Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Star Trek Beyond Heading to IMAX

Star Trek Beyond will premiere in IMAX theaters worldwide when it is released on July 22, 2016. For the average theater goer the news can effectively be filed under "BFD" but it could be interesting if Star Trek 3 turns out to more space based than the previous two films. From the movie industry perspective it means that other summer movies might be locked out of IMAX theaters for a certain window of time. In general, most theaters get the option to decide what movies are shown in whatever number of theaters they choose. That is not the case with IMAX who has the option to dictate what will be shown in IMAX branded theaters. With that agreement usually comes an exclusivity window (on average about two weeks long) which means that those IMAX theaters will also be prevented from showing any other movie.

Monday, November 2, 2015

New Star Trek Series Coming in 2017

In an out of nowhere announcement CBS Television Studios revealed via press release (below) that Star Trek is returning to television. Well sorta as the endeavor will air the pilot on CBS sometime January 2017 but the rest of the series will "air" via the CBS All Access streaming app that costs $6.99 a month. The show will be the first original program for the streaming service.

While the press release is long, it is very light on details about the show itself. There are no details on casting, story, or what universe the series is set (the 40+ years of Star Trek series and movies or 8 year old Abrams-verse) nor what time period. There is a statement, probably mandated by Paramount Pictures, that says "The new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film 'Star Trek Beyond'" but all that really means is literally that. Its not a tie in to that particular movie. It does not mean the series is or is not set in the Abrams-verse. The executive producer on the series will be Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin via Star Trek 2.0 Kurtzman's and Roberto Orci's Secret Hideout production company . No show runner (the one that makes the day to day decisions) has been named. So with so little information, let the speculation begin.

Which universe?
There are two important things to understand before can answer that. The first thing is how the rights of Star Trek are divided. Paramount Pictures owns the rights to the movies. They can possibly advise and help on a TV show but ultimately they have little say about that TV show. That is because TV rights are owned by CBS Entertainment. In turn they also can advise on the movies but really have little say about the movies themselves.

Friday, October 23, 2015

IDW January 2016 Star Trek Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for January 2016. Three floppies and one trade are coming that month. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, TMNT, Transformers, and more click here.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Star Trek Beyond Wraps Principle Photography

In a tweet from Simon Pegg, he confirmed that Star Trek Beyond has ended principle photography, "That's a wrap on Star Trek Beyond! Writers, Doug Jung and Simon Pegg consider life after Trek." What that means for fans is nothing considering the cone of secrecy on the production meant we know nothing about the film now and that will just remain the same. For the cast, they can do other things while the pro-production team starts doing the heavy lifting with special effects, sound editing and a whole lot more.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Mega Bloks Reveals Star Trek 50th Anniversary Line

Mega Bloks teased their upcoming Star Trek 50th Anniversary line at the New York Comic Con. Sadly the sets are not due until Fall 2016 to go with release of Star Trek Beyond but their preliminary tease shows they are putting a real effort into the set. As expected the sets fall short of what Lego is capable but still not bad. The revealed sets are the Klingon D-7 Battle Cruiser for $30, the Mirror Universe Transporter Room for $40, and 1/350 scale Enterprise made of 3,100 bricks for $250 complete with light-up Warp Nacelles.