Last month, producer David C. Fein shared a few images with StarTrek.com about the updated and improved version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Director’s Edition. Today, the article was updated to include more details about work on the new 4K edition, including our first look at some of the newly re-rendered Director’s Edition scenes.
Working from new scans
David Fein’s comments:
Using scans of original 1979 photography plates-including some intended to be used but were omitted at the time–our team is digitally recombining these elements to present them as they were originally intended, and with a clarity and quality unimagined. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!
Two years ago, we interviewed the film’s visual effects supervisor, the legendary Douglas Trumbull, who mentioned that the original 65mm film elements that he and his crew shot could possibly be hiding in a Paramount vault somewhere. Based on Fein’s comments, it certainly seems like they found something.
Teases of new CGI renders
The Director’s Edition introduced a number of changes to the film’s visual effects, some of which were complete replacements, while others were enhancements of an existing shot. Fein shared images of the new versions of five of these scenes. Sadly, the images he shared aren’t 4K resolution, but you can still see a clear improvement from the older 2001 versions of these shots. Note that these are work in progress and not the final versions.
The new 4K version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition will debut on Paramount+ in 2022.
Keep checking TrekMovie for more updates about this very cool project.
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