Saturday, January 6, 2018

Star Trek: Discovery Returns Sunday

This Sunday, Star Trek: Discovery returns to conclude its first season each Sunday until the finale in February. The episodes are called 1.10 "Despite Yourself" (airing 1/7), 1.11 "The Wolf Inside" (1/14), 1.12 "Vaulting Ambition" (1/21), 1.13 "What's Past is Prologue" (1/28), 1.14 "The War Without, The War Within" (2/4), and 2.15 "Will You Take My Hand?" (2/11). If curious you can find character posters here and images from the upcoming episode here. A clip from the Jonathan Frakes (Riker) episode is over at Facebook. The new episode will air in the United States on CBS All Access starting Sunday at 8:30pm ET, in Canada on the Space Channel at 8:00pm ET, and elsewhere in the world on Netflix by Monday 2:00am ET.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Turns 25

Turns out January 3 was the 25th Anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Personally I think its the best of the Star Trek series. Not in the first three seasons but the final four as it was allowed to go in directions the franchise has not gone in before or since (Discovery has the potential). Variety has an article up where they spoke with the cast and creators as they looked back on the franchise. Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) did not participate but he purposely stepped out the of the limelight many years ago so not really a surprise. The rest of the cast was part of it with Nana Visitor (Kira), Rene Auberjonois (Obo), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir), and many more including my still long term crushes of Terry Farrell and Nicole de Boer (Dax). Chase Masterson (Leeta), looking outstanding, continually reminds me that DS9 made poor use of her while Penny Johnson Jerald (Kasidy Yates) also participated, I guess taking time off from chewing the scenery on The Orville. Any case its a brief but nice walk down memory lane so be sure to read the look back over at Variety. Coming this summer will be an in depth crowd funded documentary called "What We Left Behind: Looking Back at ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" that will also celebrate its 25th year.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Scriptwriter Hired for Star Trek 4

Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) has been hired to write a Star Trek script based on a story idea from Quentin Tarantino. Earlier this month Smith, Lindsey Beer (Gozilla vs Kong, Dungeons & Dragons), Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation), and Megan Amram (The Good Place, Silicon Valley) assembled a writers room with Tarantino to flesh out his Trek story. Now the pair will work together to devise a script that Tarantino may later direct with JJ Abrams executive producing.

No details have yet to be revealed about the story so could go anywhere and that includes not necessarily involving the current movie cast as I suspect Paramount would ok a soft reboot if the script needs it and Tarantino signs on to direct. Not saying this is the case, just at this stage all possibilities are open especially since Paramount signed off on allowing a R-rated Trek movie. Smith will basically have all of 2018 to hammer out a script that Tarantino, Abrams and Paramount can approve as the potential Trek director is gearing up to film is Manson Family movie that will start filming in Spring 2018. Including time for post-production that means Tarantino will not be able to focus on directing Star Trek until late 2018, early 2019.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Star Trek - A Quentin Tarantino Movie?

Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures and Star Trek's Executive Producer JJ Abrams are forming a writers room to create a script based on an idea from Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight, etc.). It would be the first time Tarantino directing a theatrical film not based on one of his own ideas. Assuming the resulting script meets his approval, Tarantino might then direct the resultant Star Trek film. Tarantino is apparently a long time Star Trek fan so in theory the resultant film would feel like Star Trek even if the style and execution may not be anything the franchise has seen before. The nature of the idea, time table, and if would involve the same Kelvin-verse cast or a new cast was not mentioned.

While this is an interesting development, don't bother getting excited. This even occurring beyond the just talk phase is some very long odds as this could fall apart at any time. To start Tarantino is in pre-production on his 9th film film for an August 2019 release date. As a result, he probably would not begin pre-production on Trek until around Spring 2019 at the earliest. This assumes he doesn't take his usual multi-year break between films. Add to that he announced a while back that his intention was for his 10th film to be his last so if he is still serious about that then Star Trek would be that 10th film, which would make for unexpected feather in his cap, one he may not like. Which leads to my actual real scenario - he simply loses interest between now and then and passes anyway, regardless if the writers room script is solid and meets everyone's approval (its own mountain to be climbed). If the stars somehow align then filming could begin in 2019 for a 2020 release date but 2021 or 2022 is a more realistic date. Ultimately I would not be surprised if this doesn't go anywhere and since Paramount was disappointed with previous movies' box office results (especially the anemic growth in the international market) that also means that a Star Trek 4 will also remain on indefinite hiatus if Tarantino passes.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery Second Half Scheduled

It was known that Star Trek: Discovery was going to be broken into to halves, much like how cable shows do their seasons, often with 6 to 9 month gap between halves. For Discovery, the break starts after this Sunday's episode of Star Trek: Discovery but fortunately it will not be nearly as long. CBS has revealed that the show will complete the 15-episode season starting January 7, 2018 with the 10th episode called "Despite Yourself". The synopsis of the episode is "While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home." With the remaining episodes airing each Sunday, the first season of Discovery will end on February 11.