Getting a person to say something, anything, definitive about Star Trek 2 is akin to finding a fan who doesn’t like The Wrath of Khan. It just doesn’t happen. Even when Simon Pegg came out and said that his Star Trek 2 co-star Benedict Cumberbatch was not playing Khan, no matter how many people say the opposite, it’s hard to take him seriously.

Now one of the film’s producers and co-writers, Roberto Orci, has come out and said, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that five well-known (and not-so-well-known) Star Trek characters won’t be appearing in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2 on May 17, 2013. Khan is not on the list. See who is, below. Read More »

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Lots of Star Trek, Transformers and even a little Indiana Jones in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read:

  • Star Trek 2 co-writer and producer Alex Kurtzman talks about why the film was delayed and won’t have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con.
  • Chris Pine talks about the scenes J.J. Abrams filmed in IMAX for Star Trek 2.
  • Steve Jablonsky will be scoring Michael Bay’s Transformers 4.
  • Producer Frank Marshall lampoons the idea of Indiana Jones 5 being set at the Bermuda Triangle.

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In December we learned that J.J. Abrams would be shooting the Star Trek sequel on film, and sending the footage to be post converted into 3D. At the time, Abrams said that he was talking about shooting in IMAX, but was noncommittal: “I would love to do it,” he said. “IMAX is my favorite format; I’m a huge fan.” Of course, Abrams produced Brad Bird‘s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol which shot nearly 30 minutes of the film using IMAX cameras. Everyone who saw the film in IMAX praised the 65mm sequences.

Well now we have a confirmation that some part of the film is being shot using IMAX cameras. The confirmation comes via a set photo on PopSugar, so we don’t know just how much Abrams plans to shoot or how they will be presented.

Update from Editor Russ Fischer: Today Paramount sent out a press release announcing the IMAX portions and release of the Star Trek sequel. There aren’t many more details than Peter originally offered below, but we’ve archived the press release here for those who want to read it.

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Today’s edition of Sequel Bits is particularly chatty, as everyone has a little something to say about their next big project. After the jump:

  • Adam McKay teases a minor Anchorman 2 detail
  • Steve Carell talks about reprising his role as Brick
  • Fast & Furious 6 gets an early bit of marketing
  • Tom Cruise is still excited to fly jets in Top Gun 2
  • Lucas Till lobbies for Polaris in X-Men: First Class 2
  • Simon Pegg promises more of the Enterprise in Star Trek 2
  • Damon Lindelof discusses the film’s “nuanced” villain
  • Chris Pine thinks Trek 2 is really about the characters

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As production gets underway, news is coming in fast and heavy from the Iron Man 3 set. After the jump:

  • Iron Man 3 to shoot in Miami; see set pics with Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle now
  • Photos from the North Carolina set confirm A.I.M. will play a role in Iron Man 3
  • Ridley Scott toned down Prometheus for U.K. rating, won’t release director’s cut
  • Erica Ash will play Ashley Tisdale‘s BFF and rival in Scary Movie 5
  • Damon Lindelof talks converting Star Trek 2 to 3D, the possibility of doing Star Trek 3

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Because Damon Lindelof co-wrote Prometheus, which comes out this weekend, he’s been talking to the press quite a bit lately, and dropping a few Star Trek sequel tidbits along the way. After the jump, read his comments on the improved Enterprise set, star Benedict Cumberbatch, and the secrecy surrounding the sequel. Also check out highlights from Roberto Orci‘s impromptu fan Q&A on TrekMovie.com, and discuss what a Klingon was doing in the background of J.J. Abrams‘ MTV Movie Awards skit.

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So much to get to today. After the jump read about:

  • Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are all very close to signing for Kick Ass 2.
  • Never fear, Christina Applegate will return as Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
  • Piranha 3DD is out in theaters today as well as video on demand, making it the first 3D movie to do that.
  • Die Hard 5, A Good Day To Die Hard, just added Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Anne Vyalitsyna to its cast.
  • A young actress’ photos from the set of Star Trek 2 reveal a new Starfleet outfit.
  • Weak tracking numbers have Universal backtracking on Snow White and the Huntsman 2 talk.
  • Andy Samberg is wearing very tight, white short shorts on the set of Grown Ups 2.
  • Men in Black 3 gets censored in China and a wardrobe lawsuit.

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From the Eighties, Nineties and up through today, this edition of sequel bits spans the decades. After the jump read about the following:

  • Gremlins‘ star Zach Galligan joins the cast of Hatchet 3.
  • Watch Benedict Cumberbatch gush about his experience on Star Trek 2 and avoid the word “Khan.”
  • Michael Dorn, aka Worf in the Star Trek universe, was asked to be in Star Trek 2.
  • We’ve got a list of films that Scary Movie 5 is likely to parody.
  • Four clips from Prometheus are now online.
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