Exclusive: Gil Gerard Joins Cawley’s Buck Rogers Web Series + Star Trek Phase II Update

It has been a while since we have reported on news from Cawley Productions on their Star Trek Phase II and new Buck Rogers web series, but today we have exclusives for both. First up is breaking news that Gil Gerard is joining the Buck Rogers series. Plus we have a production update and exclusive images from Phase II’s "Kitumba"

Gil Gerard To Join Buck Rogers Web Series
Back in January we reported that James Cawley’s Production Company had cut a deal to produce a new Buck Rogers in the 25th Century web series, with Star Trek Phase II’s Bobby Rice as Buck. Now Executive Producer James Cawley tells TrekMovie that has scored another classic actor coup by bringing on Gil Gerard has joined the cast of the new Internet series.

Gerard played Capt. William "Buck" Rogers in the 1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century as well as the NBC TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century which ran from 1979 through1981. Bringing on classic actors has been a tradition for Cawley. His Star Trek Phase II series has included a host of original Star Trek luminaries in front and behind the camera, including TOS actors George Takei, Walter Koenig and writer D.C. Fontana.

Gerard recently visited Retro Films Studio, where he met with Bobby Rice, the new Buck. Gerard offered Rice advice and his best wishes during their meeting, essentially passing the torch to the new Buck Rogers.

Gerard and Rice, Buck Classic with the new Buck !

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the Internet series, is currently in pre-production. More information at BuckRogersBegins.com.

Phase II Update: Kitumba wraps
Star Trek Phase II wrapped production on the upcoming episode "Kitumba" over last weekend. The episode is based on a modified script form the original unproduced Star Trek Phase II project from the 70s. The original story would have been the first inside look at the Klingon Empire and Klingon homeworld. The original’s version of Klingon culture was much different than the one fleshed out during TNG and DS9, with the Empire run by a boy king, the ‘Kitumba.’ Cawley tells TrekMovie that their version of the story will show how the Klingons transition from the TOS style brutal style of Klingons to the more honor-focused TNG era Klingons.

Cawley as Kirk with Jonathan Zungree (L) as Chekov in "Kitumba";

"Kitumba" is the first episode where Phase II has done location shooting, which included redressing a local restaurant for a Klingon tavern and Fort Ticonderoga for for a palace on the Klingon homeworld, Kronos.

Cawley as James T. Kirk in Phase II’s "Kitumba"

"Kitumba" will also premiere new bridge consoles, which are now all LCD screens, including the 37" screens for the large overhead displays. According to Cawley, all the animations can be changed at the flip of a switch.

Charles Root as Scotty on the bridge with new LCD screens, in Phase II’s "Kitumba"

"Kitumba" will premiere online sometime in 2010. Phase II has quite a few episodes now in post-production. The current plan calls for "Blood and Fire Part 2" to come out later in the summer, followed by "The Child" by the end of the year. Then in the first half of 2010 Cawley says he hopes to release "Enemy: Starfleet," followed by "Kitumba" later in the year.

For more on the Star Trek Phase II fan series, visit startrekphase2.com.

Also Vic Mignogna has some great behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot of "Kitumba" at his Facebook page.

Michelle Specht as a Klingon in a BTS photo from "Kitumba"

More FanMade News coming
TrekMovie has been a bit distracted and has not been keeping updated as much as we should regarding all the Star Trek fan productions. In the coming weeks we will be providing updates on what is going on with all the big productions, and some small ones too.

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