Today’s tidbits for the new Star Trek movie take us to the flame-broiled frontier, with news on the upcoming Burger King TV campaign. Plus we have more details on that ‘D.A.C.’ game, comments on Sulu’s ‘innocence’ from John Cho, ticket sales for Europeans, an amazing Star Wars/Star Trek mashup, and much more..
Burger King shot commercials on Enterprise
It has already been reported that Burger King is one of the promo partners, but yesterday the Fishbowl LA blog had a scoop about the commercials. According to the site, the Burger King commercials were shot on set of the Enterprise and they even used the same director of photography (Daniel Mindel) and the same production designer (Scott Chambliss) as the movie. No word on what these commercial might entail, but if I had to guess I would expect to see a burger beam in.
Would you like fries with that captain?
More D.A.C. details
In our last Tidbits we showed off the advanced release promo sheet for a new game, seemingly tied to the new movie. Paramount are still in ‘no comment’ mode regarding this game, but Variety’s Cut Scene gaming blog is reporting some more details. Based on their sources Star Trek D.A.C. will be a download game for Playstation Network and XBox Live and will arrive the week of the movie. No detailed description of the game except that it is "probably not a fully 3-D adventure" and it is speculated, based on the artwork, that the game is some kind of combat sim with players controlling the Enterprise. When Paramount is ready to talk, we will bring the full details, including (hopefully) what D.A.C. stands for.
Trailer #3 Sets Download Record
In a new press release, Paramount announced that the new trailer has broken all existing records at Apple.com. The trailer was downloaded over 1.8 million times during the first 24 hours on Apple.com and has had over five million total downloads since premiering on the site on March 6th. This makes it the most popular HD download in the history of the site.
Star Trek Wars
Speaking of the new trailer, TrekMovie reader Davey Kulessa has put together a very well made mashup, re-imagined from a galaxy far far away. Watch it below (after the trailer runs through once it is repeated showing both versions for comparison).
Star Trek movie gets shout out on Kyle XY
This weeks episode of the ABC Family sci-fi teen drama Kyle XY titled "Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner" starts off with a whole discussion about the new Star Trek movie. You can watch the whole episode online at ABC Family, or see the Trek part below (advance to around 3:30)
Last week we reported that the Arclight in Hollywood became the first theater to sell tickets for the new Star Trek movie, and now a couple of European cinemas are jumping in. Firstly the Empire Theater in Leicester Square in London has started selling tickets for show times on Thursday May 7th. And the Pathé IMAX theater in Amsterdam will be holding the worldwide IMAX premiere on Wednesday May 6th. More on getting tickets to that event the Dutch Star Trek fan club site Federation.nl.
Cho’s Sulu is more innocent
SciFi Wire has some comments from John Cho about his approach to the role of Sulu and how it differs from George Takei’s original portrayal:
George’s Sulu was a veteran, and he was always in control of the ship. And … since this is his first mission, he’s thrust into the position of helmsman by accident, and all of these things are happening. … He’s not supposed to be on the ship; he’s not supposed to be doing all this stuff. So … I wanted this Sulu to be a little bit more innocent, a little bit younger and a little bit more caught off guard by all of this stuff. And I felt like it would be a nice way to begin that arc, since we’re going back in time.
More from Cho at SciFiWire.
Cho’s Sulu – the accidental helmsman?
Thorsten’s Art Gallery – Sulu
In honor of the new Sulu, today’s entry in Thorsten Wulff’s ‘Trek Cast As Art’ series focuses on the Hikaru’s kickassery, through the lens of Quentin Tarantino.
If that isn’t enough for you, there is even more
- Effects magazine Cinefex announced their July issue will have extensive feature on the Star Trek effects (pre-orders available)
- AskMen.com ranks new Star Trek movie as 6th most hype-worthy guy movie (Inglorious Bastards was #1)
- EW’s Popwatch is having trouble recognizing Simon Pegg in the new Star Trek banners, seeing more Yul Brynner
Is that you Simon?
Thanks to Rob, Patrick, and Keith (and anyone else I forgot) for sending in tips and links