MTV caught up with J.J. Abrams at the Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premiere, and coaxed a few vague bits of information about the Star Trek sequel out of the wily director, as well as one specific piece that may worry some fans.
“We’re shooting on film, 2D, and then we’ll do a good high-end conversion like the Harry Potter movie and all that,” Abrams said. “Luckily, with our release date now we have the months needed to do it right because if you rush it, it never looks good.”
Historically speaking, movies shot in 2D and converted in post-production to 3D have not been well received. Heck, there’s a whole website called Real Or Fake 3D that helps viewers figure out whether they should spend the extra money on that extra dimension. Abrams has built a strong reputation on his respect for genre TV and films, so he probably deserves the benefit of the doubt, but some fans are still nervous.
In other news, Abrams danced around the question of Khan by way of praising the film’s screenwriters. “It’s a little early to be talking about Star Trek, but I will say that they wrote — the three writers, Damon [Lindelof], Bob [Orci] and Alex [Kurtzman] — they wrote the most amazing script, and I’m thrilled to get a chance to direct it,” he said. “It’s totally mine to screw up, so if you don’t like it, it’s completely on me. Our sets are almost done, so we’re going to go back and start shooting next month.”
Abrams also said the sets are being built now with the intention of starting principal photography next month. Star Trek 2 opens May 17, 2013.
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