On Friday TrekMovie reported a story about how Paramount, Bad Robot and director JJ Abrams were going to grant a dying fan’s wish to see an early preview of Star Trek Into Darkness. That private screening has now taken place and TrekMovie has been sent a statement from the family about the event and giving thanks to the internet fan community for helping to make it happen. See below for more details
On December 14th a 9-minute preview of Star Trek Into Darkness premiered with IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit. TrekMovie was quick to publish early impressions along with a later (more spoilery) detailed review on release day. But, was any of it scientifically realistic? Today Science Saturday is dedicated to an in-depth look beyond what we saw on the screen. Get your tricorder ready, and reverse the polarity of the warp nacelles; it’s time for a science diagnostic of the Into Darkness IMAX preview.
Today we share a sad story about a fellow Star Trek fan that has a touching silver lining. On Christmas Day a friend of a lifelong Trek fan’s family made a post on Reddit about how it was this fan’s dying wish to see Star Trek Into Darkness. And the message eventually worked its way to the powers that be with Trek and it looks like the fan is going to get his wish. More details below.
Another set of interviews from the recent Star Trek Into Darkness publicity tour have emerged, this time from Korea. See below for excerpts of what Benedict Cumberbatch and JJ Abrams had to say about the film’s villain John Harrison, find out why JJ says the movie’s 3D is like none you have seen before and see what Zachary Quinto had to say about Kirk and Spock’s relationship in the film. [minor spoilers]
The final paperback from the Star Trek Vanguard series has come and gone, but there was one more story to tell. The final release in the series is the new e-book, "Star Trek: Vanguard – In Tempest’s Wake," by Dayton Ward. in this novella, Capt. Kirk reflects life in "interphase." Find out how it all works out in the TrekMovie review below.
It has been two years since their last outing, but now the Star Trek TOS-era based fan series Starship Farragut has just release a new episode, "Price of Anything." This third episode finds the crew of the USS Farragut facing off against Romulans. You can learn more about it below an watch the entire episode.
In a new interview, Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof discusses the process of making the film at length, including how they are dealing with tying into the the last film and the rest of Star Trek canon. He also talks about Kirk’s arc, the time setting of the movie and more. Excerpts and highlights below (minor spoilers).
With the release of a second trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness there are now (of course) more trailer mashups to share, starting with a very clever combination using My Little Pony. Check that and other Trailer #2 mashups below, plus a collection of mashups of classic Trek on TV and film with Trailer #1.
Last month TrekMovie reported that even though he had been approached, JJ Abrams was not interested in directing the new Star Wars movie in development at Disney (who recently acquired LucasFilm). In a new interview Abrams offers more details on why he said no, notably that he feels a loyalty to Star Trek.
The TrekMovie team wants to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas. And we are not alone. Many of Star Trek’s stars are sharing holiday wishes too, see their tweets an pictures below, and and a video message from William Shatner. We also have some fun Trekmas videos.
UPDATED: It’s a Christmas Miracle. The brand new Empire Magazine has a cover story from a Star Trek Into Darkness set visit including interviews with JJ Abrams and some of the cast. They also have some brand new exclusive images. TrekMovie has some excerpts of Abrams, Cumberbatch and Pine giving more details (and spoilers) on the film and its villain. Check that out below along with new images. [UPDATE 2: more images added]
With the current year rounding out, TrekMovie begins looking ahead to the Trek fiction schedule coming from Simon and Schuster. 2013 in Star Trek books will include the novelization of Star Trek Into Darkness along with a heavy emphasis of books set in the TOS era, but Enterprise is also featured and there is a big mini-series set for the fall. Get all the details (and some covers) below .
Now that the epic eight-issue Next Generation/Doctor Who mini-series from IDW Publishing has concluded, TrekMovie presents a Star Trek Doctor Who Christmas Special, briefly reviewing a completely random and entirely subjective literary and art history of the intersections of the Trek and Who franchises. Read on about some old (and not so old) Trek/Who stuff after the break…
Today we post transcript of the third (and final) Star Trek Into Darkness interview transcript from the Japan press event, this time with Chris Pine talking about how he has personally changed since the last film and how Kirk has changed as well. The actor also gives some more details on Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain John Harrison and more.
There is another interesting fan production in development, this time set before the original Star Trek series and focusing on another famous starship captain, Garth of Izar. The new series is called "Star Trek: Axanar" and it is being developed by a team that includes some members of the Star Trek Phase II series. The "web feature" also has just cast BSG star Richard Hatch who plays the main Klingon antagonist. Find out more about Axanar below.
Believe it or not, but the speculation and buzz for Star Trek Into Darkness we see in the US some other countries is not universal. In some markets the uber-secret approach to promoting the film just doesn’t work. An example is Japan where in an interview found by TrekMovie’s Tokyo correspondent, producer/director JJ Abrams actually provided some details about the film’s plot and themes. Get the spoilers below and also find out what Abrams had to say about lens flares in IMAX 3D!
The hottest topic around Trek these days has been about the villain (and his plan) in Star Trek Into Darkness. A newly released video of Benedict Cumberbatch from the Japanese press event offers some more tidbits, including how JJ Abrams described the role villain role before his audition. Cumberbatch also says that even though he is a bad guy, the villain has a three dimensional motivation and he may even be a sympathetic character.
JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company is new to Twitter, but they are already giving Trek fans something to talk about. Today the official Bad Robot Twitter account sent out an image from the set of Star Trek Into Darkness. Also @bad_robot seems to have picked up on some tweets from @trekmovie about how the mayor of Newark, NJ wants to get into the next Star Trek. More details below.
The worlds of Star Trek and Doctor Who are colliding this week with some buzz around the notion of William Shatner appearing in Doctor Who as a classic villain. Could Bill be the next evil Time Lord to face The Doctor. He seems open and so is the actor who plays The Doctor. However the show’s executive producer doesn’t seem so keen. Get all the details below.
Today Namco Bandai has announced an official release date for their upcoming Star Trek video game, which is set between the 2009 Star Trek movie and Star Trek Into Darkness. The game will be in stores on April 23rd. You can also pre-order the game now. More info on this exciting upcoming title below including a new screenshot of the USS Enterprise.
George Takei, Star Trek’s original Sulu, is featured in a new video which is going viral this week with over 1/4 views in just over a day. The video has George reading excerpts from the best-selling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey." Check it out below but beware it is probably NSFW. Also warning there are many "Oh My!"s ahead.
Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 concludes and Brannon Braga’s Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive continues. This week’s fresh Star Trek comics from IDW Publishing are bad to the Borg. Previews, spoilers, and a brief rant ahead. We also have previews of both new comics
Two weeks ago TrekMovie reported that in Russia the local distributor chose an alternative title for Star Trek Into Darkness. The title (translated as "Star Trek: Vengeance") was one of those tested for the film but lost out to "Into Darkness" everywhere but Russia. Since the announcement some Trek fans in Russia have tried to get the decision changed and yesterday they even got a meeting with the Russian distributor. Get all the details below in a report from TrekMovie’s Moscow correspondent.
A few weeks ago TrekMovie reported on the release of the official synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness. As part of their recent promotional push for the film, Paramount has issued a new "one sheet" summary of the film with more info, and notably a new (and different) synopsis for the film. See what is new and different below but warning there are spoilers.
One of the highlights of the 2009 Star Trek movie (and hopefully the 2013 sequel Into Darkness) is the music of Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino. The composer is the subject of a new video interview where he discusses his various projects, including Star Trek. Watch it below to get to know Trek’s composer.
The teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness ‘has all sorts of interesting things to ponder for Trek fans looking for insights into the movie. As we do with all new trailers and previews, TrekMovie takes an in depth shot-by-shot look at this trailer, trying to pry out the secrets. Find out what’s inside the trailer below, but beware of Spoilers.
Once again Star Trek is going viral, as in viral campaign. Just like with 2009’s Star Trek movie, there is what appears to be the beginning of a viral campaign for Star Trek Into Darkness with a hidden Easter Egg within the new Teaser Trailer. .
The second trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness has just been released. This one is being called the “Teaser Trailer” and is the same one which debuted with domestic non-IMAX screenings of The Hobbbit: An Unexpected Journey over the weekend. It is longer than the “announcement trailer” and has many new things to see. And you can watch it below. Warning: Spoilers.
IDW has released their March previews for Star Trek comics and we have the covers and details for you below. Plus TrekMovie catches up on some of the other recent Star Trek comic news to get you up to speed. There has been a lot of activity, including a stunning collection of Star Trek newspaper strips. Spoilers ahead.
The wait is over for Star Trek Into Darkness, well actually for the first nine minutes of the movie which can bee seen at IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit this weekend. Today TrekMovie analyzes this prologue in detail. See below and also chat about it in the comments section. You can also chat about the new trailer which is also showing in non-IMAX domestic Hobbit screenings (and will be online on Monday). Warning: Spoilers.