How much did people love J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek? So much that they felt too much ecstasy to leave their computers and see the movie again. However, thanks to the wonder of the Internet, they just pirated the shit out of it and made it 2009’s most pirated film of the year with almost 11 million downloads. THR reports that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a close second, but down at number nine was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which at first seems surprising due to the leaked work print a month before the film came out. I would say that it was a matter of demand but Wolverine made $180 million at the box office, but RocknRolla came in third with almost 10 million downloads even thought it only made $26 million at the box office. What does this all mean? It means I need to get out of the speculation biz because I clearly have no clue.
In a story less open to my terrible statistical analysis, Zoe Saldana recently told MTV that she expects Star Trek II to head into production around this time next year. Here’s what she had to say: “I spoke to J.J. and Bryan Burk, his producing partner at Bad Robot, and they are still in the middle of building the script with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, and we’ll probably be going into pre-production around this time next year.”
If that’s the case, then I’d imagine they’d be shooting for either a Winter 2011 or Summer 2012 launch. Either way, that’s way too far away. I mean, that could be three years. Three years without a new Star Trek movie! By that time, people may be able to pirate it on their phone in less than five minutes!