ILM To Recreate the Enterprise For Eleventh 'Star Trek'By Michelle
July 3, 2007 - 7:22 PM
Not only Kirk and Spock but the original series' Enterprise NCC-1701 will appear in the upcoming eleventh Star Trek feature, courtesy Industrial Light & Magic which will produce visual effects for the movie.
TrekMovie.com cites "a number of sources" as confirming that ILM, the special effects studio of Star Wars creator George Lucas, will create special visual effects for Star Trek, as the eleventh movie is expected to be called. Director J.J. Abrams worked with ILM on Mission: Impossible III, while the studio has worked with the Star Trek franchise on and off since Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
The original Enterprise will also reportedly appear in the film, though it will likely be an all-digital model like the one used in the remastered original series episodes since ILM has sold its model shop to focus on all-digital effects. Since Star Trek: The Motion Picture began with Kirk's Enterprise getting a refit in spacedock, the very first model of the Enterprise has never been seen on the big screen.
Abrams and screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have repeatedly said that they are striving to update the look and feel of Star Trek without straying too far from the original universe and its fan base. What that will mean in terms of the Enterprise is yet to be seen.
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