If you’ve got a Star Trek fan film in the works, you better hope it’s short, sweet and cheap because Paramount and CBS are going to be coming for you otherwise. With the hired goons presumably on standby, the company that owns the rights to Star Trek yesterday announced brand new rules and regulations that are supposed to govern the production fan films made in the franchise’s honor. In the wake of Paramount’s litigious attempts to shut down one project in particular, it seems that the promise of the lawsuit’s imminent end has turned into a pledge to make sure that it never happens again. (more…)
Last night, the first two television spots for this summer’s ‘Star Trek Beyond’ were released by Paramount Pictures. The third film in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise has director Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) taking over the ship from J.J. Abrams. In Star Trek Beyond, while stranded on a hostile planet, Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew face an alien threat. (more…)
This was supposed to be a year of celebration for Star Trek, 50 years since the original series first premiered on NBC in the fall of 2016. There’s a new Star Trek movie coming this summer, production on a new Star Trek TV series will begin later this fall, and the con schedule this year is full of special Star Trek guests. The last thing Paramount would want to do is tarnish those good vibes with something like a lawsuit aimed at fans making a highly-anticipated fan film based on Star Trek. So turning a frown upside down, Star Trek producer J.J. Abrams announced on the weekend that the lawsuit against the producers of Star Trek: Axanar is over. Peace in our time. (more…)
It’s been a little over 11 years since “These Are The Voyages…” debut on television as the series finale for Star Trek Enterprise. For some, the show was a miss, but for the few it was a hit. However you look at it, the show was the last time Star Trek had graced fans with it’s presence in their homes. That all changes because today, CBS revealed the new logo and a tiny teaser for the upcoming new Star Trek series which will debut on CBS and then makes its way to CBS’s streaming service later.
In late 2014, Adam Nimoy and his father made the first plans to create a documentary about Spock, exploring behind-the-scenes Star Trek footage in more detail than any book or film had done before. When Leonard Nimoy tragically passed away following complications with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in February of 2015, the project quite aptly became both a celebration of and a tribute to the man who portrayed him for so long. (more…)
While it does little to heal the wounds such conflicts can inflict (we shall all carry the scars of AvP for a long long time,) the March 2016 offering from Loot Crate is a solid one, filled with the usual metric tonne (sorry, there is the Canadian-ness coming out again) of exclusives we’ve grown to expect and love from the world’s leading subscription box service. Check out our video review below (more…)
Jonathan Frakes is a bit more than just another Star Trek actor. True, he’s known for seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, appearances on Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, and directing several episodes across the various shows and two of the Next Gen movies, but that doesn’t mean he’s not still willing to work in the universe. Obviously, with a new Trek series on the horizon, we couldn’t help but ask Frakes at Toronto ComiCon today if had any ideas for the new Star Trek. His response? “How do I get on that show?” (more…)
Unless you’ve got access to Mr. Peabody’s Way Back Machine, it’s only videos like this one from 1976 that can shed light on the early days of Star Trek fandom. You’d expect that there would be a lot of changes since then and you’d be right, conventions have gotten much bigger, there are a lot more fans, a lot more merchandise, and Cosplayers continue to roam the convention halls, but some things never change, including those awkward convention interviewers. (more…)
Yeah, you read that right. None other than Captain Kirk himself has signed on to perhaps one of the odder projects he’s been involved with, and in doing so steps into the world of crowd-funded entertainment. Along with genre favourites Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise and Bill Moseley, Malevolent is currently seeking funding for post-production with a release planned for later this year. (more…)
Star Trek is making a long awaited return to TV in 2017. In an announcement late last year, CBS, who owns the TV rights to Trek, revealed that Star Trek reboot co-writer and Sleepy Hollow co-creator Alex Kutzman would be developing the new show for CBS’ streaming service All Access, and last week it was revealed that Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller would be the showrunner. Almost immediately, Trekkies everywhere began to speculate what the new show might look like, what it will be about, and maybe which of our favorite aliens will pop up along the way.
The bigger question, though – and the preoccupation of the following piece – is how Fuller and his team might improve or change Star Trek for the year 2017 and beyond. TV has changed a lot since Enterprise signed off for the final time in 2005, ending 18 years of ongoing voyages, and in order to stand out in a world with over 400 ongoing series airing annually, Star Trek will be waging a very tough fight for the attention of the general audience. So what can the new Trek do to get that attention?
Below are eight humble suggestions on how the new Star Trek can separate itself from what’s been done before Trek-wise, and how it can stake its claim as the first great Trek of the 21st century. (more…)