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Just one day after Paramount Pictures brought on director Justin Lin to replace the departing filmmaker Roberto Orci on Star Trek 3, the studio has issued a July 8, 2016 release date for the highly-anticipated sequel. This means that the sequel will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series. As of now, Star Trek 3 doesn't have any direct competition in its new release slot, but it will debut one week after DreamWorks' The Bfg and Warner Bros.' Tarzan on July 1, 2016, and one week after Fox's Ice Age 5 and Universal's Untitled Jason Bourne Sequel on July 15, 2016.
No story details have been confirmed at this point, especially after reports surfaced that Paramount scrapped the script which was being worked on by Roberto Orci and new writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Roberto Orci still remains on board as a producer, although it isn't clear if Paramount is »
Has Paramount lost ground a little already with its Star Trek plans? And what are its movie, TV and videogame options?
This article contains spoilers for Star Trek Into Darkness.
Way back in 2009, Jj Abrams managed to reboot Star Trek successfully, attracting a bunch of fans who had never warmed to or tried Trek before, whilst managing to hold on to lots of the old ones. Abrams' film spun a yarn that kept the universe of Gene Roddenberry’s original series intact, even allowing for cameos from Leonard Nimoy’s Spock Prime (rumours abound that Shatner’s Kirk was meant to appear too).
Lots went right. The casting was strong, the film was good, and both critics and paying cinemagoers alike responded favourably (the film has an 83% aggregated rating on Metacritic and took $385 million at the global box office, certainly not to be sniffed at compared to previous Trek films). Why then, »
If not for fate — and, specifically, the decisions of NBC network executives in 1965 — the names Pike, Number One and Boyce would be as familiar to audiences as Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Those first three names, after all, were the crew from "The Cage," the original, unaired pilot for Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek. (As pointed out by Leonard Nimoy, this week marks the 50th anniversary of the episode's shoot.) Rejected by network executives, "The Cage" was eventually replaced by "Where No Man Has Gone Before" — a second pilot that introduced the show as it would
- Graeme McMillan
Secondly though, it looks as if Paramount Pictures is changing course where its choice of director for the next Star Trek film is confirmed. News has broken this evening that Roberto Orci - who has co-scripted the last two films - will not be directing after all. He'd reportedly lobbied for the job, and was in line to make his feature directorial debut with the project. But it looks like he won't be the one replacing Jj Abrams on the bridge. Paramount hasn't confirmed this, but then it didn't ever announce he'd been appointed to direct either.
Orci will remain a producer on the film, »
Roberto Orci has stepped off Star Trek 3 as director. Orci, best known for his screenwriting work with former partner Alex Kurtzman, was going to make his directorial debut with the movie, stepping in the shoes of J.J. Abrams. Abrams directed the first two movies but left to helm Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Orci will still remain involved with Trek 3 as a producer, THR has confirmed. Reasons for his departure were not immediately revealed. Read more 'Star Trek' Flashback: Leonard Nimoy Notes 50-Year Anniversary of Original Pilot Shoot
- Borys Kit
"What if?" is the burning question our favorite sci-fi movies ask: What if Earth was invaded by aliens or giant spiders? What makes us human once we start bending the laws of genetics and robotics? And if we worked out really really hard, would we ever have Linda Hamilton's arms in "Terminator 2"?
Here are some of the best of the sci-fi genre now streaming on Netflix, including Chris Evans in "Snowpiercer," Bruce Willis in "The Fifth Element" and plenty of Godzilla and the crew of the USS Enterprise.
1. "Antiviral" (2012) Nr
David Cronenberg's son, Brandon, makes his film debut with this gore-filled horror flick about a company who deals in viruses collected from celebrities since people want to be infected with the same diseases as the ultra-famous.
2. "Barbarella" (1968) PG
The cult film, starring Jane Fonda as the sexy space babe of the title, may be overlong, but it's an eye-popping must-see '60s flashback. »
- Sharon Knolle
It's been 20 years since DreamWorks Animation set up its stall, originally as part of the broader DreamWorks Skg project, but since splintering out on its own. One of the constants in that time has been the man heading it up: Jeffrey Katzenberg. Having overseen animation at Disney from the mid-1980s through the second golden era for the studio in the early 1990s, his company has made 30 animated films.
Here, he chats to us about film 30, The Penguins Of Madagascar, as well as the state of the business, the changing face of animation, and his fears for 2016...
It's Veterans Day today, so it seemed appropriate to devote this week's column to honoring those who have served the nation in brave fashion – with a geek-friendly spin, of course. While it's no stretch to apply the “hero” label to those who risk their lives to protect their country, military veterans who have found their way to Hollywood have played a wide spectrum of roles on the screen – from noble (and frequently butt-kicking) protagonists to the embodiments of evil. Heck, they've even made movie history with just their voices. For example, before he was pointy-eared science officer Spock of the spaceship U.S.S. Enterprise, Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving from 1953-1955. While he probably didn't...
- Rick Marshall
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Star Trek: The Compendium is a snazzy little box set presenting the Jj Abrams Star Trek films on Blu-ray. This an extensive dive into the films with hours upon hours of special features and audio commentaries to give you the fullest possible picture of what went into the making of these films and how. With the third installment not due until 2016, this Compendium shall suffice to abate your hunger for more Star Trek.
Jj Abrams’ reboot of Star Trek in 2009 brought the franchise into 21st century in the biggest way possible. He re-establishes the beloved world of Starfleet while still paying due homage to the original series (going so far as to include the original Spock, or “Spock Prime,” Leonard Nimoy—whose incorporation into the film actually allows for the original series to exist in an alternate universe in true Abrams fashion). It’s an engaging, fast-paced, beautiful film »
- John Keith
Shatner confirmed in September that he had been approached to reprise his role as Captain Kirk in director Roberto Orci's sequel, with rumours later suggesting that a deal had been reached.
"I had a talk with [Orci] the other day," Shatner told The AP.
He added: "So there's talk - simply talk - about the next movie."
Shatner explained that he will only sign on for "a role that had something to do with the turning of the plot", but admitted that he is unsure of how Captain Kirk could return given his death in Star Trek Generations.
"That was so long ago. »
At Destination Star Trek London this past weekend, William Shatner was understandably pressed on the subject of whether he will be resurrected as James T. Kirk in the forthcoming Star Trek 3. He said he had received a message from Jj Abrams asking him if he’s interested and he confirmed he was interested as long as the script was right. He was told by Abrams to keep quiet about it but to Shatner’s surprise, the news was all over the internet the following day. Abrams sent Shatner another message, sarcastically ”thanking” him for not spoiling the news but Shatner stood firm that he had nothing to do with the story leaking on the internet.
Star Trek 3 is being released in 2016 which also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the franchise, and while some fans might be split on the idea of including Shatner in the new movie, »
- Amarpal Biring
A rumor has been confirmed! BadAssDigest reported that the current script for Star Trek 3, to be directed by Roberto Orci in his debut, had a scene with William Shatner reprising his role as Captain Kirk. Kirk was supposed to be in an early version of the 2008 reboot but only Leonard Nimoy's Spock made the cut.
My sources are now telling me that not only will Shatner be in the movie, his scene will have him meeting Chris Pine. Also in that scene: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. But if my sources are steering me correct this won't be original timeline Spock - it'll be future alt-timeline Kirk and Spock. Basically the scene will have Kirk and Spock interacting with their future selves. »
After some initial denials, William Shatner confirmed last week he’d been contacted about Star Trek 3. So now the question is what exactly he’ll be doing in the movie, and a new report claims to have some of the juicy details. Meanwhile, Leonard Nimoy, who’s rumored to appear alongside Shatner in the next film, has […]
- Angie Han
Last month a rumor surfaced saying that writer and director Roberto Orci wanted William Shatner to appear alongside Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek 3. Shatner later confirmed that producer J.J. Abrams had called to ask him if he'd be interested in being in the film. Today the legendary actor teased his return to the franchise with a tweet that simply said,
That tweet has since been removed. It's going to be so cool to see Shatner in a Star Trek movie again after all of these years. We even have some information on who Shatner will have scenes with in the film and the possible timeline. Badass Digest reports.
"My sources are now telling me that not only will Shatner be in the movie, his scene will have him meeting Chris Pine. Also in that scene: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. But if my sources are steering me »
- Joey Paur
According to most reports, Star Trek producers want William Shatner back in the fold . in some fashion . for Star Trek 3. Maybe it.s fan service. Maybe it.s a move to make amends with Shatner after inviting his Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy to play in two rebooted Trek movies, while Captain Kirk sat on the sidelines, sulking. Either way, all parties have hinted in the press that Shatner.s Kirk may find a way into Star Trek 3, and now we.re learning how. Badass Digest runs with the scoop that William Shatner would share a scene with Chris Pine.s Captain Kirk in Star Trek 3, thanks to the magic of time travel. At least, that.s what we are assuming, as it is being reported that young Kirk (Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) would interact with future versions of their characters (played by Shatner and Nimoy) for an integral »
First came a report that William Shatner would appear in the upcoming third "Star Trek" film as an older Captain Kirk, Shatner himself confirmed that he had been in contact with producer J.J. Abrams about the project.
"My sources are now telling me that not only will Shatner be in the movie, his scene will have him meeting Chris Pine. Also in that scene: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. But if my sources are steering me correct this won't be original timeline Spock - it'll be future alt-timeline Kirk and Spock. Basically the scene will have Kirk and Spock interacting with their future selves."
- Garth Franklin
Although it's still only a rumor, there's a good chance William Shatner will appear in Star Trek 3, and we do know Shatner was at least contacted about possibly starring in the Roberto Orci film. Badass Digest was the first to break the news, and now the site has some details on the actor's role in the upcoming movie. According to Badass Digest, William Shatner's Kirk will meet the Chris Pine version in Star Trek 3, and both Spocks (Leonard Nimoy and Zachary »
- Jesse Giroux
It has long been rumored that William Shatner would be returning to the starship Enterprise for Roberto Orci's Star Trek 3, and today Badass Digest offered up some plot details (possible spoilers ahead), claiming the scene in which he will appear involves Chris Pine’s Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock interacting with their future selves, played by Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (which is to say Shatner and Nimoy would play "future alt-timeline Kirk and Spock" instead of their original characters).Earlier today, Shatner also tweeted a cryptic "I'm baaaaccckk!!!" which a number of sites took to be a confirmation that he was returning to Star Trek, although they were quickly disabused of that notion. After deleting the initial tweet, the actor followed up, writing: “I'm baaaccck in La. I heard Mercury is in retrograde so I suppose we can expect craziness." And he had some strong words for »
- Anna Silman
After being left out of the immense success of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, and its sequel, we heard that William Shatner may finally show up for a cameo appearance in Star Trek 3. Now, information on how he’ll factor in has finally been revealed. If you want to preserve any story details until the film hits theaters though, trek no more into this article as it contains potentially massive spoilers.
For those of you who are unaware, William Shatner is to Chris Pine as Leonard Nimoy is to Zachary Quinto. In other words, Shatner was the originator of the one and only Captain Kirk, who Pine currently plays in the feature films. Nimoy had cameos in the first two Star Trek film reboots, but his character this time won’t be the same Spock Prime that we’re used to seeing. In fact, the two pairs will share »
- Andy Wong
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