The Star Trek sequel reveals more images (both unofficial and semi-official), plus bad news for Comic Con, a (impressive) fake trailer, stars & producers on the record, game news and more.
Behind Scenes Pix From Star Trek reveal more costumes
Another Star Trek sequel update and another set of pictures revealed from the production, which actually wrapped up over a month ago. The latest pictures come from the child actress Anjini Azhar, who plays the daughter of a "family man" (played by Doctor Who's Noel Clarke) and his wife (24's Nanzeen Contractor). Apparently not getting the whole J.J. Abrams zone of secrecy thing, the manager for this young actress posted pictures of her from the set, including images of her and he co-stars in costume. Eventually they realized their mistake and pulled the photos from her official IMDB profile, but it was too late...the Interwebs had already absorbed them. One of the things Azhar's photos gave us was the first pictures of Clarke and Contractor from the film.
Azhar with Clarke (L) and Contractor (R) – apparently in Star Trek sequel costumes
There were also pictures of Azhar with other cast members, the most interesting of which was with Simon Pegg and Anton Yelchin wearing what appears to be some kind of new dress uniform, complete with some pretty big hats.
Azhar with Pegg (L) and Yelchin (R) with their new Starfleet uniforms
JJ (sort of) reveals Klingons for Star Trek sequel
Speaking of images being leaked, another shot from the Star Trek sequel seems to have got out, but this time it is director/producer JJ Abrams who is doing the leaking. JJ showed up in a skit from the MTV movie awards, as part of a joke about an archery instructor for the movies and how he had to cut a Klingon sub-plot from the Star Trek sequel. Well the skit was funny but what Trekkies were focused on was the screen behind JJ which showed an actual Klingon, and this wasn't one from the deleted scenes from the 2009 movie. . TrekMovie had already confirmed (and reported here as well) that Klingons will play a role in the Star Trek sequel. Following the MTV Movie Awards, it was soon confirmed by Hit Fix and TrekMovie that this Klingon glimpse was an intentional leak on behalf of JJ.
JJ and a Klingon in MTV movie skit (click to enlarge)
No Star Trek at Comic-Con...but here is a fake trailer while we wait
There had been hope that Paramount would have a Star Trek sequel panel at San Diego Comic-Con next month, revealing the first footage from the movie. However late on Tuesday that hope was dashed as Variety reported Paramount was not doing a big Hall H panel, and I confirmed at TrekMovie that this included no Star Trek panel was planned (and it was "unlikely" for this plan to change).
It is a bit disappointing but not entirely surprising. Filming only wrapped a month ago and four years ago Paramount also didn't show anything from Star Trek for their 2009 movie. Speaking to TrekMovie a couple of weeks ago about the possibility of showing at SDCC, Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof, noted "it is an aggressive timetable. If we are going to go we are going to go big or not go at all." So apparently the decision has been made that they are not ready to go big so they are not going. Screenwriter Alex Kurzman echoed those statements in an interview right here at Movies.com as well.
Anticipation for the first footage or trailer for the Star Trek movie is so high that even though the description of this "teaser trailer" clearly states it is fan-made, it fooled Aint It Cool News and a number of other sites. In just a week this fake racked up 1/4 million views, and it is actually pretty impressive (again for a fake).
Star Trek sequel will be released in IMAX 3D
Not much of a surprise here, but a press release today announced that the Star Trek sequel will arrive in IMAX 3D, as well as conventional theaters. Also of note is the fact that J.J. Abrams has shot select scenes with IMAX cameras, which should add quite a bit to the experience of seeing it in IMAX.
Lindelof, Orci, Pine and Pegg Talk Trek Sequel
Some of the luminaries behind the Star Trek movie have been talking Trek while out promoting other things. They all continue to say the right kinds of things about the upcoming movie. Here are some select quotes...
I feel that Trek is at its best when it is intimate and human and relatable...And when I say human, that can include aliens too. But all the things that we view as emotional touchstones: love, loss, and courage and all those themes that are the core of Trek. You sometimes when you want to make a movie too big for its own good, it loses some of those essential values.
- Damon Lindelof on how "bigger" sequel doesn't sacrifice character (TrekMovie.com)
we’re introducing what is a very cool and nuanced force of antagonism that’s a little different from the first movie, which was just a steaming Romulan ball of rage that needs to be stopped at all costs.
- Damon Lindelof on the villain (IGN)
I can already say with a certain degree of confidence that he is gonna give an iconic film performance and one of the best sci-fi performances that I’ve ever seen.
- Damon Lindelof on Benedict Cumberbatch's performance, as villain (Collider)
You will see more of the Enterprise and different environments and different ships
- Simon Pegg on what's new for sequel (IGN)
We are in the era of The Avengers movie and people get excited by that stuff and indeed the stuff we have in our film is really cool to watch and to look at, but what I think is more important, and hopefully what people gravitated to in the first one, are good stories about people. And I think we are capitalizing on the interest people have in these characters and the growth and the journey that these people go on amongst all these crazy special effects.
- Chris Pine on how story is more important than effects in Star Trek (WGN)
We did talk a lot in the writing of this movie and during production about what the next movie might be and started getting excited about some of the ideas.
- Damon Lindelof how they are already thinking about next Trek movie (TrekMovie.com)
Also chatting about the Star Trek sequel recently was co-writer/producer Roberto Orci who dropped by TrekMovie.com to answer questions of the fans (while he was on a flight). Some of the highlights from that chat were...
- Sequel still does not have a title
- Team hopes first teaser will be released "very soon"
- "More than a few" hints have already been dropped in the ongoing Star Trek comic books
- Animated Star Trek series tie-in still in consideration
Star Trek game looks great at E3 - Gorn revealed as Villain
Last week was the big E3 gaming show in Los Angeles. One of the highlights of the show was the Namco Bandai booth and the demo of the "Star Trek" game due in early 2013. The big reveal for E3 was that the villain for the game was going to be The Gorn, the lizard-men first encountered by Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek episode "Arena." However, as explained at E3, the Gorn seen in this game will show a lot more variety, and there will be different kinds of Gorn seen in the game. One thing is for sure, these Gorn are pretty scary.
One of the Gorn from "Star Trek" the game
As for the demo itself, it was very impressive. Let's face it, movie games tend to suck. And for the last decade most Star Trek games suck too. But Paramount, Bad Robot and game developer Digital Extremes are all aware of these facts and so they haven't created your typical licensed game. Firstly, they are taking their time on the game. And this game has a stand-alone story that is set between the 2009 Star Trek movie and the sequel due out in May 2013.
Also Bad Robot and the team behind the Star Trek movies are working very closely with the developers to make sure this game fits in with their canon and is a worthy part of the Star Trek experience. In addition, the entire main cast of Star Trek actors are lending their voices to the game, lead by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. In the co-op game (which will be available on PC, XBox 360 and Playstation 3) you play as either Kirk or Spock and you have to work together to solve the mystery behind why New Vulcan is no longer communicating.
Work together as Kirk and Spock in new "Star Trek" game due in early 2013
The game play shown at E3 demonstrated how playing as Kirk and Spock provides a different experience so once you are done playing a Kirk you can play again as Spock and have a different game. Namco released a new video which includes a couple of clips of the E3 demo, showing off the different perspectives of Kirk and Spock. Check that out below.
They also launched a new website www.startrekgame.com, which you should check out. If you can't tell, I'm really excited about this game and it has been a long time since I have been excited about a Star Trek game.
Here are some rapid-fire bits of Trek news that have nothing to do with the sequel
La-La Land records released the excellent 3-CD complete score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Farsight Studios is looking to Kickstarter to project to digitize Star Trek: TNG Pinball game
Fathom Entertainment is selling tickets for June 23rd Star Trek: The Next Generation theater event
Current issue of SFX Magazine (issue 223) is dedicated to Star Trek: The Next Generation
Paramount Park Murcia in Spain broke ground on theme park to include Star Trek attractions
Artist renditions of Plaza Futura from Paramount Park Murcia
Photo of the week: O Captains! My Captains!
On June 3rd, the five Star Trek TV captains appeared together (for the first time) at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. They posed for a great photo (below). From L to R, William Shatner (Kirk, Star Trek), Patrick Stewart (Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Avery Brooks (Sisko, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Kate Mulgrew (Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager) and Scott Bakula (Archer, Star Trek: Enterprise).
(Tomlin Campbell photo for Wizard World)
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