Fans who have seen Star Trek XI and have questions about various aspects of the movie had the chance to ask questions and receive answers from Star Trek XI Co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
Archive for May, 2009
According to Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the success of Star Trek XI is partly due to the current need of people, who when times are tough need optimism and togetherness.
As reported by Newsarama, Star Trek XI offers hopefulness and family togetherness. “When we sat down to ask ourselves what Star Trek is about, at the end of the day, it was about the spirit of the family and the promise of optimism,” explained Kurtzman. “The bridge crew is a surrogate family and the idea we were out there working with other alien species to explore new worlds was just a very hopeful notion. At least it feels to me, especially based on last week’s New York Times, that there is something about the spirit of optimism and the idea of coming together that our country is hungry for right now.” (more…)
The astronauts of the space shuttle Atlantis woke up to a familiar theme song today.
As reported by Tech Fragments, not only have the astronauts had the latest Star Trek movie beamed up to them, but they have been awakened by Star Trek music.
The astronauts were treated to the familiar theme song from the original series when they awoke this morning.
The astronauts have a light schedule today after having made five spacewalks earlier in the week to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. They are due to return home on Friday.
William Shatner is voicing a Mafia boss in The Gavones, a new online cartoon series.
Star Trek: Online has added three new screenshots to its website, all of which feature aliens or alien ships.
As reported byStar Trek: Online, two of the screenshots feature Romulan vessels. In the first picture, a Romulan Warbird sails past a planet in ruins.
In the second screenshot, a three-person crew, two of whom are Andorians, “make landfall before a setting sun.”
The final screenshot is another Romulan vessel, threading its way through a perilous asteroid field.
Portraying the doctor who delivered James T. Kirk meant dodging stunt people in the corridors while hoping one’s hair didn’t go up in flames.
As reported by Total Sci-Fi, Sonita Henry was a Star Trek fan, but it took until her first day until she really realized how big Star Trek was. “My dad and my brother were huge fans of the original show and I remember growing up watching the movies, like The Wrath of Khan, so I did enjoy it,” she said. “I remember getting the call and they said, ‘Oh, they want to offer you a part in Star Trek!’ But it wasn’t until I was on set, especially on the first day, I think it really sunk in. This is huge!” (more…)
Edged by Angels and Demons, Star Trek XI earns a respectable forty-three million dollars in its second weekend.
As reported by Variety, Angels and Demons was expected to have a strong opening, but Star Trek XI proved to be tough competition, earning only three million dollars less domestically for the weekend than Angels and Demons. Star Trek XI had a better opening weekend than Angels and Demons, earning thirty million dollars more.
Star Trek XI has raked in &_#36;147 million domestically since its release on May 7th, outperforming X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Fans wanting answers about aspects of Star Trek XI were able to get some of their questions answered by Star Trek XI Writer Roberto Orci.
As reported by TrekMovie.com, one fan wanted to know about the improved transporter range. “If they could transport at that range, why the need for starships? … wouldn’t that undermine most of the plots on all the various series and movies?” (more…)
When deciding whether to accept the task of making a new Star Trek movie, Director J.J. Abrams had to figure out what Star Trek was after so many series and movies and stories had already been told.
As reported by Little White Lies, Star Trek‘s long history and many stories made it tough to figure out what Star Trek really meant. “My reaction, when they asked me if I wanted to be involved,” explained Abrams, “was what had Star Trek become? It had been so diffused by many iterations, new ships, new characters,
Star Trek XI has been seen by fans ranging from astronauts on the International Space Station, to the President of the United States.
As reported by Newsweek Magazine, President Obama, who is sometimes compared to Spock by his admirers, saw Star Trek XI in the White House theater. “…it turns out we got this nice theater on the ground floor of my house,” he told reporters. “So Star Trek, we saw this weekend, which I thought was good. Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out and…” The President then made the Vulcan split-fingered salute for the reporters. (more…)
Star Trek XI has been beamed up to the International Space Station for the viewing pleasure of the three-man crew.
As reported by Universe Today, Paramount sent a copy of Star Trek XI to NASA’s Mission Control, who then uplinked the movie to the International Space Station, orbiting two-hundred-and-twenty miles above the Earth. (more…)
Star Trek XI Director J.J. Abrams is open to the idea of including William Shatner in a sequel, or perhaps revisiting an old Star Trek foe.
As reported by MTV, with a new playing field, anything can happen. “The fun of this [new alternate Trek reality] is that the destiny of these characters is in their hands,” explained Abrams. “It’s not constrained by the pre-existing films or TV series. Believe me, whether it’s William Shatner or Khan … it would be ridiculous to not be open to those ideas.” (more…)
Chris Pine has discovered that there are downsides to being known as the actor who took on the role of James T. Kirk.
As reported by Men.Style.com/, playing a well-known character means taking ribbing from old friends. “It’s pretty f——g inescapable,” explained Pine. “I play basketball with a bunch of guys at 9:30 a.m. and it’s like, ‘Yo, wassup, Captain Kirk!’ I don’t have a smart comeback yet.” (more…)
After one week in the theater, Star Trek XI has grossed 104 million dollars, keeping it the number one film in the U.S.
As reported by Variety, Star Trek XI continues to rake in the money, easily outpacing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which has grossed 136 millions dollars overall but has taken two weeks to reach that level.
The daily breakdown for the first week is as follows:
Friday, May 8: 30.8 million
Saturday, May 9: 27.2 million
Sunday, May 10: 21 million
Monday, May 11: 7.5 million
Tuesday, May 12: 6.5 million
Wednesday, May 13: 5.79 million
Thursday, May 14: 5.6 million