Trek Stars Associate With 'Illegal Alien'sBy Michelle
October 21, 2003 - 7:29 AM
Movie producer Michael Hawn is trying build a film empire in Bonita Springs, Florida, and several Star Trek stars will appear in his productions.
The Naples Daily News reported that Hawn, the president of Illegal Alien Productions, produces genre films directly to DVD, which keeps costs down.
The most recent offering is a 20-minute short called Roddenberry on Patrol, a parody about the late Gene Roddenberry, which is scheduled to be released next month at the Roddenberry tribute in El Paso, Texas.
In November the company will also begin shooting its first full-length film, Illegal Alien, starring Walter Koenig (Chekov) and John De Lancie (Q). The film, about a scientist who is impregnated by an alien, was created by Koenig and will also star Voyager's Robert Picardo (The Doctor).
Illegal Alien Productions plans to produce PG-rated science fiction movies for the international market and Blockbuster video stores. Cable deals may be struck later. The producers cite a fan base of more than 61 million viewers as a reason for focusing on the genre.
"There are about 2.5 million card carrying Star Trek fans," Hawn said.
Hawn's partner Sky Conway, a director, is the attorney for several Trek original cast members including Koenig and Nichelle Nichols (Uhura). David Welch, another partner in the company, has been involved in distribution of Star Trek merchandise since 1991, including a 25th anniversary poster.
The next feature film planned by Illegal Alien Productions is Curtain of God, which will star George Takei (Sulu), while a later film, Manhattan Transfer, will be headlined by Nichols.