In case you believed Karl Urban when he said Benedict Cumberbatch's character was Gary Mitchell, you may want to read this story all the way through.
Zachary Quinto, the actor who has played Spock now in two blockbuster Star Trek movies, say the next sequel in J.J. Abrams' new universe may come much faster than the previous edition, claiming principal photography could begin as early as next year.
"'Star Trek 3' should be filming, I supposed, next year," Quinto reportedly told fans attending Galway Film Fleadh, according to BuzzHub. "It's going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That's the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet."
But the chances of that happening are, well, nearly impossible. First, there is no script even under way (and it's not even clear if writers have pitched a story to Paramount Pictures yet). Even so, Quinto also hinted that Abrams could return to direct a third movie, but by 2014, he'll be knee-deep in "Star Wars: Episode VII," so that's even more unlikely.
And while Paramount may have felt a little pain of waiting as long as they did between the first film in this reboot and the current one (four years), it is unlikely principal photography could begin sooner than 2015 -- and if it did come that early, it would almost certainly be without Abrams at the helm.
It's just an accelerated timetable that is almost impossible to plan for, unless Paramount had already made significant strides in the script department. That means hearing a pitch, approving a pitch, hiring the writers, and actually having at least an initial draft of a screenplay in the works right this moment. Pre-production for a Star Trek film alone takes many months, and locking in all the returning actors on an accelerated schedule could be quite difficult.
Chris Pine, for instance, is currently filming "Stretch" with Patrick Wilson, Ray Liotta and Ed Helms. After that, he's attached to "Into the Woods" and his own film he's producing (and wrote the screenplay for) "Mantivities," which will likely keep him busy for a good portion of 2014.
Urban, who now plays Dr. McCoy, has a lighter film schedule, but is starring in a new televisions series for Fox, "Almost Human," which will make his schedule a little more difficult to work with.
Even Quinto is busy. He's already set to appear in "The Invitation" with Johnny Galecki and Topher Grace. After that he is set to produce five different projects, although not all of them have to happen in the next 18 months.
And that's just the core three. Zoe Saldana also has a busy schedule coming up with "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Dominion." John Cho is seemingly caught up with his current movie projects, but is set to appear in the new Fox series "Sleepy Hollow," and it's not clear if he will continue past the pilot.
Simon Pegg is currently filming two movies -- "The Boxtrolls" and "Hector and the Search For Happiness" -- and is set to do at least two more at this point.
So yes, it might be possible that Paramount could fast-track the next Star Trek film. But is it likely? No. At least not to the point that filming is under way in 2014.
What is most likely is a 2015 film schedule set for a 2016 release, which would reduce the waiting time for the films by at least one year.
Of course, as Quinto said, none of this has been confirmed, and until it is, it should actually be treated as any rumor should.
"Star Trek: Into Darkness" is currently in theaters, and has now made $444.5 million worldwide, exceeding the 2009 film by more than $60 million at this point, thanks primarily to its strong international run -- the strongest of any Star Trek movie in the past.