Joining Catching Fire and I, Frankenstein with a panel in the coveted Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con is Summit Entertainment‘s Ender’s Game. Though surprisingly, the Ender’s Game panel, which features producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood, plus Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin, won’t be on Saturday. Or even Friday. Their panel is schedule for Thursday, July 18th. Huh? Really?
Ender’s Game, the upcoming film adaptation of a science fiction classic is on Thursday, a day I pointed out yesterday was usually reserved for franchises Comic-Con on begrudgingly included, like Twilight, and Catching Fire gets a prime panel spot on Saturday? Don’t miss understand me, I’m super excited for Catching Fire and its Saturday panel, I’m just a little shocked to see Ender’s Game knocked to Thursday. Maybe that’s Summit’s preferred spot? They were the studio behind Twilight after all.
Considering their panel will be over before most of the con has even started, I’m happy to see Ender’s Game plans to have a strong presence on the con floor at their booth, as well as hosting an “exclusive fan experience” outside the Hilton Gaslamp. This will feature, “eight unique rooms representing the most iconic environments of Ender’s world, complete with original film props and set pieces used in the movie.” While going through the experience fans will see exclusive movie footage and be able to interact with some of the content. There’s also an opportunity to win a home makeover, if you felt your pad was lacking in that sterile, futuristic atmosphere.
Below the cut you’ll find the full press release outlining everything Summit Entertainment is bringing to Comic-Con. The fan experience sounds kind of cool, even it’s nothing more than an interactive movie trailer. Excited to see what Ender’s Game is bringing to Comic-Con? What do you think of them having their panel on Thursday?
Or at least, it’s the latest theory about who Benedict Cumberbatch is really playing. Ever since the film’s announcement all anyone can talk about is who would be the villain. Would it be Khan? Another new character? Maybe some other villain from Star Trek‘s past? With the reveal Cumberbatch is playing a former Starfleet member, John Harrison, the theories continue to fly. Is that his real name? Could Harrison either be Khan or an associate of his?
This latest one comes from the pages of IDW‘s upcoming prequel comic, Countdown to Darkness, releasing tomorrow. Bleeding Cool has the scoop and it begins with Bob Orci‘s comments months ago that the villain of Star Trek Into Darkness would be a character from Star Trek‘s history. He also happens to be co-writing this tie-in comic.
We’ll delve into this theory below the cut as it spoils the ending of Countdown to Darkness‘ first issue.
Everyone waiting for the next film about the crazy parallel (and beardless) Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise will have to wait a little bit longer — a whole year longer, in fact.
In an interview this past Saturday with Cinepremiere, writers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci practically confirmed that Trek 2 will not be ready for summer 2012. While it hasn’t been officially noted, Paramount Pictures might as well update their intended start date to January 2012 for J.J. Abrams‘ sequel to the rebooted Star Trek franchise. I’m pretty sure letting the news slip before Abrams can let it go will guarantee more than an hour in the agony booth.
That rules out a summer 2012 release for sure; Abrams could get the movie done in time for an end-of-year release, but there’s no way that’s gonna happen now. Given the history of just getting the film to this point, it’s safe to say that the movie won’t be released until 2013.
The only thing that is good about this news is that fact that they’ll actually be filming again. Maybe they’ll actually let Kirk sleep with a green woman this time… fingers crossed!
In this week’s Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick and the gang interview Damon Lindelhof, of Lost and Star Trek writing/producing fame. It’s a great podcast, as always, but Lindelhof gives some interesting bits about his writing process and how it is to work behind closed doors with the super-secretive, J.J. Abrams. If you’re hoping for some Star Trek 2 spoilers to slip, sorry, none of that here. But, Lindelhof does make a good argument for why some details are best kept secret. The fine folks over at TrekMovie collected some of the best snippets to share. Here’s Lindelhof on collaborating with Abrams, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman,
I function best in collaboration so I have sought out writing partners….On Trek 1, I produced it, but was obviously very involved in the story process with JJ [Abrams], Bob [Orci], and Alex [Kurtzman], so that was great. For Trek 2 I am actually writing, but again it functions a lot more like a TV show. We are all sitting in a room together throwing ideas around and seeing what sticks…I do not like sitting by myself staring at the blank page.
“Functions a lot more like a TV show,” oh, how I wish Star Trek could be a television show again. I crave some weekly Star Trek. At least until Netlflix get’s their act together and starts offering it streaming.
Lindelhoff also chatted about keeping his mouth shut,
It’s tough. JJ is really good at secrecy and really good at playing the game because ultimately people want to know but they don’t want to have stuff spoiled for them. … We are working on Trek 2 now and there is such an expectation that it is top secret, because everything we do is top secret. And with that expectation comes this idea that “they are going to do something that is totally mind-blowing that is going to friggin’ fry our brains!” Because we are keeping it such a secret. As opposed to the fact that we are just keeping it a secret because we don’t want the audience to know too much going in. The fact that people went to go to see Trek and they didn’t know we were going to blow up Vulcan. They might have known that time travel was involved and they knew that Nimoy was in the movie, but they didn’t understand how it all worked so when you get to that point in the movie it’s cool because you get to emotionally experience it without being primed for it. It requires a tremendous amount of – there are only so many people you can include in your circle of trust.
See what I mean about a good point on why not all spoilers are good? I was crushed when Vulcan imploded, literally crushed. It never would have had that emotional impact had I read about it months before on the webz. And I’m a girl who can’t say no to a spoiler, believe me. Sometimes though, it’s really nice to be surprised.
Definitely give this week’s Nerdist Podcast a listen. In fact, you should listen weekly, it’s hilariously good nerdy fun. In this episode Hardwick recounts seeing Star Trek with his good friend, Wil Wheaton and Lindelhof also talks about “nerding out” when he first met George Lucas.