Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Orci Comments Cryptically on Trek Firing

As reported last week, Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3 but will retain producer credit on the movie. Now I think that means his involvement with the film will be next to nil but his posts in the comment section of seems to contradict that.

On comments about his level of involvement with ST3:

203. boborci - December 6, 2014
I will be very involved:)

To a comment about his inexperience as a director:
206. boborci - December 6, 2014
185. not at all. still excited to makeTrek 3! And on time. We’ll find the right director!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Roberto Orci Out as Star Trek 3 Director

Deadline and confirmed by other media sites that Paramount has fired Roberto Orci as director of Star Trek 3. According to the site, "Rampant rumors are swirling and I’ve confirmed there is fire behind the smoke that he won’t be directing. I even hear that Edgar Wright and others are on a short list to take the job. Orci stays on the project as producer, I’ve heard." The exact reasons have yet to be revealed (and unlikely will be). No replacement director has been announced but its probably early enough in the pre-production process that as long as Paramount does not drag their feet on finding a replacement they should still be able to get a 2016 release date.

It reads that he is essentially going to be completely removed from any involvement in the film a producer credit is more of a contractual thing than anything. Most films have at most one or two true producers that is on set and making decisions day to day with the rest of the list just names that were in some tangential way involved in getting the film financed or sequel carry over. In a weird way think of an executive producer as CEO of the movie, most of the other producers as vice presidents with one of the lot chosen as the project manager. Like at big companies, only the project manager is involved in the day to day decisions because their key job is to keep things on budget and on time. The support of the other VPs (other producers) and CEO (exec. producer) is necessary but their actual influence on what becomes the final product is minimal. So in this case Orci will likely get a producer credit but his ability to influence the movie that becomes Star Trek 3 is now at an end as probably so his involvement with the franchise as a whole (including the IDW comics). Since his work on the films has been a collaborative effort requiring him to mostly bend his desires to meet those of Abrams and others higher up the food chain, we really have no idea if this is a massive missed opportunity with a true Trekkie at the helm or a dodged bullet. Sadly we probably will never know for sure.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7 Blu-Ray Out Now

Just a friendly reminder that the final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation is out on below. Use these links to order from Amazon: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 | All Good Things...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

IDW February 2015 Star Trek Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for February 2015. Two floppies and one trade are available. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, TMNT, Transformers, and more click here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

IDW January 2015 Star Trek Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for January 2015. Two floppies and one trade are available. The Abrams-verse comic starts (or continues? not really sure) the five year mission as the Enterprise and The City on the Edge of Forever comic gets the trade treatment. I don't really recommend buying but it is a fascinating look at how a script gets revised into one of the most beloved TV shows of all time. The core ideas are there but whoever took the editor's pen to Harlen's script back in the 60's did an amazing job of losing unnecessary beats and characters while focusing on the core concepts and story. The improvement is so dramatic that I would argue that whoever did the re-write probably deserves co-writer credit as I frankly found the "pure" Ellison version to be often silly, meandering, and boring. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, TMNT, Transformers, and more click here.