AICN got the net buzzing today by linking to this image with the suggestion that it may be a leaked design for the Enterprise in the new Star Trek.
…but CGI artist Gabriel Koerner has confirmed this is actually one of his designs.
Koerner tells TrekMovie.com:
It would’ve been a dream to create a beautiful Wagon Train to the Stars for JJ Abrams worthy of the command of James Tiberius Kirk. I have not seen the design they chose, but this is one of three ideas I had designed as what I would’ve done if tasked with that assignment. The one pictured here was published in Pocket Books’ ‘Ships of the Line’, a calendar of CG imagery by Trek VFX alum. I am sure Ryan Church has done the vessel justice, betcha his makes mine look like a Pinto.
Gabriel Koerner is well known to Star Trek fans as both a beloved fan featured in the documentaries Trekkies and Trekkies 2 as well as an accomplished CGI artist. Koerner is living the dream working at Digital Domain and has done work for Star Trek Enterprise, Battlestar Galactica and many feature films. He is currently at work on the new Speed Racer film from the Wachowski brothers. Like any CGI artist who is also a Trek fan, Koerner loves to make Star Trek models and many of his concepts for a ‘new’ Enterprise have shown up online, often mistaken for the real thing (by no fault of Gabe’s).
The supposed leaked Enterprise is actually available on Gabriel’s website. Here are a couple of other angles of the same Enterprise on Gabriel’s site:
One of Koerner’s designs has even worked its way into a fan made teaser trailer:
NOTE: THIS WORK IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH OR COMMISSIONED BY DIGITAL DOMAIN
You can visit Gabe’ site at gabekoerner.com.
UPDATE: Orci Responds
In the talkback section below, Star Trek co-writer and executive producer Roberto Orci responds to this latest false positive and gives a hint at what we might see for real
I think they’re quite beautiful. A lot of nice work.
You just can’t deny the SHAPE of the ship, which is so great — so elegant.
Can’t wait to show show you ours.
With flames :)
…fyi…he is kidding about the flames (or we all hope so)