Actor Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in Star Trek, said that while the script for the sequel to the film isn’t finished, the screenwriting process is already underway.
“It’s definitely happening,” Quinto told Newsarama when we spoke to him about the movie. “I know that Bob [Orci] and Alex [Kurtzman] and Damon [Lindelof] and J.J. [Abrams] have been working and talking and developing stories. I don’t think there’s a script yet. I know there’s not a script yet. But they’re working on it and they’re talking about it.”
The actor, who was at San Diego Comic-Con to promote his production company’s foray into comic books with Archaia, said Star Trek filmmakers are taking their time to put together the next film and make sure it’s right, which is fine by him.
“I think the great thing about the experience with the first film is that it really was an organic evolution. And I think that it was rooted in a real sense of creative collaboration and excitement and enthusiasm and support. And I think they want to make sure any subsequent film is rooted in that same territory, in that same landscape,” he said. “So I don’t think anybody’s rushing anything. And I think that’s actually really smart. And I have implicit trust in all those guys creatively and professionally.”
“I know when the time is right and everything falls into the place, the crew shall reassemble for the missions. But until then, we’re all exploring different landscapes and figuring out the best way for us to go creatively as individuals,” he said.
The actor was also at Comic-Con to promote his role as Sylar in the NBC television show Heroes, taking a break from filming last week to attend the convention.
At the end of last season, it appeared that Quinto’s role in the television show might be more limited, since Sylar thinks he’s Nathan Petrelli, which means he’ll be played by actor Adrian Pasdar. But Quinto said that although Sylar’s current situation implies the actor won’t be on the show as much, he’s not backing away from the show.
“There’s definitely going to be Sylar in the fourth season of the show. I actually feel incredibly challenged by the work that I’m doing on the show in a great way. I think they’ve found a really exciting and smart and innovative way to keep the character moving forward and evolving,” he said.
Quinto explained in San Diego that Sylar exists this season not only sharing Nathan’s body, but also appears within the mind of Greg Grunberg’s character, Matt Parkman, “messing with his mind a little bit, giving him a taste of his own medicine.”
“One of the problems of playing a villain that is as archetypal as Sylar, you kind of paint yourself into a corner. There’s only so much skull-slicing and evil staring that you can do and still have it be creatively fulfilling for an audience or for an actor,” Quinto said. “So I feel really great with the stuff they’ve given me this year because it really starts to take me into different territories in an organic way, and it doesn’t feel contrived. It’s a real nice springboard from where last season ended to where this season begins, and I’ve been hard at work. So I haven’t let up on it yet.”
Finally there’s a release date for “Star Trek” DVD: November 17!
According to TrekMovie, Paramount announced the date and press release for both DVD and Blu-Ray.
The STAR TREK single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The single-disc DVD includes the commentary, “A New Vision” and the gag reel. Price $29.99
The STAR TREK two-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The special features includes deleted scenes, gag reel, and lots more. Price $39.99
The STAR TREK three-disc Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The special features includes deleted scenes, gag reel, free trial game and lots more. Price $39.99
To read more about the features, go here to TrekMovie.com
According to MovieWeb, Bruce Greenwood (aka Capt Pike) created a backstory for Captain Pike, which JJ Abrams hopes to utilize in the upcoming sequel.
Unlike the original Pike, Greenwood’s interpretation of the character will eventually rise from his wheelchair to one-day walk again. While this isn’t exactly news, Greenwood hinted that Pike’s personal story, as it pertains to this version of the new Star Trek timeline, would be tied directly into Captain Robert April, who, according to the Star Trek animated series, was the original Captain of the Starship Enterprise. April was only seen in one episode of the animated series. His voice was supplied by James Doohan, otherwise known as Scotty, and in the Star Trek Encyclopedia, his profile is accompanied by a picture of series creator Gene Roddenberry in a Starfleet uniform. Neither Paramount nor Roddenberry ever considered the animated series part of the official Star Trek cannon, which has led to debate about April’s place as the first captain of the Enterprise. The character is certainly up for interpretation, as a human actor has never before portrayed him on screen. Who do you think would be perfect for the role?
Official news of Star Trek 2 heading into production hasn’t been announced yet, but as the box office grosses continue to pour in, you can expect to hear about it soon.
Today, Simon & Schuster releases the Zachary Quinto audiobook of the “STAR TREK” movie novel adaptation written by Alan Dean Foster, based on Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s screenplay. Zachary narrates the entire 8.5 hour book and voices all of the characters, which includes parts of the story that are not in the movie.
John Tenuto reviewed Zachary’s narration on trekmovie.com – here is an excerpt of that REVIEW:
“The Narration by Zachary Quinto
I cannot offer enough accolades to Zachary Quinto’s narration. He is simply the best audio book narrator in the history of Star Trek, and that is saying quite a great deal considering the formidable and venerable talents of George Takei and James Doohan. Yet, Quinto shows all his acting abilities in the audio adaptation and he has a thoughtful style as narrator. He performs Scotty and Chekov flawlessly (watch out Anton Yelchin!). He also has a subtly in his voice while performing Kirk that is very good and displays the assuredness of the character without being a parody. One of the fun things about listening to audio books is to hear how various narrators act out characters of the opposite sex (think William Shatner in “Turnabout Intruder”). Quinto does very good at hinting at the femininity of characters without lisping to exaggerations or stereotypical imitations. In the film, Eric Bana uses several voices as he performs Nero (compare his voices when welcoming back Spock with talking to Pike). Quinto does a very good job of staying consistent and sounding like Bana. Quinto is a true master of various accents.
As the generic narrator, Quinto also displays excellent qualities. His tonation and energy help maintain interest during the 8.5 hours of the audio book. His abilities as narrator and character actor are especially seen in the scenes on the USS Kelvin. With only his voice (no sound effects or music accompany his reading of the text), Quinto is able to convey all the sadness and tragedy of those moments. In fact, he is so good that as a father and fan, I am not embarrassed to say there were tears in my eyes while listening to Quinto’s heartbreaking reading of the scenes between Winona and George Kirk. That he is able to engender this kind of emotion in an audio book speaks volumes about Quinto’s talent.”
Thanks Before The Door for the heads up.