Last week the news broke that Paramount will not be holding any movie panels (including Star Trek) at San Diego Comic Con coming up at the end of July. Since that time TrekMovie has been looking into the situation and today has an update on what we can expect for the movie and other aspects of Trek
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Paramount has confirmed that (as of now) they are not planning on bringing any Star Trek talent to Comic Con to promote the film and there will be no panel discussion. A spokesperson did tell TrekMovie that Star Trek “will have a presence” at Comic-con, at the Paramount booth. The most likely presence will be the release of some new marketing materials. At the last two Comic-Cons there were new teaser posters released and last year there was also a T-shirt. Although Paramount isn’t bringing Trek talent to San Diego for a panel, it appears the entire ‘supreme court’ for Star Trek (JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman) will be there for other projects, notably Fox’s Fringe , Dreamworks’s Eagle Eye and/or ABC’s Lost. It is also likely that Zachary Quinto will be there along with other cast-members of NBC’s Heroes.
Orci and Kurtzman were interviewed by ComingSoon regarding their new film Eagle Eye coming out this fall, and the subject of SDCC, came up, here is what Kurtzman had to say about it
We are trying to get our act together here in the last moments. We’re so focused on editing the movie that we’ve forgotten about promoting it. We’re not sure what we’re going to release it with. We’re trying to figure it out. We’re going to be there for “Fringe” and “Eagle Eye” and for other things. We’re all going to be there, so I’m sure we’ll figure out something before we get there.
Star Trek books and comics
The two publishing licensees for Star Trek (Pocket Books and IDW Comics) are going to hold a panel on Thursday (room 32AB, 4-5PM). Here is the description:
Star Trek without a blueprint. How books and comics keep expanding the boundaries of the Star Trek universe.
Andy Mangels moderator, Margaret Clark, executive editor Pocket Books, Andy Schmidt, senior editor IDW and the writers, Kevin Dilmore, Dave Mack, Scott Tipton and Dayton Ward
Both IDW and Pocket Books will also have booths. Both will have signings at their booths with Trek writers (and artists with IDW), both are currently working on schedules. IDW has confirmed that writers Scott & David Tipton and Peter David along with artists Gordon Purcell and Casey Maloney will be appearing (and signing) at their booth. Tokyo Pop (the makers of Trek Manga) will also have a booth, but it isn’t clear what they will be doing for Trek.
Trek product licensees
Although there will be no panels for Star Trek products, major product licensees will be at the show. These include Diamond Select Toys, Mattel, and Roddenberry Productions. Diamond tells TrekMovie they will be showing some of the latest announced Trek items, but there will not be any exclusives for the show. It isn’t clear yet what Trek prototypes (if any) Mattel will have on display. Playmates (the licensee for Star Trek movie toys) will not be at Comic-Con
Trek celeb autographs
Every year Comic Con hosts an autograph room and usually there are Trek stars available. The schedule has not yet been posted, but there will likely be some people with a Trek connection.
Party at Star Trek The Exhibition
As reported previously, Star Trek The Exhibition opened up at the San Diego Air and Space museum a couple of weeks ago. It will be open during Comic Con and they are planning a lot of tie-in promotions. There will be tons of outdoor advertising for The Exhibit around Comic-Con, inlcluding buses that are skinned to look like Starfleet Shuttles. There will be two Shuttle buses running every 15 minutes from Comic Con to the museum (Wednesday thru Saturday night). Tickets will be available at Comic Con registration and there will be flyers distributed at a number of booths offering discounted admission, free transportation and extended hours. On Wednesday night July 24th there will be a part at The Experience hosted by the 91X radio station…with live band and beer garden!
So…something, but not the big thing
So that is all we know for now. It is disappointing that there will not be a Trek panel from Paramount, but the movie will not be forgotten. And there will be other areas of Trek present, especially with publishing. Also there is likely to be an unofficial panel or two related to Trek. More will be known when the full schedule is released. TrekMovie will provide more SDCC updates as we get closer to July 24th.