No television program has influenced the world as much as Star Trek has or has established as strong of a fan base. Between the original series, The Next Generation, and the other spin-offs, Star Trek has created a complete universe in which fans have immersed themselves for decades.
We know all about the Federation, the Klingons, the Vulcans, the captains, and the nastiness of phaser deaths. So here we are, 40 long years after Star Trek's debut, still watching the reruns and DVD releases, keeping up on what the next feature film will be about, and waiting eagerly to see what the newly CGI-enhanced original series is going to look like. William Shatner is as active as ever, not only starring in Boston Legal, but also being roasted on Comedy Central, appearing in commercials ...
All you space geeks out there have been given a few more months to get your Starfleet Academy uniforms pressed, Vulcan ears reshaped, and tribbles fluffed.
Paramount Studios has delayed the release date of the feature film Star Trek from Christmas of this year to May 8, 2009, according to Variety. If the studio is to be believed, the move was purely financial. Paramount believes the flick will perform better as a summer blockbuster rather than a holiday diversion.
The movie is being entrusted to producer extraordinaire J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias), who will direct. An adaptation of the original series of the venerable science-fiction franchise, Star Trek follows Captain Kirk through his younger days as a Starfleet Academy greenhorn.
The cast includes Chris Pine as Kirk, Heroes' Zachary Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, and John Cho as Sulu. For more on the movie, including the recently ...Read more
Star Trek is being revved up for another big-screen treatment, slated to appear in 2008. According to Variety, the new film will be directed by Lost creator and Mission: Impossible III director J.J. Abrams.
The new film will focus on the origins of the characters James T. Kirk and Spock, made famous in the original series and films by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, respectively. The script will be written by Abrams and MI3 writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
The film will feature the first meeting between the two characters, when they are cadets at Starfleet Academy, as a futuristic version of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" plays on the soundtrack. The cadets embark on their first adventure together, a space mission wherein Kirk does his first sideways jump-kick. Presumably, younger actors will be cast in the ...Read more
Doohan, a Canadian, affected a Scottish brogue for his character, the stalwart ship's engineer who often pulled the U.S.S. Enterprise out of danger at the last possible second after complaining, "I've given her all she's got!" Doohan became a fixture on the touring "Star Trek" circuit, where he appeared at countless conventions and speaking engagements. Eventually, he contracted Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and had to give up touring in 2004.
Star Trek premiered in 1966 and ran for two and a half seasons. After the show was canceled, its fan base grew, and the series eventually spawned two movie series and four TV spin-offs, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek ...Read more
The last episode of Star Trek: Enterprise is beaming down to viewers. After five incarnations, there are no plans for a new installment in the franchise.
Enterprise suffered from low ratings ever since it's premiere in 2001. Unlike previous incarnations, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: The Next Generation, which took place long after the original series, Star Trek: Enterprise told the story of Starfleet before the Federation of Planets and before the events of the original series.
Signs of "franchise fatigue" have been showing for a while, since the last big- screen Star Trek film, Star Trek: Nemesis, performed disappointingly at the box- office.
Some are saying Star Trek is dead. Others are saying it just needs a rest. Trek creator Eugene W. Roddenberry once said, "Star Trek will never die. It's a cash cow for Paramount."Read more
The latest in the sci-fi franchise is set for a May 8 release but work is already under way on the next chapter.
Movie magazine Variety reports that director JJ Abrams has again been asked by Paramount to head up the production.
The script will be written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.
Lindelof told Variety: "There's obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn't even come out yet.
"But we were so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed."
Details of the plot of the next film have not been finalised, but Kurtzman, said: "Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month.
"With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you ...Read more
Star Trek has lived long and prospered, and it will continue to do so, if these guys have anything to say about it.
CBS Paramount Domestic Television is digitally remastering episodes of the iconic 1960s sci-fi series for broadcast syndication, with all-new special effects and music, to celebrate the groundbreaking series' 40th anniversary, which occured September 8. CBS TV president John Nogawski and Star Trek visual effects supervisors Dave Rossi and Michael Okuda spoke in a conference call discussing Star Trek's 21st-century makeover.
All involved said they wanted to stay true to the original series.
"The purpose of this [effects update] is to...not change the story and not change the plot, because we are all so passionate about the way it exists," said David Rossi. "What we're really trying to do here is just enhance the experience of watching Star Trek that people can have."
Much talk ...Read more
Sci Fi Channel has acquired rerun rights to Star Trek: Enterprise along with several other series, made-for-TV movies, and miniseries.
Its deal with CBS Paramount Domestic Television also includes a renewal of exclusive cable rights to the classic series The Twilight Zone; the TV show Tales From the Darkside; and such short-lived series as CBS's Threshold, starring Carla Gugino, and Wolf Lake, with Lou Diamond Phillips, as well as UPN's Jake 2.0, starring Christopher Gorham, and Haunted, featuring Matthew Fox. Other acquired titles include the series Kindred, the Embraced, Level 9, Special Unit 2 and All Souls.
Sci Fi said it's planning to premiere Enterprise, a Star Trek prequel that stars Scott Bakula and ran from 2001-05 on UPN, in early fall. Tales From the Darkside will premiere later this year, and the other acquired series will debut sometime during the 2006-07 season.
Along with the ...Read more