Tonight I had the honor to be invited to a special preview presentation of the opening 9-minute prologue from Star Trek Into Darkness which will be showing at IMAX 3D screenings of the Hobbit next weekend. A detailed play-by-play will be held until next weekend but I can report on comments from JJ Abrams, share my first impressions of seeing IMAX 3D Trek, and go into a bit of minor spoilers (at end of the article).
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The big news this week is the Star Trek Into Darkness announcement trailer. And now two of the films stars are talking (a little) about it. Zoe Saldana weighs in on the sexiness of costar and villain Benedict Cumberbatch, whereas Simon Pegg seems to be enjoying sitting back and watching all the wild speculation. More details below plus photos of Zoe from an awards event last night.
Before JJ Abrams jetted off to Tokyo to show the Japanese press some of Star Trek: Into Darkness on IMAX, the producer/director showed up at an event celebrating 100 episodes of Fringe over the weekend. While there Abrams spoke a bit about how the Star Trek Into Darkness footage is "mind-blowing." More details below.
Remember a couple of months ago when JJ Abrams went onto Conan to make the big reveal a few frames of Star Trek Into Darkness? Well not to be undone, tonight Zachary Quinto appeared on Conan and showed his own entire special ‘clip’ from the movie. And you can watch the whole thing below.
Once again director JJ Abrams is going global and taking footage on the road to help build buzz for his new movie. JJ will be in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday meeting with the press and showing off the preview of the Star Trek Into Darkness movie which will be shared with the public with IMAX screenings of The Hobbit, starting December 14th. More details on that below, plus Paramount has announced the international release dates for Into Darkness.
Star Trek’s new Kirk Chris Pine is currently shooting on another big role for Jack Ryan. In a new interview promoting Rise of the Guardians, Pine discussed the differences in stepping into Jack Ryan’s shoes to Kirk’s space boots, noting how William Shatner is more iconic. Watch the video bellow.
Tomorrow Issue 15 of IDW’s ongoing Star Trek comic series set in the new movie universe hits comic book stores. This issue begins a new two-part story that takes the new Alternate Universe into the Mirror Alternate universe. Check out a 7-page preview of the issue below.
Looks like we have another ‘will Zachary Quinto return to the role of Spock?’ scare going on. In a new interview promoting his work on American Horror Story, Zach said something which could (if viewed in a certain way) be interpreted as possibly saying he might not return for a third Trek film, following Star Trek Into Darkness.
Since the recent announcement that Disney had acquired LucasFilm and they were moving forward with a new Star Wars film trilogy there has been a lot of speculation about who will be involved in these projects. One name that has come up is JJ Abrams. In a new interview the Star Trek Into Darkness producer/director says he has another idea for his next project. Details below.
IDW Publishing presents a one-shot issue of their ongoing Star Trek series this week. Star Trek #13 features Cupcake in a poignant tale of what it really means to wear a red shirt in service to Starfleet. Spoilers and more after the break.
Karl Urban is back on the big screen in a couple of weeks, starring in the new Judge Dredd movie. While doing publicity he is trying hard to not talk about his role as Dr. McCoy in the 2013 Star Trek sequel, but some bits are sneaking through. Below we have some excerpts from recent interviews, plus the latest Dredd commercial.
Scotty’s unauthorized transwarp beaming research comes back to haunt him with a furry vengeance in Star Trek #12. Meanwhile, IDW Publishing solicits more Star Trek comics for November 2012 and TrekMovie rounds up recent comics news. Some spoilers after the break.
The only Star Trek TV captain not appearing at this week’s Star Trek con in Las Vegas is Patrick Stewart. And now we know why. It appears that Mr. Stewart is too busy in London making big money as an Olympics tickets scalper (or touter as they say across the pond). Watch the new Funny or Die video with Sir Patrick below, which also feature’s Star Trek’s Simon Pegg.
A JJ Abrams project that had seemed dormant is now getting more active. A new report says that the Star Trek producer/director is moving ahead on a reboot of Universal’s 1974 disaster movie Earthquke. Abrams has now hired a writer for project. More details below.
Bruce Greenwood is returning to the role of Admiral Christopher Pike for the 2013 Star Trek sequel. The actor was at the Saturn Awards last night and tried to stay within the confines of the film’s secrecy but did say some thigns about sets, the mood on the set and more. See excerpts and video below.
Star Trek’s Karl Urban has a bit more to say about the Star Trek sequel. No spoilers this time but he does go into how the crew of the Enterprise and their relationships will be "tested" in the next Trek. Interview excerpts below.
Cyborgs, furry beasts, and past encounters of the crossover kind are the order of the day in the third issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who – Assimilation2 and the beginning of a new story arc in the ongoing series, Star Trek #11, from IDW Publishing. Spoilers and a roundup of recent Star Trek comics after the break.
IDW has released previews for their Star Trek comics coming in October and it is going to be a busy month with four different books (not including variant covers). Included is the first collection of the Star Trek newspaper comic strips. Check out details and covers for all the Star Trek comics below.
In the second part of his new exclusive interview with TrekMovie.com, writer/producer Roberto Orci reveals how talks about Star Trek returning to TV series are getting real. Orci also finally (after some coaxing) makes a big declaration about the canon status of some of Star Trek’s extended universe materials. He also discusses his future with the franchise after the sequel.
This fall Star Trek director/producer (and co-creator of Lost and Fringe) JJ Abrams has another mysterious TV show headed to NBC, Revolution. The new series is set in a post-apocalypse world where all technology has stopped working. A new clip with footage and interview clips (including Abrams and pilot director Jon Favreau) was revealed at Comic Con and is now available from NBC. Watch it below
Star Trek sequel co-writer producer Damon Lindelof was interviewed at San Diego Comic Con over the weekend and went into detail on how the team are struggling to chose a title for the film and they are now to the point where Paramount is getting impatient. He also talked about how writing for the "crew" is different for the sequel and even the (in universe) time elapsed between movies. Details and video below, no spoilers.
Turns out Karl Urban was not lying when he said that some "exclusive" footage from the Star Trek sequel would be released this weekend. In fact he is the one releasing it on YouTube, but it’s not exactly what people had in mind. Mostly it is Urban having some fun. Check it out below.
There has been a lot of chatter in the last week so TrekMovie thought it was time again to check in with Star Trek co-writer/producer Roberto Orci who not only contradicted Karl Urban’s latest comments but also gave details on post-production and revealed some spoilers on the new characters in the film, talked titles and more…and this is only in the first part of the exclusive interview below.
One of the biggest points of speculation about the Star Trek sequel has been about the character played by Benedict Cumberbatch. There have been rumors, reports and denials about his role and today brings a brand new possible revelation, this time coming from co-star Karl Urban. More details and potential spoilers below.
On Friday night Star Trek: Voyager’s Robert Picardo will be back on TV, this time on Cinemax’s sexy anthology series Femme Fatales. We have a new preview of this and other Femme Fatales Season 2 episodes. Plus Picardo talks to TrekMovie about the episode and about meeting JJ Abrams.
Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof is adding a new writing project to his slate, and it is his first return to television since Lost wrapped up two years ago. Now he is set to adapt the post-Rapture novel "The Leftovers" into a series for HBO.
In the last day as part of their People Like Us publicity tour, both director Alex Kurtzman and star Chris Pine have ended up discussing the Star Trek sequel and specifically the arc of Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, with both noting that the end of the 2009 movie was not the end of their journey to becoming like the crew of the original series. Pine also talked about Benedict Cumberbatch and how his villain brings out the best qualities in Kirk’s journey.
Over the last couple of nights both Captains Kirk have been telling funny stories on late night TV, and we have the video. Firstly there is Chris Pine talking about being chased by a crazed fan in New York, and then we have William Shatner talking about dropping his pants at an airport. Check it all out below.
Chris Pine’s new movie People Like Us opens up this weekend and the actor has been out doing lots of publicity. While promoting his new film he and director Alex Kurtzman also been talking some Trek, Pine saying the sequel has a better story and Kurtman talking about "bold moves." Check out all the latest video from Chris’ publicity tour below, inlcuding talking about his small butt and how he would do a nude scene.
Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer was a call-in guest on a Southern California radio show over the weekend. He didn’t give away any big spoilers for the Star Trek movie, but he did rule out the appearance of a number of classic Star Trek characters. And perhaps more intriguingly, Orci discussed in detail some of the discussions that have been going on regarding bringing Star Trek back to TV.