J.J. Abrams will begin shooting the Star Trek sequel on Jan. 15, more than four years after starting production on the first film, TrekMovie reports.
Citing "trusted sources," the fan site contends Abrams has scouted locations himself in Hawaii to be used as a jungle planet, while a Los Angeles museum is being considered as a stand-in for a "famous Star Trek location."
Pre-production, including some effects work by Industrial Light & Magic, reportedly has been under way for months, using the famous 70-page outline by writers/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman as a guide before the initial script was submitted to Paramount Pictures (the duo and Damon Lindelof are hammering out third draft now).
A busy Abrams was slow to commit to helming the follow-up to the hit 2009 film, forcing Paramount to give its June 29, 2012, opening date to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Although there had been speculation that the untitled Star Trek sequel could be rushed in time for a Christmas 2012 release, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman indicated just last week that the studio is targeting 2013.