Ask J.J. Abrams, Alien Spotlight: Romulans, Meyer, Star Trek XI Rumor, Wheaton on Star Trek XI, Star Trek: The Exhibition in Philadelphia
Ten Questions Answered by J.J. Abrams
Memory Alpha, has posted ten answers to questions submitted to J.J. Abrams by Star Trek fans.
Questions submitted included topics such as: original fan alienation concerns, Trek canon, the influence of Abrams’ other work on making Star Trek XI, directing Leonard Nimoy, redoing aspects of the movie, relating to characters from the original series, why the classic era time was chosen, designing the ship stations, using Memory Alpha as a reference and concerns that Star Trek is no longer as relevant as it was when the series first began.
First Look at Alien Spotlight: Romulans
On May 20, Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Romulans from IDW Publishing will hit stores as reported by The Comics Continuum, where a five page preview of the issue is available, as well as a picture of the cover.
Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Romulans will be thirty-two pages in length and will cost &_#36;3.99
Meyer on Writing and Moviemaking
As reported by The Daily Iowan, Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country,) spoke about how he got into writing. “I never dreamed of becoming a writer or making movies, because I didn’t know they were made,” he explained. “I thought they were dreams you could pay to see.”
A class in playwriting at the University of Iowa started him on the road to becoming a professional writer. “Iowa jump-started everything for me,” he said. “It was the blank slate I needed.”
Today’s fans have different taste in movies, according to Meyer. “Nobody wants to see movies about people,” he said. “The world is in such deep shit, we’d rather just see slasher flicks. Anything but more reality.”
Meyer has a memoir coming out in August that will be of interest to Star Trek fans, The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood.
Star Trek XII Rumor
With the success of Star Trek XI, a sequel is probable and a rumor of a possible story element has been posted, courtesy of Movieweb.
According to Bruce Greenwood (Christopher Pike,) who spoke to Movieweb by telephone, Greenwood discussed the possible future of Captain Pike and has created a backstory for the character, which he said that J.J. Abrams hopes to use in Star Trek XII. This future, according to Greenwood, will not include a permanent presence in the wheelchair where fans last saw him.
Greenwood hinted that Pike’s personal story would be tied into Captain Robert April, the original Captain of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Animated Series.
Treat this as a rumor, but an intriguing one nonetheless.
Wil Wheaton: Thumbs Up for Star Trek XI
Suicide Girls has posted Wil Wheaton‘s thoughts concerning Star Trek XI.
“It was awesome. I loved it,” said Wheaton. He went on to explain why he loved Star Trek XI and part of the reason was J.J. Abrams. “J.J. Abrams may not be one of us in the convention-going sense, but I think he has something in common with us, and I think it’s a big reason why Star Trek made so many of us so very, very happy.”
Philly Star Trek: The Exhibition
Fox 29 has posted two short videos showing fans who plan to attend Star Trek: The Exhibition while it is at The Franklin in Philadelphia what they can expect to see, including uniforms and select items from Star Trek XI.