'Star Trek' Superfans Restore Galileo Shuttlecraft to 1960s Sci-Fi Glory
Tariq Malik, Managing Editor
A life-size spaceship prop from TV's original "Star Trek" series, once lost and in shambles, has been lovingly restored to its former glory by die-hard fans for a new mission: to live long and prosper as a museum piece.
After nine months of restoration, the Galileo shuttlecraft — a life-size spaceship prop from the iconic 1960s science fiction TV series — was publicly unveiled last week in a ceremony amid loud cheers from a crowd of "Star Trek" fans and friends on hand to see the ship before its sendoff to its final frontier. It shipped off Space Center Houston, the visitor's center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, on Wednesday (June 26).
"This is amazing," "Star Trek" superfan Adam Schneider told a crowd of more than 350 friends and fellow fans as he unveiled the restored Galileo on June 22 in Atlantic Highlands, N.J. Schneider bought the huge Trek spaceship prop at auction with the specific goal of restoring it and donating it to a museum for the public to enjoy. "Despite spending [nearly] 50 years basically outdoors, for a prop built to last a year or two, she's ready for her next journey." [See Photos of Star Trek's Galileo Shuttlecraft Fully Restored]
Schneider unveiled the fully restored Galileo shuttlecraft, at Master Shipwrights Inc., a boat restoration company that performed the work on the Trek prop. Schneider's wife Leslie broke a bottle of champagne to commemorate Galileo's resurrection, but only off to the side so as not to damage the ship.
"This means a lot to everybody, all the fans," said Mike Stein of Nutley, N.J., who commands the U.S.S. Justice fan club and was one of the many "Star Trek" fans attending Galileo's unveiling. "This is going to be an inspiration of what our vision for the future was for the people who will see it."
One fan, amateur astronomer and retired psychiatrist Willie Yee of New Paltz, N.Y., drove to see Galileo in a white Toyota Prius modified to look like a "Star Trek" shuttlecraft, complete with a Federation flag symbol, Trek logo and striping and a bunch of Tribbles (fictional fuzzy critters from the show) in the trunk.
Without the Galileo, Yee told SPACE.com, he would not have been inspired to create his own Prius shuttlecraft, which he's dubbed the Zhang Heng.
Warp speed to Houston
Galileo's new home is the museum Space Center Houston, which is located next door to NASA's Johnson Space Centerin Houston, Texas, the home base for the U.S. astronaut corps and Mission Control. There, the "Star Trek" shuttlecraft will be presented with other Space Age relics to help convey the history of the U.S. space program. Galileo will be formally unveiled at Space Center Houston on July 31.
"This will be a centerpiece in their display showing the linkage between science fiction and real space travel," Schneider said, adding that Galileo predated NASA's own space shuttle fleet by more than a decade. "This will be the iconic piece in the best possible home at the gateway of the manned space program. [Galileo Shuttlecraft to Land at Space Center Houston (Video)]
The Galileo shuttlecraft made its "Star Trek" debut in 1967 in the episode "Galileo Seven," in which the ship ferries crewmembers (including commander Spock) from show's starship, the U.S.S. Enterprise, down to the surface of a hostile planet. The Galileo is damaged, leaving the crew to find a way to survive until they can be rescued.
Built by car customizer Gene Winfield, the Galileo shuttlecraft is about 23 feet (7 meters) long and has 5.5-foot (1.7 m) ceiling height. It was primarily made of painted wood and sheet metal over a steel frame. The huge prop appeared in seven Trek episodes before the series was canceled in 1969 after a three-season run.
"This is easily the largest 'Star Trek' prop in the wild, and this is a spaceship," Schneider said. "It's not a chair, it's not a ray gun … it's a spaceship."
Patrick Stewart, 72, Tries New York Pizza for First Time
10:24 AM PDT 5/29/2013 by Seth Abramovitch
He's boldly gone where no man has gone before -- except, it seems, a New York pizza shop.
Sir Patrick Stewart surprised and amused his fans on Thursday when he tweeted a photo of himself sipping on a soda, a slice of authentic tomato pie folded in his left hand.
"My first ever pizza 'slice,' " reads the caption. "Please note: the authentic NY fold."
The odds that the 72-year-old star of the X-Men films and Star Trek: The Next Generation has somehow managed to avoid eating a slice of New York pizza in his lifetime seem astronomical -- especially since he has called Brooklyn his home since last summer, when he moved into a $2.5 million duplex in Park Slope.
Still, there's a first time for everything.
But what are the chances that the actor, donning a Montreal Canadiens cap, has ever tried poutine?
UPDATE: Stewart later tweeted, "To clarify: 1) I've never had a "slice" 2) I've been a Habs fan all of 4 weeks 3) I'm also a fan of Bloomberg's soda legislation."
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Leonard Nimoy Bids Farewell at His Final Convention Appearance in Chicago
By TrekNews | October 3, 2011
Leonard Nimoy made what has been touted as his “final convention appearance” on Sunday in Chicago at the final stop of Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention which is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the franchise.
Back in July, Nimoy announced that he would be retiring from the convention scene this year, listing the annual Las Vegas convention in August, followed by Chicago this past weekend as his final appearances.
In addition to Nimoy, the weekend’s festivities included on stage appearances from a myriad of other Star Trek actors and personalities, including Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Nichelle Nichols, John de Lancie, Dominic Keating, Connor Trinneer, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, Brannon Braga, TrekNews.net’s own John Tenuto and more.
Inside the Grand Ballroom of the Westin O’Hare Hotel, Creation co-founder Adam Malin presented an emotional video tribute, a pre-recorded video farewell from director J.J. Abrams, and Bruno Mars’ “Lazy Song” music video, in which Nimoy stars.
Around 2 PM, Nimoy made his way on stage to a standing ovation and thunderous applause. Similar to his presentation at this year’s Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, Nimoy presented a retrospective on his career, discussing his life and career through images, poems and narrative.
Nimoy discussed growing up in Boston, moving to Los Angeles, his early work in Hollywood and being cast in Star Trek.
Following the heart-felt presentation, Nimoy held up the Vulcan salute, wishing all the fans “Live Long and Prosper.” He was then presented with a cake, which he shared with the audience.
Today, August 19th, 2011 is Gene Roddenberry's 90th birthday!
Leonard Nimoy Makes It Official: Retiring After Just 2 More Star Trek Cons
by TrekMovie.com Staff July 20, 2011
Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy has been talking about (and dipping in and out) of retirement for the last couple of years, but today he made it official that he will retire from convention appearances after two more Star Trek cons (Las Vegas in August and Chicago in October). More details below.
Nimoy Makes It Official: Just 2 More Star Trek Conventions
The official announcement came today via an email from Creation Entertainment:
For over 45 years Leonard Nimoy has had a special place in the hearts of Star Trek fans and he has truly become an international icon beloved throughout the galaxy. During our careers Leonard has become a mentor to us and he means the world to all here at Creation as he does to you. After decades of providing the very finest in entertainment in all media Mr. Nimoy has today announced his retirement from convention appearances, including Creation’s Official STAR TREK Conventions in Las Vegas (August 11-14, 2011 and Chicago September 30-October 2, 2011).
For us at Creation it is indeed a bittersweet day as Leonard’s on-stage talks have always been a highlight for us and they remain in our memories forever. We’ll never forget his original talks on being Mr. Spock, his on-stage appearances with William Shatner, his live Alien Voices shows with John de Lancie, and later his ceremonial passing of the baton to the amazingly talented young Zachary Quinto. Through it all Leonard has been extremely gracious and caring to both us and his legions of fans. Simply stated it has been a joy to meet someone we grew up with loving on television and film and then finding out he was even nicer than we could have hoped. A growing up memory that was actually exceeded by reality: that never happens but all things are possible with the magic that has been working with Mr. Nimoy.
Some 25yr old kid has an idea for a new Star Trek TV series. He won't admit it, but it sounds an awful lot like it developed out of an online Trek sim (those of you familiar with sims will see what I mean when you check out the crew section). Check it out and share your thoughts: www.startrekcardinal.com
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I guess I'll have to settle for a "Have a futile day" t-shirt then
No, Dennis, no !
You're setting yourself up for a baaad Trek episode:
Q appears and grants your wish. Just when you've installed your Borg Alcove (with great satisfaction) - the person who died for your booty steps out as a Borg !
Then, he bankrupts you at your own Dabo Table.
And finally, resistance is futile...you will be assimilated...which may
impact on your hosting here...
Oh, I would kill to be flush with cash and present at that event! Darn the luck. A Borg alcove, some costumes, a Dabo table...
STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE Warehouse Sale — Saturday, April 10 in Las Vegas! Paw over remnants from ST: The Experience from the Las Vegas Hilton! Own a piece of Quark's Bar! Borg alcoves, Exit signs, Captain's Chairs, wall panels, bar stools, Costumes from TNG and DS9, and more! 66 Spectrum Blvd in Las Vegas, NV. Doors open at 10:00 A.M. and close at 3:00 P.M. and it is all cash and carry.
Yes! Nominated a total of 14 times since 1979, but this is the first win.
Star Trek has won other awards though (most in technical categories): One ALMA; two ASCs; nine ASCAPs; 33 Emmies (the animated series won a Daytime Emmy); two HUGOs; one Peabody; 18 Saturns; one SAG Award; one TV Land Award; one WGA Award.
One Grammy nomination but zero wins; one NAACP nomination; one People's Choice nomination.
Is that the first time any Star Trek film has won an Oscar?
...for Best Make-Up. Suck it, Avatar!
Oh, I know. But, I have a bunch of jugs of water and those Sam's Club 50 dehydrated meal containers in case of disaster. You know, no the prophecy kind, but rather the hysterical idiot kind
I happen to have one of those sims (USSChirikov.com)!
I think that if we do see another TV Trek, it'll be with a different crew and ship. As for what time period it'd be set in? I have no idea.
I wouldn't worry about the Mayan calendar running out in 2012. The world seems to have had many turning points in it's past and 2012 should be no different... fingers crossed.
I'm more concerned by the panic some will have and possible supply chain disruptions. So It might be a good idea to store up some extra food during that period. Get your garden going for some fresh greens.
Natural disasters can create the same situation... like the people in Hattie... so it's always best to be prepared.
I would love to see a new Trek movie any time... and what ever they create should be fun. Can't wait!!!
But... I'd be more interested in a new Star Trek television spin off. I would prefer a new ship and crew rather than trying to re-invent the original characters of Kirk... Spock... and McCoy. The Enterprise was not the only ship in Star Fleet.
With a television series ther're more opportunities for different story ideas. One story idea will not please everyone... but a variety of stories should please a wide audience.
Star Trek's universe has the perfect parameters to create another ship and crew. And I'm sure they can do this without disturbing the time line and going off on another tangent.
Many role-play groups do this and create their own stories as they play different characters on the ships. The universe is a big place with lots of story ideas. So don't tell me we must see the Enterprise F... G... H... I... J... K... or what ever. If Voyager could do it then... then another ship and crew can... but in the Alpha quadrant this time.
ST XII in 2012? I hope all those dire predictions regarding 2012 are wrong--there seem to be a lot of films that I want to see coming out that year
The last bit of Star Trek news we reported on was star Zoe Saldanas claim that a the sequel to the J.J. Abrams directed reboot was going to go into pre-production around this time next year (it was unclear if she meant right around Christmas 2010 or at the very start of 2011). We went straight to one of the screenwriters, Roberto Orci, who informed us that, until theres a script all bets are off.
However, dont let that cast doubt over your hopes of a Star Trek sequel (Star Trek 2?) as we learn today from Paramount Pictures (thanks to Coming Soon) that the film is tentatively set to hit theaters on June 29th, 2012. Yup, thats two and a half years away, coming out just a few short months before that Mayan calendar runs out. So we can all see the new Captain Kirk, Spock, Sulu, Scotty, Uhura and the rest of the crew one more time before were all doomed to our cities getting destroyed (if were to believe Roland Emmerichs last blockbuster).
The date thats apparently been set is a great one for the type of sure-fire-hit Star Trek 2 will be, as its the first Friday before the July 4th weekend in 2012, and currently its the only big movie scheduled to hit theaters that month. Although I suspect that will change when some animated movie we havent heard of yet gets slapped right next to it.
Apart from the fact that Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are returning to write the script with Lost co-creator/writer/exec producer Damon Lindelof jumping on-board to help out and that most of the cast will most likely be returning, we dont really know anything about the Star Trek sequel. Will Abrams return to direct? Who will be the villain this time around (theres been rumblings of Khan making an appearance possibly in the same way old Spock did last time) Heck, what will the basic plot be?
Its all speculation at this point but thats what Screen Rants comment section is for!
What do you think of the Star Trek sequel getting a summer 2012 release date? Were you hoping for sooner? What are you expecting from the next film a better villain? More action sequences or more character interaction? Wed love to hear your thoughts and speculation.
As stated, the currently untitled Star Trek sequel is tentatively set to hits theaters on June 29th, 2012.
FYI: The newest episode of Mythbusters airs tomorrow night at 8PM Central, and they're going to be testing the infamous Gorn Cannon. Don't miss it!
Too bad the Shat doesn't do cameos.
The dvds are out, so go get 'em!
He opens a BOX in his lap glorious in repose, a MEDAL:
And as Fleet Admiral, for your unique
solution to the Kobayashi Maru, its my
honor to award you with a commendation
for original thinking.
Pike containing a smirk, pins the medal to Kirks
(a touch choked)
Thank you, Sir.
Kirk turns to the crowd. Eyes shining. WILD APPLAUSE.
OUR MUSIC SOARS. Bones leans in to Sulu, rolling his
Same ship, different day.
As Kirk rejoins his crew for hugs and congratulations, we
go to the BACK of the hangar SPOCK PRIME. Watching.
Moved beyond words. He turns and leaves them to it as
I know what youd say Its their turn
now, Jim And of course youre
right but it got me thinking:
INT. STARFLEET HOSPITAL EARTH DAY
Our montage comes full circle as we END on Kirks
Whos to say we cant go one more round?
By the last tally, only twenty five
percent of the galaxys been chartered
Id call that negligent. Criminal even
an invitation. You once said being a
starship captain was my first, best
destiny if thats true, then yours is
to be by my side. If theres any true
logic to the universe well end up on
that bridge again someday.
Stops, grins. Because this is the part he needs to say
Admit it, Spock. For people like us, the
journey itself is home.
Young Spocks face. Lost in feelings that flood through
ALTERNATE SCENE B
Then I ask that you do yourself a
favor put away logic, and do what
feels right. The world youve inherited
lives in the shadow of incalculable
devastation but theres no reason you
must face it alone.
And from around his neck, he removes the PENDANT that
until now, weve only caught glimpses of. Places it on
the table beside his younger self. The feeling in his
eyes is profound
SPOCK PRIME (CONTD)
This was a gift to me. Representing
a dream. One we were unable to fulfill.
The way you can now.
And moves to the door. Stops. Offers the VULCAN SALUTE:
SPOCK PRIME (CONTD)
As my customary farewell would appear
oddly self serving, I will simply say
Their eyes hold. Spock turns, disappearing into the
corridor. Young Spock stares at the empty doorway a
beat, his mind a jumble of thoughts. Looks to the
pendant and realizes its a HOLO-EMITTER. After
considering a beat, he hits an activation button and a
MOVING HOLOGRAPHIC MESSAGE materializes before him:
CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK. WILLIAM SHATNER. As always,
brash, wry, confident and SINGING:
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to
I know I know, its illogical to
celebrate something you had nothing to do
with, but I havent had the chance to
congratulate you on your appointment to
the ambassadorship so I thought Id seize
the occasion Bravo, Spock they tell
me your first mission may take you away
for awhile, so Ill be the first to wish
you luck and to say
I miss you, old friend.
and were PUSHING IN on Young Spock, taking in the
image of Kirks future self, the message, but above all
the clear, unquestionable friendship these two men had
INT. CORRIDOR CONTINUOUS
As Spock Prime walks off down the corridor, he passes
right by a man conferring with a nurse the man pauses,
turns its SAREK. Suddenly overcome by a feeling that
the stranger whos just passed him is oddly familiar.
I suppose Id always imagined us
outgrowing Starfleet together. Watching
life swing us into our Emeritus years
INT. STARBASE ONE HANGAR ETERNAL NIGHT
MUSIC BUILDING glass walls reveal THE ENTERPRISE at
dock, UTILITY CRAFTS floating around it, repairing.
Standing at attention in rows, THE ENTERPRISE CREW
over four hundred of them wearing DRESS UNIFORMS TRACK
DOWN the faces, all proud:
I look around at the new cadets now and
cant help thinking has it really been
so long? Wasnt it only yesterday we
stepped onto the Enterprise as boys?
That I had to prove to the crew I
deserved command and their respect?
And we STOP ON YOUNG KIRK. Composed, focused, proud. A
man. And to every fans delight, finally wearing his
YELLOW SHIRT. The FEDERATION COMMANDANT stands at a
This assembly calls Captain James
Kirk breaks from formation, pivots, marches down the
hangar past UHURA SULU CHEKOV SCOTTY. All
Beaming. Notably absent, is Spock. Kirk ascends the
stairs, snaps to attention:
Your inspirational valor and supreme
dedication to your comrades are in
keeping with the highest traditions of
service and reflect utmost credit to
yourself, your crew, and the Federation.
By Starfleet Order 28455, you are hereby
directed to report to Commanding Officer,
USS Enterprise, for duty as his relief.
Kirk turns. Walks to
PIKE. In a wheelchair now,
wearing an ADMIRALS UNIFORM. Overnight, his hairs
turned totally grey but despite his trauma, his
prides overwhelming. They SALUTE each other:
I relieve you, Sir.
I am relieved.
Well, FOO again ! The novels, of course. Those pesky endless series of novels which I've felt I've needed very badly for a very long time. The only one I've read is Imazdi. Loved it.
But I hope you understand that I want to SEE the actors I grew to love do a bit MORE...sigh!
Thanks, Dennis !
Pamylle - You're very welcome! Asa reader of Trek novels, I can assure you that all those questions have been answered
I was excited about the new animated series until I found out how it was going to be produced.
As for the new movie, I'm withholding judgment until I see it. I know that reinvention isn't necessarily a bad thing (look at Battlestar Galactica), and in this case, it might be what is needed to reinvigorate the show (we all know that something has to be done!).
Speaking of the new film: Did anyone see the commercial they premiered during Fringe this week?
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Oh, foo ! Not only do I not like the whole "prequel" Original Series movie idea, now the animated series sounds bone-headed. To me, it's a waste of resources and opportunities.
Sorry, but I want to see the actors I know and love play the characters I know and love. There's so many stories and loose ends from the Next Gen, DS9 & Voyager time span I'd MUCH rather see. How have the Ferengi reacted to Nog as Grand Negus ? What is Section 31 up to ? Do the Holograms fight for their rights ? Do the Founders stay put, and if so, how does that affect the Gamma Quadrant ? Are the Borg ticked about Janeway's "big bang" on the way out of the Delta Quadrant, or what ?
I'll tell you, I'd really rather see "The Search for Data" ! Or see Renegade Productions' Star Trek: Of Gods and Men given the resources to tell their story with decent effects.
No, not only do I not want to see new actors play beloved characters - not even Karl Urban, whom I adore - I prefer to let these characters fade away gracefully. The Kirk & Spock thing has been done to death. I don't want to see a new, invented history for them in order to contemplate their relationship even further.
Even though I've just gone on a bit, I want to THANK YOU, Dennis, for all the work you do on this group !
The Star Trek Experience, reinstalled and updated, will be at Neonopolis (just off the strip) in Las Vegas the second week of May 2009.
The parallels with the real world are obvious. The view is that to be
relevant Trek cannot skirt around issues. Rossi explains: "couching big
social issues in allegories so they are more palatable is kind of passe
now. Today shows deal with these issues head on, so we decided to make
the entire show an allegory. The premise is an allegory for the
post-9/11 world we live in. A world of uncertainty and fear." In
addition to the attempt at relevance, the Zero Room team want to
incorporate other modern techniques. The show will have an overall
?arc? related to the mystery of who perpetuated that Omega attack which
sparked the Romulan War (turns out it wasn't the Romulans - oops). As
one might imagine, all of the above back-story is quite a lot to get
across in animated mini episodes, but that is where the web comes in.
On StarTrek.com there will be a special sub-site for the show with crew
logs and detailed histories of the Federation to get viewers up to
speed on what has been going on since Picard's day. The team also want
to tackle the issue of how Trek does not usually lend itself to the
action-oriented world of animated shows like Star Wars: Clone Wars. "We
won't have long diatribes, we are utilizing a clipped kind of writing
and the editing is frenetic," explains Rossi. The overall approach is
hoped to make the show have a wider appeal than Trek's last foray into
the world of animation.
A conflicted ship and crew
This new animated series would take place again on a ship called Enterprise, but the old girl has seen better days. Captain Chase's Enterprise will be a Bismarck Class heavy cruiser from the Romulan war and a bit out of date. Her mission will be merely patrolling the border, but Chase chose the Enterprise for a reason. As a student of the Federation?s glory days, he wants to have the Enterprise reclaim her legacy. Although they are not ready to share artwork, Rossi says the ship will be very different than familiar saucer/hull/nacelle designs while still being recognizable as a Star Trek ship. Her crew will be a collection of humans and aliens including a chief engineer named 'Mr. Zero' who wears an environmental suit to survive. Life on the ship will mirror that of the Federation itself. "The Captain is more forward thinking and wants to go out and do some exploring but half the crew will be against that and want to just protect the border," says Rossi. Leading the 'stay the course' faction will be Chase's first officer, Commander Barric Holden, who wants a command of his own and is a bit resentful of the his new captain. Rounding out the 'big 3' will be Lt. Kaylen Donal, a tough-as-nails security chief whose team of red shirts are all linked with Borg technology implants called 'Biomechanical Utility Grafts' or 'BUGs'. The Zero Room team want to see this security squad kick some butt and not just be cannon fodder. Rossi draws the distinction with previous security personnel "they aren't the hapless pajama wearing guys who get vaporized every time; these are going to be very thoughtful clever bad-*ss soldiers." Cmdr. Holden and Lt. Donal fill out the 'troika' for the new animated Trek.
A new look and a look back
When choosing a style for their new animated series, Zero Room chose a 2D style that was both modern and yet nostalgic. The designs are influenced by the work of Darwyn Cooke who made the recent retro-cool New Frontier comic series. "Although the show is set in the future the designs are founded in TOS, it is a throwback that is also looking forward," explains Rossi. From the designs of the uniforms to the phasers there is certainly an Original Series feel to the work, possibly harkening back to their original idea to set the series in the TOS period. Jeff Parker, an accomplished comic book artist currently working on Marvel's X-Men, has done most of the character design work.
So what is next?
One thing that should be made clear is that it is entirely unclear if, when or how this animated series will be seen. If the project gets the go ahead it will most likely be seen on StarTrek.com, however the show would be made in a way so it can be also shown on broadcast TV as well as DVD. This is somewhat similar to the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series which was shown on StarWars.com as well as the Cartoon Network and then put out on DVD. One of the big hurdles seems to be the convoluted nature of the Trek license sharing deal between the former Viacom partners CBS and Paramount. Apparently when your name is not J.J. Abrams it is a bit difficult to work a new Trek project through the system. Currently the project is in a holding pattern and may remain so until the release of Star Trek XI in 2008. If CBS and Paramount want Star Trek to compete with other franchises like Star Wars, Superman, and Batman, then it makes sense for it to have an animated component.
Only time will tell if this project will see the light of day or end up like Star Trek Phase II and other 'Treks that could have been'. It is certain that this different take on the Trek universe will spark debate, but the people behind it are to be credited for attempting a daring take on the venerable franchise. The project does have the support of one of Star Trek's most respected designers (and Trek's semi-official historian) Mike Okuda (although he works with Rossi on Trek Remastered, Okuda is not involved with the new animated project). Okuda tells TrekMovie.com "the concept offers fresh, exciting characters and stories, and the visuals promise to be cool?I hope it happens."
I've mentioned this before, but this is a more concrete reference, and a sort of affirmation to the rumor:
CBS is considering producing a new animated Star Trek series for the web, according to longtime Star Trek staffer David Rossi, who pitched the proposal along with partners Doug Mirabello and Jose Munoz.
TrekMovie.com spoke to Rossi about his proposal, which came together not long after the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise. "We wanted to spark a little life into Star Trek and to keep it alive in people's eyes," Rossi said. They believed an animated proposal would be easier to sell than a more expensive live-action show, ultimately choosing a setting 150 years after Star Trek Nemesis in a rather dark and scary version of the Star Trek universe.
Test art shows that this Trek is kind of scary
Based on preliminary art, CBS has asked the team to develop scripts for 5 brief episodes of about six minutes each. In the scenario, the Federation is recovering from a devastating war with the Romulans which leaves vast areas of the Federation inaccessible to warp travel. "Couching big social issues in allegories so they are more palatable is kind of passe now," Rossi stated, explaining that they decided to make the entire show "an allegory for the post-9/11 world we live in. A world of uncertainty and fear."
The team hopes to have an area of StarTrek.com to fill in the history since Picard and Janeway's era, as well as specs on the new Enterprise, which will be a bit out of date. Though Rossi said that the ship would be recognizable as a Star Trek vessel, he said that it would not have a familiar design. Captain Chase will fight to return to the glory days of exploration while others on his crew simply want to carry out a border patrol mission.
The project would most likely be downloaded from StarTrek.com, though Rossi said it would be possible to show episodes on television. Graphics and more details are available at TrekMovie.com.
CBS Considering New Animated Trek Series For The Web December 13, 2006
by Anthony Pascale
Star Trek may be set for a comeback into yet another arena, this time in the 2nd dimension. TrekMovie.com has learned that there is a new animated Trek project under consideration at CBS, but it has yet to get the green light. The series would most likely be broadcast on the web and be made up of "Clone Wars" like 6-minute mini-episodes. The yet-to-be-named project was originally pitched by long-time Trek producer David Rossi (well known to TrekMovie.com readers as a producer on Trek Remastered) along with his producer/writer partners Doug Mirabello and Jose Munoz. Rossi sat down with TrekMovie.com for an exclusive look at how he and his partners hope to create a different kind of Trek set in the 26th century.
The idea for a new animated Trek started back around the time that Star Trek Enterprise was canceled. Rossi and his partners didn't buy into the notion that Star Trek "needed a rest". "We wanted to spark a little life into Star Trek and to keep it alive in people's eyes," explains Rossi. They knew CBS and Paramount weren't going to be keen on a new (and very expensive) live action show so they decided that animation was the way to go. Their first notion was to do a show set in the Original Series era (but not on the Enterprise), however that notion didn't sit well with the people at CBS. Rossi then took the advice he got from LeVar Burton on how "Star Trek should always be about moving forward and what is next in the human adventure." So, the team came up with the notion of taking a big leap forward and setting a show 150 years after the time of Picard and Star Trek: Nemesis, but in a very different and somewhat dark Trek universe. CBS were more open to that idea and over the last year and a half have asked the team (now formed into Zero Room Productions) to flesh out their idea. Although CBS have not committed to the series, they have asked the team to develop test artwork and scripts for 5 mini-episodes.
Trek's darker future - with a spark of hope
The Zero Room team felt that the time was right for a new approach to Trek. The setting is the year 2528 and the Federation is a different place after suffering through a devastating war with the Romulans 60 years earlier. The war was sparked off after a surprise attack of dozens of Omega particle detonations throughout the Federation creating vast areas which become impassible to warp travel and essentially cut off almost half the Federation from the rest. During the war the Klingon home world was occupied by the Romulans, all of Andoria was destroyed and the Vulcans, who were negotiating reunification with the Romulans, pulled out of the Federation. The setting may seem bleak and not very Trek-like, but that is where the show's hero Captain Alexander Chase comes in. Relegated to border patrol, Chase is determined to bring the Federation (and a ship called Enterprise) back to the glory days of seeking out new life and new civilizations.
I heard some good news today: The Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas is returning! Not to the Hilton, but somewhere along the strip. It's going to be refurbished, like new again - and might even have some new features. So, those of us who missed our chance to see Borg 4D, etc. will be able to once again. Isn't that great?
Can you believe that there are still people out there who don't know about the new Trek film? In the past week, I've met three.
Hey, Christian! Glad to hear from you!
I was there and got two free posters. They were handed out randomly, though, so I didn't get to choose. I got Spock and Scotty.
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VegasCon 08: Two Spocks Talk Trek - Reveal New Details August 10, 2008
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On Sunday Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy, the headliners for the official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, really brought the house down. Appearing both individually and together, they entertained the crowd with stories as well as providing insights (and some spoilers) about the new Star Trek movie. Full details and pictures below.
Nimoy jazzed about Star Trek
Nimoy started off by briefing fans on the movie, and how "genuinely excited" he was about it. Regarding the move of the release to next year, he called it disappointing, but also a "vote of confidence" from Paramount that the film can compete in the summer. . Nimoy said that both he and Quinto "had seen some" of the new film and that it was "looking quite wonderful."
Nimoy stands ready
Regarding the director JJ Abrams, the actor was quite complimentary, noting
He can do the very very big stuff–ships, planets, and so forth–and and he can also very well do the personal stuff between people, and that is why I think this movie will do well. And that is why I think this movie is so special. A lot of directors can do one or the other, the big stuff or the personal stuff, he has done both in this movie.
Regarding the script written by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, Nimoy said:
The writing on this film is so human, so rich, and fun! A lot of humor in the movie.
Nimoy also mentioned the cast, naming many of the actors and noting that it was a "great cast" and noting specifically that the new Spock, Zachary Quinto, was a "very good actor" and that Winona Ryder was "wonderful" as Amanda, Spock’s mother.
The actor also took various questions ranging from his photography, to the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins, and he looked great and was full of energy and enthusiasm and the capacity crowd of over 3,000 fans cheered and laughed throughout. After half an hour he introduced Zachary Quinto.
Nimoy gives Quinto the hand-off
Quinto humbled to be Spock
The new Spock started off his solo segment by playing to the crowd decrying the closing of Star Trek The Experience, and telling the crowd that he just finished lunch at Quark’s. Quinto then went right into Q&A which focused mostly his past work, including So Notorious and Heroes. A lot of fan comments was about him transitioning from a villain and at one point a fan said she thought he was the "scariest villain ever" at which point he leapt off the stage and mocked going for her throat, which made her scream (loudly). Regarding the upcoming third season of Heroes, Quinto said he thought the show would have the energy that "got people on board for in the first place."
Regarding the Star Trek movie, Quinto took a question on the computer voice and would it be Majel Roddenberry. He said he didn’t know and that there would be "different voices" and that work was likely not done yet on it as it is something done in post production. He did speculate that JJ Abrams best friend Greg Grunberg might end up doing some voice. Grunberg appears in almost all of Abrams projects, but wasn’t available to shoot his cameo during principal photography.
Quinto was also asked about how Leonard Nimoy has worked with his Spock, to which he replied:
Leonard is an incredible man. I think it one of the greatest honors about being part of this is getting to know him. From the very beginning he has been available and very encouraging and we have spent a fair amount of time just talking and getting to know each other personally and through that process it has helped me to understand this character even more. I think that characters are firmly rooted in the actors that create them, and I think that no matter how many times I play Spock, I didn’t create that character.
Quinto was asked if he had a favorite moment in the new Star Trek movie, and he joked back that it was a tricky way to "get some secrets," but he did say seriously:
There are so many moments in this movie that I think hard-core fans are just going to love. If it is done the way I think it will be done, I think hearts will be in stomachs–it is this idea of seeing these characters in a different light. I have seen some of the movie. I have seen very rough sequences that JJ showed me. The one where you fi
week the ‘boys of Star Trek Enterprise’ appeared at the Creation
Official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, including Dominic Keating
(Malcolm Reed). TrekMovie had a chance to follow up on a comment
Keating made in a previous interview regarding his audition for JJ
Abrams Star Trek and what he said was a bit surprising.
Uncle or evil stepfather?
In April we reported on a quote from a Star Trek Magazine interview in which Keating said:
It was to play Jim Kirk’s uncle in the Midwest, where Jim grows up, before deciding to be a spaceman. I only got to read one scene, so maybe it was just that scene. I know I have it a good read. I didn’t say anything at the time, but I’m sure, even if they’d liked me, they’d go, ‘Well, who is this guy?’ They’d say, ‘Oh, he played a part in Star Trek…’ And that it’d be, ‘No.” So that’s not going to happen. Would have been fun.
TrekMovie asked Keating for a bit more on the role he was auditioning for and here is what he said:
I was goanna play, had I gotten it, what was it? I was going to play the evil stepfather to James Kirk, yeah it was his stepfather. They were very very very cagey about the script so I literally got three speeches to go in with.
Where is Kirk’s daddy?
The first thing comes out of Keating’s statements on his audition is that there seems to be a confusion between ‘uncle’ and ’step-father.’ IMDB is currently listing a Brad William Henke playing a character named ‘Uncle Frank.’ TrekMovie has confirmed that Henke is in the film but not nailed down the character for sure. However, TrekMovie has confirmed that Chris Hemsworth, who plays George Kirk (the father of James T. Kirk) was not part of the Iowa scenes shot in Bakersfield California (which included Spencer Daniels playing a young Sam Kirk and Jimmy Bennet playing a young James T. Kirk).
No auditions for Trinneer and Montgomery
Keating again repeated that he thought they made a mistake in even letting him audition, because he had already played a major character in the Star Trek universe. TrekMovie also asked Conner Trinneer (Trip Tucker) and Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather) if they went in to audition for any of the roles and both agreed that unless the character was one of their descendants, there would be no point.
Just like they did last year, Paramount has chosen Creation’s official Star Trek convention to give fans a new poster for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. Actually they are giving fans eight posters; the four that were given out at Comic Con and four new ones in the same style but with the rest of the main crew from the film. TrekMovie has a first look below.
Here they are
Just like with the Comic Con posters (which are also being given out), the new posters form the Star Trek delta emblem when put together, but each is a large sized poster on its own. The four new Star Trek posters feature (clockwise from upper right below): John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), and Karl Urban (McCoy).
The following are some glare-free versions of the posters, but admittedly still not perfect. They are a bit cropped as well to remove the edges.
Old school is back
This second set of posters makes the design of the new crew uniforms even more apparent and confirms what TrekMovie previously reported about the uniforms, specifically that they are very similar to the Original Series uniforms, but comprised of two pieces (undershirt and overshirt) and also have small ‘delta shield’ Starfleet emblems woven into the fabric.
Paramount Pictures has completed the first cut of the new film, and the first test viewing went well beyond expectations. The film is scheduled to be Paramount's first tentpole picture of the summer 2009.
JJ Abrams movie being a prequel and involving a whole new team, fans
know that things are not going to look exactly like they did with The Original Series.
One area of keen interest is the uniforms, especially the uniforms of
the main cast worn on board the USS Enterprise, and today TrekMovie has
some spoilage on just that.
Red, Blue and Gold
For people who have been paying close attention to the various hints and comments from the cast, it should come as no surprise that the uniforms worn on board the Enterprise in the film follow the same color standard as the Original Series. The latest comment on this comes from the new James T. Kirk himself, Chris Pine, who confirmed with Hollywood Outbreak he would be wearing command gold. In the past Zoe Saldana (Uhura) has talked about her short skirt, and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) has also commented about how the crew will be wearing red, blue and gold. And the new Star Trek poster also gives some clues to the uniforms as well.
TrekMovie has talked about the uniforms with multiple sources and has confirmed that, just like on The Original Series, Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) will be wearing red as will other actors and extras in engineering, security and communications. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Bones (Karl Urban) will be we in Blue, as will others in science and medical. And Sulu (John Cho), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) will join Kirk (Pine) in command gold.
New uniforms a nod to the original
According to TrekMovie sources, the Starfleet uniforms on the Enterprise are the element of this film closest to The Original Series in design. They are comprised of very dark grey (almost black) pants and boots for the men and mini skirts and boots for the women along with the previously mentioned shirts. For the women’s outfits, the mini-skirts are a bit longer than TOS and they have both short-sleeved and long-sleeved versions, and at least one female member of the crew will be wearing pants. The biggest difference with the tops is that they are comprised of two pieces, with a very dark grey (almost black) undershirt and the over shirt of the appropriate color, with a slight v-neck. The undershirt forms what looks like a black collar, similar to the TOS uniforms. As TrekMovie’s closer look at the new poster reveals (above), the colored uniform blouses have small ‘delta shield’ emblems woven into the fabric (this is most apparent on Saldana’s). Also, the shirt Chris Pine is wearing in the new poster appears to be uniform undershirt. Another change is the rank insignia which is said to be similar but more simplified in design. Lastly, the delta shield emblem is actually a pin instead of being sewn into the top, but still retains the department variations on the design. Regardless of the few differences, from a distance the new uniforms are almost indistinguishable from those of The Original Series.
Another important note, however, is that the main uniforms are only a portion of the overall wardrobe to be seen in the film. Most past films in the franchise have very little variety of wardrobe, but this new film has the biggest set of wardrobe of any Trek film, even more than Star Trek The Motion Picture. Many of the characters will be seen in both their Starfleet uniforms as well as civilian clothes. There are also Starfleet uniform variations including Academy uniforms, pressure suits, and apparently different versions of the Starfleet uniforms for some scenes set on another starship (see previous spoiler article).
So the bottom line is that on one hand the new Star Trek film
will give a nod to TOS with a fairly close match, but on other hand
provide a whole new set of new and interesting outfits to see our
heroes save the galaxy in.
New movie honors Original TV uniforms
Simon Pegg has been making the rounds promoting the DVD release of Spaced and naturally, the topic of the new Star Trek film has been coming up. In several new interviews, Pegg discussed how
he got the role of Scotty, the accent, his fellow Trek actors, being on
the set with Leonard Nimoy, odd numbered Trek movies. Oh, and boobs.
Over at the Kevin and Bean archive, Pegg again related how J.J. Abrams offered him the role of Scotty and Pegg’s subsequent contact with Chris Doohan, the son of original Scotty actor James Doohan. Pegg also explained how he and his castmates approached such iconic roles:
I think everybody had to just take it from the ground up and go back to what all the original guys did with it and look at the characters, see who they were and play them as that.
Pegg also praised his castmates’ likenesses to their respective characters:
Zach Quinto, who does Spock, is phenomenally like… I mean, he looks like Leonard Nimoy. On set, out of the corner of your eye, you’d think it was Leonard, it was really weird. And Chris [Pine], who’s Kirk, has just got that fantastic sort of swagger, you know, that Shatner had and it’s… I think it’s going to be right, I’m so excited about it.
And on Zoe Saldana, who plays Uhura:
She was amazing. She really pulled Uhura off the page into 3D beauty.
In addition, Pegg described what it was like working with Leonard Nimoy, who returned as Spock for the film:
What was weird for me about doing Star Trek was…to have [Nimoy] on set, to be near a character that I had known since I was a child. Not just the actor but the character. I rarely saw him out of his ears, you know, because he used to get into make-up first. It was phenomenal, and he was such a gentle, sort of brilliant guy.
To hear the whole interview – including some discussions on God’s Third Leg, Megan Fox, and boobies – head over to Kevin and Bean Archive and download the podcast.
Pegg (sort of) shows off his Scottish Accent
For more Peggy goodness, MTV has a video interview with Pegg and his Spaced cohorts in which he talks about doing Scotty’s accent; you can check that out here.
Pegg on breaking the odd numbered Trek movie curse
Also, Hollywood.com has listed five reasons why you should check out Spaced. Reason number five was "American fans will see a show that was a commentary on pop culture, before the creators joined the pop culture landscape themselves.
", and Pegg was quoted saying:
It is quite like the snake eating itself. I think when we started making references to Spaced in Shaun of the Dead that’s was the most crystal moment of self indulgence ever. In Spaced there is a line where Tim says something about every odd number Star Trek movie being %#&!*% which is a huge irony considering I’m starring in Star Trek 11. So it is funny how those things come back to haunt you. Obviously the rule doesn’t apply anymore [laughs].
Scotty and Spocky partying
Lastly, Jonathan Llyr of Hardcore Nerdity has sent us a pic of Pegg with the new Mr. Spock (Zachy Quinto) at the Maxim Party at ComicCon this past weekend. Check out Hardcore Nerdity on Wednesday for a few more pics from the party featuring Pegg, Zach Quinto, and J.J. Abrams.
Mr. Scott I need you to reconfigure my iPhone
VIDEO UPDATE: Pegg on Letterman - MacGregor offered role of Scotty?
Pegg was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman on Monday night and the subject of Star Trek was brought up. In talking about the film’s secrecy Pegg stated his code name on the set was ‘MacGregor.’ He then stated he thought it was cool at first being a Scottish name, but then found out it was because the role of Scotty had been first offered to Ewan MacGregor…then again he may have been joking, but check it out anyway
After running a countdown clock in their website for over a month, Cryptic Studios has officially announced
they are the new developer for the Star Trek Online MMORPG. As
predicted by TrekMovie on Sunday, Cryptic re-launched the official website with a few details, screenshots and a new countdown timer to Star Trek’s big Vegas convention in two weeks.
Official announcement (of the announcement)
CRYPTIC STUDIOS LICENSES RIGHTS TO PRODUCE STAR TREK ONLINE
Trek Fans Worldwide Are Invited to MMO Gamplay Reveal at Annual Star Trek Convention August 10, 2008 or Via Live Webcast at Los Gatos, Calif. – Cryptic Studios™, a leading developer and publisher of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), announced today that it has secured the global rights to develop and publish Star Trek® Online, a massively multiplayer online game based on the legendary Star Trek franchise, from CBS Consumer Products.
Cryptic will unveil the first Star Trek Online gameplay footage as well as details about this highly anticipated MMO at the annual Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 10, 2008. Trek fans from around the globe can also view the event live via webcast at http://www.startrekonline.com/.
Interested participants can register today for the Star Trek Online webcast and to sign up for the STO community by visiting http://www.startrekonline.com/.
Here are the game highlights from the new announcement
- Set in 25th century
- Site and forums show TNG-DS9-VOY era ships (Sovereign, Defiant, Akira and Nova classes, plus Federation ships firing on Romulan Warbird)
- Two factions: Federation and Klingon Empire
- Two types of game play: space/ship and land-based
- Allows &lsquolayer-generated content’
- PC and console-based
- Release date ‘TBA’
This is similar to the design highlights from when Perpetual was developing the game, however that game was not going include the Klingon Empire (but allowed players to play as Klingons in the UFP). Also Perpetual never confirmed that their game would be available on console either (or at least as far as we can remember). They also have a new logo for the game, which is actually more akin to the standard TOS logo and typeface&hellipossibly to fall in line with CBS new branding standards.
Screenshots available + game play footage ‘coming soon’
Cryptic has provided nine new screenshots and promises that game footage will be available at the Vegas Convention. The images appear to be actual in-game shots and not just concept art. Here are a couple examples showing space and ground images.
Exciting, but much to learn
Cryptic Studios is a much better home for the Star Trek MMORPG than Perpetual. Cryptic have a proven track record and are well regarded in the industry, whereas Perpetual was a new company that seemed long on promises and short on delivery. Cryptic are quite the opposite and usually let their work speak for them, but there are many things that we will hopefully learn soon, such as:
- Delivery date target (and beta target)
- Cost model and price (subscription vs. micro payment or other)
- Playable races and ships
- Overall story
- Which consoles
Star Trek’s new Spock, Zachary Quinto, was at Comic Con last weekend, primarily to attend the Heroes panel. MTV ran into the actor and he discusses Heroes, his new Star Trek poster and of course the new Star Trek movie, including insights into the other actor’s portrayals and how his Spock deals with his human and Vulcan sides.
Excerpts from the MTV interview
MTV: When I first unrolled my copy of the poster, I
thought for a few seconds that it was Leonard Nimoy. Do you take that
as a compliment?
Quinto: Good, that’s an enormous compliment. That’s what we were going for. It’s the character; he’s so well-defined, and so clear. It’s such an iconic character because of Leonard, and I think we’d be silly if we didn’t welcome parallels between what we’re doing and what came before.
MTV: You all had to walk a fine line between tribute and re-invention. Which of your co-stars found that balance best?
Quinto: If I’m going to attribute the capturing of the right tone to anybody, it would have to be to J.J. [Abrams], because he hired the best people for every role. Chris Pine’s performance is incredible — John Cho’s performance, Simon Pegg, Anton [Yelchin], Zoe [Saldana], Karl [Urban], it’s the whole gang. It was like we’d already done a movie together. … I know it’s just the beginning.
MTV: When I think Spock, I can’t help but recall the heartbreaking brilliance at the end of "Wrath of Khan." Is there a Spock moment in this film that even approaches that?
Quinto: Oh, yeah. That’s what this movie is about, exploring the humanity of these people. And with humanity invariably comes challenge, and comes pain. We don’t shy away from that at all. My character’s story, in particular, is firmly rooted in an exploration of what that is. For somebody who’s working so hard to stay so clearly separate, it’s a collision course with himself in many ways.
MTV: How so?
Quinto: We visit [Spock] at a time when he’s not as in control of his balance, and there’s a lot of heartbreak in that.
Much more from this excellent interview at MTV.com
Quinto at the EW/SciFi channel event (WireImage)
Former 'Family Ties' star Brian Bonsall remains a fugitive Actor moved out of Boulder condo before skipping court date
Former child actor-turned-fugitive Brian Bonsall, who is wanted by authorities for skipping a court hearing last week, may have been successful in ducking the strong arm of the law — for now.
Bonsall, who most notably starred as Michael J. Fox’s little brother Andy Keaton on the 1980s TV series “Family Ties,” moved out of his home in north Boulder earlier this month.
A lock box hung on the door handle of his unit Thursday at the Aspen Grove condominiums, 2800 Kalmia Ave., and no one answered a knock on the door.
Aspen Grove facilities manager Gary Jones recalled seeing Bonsall moving furniture to a Dumpster at the complex over the Fourth of July weekend. Shortly thereafter, he said, the one-time kid star was gone.
Public records show that Bonsall owns the condo.
Bonsall, 26, failed to appear at a July 16 court hearing in which prosecutors were ready to lay out a case that the 2000 Boulder High School graduate violated his probation stemming from an assault on his girlfriend, Lindsey Dunavan.
Bonsall, who was serving two years probation for the 2007 assault, faced charges that he had failed to pay for domestic-violence classes, missed daily breathalyzer tests and submitted a positive breath test — all conditions for his staying out of prison.
It isn’t known whether Dunavan — who had been living in the condo with Bonsall in March 2007 when police said he put her in a chokehold and threw her on the bed during a party — left the residence with him.
“At this point, he’s essentially at an unknown location for us,” said Sarah Huntley, a spokeswoman for Boulder police.
But she said if police do come across Bonsall at any point — should he still be in town or passing through — “we will arrest him and take him to the jail.”
Carolyn French, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County district attorney, said her office routinely consults with law enforcement agencies elsewhere if it is believed that someone with a warrant out for his or her arrest is living there.
She said Bonsall’s warrant specifies that he be held on a $2,500 bond if apprehended.
Paul McCormick, who represented Bonsall during the assault case, said he didn’t have “any idea” where his former client was.
Bonsall has taken an ignominious fall from grace since his adolescent days in the spotlight, when he starred in “Family Ties,” several episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and a slew of TV shows and movies, including “Blank Check” and “Mikey.”
The Torrance, Calif., native had his first run-in with Colorado law enforcement in 2001, when he was stopped by police in Boulder County on suspicion of drunk driving.
He was arrested again in Boulder County three years later for the same offense.
Bonsall was a member of the Boulder punk band Thruster for about four years, but the band’s MySpace page claims the group broke up in late 2006 “due to each other’s desire for different parts of the country.”
There has been a lot of talk and speculation and even hints about who the bad guys are in the new Star Trek movie, including another hint from an interview with Anton Yelchin
today. So TrekMovie.com has done a little digging to confirm what we
all should know by now, and found a few interesting tidbits. Details
The involvement of Romulans has been reported before by this site, IESB and AICN. There is also evidence from a couple of the film’s actors themselves. Last summer Zachary Quinto told SciFi Wire to prepare for Trek he was “learning a lot about Vulcans and a lot about Romulans.” And in a new interview, Anton Yelchin (Chekov) talked about it being fun to “sit on the bridge screaming about Romulans.” And this isn’t the first time Yelchin has talked about screaming at Romulans. Also in an interview with TrekMovie.com last year, co-writer Roberto Orci stated that “Balance of Terror,” the classic TOS episode that introduced the Romulans, was one of the key episodes they ‘referred to’ while creating the movie. Lastly we have this photo from Orci’s behind-the-scenes on the Star Trek shoot collection:
So even though it has yet to be officially acknowledged, as far as TrekMovie is concerned (and this is confirmed with multiple sources), the new Star Trek features Romulans and they are the primary antagonists, lead by Nero (Eric Bana) and his 2nd in command General Ayel (Clifton Collins, Jr.).
Romulans: hairless…and ridgeless
When Eric Bana showed up on the Tonight Show with a shaved head the same week he was to start shooting for Star Trek people took notice. But TrekMovie.com has learned that it isn’t just Bana who has gone Kojak. According to sources close to the production, all actors playing Romulans, including Collins and even background performers, were required to shave their heads. TrekMovie.com has been told that the reason the Romulans are bald was at least partly to help distinguish them from the Vulcans. It has also been confirmed that the Romulans in the new Star Trek do NOT have the extra forehead ridges seen in the TNG era (both on film and TV).
Bana and Collins spotted hairless (both pics from February)
Romulans are up to no good!
So what is it the Romulans are doing? Well TrekMovie.com has already confirmed rumors that time travel plays a part in the film and the Romulans are knee deep in that as well. But once back in time what do they do? Well as it happens we have already seen part of their dastardly plan. Back in February we reported that a local traffic news helicopter flew over a large rusty object which was being filmed in a parking lot around Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (we later reported that JFX got some shots of John Cho and a bald actor at that location). Initial speculation was that this object was some kind of ship, and the bald actor was a Klingon. However, TrekMovie.com has learned the object is actually a ‘drilling rig’ being used by the Romulans and that it is related to an attempt to destroy a planet. The practical location is just part of the larger rig that will mostly be done in CGI by ILM. the bald actor is, of course, a Romulan who Sulu (Cho) fights. Although he wasn’t seen by the paparazzi, apparently Kirk (Chris Pine) will also be in that scene, but not part of the fight.
Romulan bad guy for Sulu to fight
and part of the Romulan drilling rig
Romulans…the other Star Trek villain
Not all a total surprise, but it is interesting that the
Clifton Collins Jr., who plays General Ayel, the right hand to Eric Bana’s Nero in the new Star Trek says that new film is for the fans: "We’re serving the people who are completely enamored with Star Trek." The new Trek bad also talked to Creators.com about Trek ‘cheese’ and his (and Bana’s) role in Star Trek .
Excerpts from Creators.com ‘Hollywood Exclusive’ column
The other day JJ Abrms declared his Star Trek ‘real’ and ‘not kitschy.’ Collins picks up on this theme and talks about Abrams’ de-cheesification:
He’s totally reinvented the whole thing and taken the cheese out of it. I tried to watch some of the old ‘Star Treks’ and with all due respect, they were probably cool at the time, but I couldn’t watch them. [The new movie] is the real deal. It’s just got a lot of reality. It’s not corny at all.
Collins on his and Bana characters
I can’t tell you too much, but me and Eric are some real bad dudes
For spoilers on the characters of Ayel and Nero, see TrekMovie’s recent Star Trek Villain Spoilers article.
Collins February 4 (during the Star Trek shoot) at Hollywood Party
Gene Roddenberry planned to bring Star Trek back to television in the mid-1970s, under the name Star Trek: Phase II. The Spock-less series would have introduced some new characters alongside Kirk and friends, and detailed the crew's second five-year mission. But the show never happened, and parts of the concept ended up in the first Trek movie and The Next Generation. Now, after 30-plus years, fans are finally making it happen.
The fan series, which streams online for free, boasts episodes written by original series writers DC Fontana and David Gerrold and guest-shots from original series actors George Takei and Walter Koenig. It used to be called Star Trek: New Voyages but changed its name to Star Trek: Phase II out of increased confidence, as executive producer James Cawley explains. And maybe a little fanboyish desire to fulfill another part of Gene Roddenberry's legacy:
New Voyages began as a fan film project, as a bunch of friends who love Star Trek working together to prove there was still plenty of creative life in Gene Roddenberry's original vision of Star Trek. With our recent Online Video Award from TV Guide for Best SciFi Webisodes, we think we've proven that. We're ready now to move to a higher level — Phase II, Gene's proposed title for a second Trek series that would've aired in the 1970s.
show will add the character of Xon, who was supposed to replace the
absent Spock in the 1970s series, but will keep Spock as well. And
Cawley plans to start incorporating other ideas from Phase II into the series —
including uniforms that'll be somewhat closer to the dreaded ones which
showed up in The Motion Picture. And Scotty's moustache.
The script for the show's latest episode, the George Takei vehicle "World Enough and Time", has been nominated for Best Script in this year's Nebula Awards — up against the scripts for Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth, amongst others — so don't feel too guilty when enjoying it despite the production values and hammy acting. The Science Fiction Writers of America are right there with you. Star Trek Phase II [Star Trek New Voyages.com]
On 2 May 2008, TrekMovie.com reported the future of Star Trek: The Experience was in doubt due to declining attendance. On 29 June 2008, TrekMovie.com announced that, according to various sources, no agreements were reached between the various parties needed to keep the attraction operational. As such, The Experience will be closing in early September, with Cedar Fair required to completely vacate the space at the Hilton by 31 December 2008, when their contract expires.