After a two word tweet (since deleted) from William Shatner that said "I'm baaaaccckk!!!", multiple entertainment websites (those with paid reporters) have assumed that meant the actor is officially part of Star Trek 3. Which could be true. But those words do not comfirm it. They could mean a host of other things especially for someone as busy as Shatner who is constantly traveling and going to conventions. End result is it all remains rumor until either officially confirmed or the movie comes out (whichever is first). Until then the speculation is fun and what blogs like this live on. Still it is pretty bad when your average blogger does a better job highlighting an unconfirmed rumor than the mainstream media that has literally gone to school to know better.
Monday, October 6, 2014
io9.com has created their list of top 100 episodes of Star Trek. The list is all eras of the Trek TV series with Voyager getting a surprising showing in the list. Personally Deep Space Nine remains my favorite Trek of all time not so much because of the characters but because it was willing to stretch the boundaries of the Trek and work in the moral gray areas that the other shows mostly avoided. Below is their top 10, click here to review the entire list.
io9 Top 10
10) Mirror, Mirror (TOS)
9) All Good Things (TNG)
8) The Inner Light (TNG)
7) In The Pale Moonlight (DS9)
6) The Trouble with Tribbles (TOS)
5) Darmok (TNG)
4) The Visitor (DS9)
3) City on the Edge of Forever (TNG)
2) The Best of Both Worlds (TNG)
1) Balance of Terror (TOS)
Friday, October 3, 2014
John Cho has finally said what I have suggested for years now - that after Star Trek 3, the franchise will probably have to be rebooted or recast again. In an interview to promote his new show Selfie (co-star is the stunningly gorgeous Karen Gillan), he talked about the possibility of the cast coming together after their three picture contracts end.
Zachary Quinto has said the Star Trek cast all signed up for three movies, so the next one is the end of the contract. Since those characters go on forever, do you really expect this to be the last one for your team, or for you as Sulu?
The reason I hesitate is just wondering if we could get everyone. It seems to be an all or nothing proposition. I want to say, for me, sure, let’s do another. I enjoy that group. I enjoy what Star Trek films do in general and say in general. And I will say one of the pleasures of having been in Star Trek movies has been seeing what effect they have in society, like astronauts saying, “I kind of got into this line of work because my imagination was sparked from watching ‘Star Trek.’” That is very cool. What I’m trying to say is, I just stand by that product. Getting a whole cast together, that’s tough.
I understand, if one of the cast is unavailable, there’s no point having most of you and recasting one role.
I would have to think about that. I guess you’d have to see when you got there, but I would like to keep it all together.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
TrekMovie is reporting that when principle photography for Star Trek 3 starts around mid-February 2015, most of the filming will take place in Vancouver, Canada. The previous Star Trek films were mostly shot in the Los Angeles area but the change to "Hollywood North" is mostly driven by tax incentives. It doesn't hurt that the area has been used for TV and film for decades now and so has all the resources they will need to shoot the film regardless of whatever "alien" location that might be needed for the story plot.
Filming there will also include rebuilding the Enterprise sets all over again as a rebuild. The decision was made in part because the Enterprise set was repurposed into the Vengeance set and so between restoring it and shipping it, just became more cost effective to rebuild. It has also been indicated that some filming will take place in Seoul, Korea. As usual though, no details on the story plot or what the locations will be used for.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
After a week of rumors had indicated that old Kirk and Spock could appear in Star Trek 3, William Shatner inadvertently confirmed the rumors. He thought that sources within Paramount had confirmed that he was approached by movie producer JJ Abrams to be in the film and so during his panel this weekend at the Nashville Wizard World Comic Con, he spoke about it.
The weirdest thing has happened and I think I can tell you because it is so weird. So I’m in Australia a couple of weeks ago…and JJ Abrams calls me. He called me in Los Angeles and I’m not there, so my assistant calls me and says “JJ called and is going to call back.” I said “great” and hung up the phone "I wonder what JJ wants?" Because the last time I talked to JJ was before the first movie came out and I went to meet him at his office and he said "are you interested in being in the Star Trek movie?" "And I would play the captain?" "No, no. Not as Captain Kirk. We have a young, handsome guy to do that." But he handed a script and I read it, and it stunk…It is like telling people “You know that little cute baby you got there. It is the ugliest thing I have ever seen!” So I didn’t say that to JJ. This is the worst script I have ever read and it is the next Star Trek movie and the beginning of the whole thing and it was awful! Turns out it wasn’t the script at all…He was assessing whether people were interested in being in the movie and handing them a dummy script because the final movie was really good, but it wasn’t the script that I read.