Star Trek News BulletsBy T'Bonz
January 8, 2009 - 5:13 AM
SyFy Portal has posted a video highlighting the life and achievements of the late Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. The video show photos of Barrett-Roddenberry from childhood through her adult life. Snippets from her television and movie appearances, from an Ajax commercial to all of her Star Trek roles and several other television appearances and voice work from Family Guy and Earth: Final Conflict, were shown.
TrekWeb reports that Chris Pine and William Shatner have been cast in Quantum Quest, a 3-D animated film made in conjunction with NASA. Quantum Quest will tour the outer planets and moons of the solar system following the adventures of a photon living in the sun (Pine) who is caught between two battling beings, one of whom is voiced by Shatner.
Hidden Frontier's Rob Caves spoke about the current Frontier Guard project according to Entertainment News International. Frontier Guard "started out as a retro 1950s remake of 'popcorn flicks' that has been updated for our times," explained Caves. "It's evolved into a complex plot with some great characters and a story that I like a lot. It's reminiscent of Trek in many ways, but also very different. I find myself increasingly attracted to the concept of a clean slate, a new universe and a chance to put my name on something different." Filming is expected to begin this year and trailers will continue to be added to the fan film site at HiddenFrontier.com.
Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore spoke about his newest show, Caprica, as reported by Trekweb. Caprica, A Battlestar Galactica spin-off, will begin shooting in July. "We're putting the writing staff together now and the crew," explained Moore. "And, just staffing up and getting ready to go. We'll start breaking stories probably in February or maybe even as soon as the end of this month, kind of depending when all the pieces go together. We have a game plan of sort of what the general story line is and sort of some direction."
Asked if he had learned lessons from his Star Trek days, Moore replied that "You don't try to repeat the formula. Both those projects [Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise] felt too similar to 'Next Generation' and to the original series for me and by my lights. I felt that Deep Space [Nine] was the way to do a spin-off series of an existing franchise where you really are doing a very different show. It's a different format. It's a different feeling. The 'Deep Space Nine' station lent itself to continuing stories. 'The Next Generation' was episodic. I mean they were just very different animals. I felt that it was more creatively satisfying to do that instead of doing a spin-off that just felt like a different version of the mother ship. And so that definitely informed the process as we went into 'Caprica.'"