When was the last time a Star Trek film set up shop in Canada? Try never.
In fact, when “Star Trek 3” starts filming in studios and locations around Vancouver, British Columbia, in June, it will be just the second time a Trek film has gone international, after “Star Trek: Into Darkness” did some filming in Iceland.
It’s something that has Vancouver — a city used to high-profile films and television shows calling its streets home — abuzz.
Paramount Pictures is taking advantage of tax credits that run at 16 percent on the federal level, to 33 percent at the provincial level, according to Global News. That’s expected to have an impact on the bottom line for the new movie, which could boast a budget as high as the $190 million director J.J. Abrams made “Into Darkness” for.
But “Star Trek 3” is not just stopping with Vancouver. Filming also is set to take place in South Korea, at least based on reports late last year from ScreenRant. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said he met with “Star Trek 3” producer Jeffrey Chernov ahead of Thanksgiving and struck a deal to have some Trek scenes shot in his city. Park had made a trip to Los Angeles in an attempt to woo other studios to join Marvel, which filmed part of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” there.
Although Justin Lin is replacing Abrams in the director’s chair, Bad Robot will remain a key production shingle on “Star Trek 3” and will help the company return to a Canadian city that has been home in the past for shows like “Fringe” as well as the short-lived “Almost Human” and “Alcatraz.”
“Star Trek 3” is set for a July 2016 release, in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary. It’s set to star Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin. The current script was penned by one-time “Big Love” producer Doug Jung as well as Pegg.
Filming in Vancouver is expected to wrap in September.