Friday, July 25, 2014

Star Trek and Planet of the Apes Crossover Comic Announced

Today IDW and Boom Studios have announced a rather unique crossover comic. Called Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, the miniseries will have The Original Series cast crossing path with the original Planet of the Apes (1968) cast in a fight against the Klingons. Full description in the press release below.
Star Trek™ Meets Planet Of The Apes!
IDW Publishing Partners With BOOM! Studios For Epic Crossover

San Diego, CA (July 25, 2014) – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes.

IDW will publish the crossover, which will mark the first time BOOM! Studios has partnered with another publisher on a series. Together they will bring Star Trek, licensed by CBS Consumer Products, and 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes together in a way that is sure to delight existing fans and make new ones. The series will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film.

“Planet of the Apes and Star Trek are groundbreaking science-fiction properties and both deal with many of the same social issues and themes,” says Greg Goldstein IDW President & Chief Operating Officer. “A crossover between the two is a natural and long overdue.”

“Before I could read comic books as a child, I could watch science fiction on my television. My dad used to wake me up way past my bedtime to watch Star Trek in syndication—it came on after the nightly news—and I took a Planet of the Apes lunchbox with me to kindergarten every day,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “Suffice to say, teaming up these two titans of science fiction on the page in a way that they probably will never meet each other on the silver screen is a huge moment for me personally and emotionally.”

The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trekscribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.

“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius’ orangutans,” explainsDavid Tipton. “Taylor won’t be happy with that!”

“What an epic pairing! I’m so excited to see Taylor, Kirk…and those damned dirty apes…in our upcoming comic,” says IDW editor Sarah Gaydos, “We’re eager to team up these exciting creative forces to bring this to life.”

Sunday, July 20, 2014

IDW October 2014 Star Trek Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for October 2014. Three floppies and one trade for this month. The Abrams-verse version of Deep Space Nine story continues thanks to Q while the (so far inferior) version of City on the Edge of Forever concludes as based on Ellison's script. At least based on only two issues, the changes made for the classic episode to his script were wise ones. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, TMNT, Transformers, and more click here.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Orci Provides Star Trek 3 Updates, Quinto Ready for Next Film

Two minor updates on the Star Trek 3 front, one from Roberto Orci via Collider and another from actor Zachary Quinto (Spock) to IGN. Relevant quotes below but essentially Orci says the script is still being written and until its completed the film has not yet been officially greenlit and he has not officially signed on as director. Things will progress to official status once Paramount is pleased with the script. As for Quinto, he supported the choice of Orci as the director of Star Trek 3 and is looking forward to a story that takes place during the five-year mission.

Orci:

“Well, I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. The studio has yet to even read the script. I’m in the middle of writing it, with the talented team of [John D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay. They are true Star Trek fans, as well. So, I can’t even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it. Until that happens, everything else is just a rumor.”

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Star Trek Novels Update

While Star Wars have abandoned their Extended Universe to remain in perpetual holding pattern until the next trilogy of films complete, Star Trek continues on its merry way as it has for decades. As has been the pattern for the last few years, Pocket Books is planning around a novel a month with occasional novella. Below is the list of known titles with the full synopsis of the next year or so compiled over at TrekMovie.com or The Trek Collective. You can also pre-order many of these from Amazon.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Star Trek 3 Planning To Boldy Go Exploring

In Nerdist podcast "Humans From Earth", Star Trek 3 director and writer Bob Orci has indicated the third film will pick up from the five year mission setup from Star Trek Into Darkness. He said with the third movie the movie characters are "close than they are to the original series characters than you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space."

Part of that deep space exploration sounds like it might include a new alien race as his team is looking into creature design that might be a mix of practical effects and CGI. He did absolutely confirm this and essentially stating that they are considering new and classic Trek aliens. On the bright side he doesn't seem to have JJ Abrams obsession with secrecy saying "it is going to be more of a mix" with a goal of trying to contain the surprises while providing people with enough info "to let people know what they are going to get and what they can expect and what the experience is going to feel like" which might include behind the scenes stuff as it is possible to show how the movie is made "without knowing what the context of the scene is or what the story is." Abrams going so far as to refuse provide character names and actors in the film just takes it from understandably protective to silly so anything away from that is an improvement.

Transformers is a classic example of this as Michael Bay often has sets that the public can view, take videos and pictures but because you can't hear the lines or see what CGI is being inserted, you rarely can tell what the scene is about except it involves X actors doing Y things for who knows what purpose in the movie. The context is everything and without that its really not spoilers, its just cool images of a movie being made.

Any case if a fan, you might want to check out the full hour long podcast interview with Roberto Orci here.