Paramount Pleased With 'Nemesis'By Caillan
November 13, 2002 - 12:46 PM
Post-production on 'Star Trek: Nemesis' has now been completed, according to producer Rick Berman, who says the film has received a very positive reaction from Paramount.
"'Nemesis' is done and finished and locked up," Berman told Ian Spelling in the December issue of Star Trek Monthly (via Trek Galaxy). "We screened the completed, mixed answer print last week for the studio, and they could not be more pleased. Veteran Star Trek composer Jerry Goldsmith did a remarkable score, and so we're finished. Digital Domain has done more than 500 opticals for us. We have more opticals in 'Nemesis' that we've had in any other Star Trek movie, 30 to 40 percent more. You don't get to see everything until the very end because you're still finalising things, but when all is said and done, the work they did is extraordinary."
Familiar faces such as Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan) and Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) have cameo appearances in the film, but there were rumours circulating that A-list movie star Ashley Judd would be reprising her role of Ensign Robin Lefler from 'Darmok' and 'The Game.' "That was all rumour," Berman said. "You never know what to believe, which is the delightful part of all this. But no, that was total and complete rumour."
Writer John Logan, who penned the screenplay based on a story he developed with Berman and Brent Spiner (Data), said he feels 'Nemesis' has come together just as he imagined it.
"I can actually be pretty objective, because I've been on enough movie sets to know when things are going well, or when they're not going well - I think this went fabulously well," said Logan, who received Oscar and Emmy nominations for his work on 'Gladiator' and 'RKO 281,' respectively. "Certainly, of anything I've written, it sounds the most like I imagined. When you write it and you hear it in that cathedral in your head and it's just perfect. This is the closest experience I have ever had to that, of 'My God, that is Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard speaking perfectly as I had imagined it.' I hate to be Pollyanna, but it's been an incredibly satisfying artistic experience, to be here and to see it come to life."
Despite the tagline promoting Trek X as 'A Generation's Final Journey,' Logan would like to see the TNG crew continue to light up the silver screen in future years. "I hope it's not [the last], because I'm a fan and I'd like to write Star Trek XI. But I think maybe because I'm a fan and I respect the characters and the world so much, I believe I treated them with dignity and with a certain nobility about recognising that perhaps this is the end of this particular story. And if that is the case, I would be saddened, but I believe we do it with panache and with grace."