October 2007

New Trek Team Bringing Sci-Fi Back To Fox

Tonight brings news of another big Hollywood deal for the members of the Trek team – this time a new sci-fi show for Fox. The trades are reporting that Star Trek director J.J. Abrams, along with co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and executive producer Bryan Burk, have sold a paranormal drama series called Fringe to Fox. The quartet will each have executive producer credits and there is a search on for a showrunner. The show is described as a mix of The X-Files and Altered States with (according to Abrams) "a slight Twilight Zone vibe." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fringe was born and written between Star Trek production meetings.

Interview – Roberto Orci On Why He Is A Trekkie & Making Trek Big Again

Regular visitors to this site know that Star Trek co-writer and executive producer Roberto Orci isn’t just another A-List Hollywood writer, but is also a geeky sci-fi fan like rest of us. To find out just how big a geek he is Bob was kind enough to take some time out and talk Trek in an exclusive interview with TrekMovie.com. In the first part (of two) of our interview the screenwriter talks about his history as a Trek fan, his views of all the Trek series as well as his favorite books and episodes. He also discusses his insights into what has made the franchise endure and how that is influencing the approach to re-invigorating the franchise.

Abrams Back To ABC – Orci & Kurtzman Back To Transformers

Although Star Trek is currently their focus, the new Star Trek team are still in high demand. First up is director J.J. Abrams who has sold his first network show as part of his Warner Brothers TV deal. According to the Hollywood Reporter ABC has bought a pilot for a one-hour dramedy to be executive produced (along with Abrams and Bryan Burk) by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, Grey’s Anatomy). The show, titled Boundaries, centers on a failing cable access shrink who rediscovers her true purpose when she is forced to take a job as a mobile notary. If it gets a series commitment it will be Abrams fifth show for ABC (after Alias, Lost, What About Brian and Six Degrees).

New Artwork From Star Trek: Online

Perpetual’s Star Trek: Online MMORPG is still over a year away, but in a new ‘DevLog‘ they are showing off quite a bit of new artwork for the game. In the past they have shown large matte painting vistas, such as this Vulcan Village… …now they are showing individual components, plus a ‘killer’ surprise (below)

Oh My – Takei Gets His Own Asteroid

Star Trek’s original Sulu is navigating through space again… now as a large rock. The asteroid formerly known as 1994 GT9, located between Mars and Jupiter, has been renamed 7307 Takei in honor of George Takei. The actor tells The Associated Press he was honored to become a fixture of space, stating: I am now a heavenly body. I found out about it yesterday. … I was blown away. It came out of the clear, blue sky — just like an asteroid.

Fall Brings Changes in Trek on Cable

With the new fall season comes some changes for Star Trek series running in syndication on cable TV. The biggest change is that Star Trek The Next Generation is no longer being shown on Spike TV. Spike (when it was TNN) began running TNG in October of 2001, but the channel has changed a lot since that time and it appears they may be moving away from Trek. Spike is still showing Voyager in the early evenings and DS9 mostly in graveyard. TNG can still be seen on G4. Enterprise’s schedule on HDNet has also changed. Updated schedule for all 5 series on cable below.

New Enterprise Test Footage?

The July TrekMovie.com story that the USS Enterprise will be in the new Star Trek sparked much speculation. A video (titled ‘test footage’) appeared on YouTube a few days after the story, but just got noticed in the last week sparking many emails to TrekMovie.com. After consulting those in the know, TrekMovie.com has come to the following conclusion…

More From McGillion On Scotty Audition

The TrekMovie.com scoop about Stargate Atlantis actor Paul McGillion auditioning for the role of Scotty in the new Star Trek film has swept around the interweb for the last week and also appeared in print as well. A representative for McGillion tells TrekMovie.com that we ‘started a landslide’ in requests for info about Paul. Fan reaction has also been overwhelmingly positive with McGillion taking in 67% of the votes in our 7 way Scotty poll (see poll archive). In a new interview with our friends at Gateworld (the best Stargate site), McGillion talks more about the possibility of being the next Enterprise engineer. It was obviously thrilling to be able to go in and read for that character, seeing as I grow up watching Star Trek with my family

Quinto On His Costars and Director

The new Spock has the nicest things to say about the new Uhura and Chekov. Zachary Quinto tells MTV Anton Yelchin is like [”Heroes” co-star] Hayden [Panettiere] actually. He is like an eighteen-year-old kid that blows me away when I watch his acting. And Zoë I’ve known [a long time] actually. She did a movie with a friend of mine seven or eight years ago. I got to meet her and know her a little bit back then and am excited to re-meet her and work with her now.

Nichols Reassured By Abrams – Wants To Talk To Saldana

It appears that Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner are not the only Original Series cast members to get briefed by J.J. Abrams. In a new interview with MTV, Nichelle Nichols revealed the new Star Trek director contacted her to talk about the new Uhura – Zoe Saldana. Nichols is quoted as saying: I talked with J.J. Abrams, and he was telling me about her, that he felt she brought to Uhura what he found fascinating in my having created the character. He says that she has the charisma and presence [I did]."