As we greet a brand new 2016, we say Q’Plah! to our dear friend 2015 with a look back at TrekMovie’s most popular articles of the year.
For those of you using the Gregorian calendar (does the stardate roll over on January 1st?), Happy New Year from all of us here at TrekMovie! With a switcharoo of writing and directing staff and completion of principal photography of the new movie, the reveal that it will be known as Star Trek Beyond, and of course the announcement of a new Star Trek television* series from CBS, 2015 was a big year in Trek. Here are the top 10 most discussed news stories from TrekMovie this year.
10. Pegg Interview from Set of Beyond
This interview with co-writer of Beyond Simon Pegg published on The Nerdist has probably been the most information-filled thing to come out of the mouth of anyone involved with the famously tight-lipped production. With plenty of encouraging details giving Trekkies hope for a strong, exploration-filled plot, we could still only throw a “minor spoilers” tag on this one.
The story that caused probably the most stir among the fan community (not to mention CBS and Paramount) was the announcement that Michael Gummelt, writer of a fan script called Star Trek: Uncharted (at the time, Star Trek: Beyond) was offered the chance by Paramount to come to the studio to pitch them his idea. The unprecedented opportunity turned out to be part of a deal for Paramount to buy the rights to the www.startrekbeyond.com domain name from Gummelt who, even knowing his chances with the studio giant were slim, couldn’t have been happier with the trade.
Many fans were excited to know that the latest series of Star Trek reboot films were not slated to come to an end after Beyond, the third film in this latest series. No news yet as to what is in store for Star Trek XIV.
7. Pegg Dispels Elba Klingon Rumors
We’ve only recently learned anything about the villain of Star Trek Beyond, played by British sci-fi actor Idris Elba (best known for his role in Pacific Rim). Back in March, co-writer Simon Pegg came out to dispel rumors about his character being a Klingon.
6. CBS announces new Star Trek series to premiere in January 2017
For years, many Trekkies have been angling for Trek to return to television, arguably the medium that does best by the franchise. This year, those Trekkies got their wish (sort of)! CBS announced a new Star Trek television* series to premier exclusively on the network’s streaming service CBS All Access. Star Trek All Access will debut in January 2017.
5. Director Justin Lin Confirms ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Title, Teases Starfleet Uniform Patch in Tweet
Beyond director Justin Lin took to Twitter saying, “Let the next Starfleet voyage begin! #StarTrekBeyond #LLAP” confirming the title of the film after TrekMovie broke the news back in April. Attached to the tweet was an image of what appears to be the shoulder of a Starfleet uniform featuring a familiar patch.
4. Justin Lin talks Trek 3
This year’s biggest blunder was when Simon Pegg, co-writer of Star Trek Beyond, revealed that Paramount doesn’t want the new Star Trek film to be, well, to much like a Star Trek film. This came as a blow to fans who were hoping for the latest incarnation of the film franchise to go back to its more intellectual, plot- and character-driven roots, which many feel has been replaced in recent films with too much action.
2. BREAKING: Star Trek XIII to be titled ‘Star Trek Beyond’
A big unknown about the new film was one very important detail: it’s title. TrekMovie was excited to break the news that the title of the thirteenth Star Trek film will be Star Trek Beyond, a move that suggested this movie will focus more on exploring the great unknown and going “beyond” what we’ve seen before.
1. BREAKING: Simon Pegg to co-write Star Trek 3 with Doug Jung
After it was announced that Bob Orci, co-writer of the first two Nu Trek films and would-be director of the third, was removed from the production of Beyond, everyone wondered what would happen to the film and who would fill a few very important seats. The news that Simon Pegg (long celebrated by the nerd community and our new Scotty) along with Doug Jung would be penning the new script came as a pleasant surprise for most, giving us Trekkies hope for a good film to come.
Honorable Mention: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ teaser trailer makes online debut
The biggest recent news regarding Star Trek Beyond is of course the debut of the first teaser trailer, the likes of which has had a… shall we say… mixed reaction (even from the film’s writer Simon Pegg).