Kurtzman explains why we'll have to wait another year for Trek 2

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Dec 17, 2012

If you'll remember, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2 was originally eyed for release this month, though the film was eventually bumped back to May 2013—which is good, since filming literally just wrapped a few weeks ago. But why was the delay necessary to begin with? Co-writer Alex Kurtzman explains ...

After the first new Trek film was a bona fide hit, work on the sequel was obviously fast-tracked. But, according to Kurtzman, the fast track proved a little too fast for everyone's comfort. He told

"We collectively as the brain trust—J.J. [Abrams] and Damon [Lindelof] and me and Bob [Orci] and Bryan Burk—decided that in order to protect Trek, we had to delay it by one year. We just didn't want to rush it. We felt that we had put so much love into the first movie, and we didn't want a mandate to ruin the work that everyone had done. And I think the fans deserve to feel that their beloved franchise is being protected. So we delayed for a year to really work on the script, to have the time to shoot the movie correctly, and I'm really excited with what J.J. did. I think we all are."

I think most fans would agree a delay is worth it, especially if it means a better movie in the end. Here's hoping the extra lead time was well utilized. As for what the delay means for a potential appearance at the upcoming Comic-Con? Sadly, the time crunch is just a little too tight:

"No, I don't think so [for Star Trek at Comic Con]. We literally just wrapped, so I think it would be too hard to do that."
(Trek Movie via