In theory JJ Abrams and his writing team have been working on the script for the next Star Trek movie for nearly three years now. In practice, it’s really starting to look like they ignored Star Trek and then just sort of slapped something easy together at the last minute.
More fuel to feed that fire was discovered at the Producers Guild Awards where Trek star Zachary Quinto talked about the status of the next movie to E! and seemed to indicate that they’re just sort of throwing the script together on the fly.
Asked about the status of the film he confirmed “We’ve been shooting for a week and a half, and it’s been an incredible return to that world.” Right, we know they’ve been shooting but here’s where he drops the bomb. Discussing the script he says, “It was the middle of December and finally I had to be like, ‘We need to read the script… They waited a pretty long time, but that’s because they were working on it. There was a writer’s strike the first time so they weren’t able to let the script evolve. Now it’s really changing…on a regular basis.”
Quinto says that like it’s a good thing but you’d expect that after all the years we’ve been waiting on this movie they’d have the script pretty much locked down. Instead, two weeks into filming and the script is still changing “on a regular basis”? This is Star Trek, not a Judd Apatow movie.
Taken on its own this might not be a big deal, but combined with everything we already know about the movie, from rumors of cop-out villains from the writing team’s general reluctance to work on the movie at all, and it seems entirely valid to be at least a little worried about what Abrams is doing to the next Trek film.