J. J. Abrams helmed the 2009 science fiction action Star Trek movie, which was written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It is also the eleventh movie in the Star Trek franchise, as well as the first in a rebooted movie franchise, in which the principal characters from the original Star Trek television series are played by a new cast. The film follows James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) as they fight Nero (Eric Bana), a Romulan from the future who threatens the United Federation of Planets, aboard the USS Enterprise. Because both Nero and the original Spock travel across time, the narrative takes place in an alternative reality (Leonard Nimoy). The alternate chronology was constructed in an attempt to liberate the film and series from existing continuity limitations while maintaining original plot aspects.
In 1968, series creator Gene Roddenberry pondered the possibility of making a prequel movie that would chronicle the Star Trek protagonists during their time at Starfleet Academy. The idea reappeared inside the late 1980s when Harve Bennett proposed this as a possible storyline for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, but Roddenberry turned it down in favour of other projects. Following the critical and economic failure of Star Trek: Nemesis and the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise, executive producer Rick Berman and screenwriter Erik Jendresen penned Star Trek: The Beginning, an unproduced film set after Enterprise. Former Paramount Pictures president Gail Berman persuaded CBS to let Paramount make a new film in the franchise after Viacom and CBS Corporation split up in 2005. Both Orci and Kurtzman are Star Trek enthusiasts.
Kurtzman and Orci drew inspiration for the series from novels, graduate school dissertations, and other sources. On November 7, 2007, principal photography began and was completed on March 27, 2008. The movie was shot in several locales in California and Utah. Instead of employing bluescreen and greenscreen, Abrams preferred to use sets and locales. The movie’s production was shrouded in secrecy, and it has been given the fictitious preliminary title Corporate Headquarters. In contrast to the majority of the other films in the franchise, Industrial Light & Magic employed digital ships for this one. By the end of 2008, the movie’s production had come to a close.
Star Trek was widely advertised in the months leading up to its release, with pre-release screenings taking place in locations including Austin, Texas, Sydney, Australia, and Calgary, Alberta. On May 8, 2009, it was released in the United States and Canada.
The movie was indeed a box office hit, collecting approximately $385.7 million worldwide against with a production budget of $150 million. This was nominated for a number of prizes, notably four Academy Awards somewhere at the 82nd Academy Awards, where it won Best Makeup, becoming the first Star Trek picture to do so. The sequels Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond were released in 2013 as well as 2016, accordingly.