Friday, October 2, 2015

Star Trek Beyond Enterprise Set Photos

TMZ has posted a bunch of pictures from the filming of Star Trek Beyond when they were in Vancouver. There is no context for the pics so pretty much impossible to gleam story bits from them. Some of the pics are from the outside of the Enterprise set while others are from Pitt River Quarries for likely an alien landscape. TMZ did say at the time the sets were dressed to indicate damage to the Enterprise but that isn't really a spoiler since the Enterprise always suffers damage during the course of a Star Trek film (both pre- and post- Abrams). Any case if curious head over to TMZ or to TrekMovie for the pics.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Star Trek Beyond Holds Dubai Press Conference

In what I can only guess is part of the agreement to film in Dubai to help drum up tourism, the cast of Star Trek Beyond participated in a press conference at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai to promote the city and the start of filming of the movie in the city. You might think it is to help drum up international interest in the film but honestly the Middle East is irrelevant to box office receipts. Pretty much nothing was said about the film as everyone took turns waxing poetic about the city as some of the quotes below attest. If interested, a video of the press conference is below.

“We came searching for the future and we found it in Dubai,” said producer Jeffrey Chernov at a press conference that also included director Justin Lin and co-stars Simon Pegg and Karl Urban. “Dubai represents the future of what the frontier would be like in our film, and is an excellent place to shoot the movie as well as a special opportunity for all of us. This is not just the third of three movies, but has a new, refreshing twist, and Dubai’s great visuals really fit the story.”

Pine added, “I woke up this morning, opened up the blinds and it looks like whatever ‘tomorrow’ will be. It’s future land.”

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Star Trek Beyond Completes Vancouver Filming

Star Trek Beyond star and writer Simon Pegg tweeted "That's a wrap on the Vancouver leg of STB. Beautiful city, beautiful people. Live long and prosper. CF" along with the photo of a patch for the visual effects team. This represents a majority of the principle photography but on location filming in Dubai remains.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Star Trek Beyond Release Bumped Two Weeks

Paramount Pictures has announced that they have moved the release of Star Trek 3 to July 22, 2016. The two week move from the initial start date of July 8 is so the movie can get showtimes in IMAX theaters since the previous release dates were already contractually set for the live action Tarzan movie from Warner Bros. However, for the move to work it assumes that WB is planning on moving King Arthur from the July 22 release date as that movie is also already contractually bound for IMAX theaters. In short, if WB keeps the movie in place (and it would make for a strong counter programming against a Trek flick), the Trek move could turn out to be pointless. Worse the movie is moving to even more competitive waters as it went from competing about Tarzan, The Purge 3 and Ghostbusters to competing against Ghostbusters, Ice Age 4, King Arthur and Bourne 5. On the face of it, it seems like a really stupid move on Paramount's part for something that currently relies on a competitor's cooperation. It makes we wonder if they know something the rest of the industry doesn't.

IDW December 2015 Star Trek Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for December 2015. Three floppies and one trade are coming that month. The Green Lantern crossover concludes as a new mini-series begins set right before the 1st Abrams movie at Starfleet Academy. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, TMNT, Transformers, and more click here.