Berman: 'Nemesis' Length Just Under Two HoursBy Caillan
October 20, 2002 - 10:22 AM
'Star Trek Nemesis' will clock in at just under two hours, according to producer Rick Berman, who denied large amounts of the film had been left on the cutting room floor.
"All these stories about major cutting have never been true," Berman told Ian Spelling in Star Trek Monthly (via Sci-Fi Pulse). "The rumours are always that we're re-shooting or cutting immense amounts. The movie is going to be, with the main titles and the end titles, within five or six minutes under two hours. That's the length of most of the Star Trek films. We had to trim it down to get it to that length, like all Paramount films are trimmed down to get to that length."
Scenes cut from recent Trek feature films include Captain Kirk's orbital skydiving in 'Star Trek: Generations' and Deep Space Nine's Quark appearing on the Ba'ku planet at the end of 'Star Trek: Insurrection.' One of the most publicised scenes not to make it into the final cut of 'Star Trek Nemesis' is a cameo turn by Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher.
"There was a very, very brief scene and it was cut," Berman explained. "It was two lines that Wil had in the movie and they were cut for a whole series of reasons. It really had to do with the scene that led into it and a scene that went out of it, during the Troi and Riker wedding sequence at the very beginning of the film."
Berman said Wheaton took the news like a true pro. "It had nothing to do with Wil. I spoke to him about it a number of weeks ago and he was very gracious when I explained to him why we cut the scene. He is still in the picture, by the way, but his dialogue scene didn't make it. He had two very cute little lines in the movie that didn't make it."
The full interview, in which Berman also talked about upcoming episodes of Enterprise, can be found in issue 98 of Star Trek Monthly. Alternatively, extracts are available here at Sci-Fi Pulse.