Take A Trip To the Nostalgia Quadrant On The Orion Trail

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If you’re looking for a computer game that combines Trek action with the charm of a classic education program, the wait is over. Introducing Orion Trail, a clever take on the old Oregon Trail series of games. Orion Trail is a single player space adventure currently on Kickstarter. Read on for more info and a video Let’s Play of the demo.

Embark on the Orion Trail!
In the game, you take the role of captain, choosing your mission, your ship, and your officers. On your way, you’ll be confronted by various challenges, which will test one of your five abilities – aggression, tactics, diplomacy, science, bravado. You also have to manage resources like food, crew, and hull.

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Use your abilities to your advantage

If you can survive the dangerous Orion Trail, glory will be yours forever! If you fail… well, you’ll probably immediately replay it. A demo is currently available, which you can try yourself here. Or you can watch the Trek Movie official Let’s Play where we take the action to you!

The Kickstarter runs through March 12. So far they have reached over $40,000 of their $90,000 goal.

 


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This looks like a cool game for the kiddoes.

(Any news on the movie?)

CmdrR – I think they’re going to wait see how the game does before they make an Orion Trail movie. Now for Star Trek 3 (13?); I don’t know

Aw.
I’m hoping we get a cameo from Centipede Prime and it’s set in the Missile Command Universe.

I Khan Believe it Ain't Butter

OK, now that we know the plot for Star Trek III we can all sit home drink beer and fart into the sofa cushions.

Well, if you google Star Trek 3, you’ll see that Global News said yesterday that it’s (stil?)l scheduled to film in Vancouver in June 1 until the end of September.

http://globalnews.ca/news/1847312/star-trek-3-to-shoot-in-vancouver-this-summer/

Fun game and I’m not usually a gamer! Hope it gets funded.

I Khan Believe it Ain't Butter

@5 Jack,
I’m still waiting for the breaking news that Paramount has sold the Star Trek franchise to a studio that truly wants to boldly go where no one has gone before.

I am so not into seeing the dried up Pablum that they are currently moving forward on for the 50th Anniversary.

I played the demo and it was pretty much as advertised. I had a good time and made a pledge.

That’s some mighty Trekian optimism right there.

Great. Now I can die of dysentery again, but this time in space.

Terrible news — Mr. Nimoy has lost his battle with COPD. New York Times.

Bearer of bad news;

http://kotaku.com/leonard-nimoy-dies-at-83-1688454671

….I’m going to go watch Star Trek 2 now.

Just saw it too…Leonard Nimoy has passed away, he was 83.

Man, what a sad day. You will always live long and prosper in our memories, Mr. NImoy. RIP

RIP Mr. Nimoy, and thank you.

this one really hits hard :(
thanks for all the wonderful memories leonard.

You will always be close to us Leonard

RIP Mr Nimoy. Thank you for so many wonderful memories. You gave been a part of my life, and so many others, for as long as I can remember. A household name: nay, a part of the family. Your star will shine bright long after the rest have faded. The world has lost a light today, but you join De and James and the heavens will shine just a little brighter tonight. And the world will be that much more dull.

nooooooooooo crying hes gone,he gone OMG ……my condonace go to the family …. good by Leonard LLAP R.I.P

http://news.yahoo.com/leonard-nimoy-logical-spock-star-trek-dies-83-050004136.html;_ylt=AwrBT88fqfBUzXAAmW9XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyYTlnNGYzBGNvbG8D

“Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most….human.”

Live long and prosper, Mr. Nimoy. You will be missed, but you will always be admired and loved by so many. Your contributions will live on, your talents will be remembered, and your spirit will be immortal.

Gutted! Can’t post for a while.

Kim Masters in her book, “Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of Michael Eisner and the Fall of Everybody Else”, reveals this about TMP: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-leonard-nimoy-was-convinced-778379 “To everyone’s surprise, the film was a $82 million hit and with its sequels and spinoffs, became Paramount’s biggest franchise.” — Kim Masters STARLOG and other publications of the decade of the 80s said TMP’s worldwide take was in excess of $175 million. The “contracts” to which Masters refers in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’s complete excerpt of her book were blind bid auctions that Paramount put the exhibitors through for the privilege of being able to run their STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE before even one frame had been committed to celluloid. They netted over $20 million upfront. This was why Wise operated under the handicap of piecing together any FX that had been completed up to the last minute to have the film ready by the drop dead date. Paramount would have to refund the blind bids if there was nothing to show because of those FX delays and they were determined not to be in a position to so must do. I believe Wise said when he took the completed reels to Washington D.C. for the premier they were still wet from the film developing solution. Roger Ebert captures why it was an exhibition success in its time because most experienced it as he personally had reported in his review: “Such reservations aside, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE is probably about as good as… Read more »
22, On a baseline level, TMP fails in one of the ways I find most common in filmmaking (even back prior to things getting all ADD with overcutting): what I think of as the 10pm-10:30pm falloff. When I was a teenager, I often watched the CBS thursday movie, which would usually be a theatrical film, unlike the ABC Movie of the weeks which were telefilms. I noticed that most of these movies really lost me between 10pm and 10:30, and only surged back up for the last half hour. In screenwriting terms, this is the second half of act 2, which is when if you’re doing it right you’re upping the dramatic ante, bringing in complications faster than you pose solutions and raising the stakes. TMP spends a hunk of this time with Decker and the Ilia probe, which mostly deepens mystery without making things more compelling. You do get the spacewalk, which helps plus things up, but originally that was going to be a much longer slower sequence, which would have only added to the 10pm-10:30pm blues. Now once your expectations for the movie are gone, you can appreciate it for what it is AND for what it tries to be, but TMP fails as a moviegoing experience in general because it doesn’t hold to dramatic tenants. This is kind of coming at things from more of a Siskel POV than an Ebert one (he gives lots of SF flicks an easier time than they deserve, like SPACEBALLS, even… Read more »

This is fun:

http://www.wired.com/2015/03/star-trek-enterprise-artist/

Nick took hi-res shots the Smithsonian put out and of the old girl in future FX laden scenes of the more modern ones.

Cygnus, I don’t know how accurate this site’s reporting is but this is the reporting you’ve been looking for and he claims to have a ”trusted” CBS source: http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2015/03/star-trek-return-television-time-franchises-50th-anniversary/ ”That upside, coupled with what is currently occurring with Star Trek 3 has some concluding that the time is right to bring Star Trek back to the small screen. After all, there is still some doubt that Paramount will actually be able to bring Star Trek 3 – which appears to be stuck in development hell – to theaters in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary. So instead could there be a new Star Trek series in time for the anniversary in September 2016? CBS at least seems open to the idea. “I wouldn’t rule it out”, a trusted source at the studio told me last month, before adding that while a new TV series was far from a fait accompli, it would need the right creative team to get it “just right”.” — ”Could ‘Star Trek’ Return To Television In Time For The Franchise’s 50th Anniversary?”; By Patrick Munn | March 9, 2015 – 1:12 pm | http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/06/business/media/after-sony-hacking-the-mpaa-considers-major-changes.html ”Mr. Lynton and others have posited that including television companies and units in an expanded trade organization would better reflect the current realities of entertainment, while spreading the cost of global efforts among a larger number of participants. Television shows are generating more money and viewers than film, often for the same companies that make movies.” — A version of this article… Read more »

22. Disinvited – March 9, 2015

I believe Wise said when he took the completed reels to Washington D.C. for the premier they were still wet from the film developing solution.

Classic.

25. Disinvited – March 9, 2015

“I wouldn’t rule it out”, a trusted source at the studio told me last month, before adding that while a new TV series was far from a fait accompli, it would need the right creative team to get it “just right”.”

Curiouser and curiouser. Now we need to know more about that site and its track record. Interesting that it’s a significantly moderated and less certain version of the Para Mobius rumor.

23. kmart – March 9, 2015

Ebert tended to be more about the overall experience than Siskel, who was more judgmental about the value of the work in its various components and as a whole. Siskel, the philosophy major, tended to take a more abstract approach to his analysis, whereas Ebert was more visceral.

As I recall, they both gave thumbs up to all of the TOS movies except for STV, which either one or both gave thumbs down.

P.S. But don’t quote me on that because I’m not 100% sure about TMP. I am pretty sure, though, that they both gave thumbs up to TWOK, STIII, STIV and STVI.

# 27. Cygnus-X1 – March 9, 2015

” P.S. But don’t quote me on that because I’m not 100% sure…” — Cygnus-X1

Too bad you requested that because someone was right:

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1979/12/08/page/18/article/star-trek-film-is-ok-but-not-out-of-this-world/index.html

#25 Disinvited
I was told by someone (I forgot who) that my dreams of a Star Trek return to television was foolish and “no chance.”

The article you posted is the most encouraging I have seen and I still say, a campaign to let CBS know we want it and that we prefer the TOS era and episodic style, would not hurt.

It could be another starship crew, one of 12 which Kirk mentions. Or heck, recast our beloved characters – more intelligently this time.

“Torchwood” was brilliant the first year with its single episodes but as they tried to involve an ongoing, underlying story, it lessened. And its last 2 years were violent and just plain sad compared to what they started with.

This brings my fear that a return to television could be as dismal as nuTrek. But on an positive note, if “nu” ends on Film #3, then perhaps its messed up timeline can be forgotten because THAT is the timeline which doesn’t exist. Yes, dreaming again…

Back to my “Torchwood” thoughts, HBO, Showtime and others, have created some great tv, no reason Star Trek would be an exception, so I will quell those fears within myself. Star Trek has been done badly by, many times!

It is indeed tailored to be an episodic television series.

Just some thoughts.

That WIRED story crediting the movie Enterprise creation to ILM is infuriating. You’d figure somebody there would proofread these things! ILM was slightly busy moving to Northern California and making THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK during the whole of TMP, and had nothing to do with it.

Finally, an explanation of what is going on with Paramount that points to what is going on with its STAR TREK: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paramount-shake-up-adam-goodman-777911 ”In a major shake-up at Paramount Pictures, Adam Goodman is preparing to exit as president of the film group, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Goodman has a year left on his contract but won’t survive much longer. While the studio hasn’t necessarily suffered a major financial box-office bomb of late, Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey and vice chairman Rob Moore apparently aren’t satisfied with the controls on production costs, according to a source with ties to the studio. “They keep going over budget,” said the insider. … In 2007, after years of trailing its studio rivals in market share, Paramount zoomed to No. 1 thanks in large part to Transformers and a handful of other titles overseen by Goodman when serving as president of production at DreamWorks. A year later, amid its otherwise acrimonious split with DreamWorks, Grey and Moore persuaded Goodman to join the studio, promoting him to film group president a year after that. Paramount stayed at the top of its game through 2011, when it hit $5.2 billion in worldwide box-office revenue, an industry record. Aside from being a chief architect behind the Transformers franchise, Goodman successfully rebooted the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek properties while launching G.I. Joe. Goodman successfully navigated tricky waters when having to rework Brad Pitt’s World War Z, which ended up earning $540 million worldwide after its release in… Read more »

#30. IDIC Lives! – March 10, 2015

Well, You should give thanks to Cygnus too as I only had my feelers up for it because he wanted me to keep track of something he got wind of.

I’m well aware of Moonves attitude:

http://web.archive.org/web/20060513084629/http://scifipulse.net/Trek_ArchiveII/February2006/DougMirabello.html

“The TV side [CBS] is now technically in control of the franchise’s future, and Les Moonves hates all things Sci – Fi” — Doug Mirabello; Rick Berman’s Assistant, May 13, 2006; SciFi Pulse

So I’ve not held out much hope. However the person he put in charge of Star Trek licenses is very Trek savvy and impresses me that he may be relying on her more in this area. UNDER THE DOME is returning this June and CBS has a SUPERGIRL series in development which I thought “Never in a million years.” would Les put money on such a property. So I’d have to say if ever the time was ripe this is probably it.

#30. IDIC Lives! – March 10, 2015

Well, You should give thanks to Cygnus too as I only had my feelers up for it because he wanted me to keep track of something he got wind of.

I’m well aware of Moonves attitude [in link |=i]:

http://web.arch|ve.org/web/20060513084629/http://scifipulse.net/Trek_Arch|veII/February2006/DougMirabello.html

“The TV side [CBS] is now technically in control of the franchise’s future, and Les Moonves hates all things Sci – Fi” — Doug Mirabello; Rick Berman’s Assistant, May 13, 2006; SciFi Pulse

So I’ve not held out much hope. However the person he put in charge of Star Trek licenses is very Trek savvy and impresses me that he may be relying on her more in this area. UNDER THE DOME is returning this June and CBS has a SUPERGIRL series in development which I thought “Never in a million years.” would Les put money on such a property. So I’d have to say if ever the time was ripe this is probably it.

#30. IDIC Lives! – March 10, 2015

Well, You should give thanks to Cygnus too as I only had my feelers up for it because he wanted me to keep track of something he got wind of.

I’m well aware of Moonves attitude

“The TV side [CBS] is now technically in control of the franchise’s future, and Les Moonves hates all things Sci – Fi” — Doug Mirabello; Rick Berman’s Assistant, May 13, 2006; SciFi Pulse

So I’ve not held out much hope. However the person he put in charge of Star Trek licenses is very Trek savvy and impresses me that he may be relying on her more in this area. UNDER THE DOME is returning this June and CBS has a SUPERGIRL series in development which I thought “Never in a million years.” would Les put money on such a property. So I’d have to say if ever the time was ripe this is probably it.

#30. IDIC Lives! – March 10, 2015

Well, You should give thanks to Cygnus too as I only had my feelers up for it because he wanted me to keep track of something he got wind of.

I’m well aware of Moonves attitude [in link |=i]:

http://web.arch|ve.org/web/20060513084629/http://scifipulse.net/Trek_Arch|veII/February2006/DougMirabello.html

“The TV side [CBS] is now technically in control of the franchise’s future, and Les Moonves hates all things Sci – Fi” — Doug Mirabello; Rick Berman’s A$$istant, May 13, 2006; SciFi Pulse

So I’ve not held out much hope. However the person he put in charge of Star Trek licenses is very Trek savvy and impresses me that he may be relying on her more in this area. UNDER THE DOME is returning this June and CBS has a SUPERGIRL series in development which I thought “Never in a million years.” would Les put money on such a property. So I’d have to say if ever the time was ripe this is probably it.

32. Disinvited – March 10, 2015

That would seem to lend credence to the rumor that the budget for BR Trek 3 will be cut, perhaps as drastically as to $90M or even less.

#35. Disinvited – March 12, 2015

That should be Pine.

#35 Disinvited

Pine might be ok as Green Lantern but IMO, he ain’t ok as Kirk. :-)

As if anyone asked my opinion :-)

Now I find this odd: Contrary to anniversaries past, Creation Entertainment appears to have scaled back the number of Trek events scheduled for this year prior. I haven’t even found any “kick-off” events and they increased the number for next year.

I have to wonder if this is because they’ve got wind of something for 2016’s 50th celebration from CBS and/or Paramount in the works?

More rumors:

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle/from-holly-to-bolly/national-story-fuels-simon-pegg-star-wars-rumours

Rumours that British actor Simon Pegg has a role in the new Star Wars movie have been circulating for a while, and now the internet is abuzz with renewed speculation about his possible involvement after picking up on The National’s interview yesterday with Helidubai helicopter pilots Andy Nettleton and Andrew Masterson. They worked on the production when it filmed in Abu Dhabi last year, and Nettleton mentioned that he had seen Pegg – who worked with Star Wars director JJ Abrams on the rebooted Star Trek films and Mission Impossible movies – on the set. It’s possible that he was there to help work on the script or, because he is a massive sci-fi fan, was simply paying a visit to the set as a guest of good friend Abrams – he has previously confirmed that he had visited the London set of Star Wars – but our story is the first confirmation that he was on location with the film. It has certainly stoked the fire of rumour and speculation – though there has as yet been no official confirmation. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is sue to be released on December 18. – The National staff

From July of last year:

”Mashable contacted CBS and Paramount for comments on their 50th anniversary plans. Paramount said it was working on various projects for the anniversary, “but nothing we can confirm officially as of now.” ” — ‘Star Trek’ Creator’s Son Kicks Off 2-Year Retrospective Project, By Lance Ulanoff, 2014-07-31 13:16:19 UTC, TREK INITIATIVE

#30. IDIC Lives! – March 10, 2015

Nothing new here, but just for historical perspective this is what CBS said late in 2013:

“We love the Star Trek franchise, its fan base and the many possibilities for its future when the time is right” — CBS

Using Box Office Mojo Ticket price inflation method and the oft quoted $175 million world wide gross for TMP. That take would be equivalent to $578,685,259 year 2015 ticket dollars.

Does anyone have any confidence in Paramount to do anything truly special for the 50th?

Im still waiting for them to reopen Trek the experience in Las Vegas as promised. Thankfully I was able to get to it one time before it closed in 2008 (really really cool).

45,
the 175 figure seems to have gotten downgraded to 139 for the last 15 years or so. I have a theory on that, but it is over in the Bennett thread if you want to read it.

I’d figure with inflation that the TMP number would have been a LOT closer to 3/4 billion. Hmmm …

#47. kmart – March 18, 2015

And I know for a fact the source of that is likely solely Brad Gray, the founder of Box Office Mojo, who freely admitted at the time that he did not go to a lot of extent to research figures from that era but claims it is a number he found from some source that I’ve never seen him identify. He claimed he was willing to look at other newspaper and magazine sources that people point out to him but I could never find a way to do it without becoming one of his subscribers or part of a sold address list, and I never found what he did with historical figures worth the bother.

Mojo was sold a while back and the same company that now owns it also owns imdb.com so their questionable numbers stem from the same sources.

Wow, so now there’s a near-monopoly on the universally-used references that are unreliable/untrustworthy? I guess all the eggs will at least be in one basket, even if they are broken or from different species.

Looks like congratulations are in order for Marc Evans while Adam Goodman mulls a production deal: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/marc-evans-named-paramount-motion-picture-group-president-1201453758/ “He [Marc Evans] replaces ousted motion picture group head Adam Goodman, who was pushed out in February because of strained relationships with top talent agencies, according to insiders.” — Senior Film and Media Reporter, Brent Lang; VARIETY; March 16, 2015 | 01:23PM PT http://variety.com/2015/film/news/paramount-changes-adam-goodmans-successor-must-increase-film-output-1201444333/ ”Paramount Pictures has a reputation for not making many movies. The studio’s quest to maintain profit margins and the void created by the loss of its distribution deals with Marvel Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Brad Pitt’s Plan B has left Paramount without a deep bench of movies. It’s not unusual for the studio to go months between major releases. That’s something Paramount wants to change, and it’s the biggest challenge facing its next film group president following Adam Goodman’s dismissal from the job last week. Paramount is looking to raise the number of movie it fields annually from its current eight to 10-14 live-action titles and an additional animated release, insiders say. The huge gaps in its release calendar is illustrated by the fact that five months separate the opening of the studio’s most recent film, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” a co-production with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and its next opener, “Mission: Impossible 5,” which debuts on July 31. … The Viacom-owned studio also needs to find fresh franchises to augment its stable of “Star Trek” and “Transformers” films. That’s increasingly important because some of these series are at critical junctures.… Read more »
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