announced the new Star Trek film with Abrams at Paramount’s Investor Day in February, but it’s been relatively quiet on the bridge ever since. In a recent interview with Variety, however, Robbins confirmed that steady progress is being made on the movie and they’re “excited” about the direction in which it is going, now that the Kelvin crew is on board.

“We’re deep into it with J.J. Abrams, and it feels like we’re getting close to the starting line and excited about where we’re going creatively,” Robbins revealed before explaining why they decided to bring back Chris Pine and the rest of the Kelvin universe cast. “I’m a research nerd, and what the data tells me is that the audience wants that cast in this movie.”

The last we heard, talks were underway with Chris Pine to reprise his role as James T. Kirk in the next Abrams-produced Star Trek film, with the intention of also bringing back the rest of the cast from the reboot trilogy, including Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones, John Cho as Sulu, and Simon Pegg as Scotty.

Filming was scheduled to start in late 2022 and it sounds like they may be on target to set their phasers to stun and start the cameras rolling before the end of the year, under the direction of Matt Shakman, who apparently inspired fresh interest in the Star Trek franchise following his much-talked about run on Disney Plus’ WandaVision miniseries.

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The Star Trek script is being written by Josh Friedman and Cameron Squires, based on a prior draft by Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Plot details are being kept under wraps for now, but the original concept for the fourth Star Trek saw Captain Kirk contending with the legacy of his own father, who heroically sacrificed himself aboard the USS Kelvin during battle.

Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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