As we exclusively confirmed last week amidst days of rumors, the 2017 Star Trek series will be heading north to Toronto, Ontario when the show begins production this fall.

Today, The Hollywood Reporter locked down the specific location in the city, and as many have suggested, Trek 2017 will call Pinewood Toronto Studios its home.


 
Just minutes away from downtown Toronto, PTS’s 45,900-square-foot “mega stage” with sixty-foot-high ceilings – which Pinewood calls “North America’s largest, purpose-built soundstage” – this enormous facility will serve as Bryan Fuller’s home base for the next Trek adventure.
 
Capture
Pinewood Toronto Studios is “a 20 acre site, minutes from downtown Toronto.”

Pinewood Toronto also houses nine acres of outdoor backlot space, meaning it may be easier for Trek 2017 to venture into daylight than the productions based at Paramount from 1986 to 2005.

div_spacer

Pinewood Toronto Studios map, photos via PinewoodGroup.com.

  • M33

    I suspect we will see a lot of the same outdoor locations as we saw on Stargate(s) & Battlestar Galactica. They were shot in Canada, too.

    • Weren’t those shot in B.C.?

      • MogRules

        Yes, they were. In particular in and around Vancouver and the interior.

      • M33

        True, but they traveled around quite a bit the country on occasion. I can see that happening here, too, especially with the money involved.
        Come to think of it, Andromeda was filmed there, too (Only the first two seasons are good, the rest… ugh).

        • bbock

          You think they are going to spend a lot of money on Star Trek? They are shooting it in Canada to save money. They are putting it on a streaming service rather than broadcast because they don’t think they can pay for it otherwise. I think the show will look fine. But I don’t think they are going to spend Game of Thrones money on it. I hope I’m wrong and that they do treat this as a prestige production. I hope the broadcast of the first episode goes so well that they consider putting it on air for the full season. But I think it’s a niche production for a niche outlet.

    • Vancouver and Toronto are 2,700 miles apart.

      • M33

        Yes, they are. I am assuming by everyones comments that the sense is productions don’t do location filming elsewhere in the country except in that one area where the stage is? I would find that hard to believe.
        BTW, I interact with Canadians all the time. Some of my close friends are Canadian. I know Canada is a great place, beautifully diverse, modern, and way friendlier. Don’t get me wrong…

        • MJ

          “If what I am hearing is that they are highly unlikely to use any BC locales that were used by other shows”

          Where are you hearing this from, or is this perhaps your personal conjecture? Please provide a link to the source for this. Thanks

          • M33

            Hearing as in being implyed from the comments here.

            Modern Family. Twice.

          • MJ

            That’s like saying the Happy Days Hawaii two-parter counts. 😉

            Which leads to my related quip that you have “jumped the shark” with that comment…lol

          • M33

            I may be wrong about seeing the a lot of the same places as the other shows. I wouldn’t rule it out either that we could see those locations on occasion again if they fit what they want.

            What bothers me is folks thinking that I somehow am demeaning Canada and Canadians. “We don’t live in igloos”? “Third-world city”? I think folks are taking to the defense a bit too easily.

          • bbock

            Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did film in Puerto Rico. But it’s really not common for a show to film very far away from their home base.

    • That’s like saying that Maine looks a lot like California, because they’re both in the US. Canada is a BIG country, and it’s not all the same!

      • MJ

        Yes, and this reminds me of a funny story from a Canadian friend of mine from Kingston years ago. He says that from time to time, when in the U.S, a person would ask him, “Hey do you know FILLinNAME from Canada?”, as if it was like a small town where a lot of people know each other. LOL

        • M33

          We get the same thing in Hawaii…

        • People do that to everyone; when I lived in Chicago, I was asked if I knew so-and-so who also lived in Chicago — 2.7 million people. So on the one hand, you’re right that it’s dumb, but on the other hand, people don’t only do this to Canadians. 🙂

      • bbock

        Los Angeles doubles for a LOT of places around the world all the time. Most shows on TV that show their cast jetting around the globe are all shot in Los Angeles. It doesn’t take much to fool viewers. I don’t think locations are make or break for Star Trek anyway. Special effects have gotten so good and relatively inexpensive that productions can make new locations out of old on a TV budget.

  • SpaceCadet

    I guess we’ll get a lot of lush forest landscapes serving as alien worlds. Or at least that’s how I imagine that part of Canada looking since I’ve never been there! Haha

    I’m guessing we’ll start getting cast announcements within a couple of months!

  • HippyCheese

    I would also like to point out, we still have 4 seasons in Canada, we do not live in igloos, and Canada is a large country. I think it is great Canada will be the location for the new Star Trek. I am looking forward to the series.

    • Toronto is at about the same Latitude as Northern California, and within a short distance, you not only have tons of wilderness in Ontario, but it is a short trip to Quebec, Labrador, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, each with their own geography, and geographic features that could really revitalize the alien-ness of worlds, instead of shooting on the Universal backlot, and whatever desert like location they can find in and near LA.

      • MJ

        Believe me, dude, it’s a hell of lot warmer in NoCal in January than Toronto.

      • bbock

        The Los Angeles area is actually quite varied. You can have a pine forest, a desert, snow, tropical, and more. It rarely rains in California, which is really the reason the studios located here. Toronto is snowy or rainy for a good portion of the year. I don’t imagine they are planning much outdoor shooting.

        I wonder if they plan to use any of the Star Trek talent from the old Paramount Star Trek machine. Like the Okudas.

    • M33

      We must be third-world here in Hawaii because we only have 2 seasons.

  • HippyCheese

    Live long and prosper eh!

  • TrekRules

    Don’t want to argue but how is it easier in Toronto than Hollywood when several studios still have backlots to film on? Only reason is because this studio, and its backlot, will be devoted to Trek compared to the other series made and they had to arrange things far in advance. Still surprised they picked Toronto over Vancouver but they probably got a good deal since lots of movies and series have been passing on Toronto over the last few years to film in other cities(Arrow, Flash, X-Men, Deadpool, etc).

    And for anyone making the Vancouver to Toronto comparison or talking about traveling around the country to film, that’s like saying a New York based series is going to drive out to Seattle to film a scene. You are looking at close to 48 hours straight driving from Toronto to Vancouver which means they may hire a second unit crew in that city to film a shot but the series is not going to be filming anywhere outside of Toronto if they can’t get there within an hour much like it works in LA. And why would they? Toronto will have everything they need. This isn’t the first thing to have been filmed in Toronto – many American movies film there and it isn’t some third-world city, it actually has power, hotels, food, people with skills, etc 🙂 Canada: bigger than the US.

    • M33

      Where is this “third-world Canada” talk coming from? Never even implied such a thing, nor would I.

      BTW, the physical size of a country has nothing to do with the quality of living or amount of infrastructure. Completely different subjects.

      • MJ

        But it typically does have a lot to do with the amount of natural resources, the amount of variation in scenery, and amount of different subcultures of people.

        Size does matter. Contrast Lichtenstein with China, for example.

        • M33

          Really? South Korea vs. Afhghanistan? UK vs. Chad? Japan vs India? Switzerland vs. Mongolia? All these places are smaller countries far greater infrastructure as compared to the latter “bigger size” countries. Guarantee Lichtenstein has far better infrastructure in its rural areas than China, and for far longer. Its about quality not quantity. And regardless of size its about ACCESS to raw material. Look at Japan. One of the best countries the world, and barely any natural resources to speak of.

          • MJ

            Where did I say that I disagreed with you that infrastructure was not also and important consideration?

            You gave the impression of completely ruling out geographic scope as a factor at all — that was my issue with your post.

          • M33

            Right, but “size does matter” in regards to geographic scope doesn’t fit with what you are saying in regards to amount of variation in scenery. Toronto area is not necessarily going to be diverse in scenery, since it is a small area of Canada as compared to the rest of the country. Sure, it will be great to have literally “new worlds” for Star Trek to visit instead of just Bronson Canyon and Vasquez Rocks. What I am saying is that if they want those specific types of landscapes, they may very well do some location filming over where other shows had shot, too. Toronto, as cool as it is, doesn’t have everything. No place does. Granted, I get that they will film what they can there, but I think they aren’t going to limit themselves either to what’s in 1 hour driving distance. It’s a high-end product..

            I brought up “infrastructure” because of folks bring up everyone not living in igloos and Toronto not being a third world city. That’s the quality not quantity point I was making here. Bigger county doesn’t always mean better standards of living.

          • bbock

            I have yet to see anyone here talk about igloos or third-world. Most Americans aren’t THAT stupid. At worst, we look at Canada as another state. We notice you say certain words differently and can say “poutine” without giggling.

    • MJ

      The actual land area of the U.S. is bigger than Canada….fact.

      • HippyCheese

        Russia: 17,075,200 km2 (6,591,027 mi2)

        Canada: 9,984,670 km2 (3,854,082 mi2)

        United States: 9,631,418 km2 (3,717,727 mi2)

        • MJ

          Nope:

          Land Area (i.e. total area minus the area of lakes and rivers)

          1. Russia: 16,377,742 km2

          2. China: 9,326,410 km2

          3. U.S.: 9,161,923 km2

          4. Canada: 9,093,507 km2

          • HippyCheese

            If you own a boat, you can go in a new lake every weekend for many weekends. And when you get thirsty we have way more fresh water here than anywhere else. We also have poutine. MMMMM poutine. Where i live, in the summer it is light until 11 at night. We have the only half an hour time zone on the planet, and stronger beer.

            http://www.unitednorthamerica.org/simdiff.htm

          • MJ

            Dude, I love Canada.

          • HippyCheese

            Thanks MJ, i was not aiming to be rude or disrespectful, you would be surprised the odd questions we get. I have been asked if we live in igloos, and have pavement. It was really meant as a generalized joke, no insults intended. And i enjoy when i visit our neighbors to the south. I like how $30 cash in the US goes way farther than $30 in Canada.

    • HippyCheese

      Right now with the exchange rate, it is very likely way cheaper to produce in Canada. Right now we are 80 cents to one of your dollars. If it stays at 80 cents, it makes it cheaper for for US companies to do business in Canada. For the average person i don’t think it is, but for big companies spending large amounts it likely is.

      • bbock

        The exchange rate is a big factor. A bigger factor is unions add a lot of overhead to production costs. I’m assuming this is a non-union gig.

    • M33

      A scene? Making the drive for a far location shoot, they’d shoot a whole episode there, or two. Its not unprecedented. Even Modern Family flew everything to Hawaii and Australia for single episodes. Not much budget there either.

  • Gary

    Honestly, Guys?! Does it really matters where they going to film it???
    The most important thing is: IT’S HAPPENING!!!! 🙂 Focus on this! 😉

  • blk

    I don’t think the outdoor locations matter that much: this is Star Trek, which means all the action will be on alien worlds, which will pretty much be all be done with CGI and green screen. The Original Series did the vast majority of its alien environments on sound stages with fake plants, styrofoam walls and matte paintings, filming on location only rarely.

    Several Canadian science fiction productions in recent years have even shot many indoor scenes with green screens and virtual sets (like Amanda Tapping’s Sanctuary, and I think V did the same with their alien ship interiors).

    Location shooting has so many variables and potential delays, I’m sure the studio honchos would prefer everything be filmed on sound stages.