Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Shatner Confirms Star Trek 3 Considering Roles for His Kirk and Spock

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.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

IDW December 2014 Star Trek Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for December 2014. Three floppies and one trade for this month. The Abrams-verse version of Deep Space Nine concludes while the Planet of the Apes crossover begins. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, TMNT, Transformers, and more click here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Star Trek 3 Production Starts Next Year

TrekMovie has posted an updated on the status of Star Trek 3 that is set aiming for a Summer 2016 release date which is the 50th Anniversary year for the franchise.

Key Info:
- 1st draft of script is completed and approved by Paramount
- Pre-production has begun (character design, new character casting goals, pre-viz, etc.)
- Roberto Orci likely to direct but still not officially confirmed
- Principal photography aiming for mid-February 2015 start
- Release date potentially Summer 2016 for franchise's 50th Anniversary
- Story will be set during the "Five Year Mission" referred at end of Into Darkness

It sounds like that the new movie will now begin as the TV series did - with an experienced crew, familiar with each other, and already have engaged on multiple off screen adventures during their mission to "explore strange new worlds..." (you know the rest). As for release date, the assumption is May 2016 but that month is just ugly with steep competition as Captain America 3, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Alice in Wonderland 2 are debuting that month. June and July doesn't get any better. If Paramount is determined for a Summer release then that leaves August but I think by then most families will be broke and suffering from sequel fatigue considering the overall 2016 movie schedule. To me the best best are an April release with a November/December window as the back-up plan.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Do Not Buy Star Trek: The Compendium

The reason that Paramount released a crappy blu-ray edition of Star Trek Into Darkness last year is official out now. The Star Trek: The Compendium is a four disc total set with 2009's Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. The '09 Star Trek is the identical Blu-ray set that has been available for years while while Into Darkness is what the initial release last year should have been before Paramount stripped-mined its extra features as retailer exclusives. They did that because they knew this addition was waiting in the pipeline. So basically this "new" set is an attempt to force fans to buy the exact same movies set twice rather then a way of trying to get new fans on board (or go Lord of the Rings/Hobbit with genuine new content that cost a pretty penny to put together like the Extended Editions).

If you followed my advise last year and avoided buying Into Darkness then this could be your reward with its 20 extra features including what I understand to be an excellent commentary (which last year was an iTunes exclusive). However, Paramount WILL do this again with more of their movies and then the rest of the studios will copy them. As a result it is in your best interest as a movie fan (as this really isn't a Star Trek issue) is make it clear to Paramount that this is unacceptable. The only way you can do that is to speak with your wallet by keeping it closed. As a result I once again recommend - Do Not Buy. However, if you insist on doing it and plan on buying from Amazon, click here so this site gets credit.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7 Trailer

Below is the first trailer for Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7. No details yet on extra features but expect it to follow the same format as the others with lots of new featurettes, interviews, and a documentary.

There will also be a separate "movie" version of the series finale "All Good Things..." that will include its own features and commentary. Trailer for that is also below. The release date for both sets is December 2, 2014. Hit the above links to pre-order from Amazon.