They skipped San Diego Comic Con last summer and New York Comic Con last week, but Paramount is bringing a Star Trek panel to WonderCon in San Francisco in just over two weeks. Today the full schedule for WonderCon was announced and included is a ‘sneak peek’ and a ‘special guest’ from the new Star Trek movie. There are other Trek related panels as well, including one with yours truly.
Paramount and Star Trek at WonderCon
When one peruses the WonderCon schedule now online, tucked in with the dozens of other events is the following (on Saturday Feb. 28):
2:00-2:45 Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment: Star Trek—A vision by J. J. Abrams, featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no one has gone before. The film stars John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin, with Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy. Be among the first to see exclusive sneak peek footage from this exciting adventure before its May 8 release. Plus a special guest you won’t want to miss, appearing live on the WonderCon stage. Esplanade
What could it be?
This event is just six days before the premiere of Watchmen, so the ‘sneak peek’ could just be the new trailer which is attached to Watchmen. But they have set aside 45 minutes, so perhaps it could be a public showing of some of the 20 minutes of footage shown to the press in the Fall, or maybe some other new footage. Regardless, if you are at WonderCon, you will want to be in that room. You can be sure that TrekMovie.com will be on hand to report from the event. As for the special guest’, well that could be anyone, but hopefully it is a member of the ‘Supreme Court’ and/or or one of the stars of the Star Trek movie.
More Trek at WonderCon 2009
And that isn’t the only event, here are all the other Star Trek related panels just announced, including one with your truly chatting and debating Trek with some other alleged Trek ‘luminaries.’
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27
3:30-4:30 The Once & Future Trek!—Our regular panel of expert Treksperts reconvenes to hold court on the new Star Trek film from J. J. Abrams as well as share their candid and uncensored thoughts on the state of the franchise and the upcoming releases of the original classic feature films on Blu-Ray. Boldly go to Room 104 with such luminaries as Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Special Edition, visual effects producer), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars), comedian Mary Forest, and Anthony Pascale (TrekMovie.com editor). Room 104
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
12:30-1:30 Worlds of Wonder: David Gerrold’s Writing Workshop
The Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author David Gerrold taught writing at Pepperdine University for nearly twenty years. Here is the entire twenty-year course boiled down to one hour, brought to you by Mr. Gerrold (Star Trek the Original Series: "The Trouble with Tribbles"). Room 220
2:00-2:45 Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment: Star Trek
A vision by J. J. Abrams, featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no one has gone before. The film stars John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin, with Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy. Be among the first to see exclusive sneak peek footage from this exciting adventure before its May 8 release. Plus a special guest you won’t want to miss, appearing live on the WonderCon stage. Esplanade
3:30-4:30 It Came from 1979
Get ready to geek out as we party like it’s 1979. Re-appreciate the camp classics of 1979, including The Black Hole, Buck Rogers and, of course, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, among others. See some rare footage, reminisce and get insider insight on the films that didn’t change a nation. (We promise the panel will only be slightly longer than the Enterprise flyby in drydock.) Starring Robert Meyer Burnett (Enterprise, The Hills Run Red), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars), Daren Dochterman (Iron Man 2, Riddick, conceptual artist), comedian Mary Forest, and Ashely E. Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Room 236/238
6:00-7:00 The Anthropology of Star Trek
Daryl G. Frazetti of the Department of Anthropology at Lake Tahoe Community College discusses the anthropological themes in the Star Trek universe. Select themes include politics, religion, social problems, and the anthropological concept of "race". A brief discussion on the subculture of fandom is also included, along with the cultural impact of Trek. Audience participation is encouraged, as this presentation spans the franchise and explores the relationship between Star Trek and society throughout the past four decades. Room 232/234
SUNDAY, MARCH 1
2:00-3:00 IDW Summer Movie Preview: G.I. Joe, Star Trek, and Transformers
IDW editor Denton J. Tipton hosts writers Chris Mowry (Transformers Movie Prequel) and Mike Johnson (Star Trek: Countdown), and artist Andrew Griffith (Transformers Movie Prequel) for a discussion about their books that lead in to this summer’s biggest blockbusters. Room 104
Be there or be square
WonderCon 2009 is held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, from Friday February 27th to Sunday March 1st. For more information visit comic-con.org/wc