We have an updated on new info on a couple of Star Trek movie adaptations. The Alan Dean Foster Star Trek novel is now available for pre-order, plus an audio version has been confirmed. And Rittenhouse has just announced their Star Trek movie collectible cards set. We have exclusive details on all of that below.
Star Trek: The Novel + Return of Audio
The novelization to the film is going to be 192 pages and sold in a trade paperback edition. This will be the first time a Star Trek novelization has been released in this format (the first six Star Trek films were released as regular paperbacks, although there were special book club hardcover editions) and the TNG era films were hardcover editions. The release date is set at May 12th with a retail price of $15. Fans can now preorder the book at Amazon for the discounted price of $10.20.
There will be an audio version of the book, also available on May 12th. Fans could choose between either an e-audio book version for $17.95 or a compact disc edition at $29.99. This will be the first time a Star Trek book has been offered in audio version since 2007’s Vulcan’s Soul. More details and preorder information will be available soon.
Regarding dates, Pocket Books has told TrekMovie that the 12th is the official release date because they do all releases on Tuesdays, but in this case the book is ‘likely’ to be available on the Friday before (the release date of the film). TrekMovie will have more updates on the book as it approaches, including an interview with Alan Dean Foster.
Star Trek: The Cards
A second adaptation of the film is available in a different format from Rittenhouse Archives, the licensee for Star Trek trading cards On May 8th, Rittenhouse will premiere their Star Trek Movie Card Set. The basic set includes 72 cards with images of the film on one side and the narrative of the film on the back. The card set continues a tradition as every Star Trek film has had a trading card set. The set sells for $25 from the Rittenhouse Archive website or could be ordered through comic book stores.
For fans who like autograph and chase cards, the better bet is to purchase a box of Star Trek movie cards for $84 from Rittenhouse. Each box will include the basic 72 card set, plus a guarantee of 2 autographed cards or costume cards per box. Plus, the box will include a sampling of cool chase cards.
Confirmed signers for the autographed card set include Karl Urban (McCoy), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), John Cho (Sulu), Eric Bana (Nero), Bruce Greenwood (Pike), Jacob Kogan (Young Spock), Alex Kurtzman (writer and producer), Roberto Orci (writer and producer), and JJ Abrams (director). Rittenhouse is promising more signers, likely to include Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock). Rittenhouse and its owner Steven Charendoff have pioneered many innovations with the hobby. For example, unlike some companies that use stickers signed by celebrities placed on cards, Rittenhouse’s Star Trek cards are actually signed by the celebrities.
Costume cards feature film-worn swatches of materials worn by Pine, Quinto, Urban, Saldana, Greenwood, Cho, Yelchin, and Leonard Nimoy (Spock). The other chase cards will include "Enterprise," "Character," and "Behind the Scenes" cards not available in the basic set. Also, Rittenhouse is offering a nice album to neatly display and maintain your collection. The album includes an exclusive promotional card available no where else and sells for $25.
In the next few weeks, Trekmovie will feature an article looking at the excellent recent Rittenhouse release "Star Trek Movies in Motion" (featuring films before 2009) and the soon-to-be-available Women of Star Trek trading card set.
The Rittenhouse Star Trek movie trading cards will be available on May 8th (same as the movie itself). More info and pre-order info SciFiHobby.com.