As reported yesterday, Entertainment Weekly has a cover story all about the new Star Trek in this week’s issue. That story is also now online at the EW website and includes behind the scenese info, plot details and interviews with cast and crew. This is a must read article for any Trekkie so go check it out. We have a quick summary (including some spoilers) and a high res version of the cover below.
Paramount’s president of production Brad Weston on Trek franchise:
Every studio in town is searching for these kinds of franchises, so it was important for us to reboot. But we needed a clean, fresh take on this thing.
We have worldwide aspirations and we need to broaden [Trek’s] appeal. Doing the half-assed version of this thing wasn’t going to work.’
Abrams on Trek’s vision
I think a movie that shows people of various races working together and surviving hundreds of years from now is not a bad message to put out right now. In a world where a movie as incredibly produced as The Dark Knight is raking in gazillions of dollars, Star Trek stands in stark contrast. It was important to me that optimism be cool again.
EW review of footage screened:
the awe-inspiring introduction of the Enterprise; thrilling action sequences on a harsh ice planet and in the skies of Vulcan — the director has transformed Star Trek into state-of-the-art pop.
Other new info
- Trailer confirmed for Quantum of Solace
- Pine was one of three candidates to test with Quinto for Kirk
And there is much much more from Abrams, Nimoy, Pine, Quinto, Burk, Lindelof so read the whole thing at EW.
High res cover
Star Trek’s time-travel plot is set in motion when a Federation starship, the USS Kelvin, is attacked by a vicious Romulan (Eric Bana) desperately seeking one of the film’s heroes. From there, the film then brings Kirk and Spock center stage and tracks the origins of their friendship and how they became officers aboard the Enterprise. In fact, the movie shows how the whole original series crew came together: McCoy (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoë Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). The adventure stretches from Earth to Vulcan, and yes, it does find a way to have Nimoy appearing in scenes with at least one of the actors on our cover — and maybe both. The storytelling is newbie-friendly, but it slyly assimilates a wide range of Trek arcana, from doomed Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) to Sulu’s swordsmanship to classic lines like, ”I have been, and always shall be, your friend.” More ambitiously, the movie subversively plays with Trek lore — and those who know it. The opening sequence, for example, is an emotionally wrenching passage that culminates with a mythic climax sure to leave zealots howling ”Heresy!” But revisionism anxiety is the point. ”The movie,” Lindelof says, ”is about the act of changing what you know.”
- Romulan attack on USS Kelvin takes place ‘before Kirk was born’
- Chris Pine still ‘fresh-faced space cadet’ when confronting Romulan villains
- Kirk’s black shirt defined as ‘space-cadet colors in Abrams’ Trekverse’
- Phasers are "sleek silver gizmos with spring-triggered barrels that revolve and glow in the transition from ”stun” to ”kill.”