After J.J. Abrams officially signed on to direct Star Trek 2, we haven't heard much about the sci-fi sequel. Today we have news that production on Star Trek 2 has been slated to begin on January 15, 2012.

A new report goes on to reveals that J.J. Abrams is currently scouting locations in Hawaii, for what would be a "jungle planet." Shooting will also take place at an unnamed Los Angeles landmark, which will double for a, "famous Star Trek location". Most of the shooting, though, will take place on the Paramount lot.

Screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof are currently working on the third draft of their script. Here's what Roberto Orci had to say about the rewriting process.

"Rewriting is a good thing which normally makes the script better. We like to keep pushing the script, even if no one gives us notes."

All of the main Star Trek cast members are slated to return, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana. However, none of the new characters have been cast yet. We reported earlier this month that Benicio Del Toro was offered the villain role, but it isn't known if negotiations are under way or not.

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