Many fans of the new Star Trek movie still have questions and yesterday the screenwriters answered a few at a screening, we have details on that below. Plus Trek had another leggy day on Wednesday at the Box office. We have all that plus a new make your own T Shirt contest and a couple of new Star Wars looks at Star Trek.
Orci & Kurtzman respond to issues
Although the new Star Trek film has got mostly rave reviews in the mainstream and nerd media, there are some issues that many have brought up, including reviewers here at TrekMovie. Well there was a special screening of the Star Trek film last night in LA arranged by Creative Screenwriting Magazine, and Bob and Alex attended and answered some questions. Our friend Mojo has a blog about this event, here are some highlights of what the pair had to say [SPOILERS]:
- Deleted scene showed Corvette was George Kirk’s and little Jim stole it because abusive step dad was going to sell it [note: this scene is in the book]
- Winona Kirk was in Starfleet (explaining why she was on Kelvin)
- Kirk’s coincidental run-in with Spock Prime on Delta Vega was example of fate trying to bring them together (was covered in script at one point) [see TrekMovie interview which covers this]
- Deleted scene explained Gaila the Orion helped Kirk cheat on Kobayashi Maru
There’s more at Mojo’s blog from O&K, including talking about Uhura & Spock and even lens flares.
Creative Screenwriting should also be putting up a podcast of the event, we will link to that when it is available. Bob and Alex are also featured in the cover story of the current issue of the magazine, here is the cover.
Bob and Alex in Creative Screenwriting
ATTN LA Writers: Attend ‘An Evening With Kurtzman & Orci’
If you want your chance to talk to them, next Tuesday the WGA is holding a ‘Writers on Writers’ talk and reception with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. They will talk about their careers and projects followed by an audience Q & A. The event is on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30-9:30pm at the Writers Guild Theater (135 S Doheny Dr., 90211). Tickets are $20 (with discounts for WGA members and studets). More details at wgfoundation.org.
Box Office: Trek 6 day total matches Wolverine + weekend estimates
Star Trek brought in $5.8M on Wednesday, bringing its six day domestic total up to $99.0M. Even though Wolverine had a bigger opening weekend, Star Trek’s stronger weekdays have been enough to essentially match Wolverine’s six day total of $99.1M. This must be especially gratifying to Paramount as some early reports suggested Wolverine would make twice as much as Trek. Box Office Mojo is also reporting Star Trek has brought in over $42M in International sales so far, bringing the total take to $141.8M (note international data is not as up to date and Trek has yet to open in some markets).
With the good word of mouth keeping Trek buoyant, the next question is how well will it do in its second weekend when it faces off against Angels & Demons. Today on Twitter there was a bit of chatter amongst some movie site mavens about whether Trek could actually get a second number one weekend, with Cinematical’s Erik Davis predicting a Trek winner. But that seems unlikely. Although prognosticators assume Angels & Demons will win, the Box office Mojo Derby has Trek bringing in $38.5M, and BoxOffice.com predicting $42M.
There is one indicator already, as Fandango has announced that Angels & Demons is currently accounting for 46% of sales, with Star Trek accounting for 42%.
Make your own Star Trek T-shirt – win a prize package
Searching for the perfect Star Trek T-Shirt? Why not design your own and win some prizes. Yerzies, the site that promises you to ‘make it yerz’ is another new Star Trek licensee and they are running a contest to promote that where you can submit your own design for a Star Trek T-Shirt. The 10 best finalists will be chosen in two weeks and all of those will then be available for purchase. A winner will be chosen later based on sales and the designer gets $500 in Star Trek prizes. You can submit your entry (and look at the other entries so far) at yerzies.com
Finally: Star Trek v Star Wars
We heard a lot from the filmmakers about how they wanted to bring some Star Wars into Star Trek, and a new video at College Humor looks at just how far they went…
And if that isn’t enough Star Wars and Trek, then there is this…