'Enterprise' Facing Budget Cuts?

By Caillan
December 26, 2001 - 11:10 AM

See Also: 'Shuttlepod One' Episode Guide

After spending up big on the series premiere 'Broken Bow,' the Enterprise producers are reportedly having to cut back the budget for upcoming episodes.

According to SFX Magazine's source, 'Trekspy' (via the Great Link), the second half of the season will feature many 'bottle shows' - episodes that take place only on Enterprise.

One such episode is the upcoming 'Shuttlepod One', rumoured to feature Malcolm Reed and Trip Tucker drifting alone in a shuttlepod (story).

"We're working on an episode written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga where everything is being shot in a shuttlepod, they're cutting everything back as far as possible," said the magazine's source. "We'll probably just put the pod on a gimbal and shake it around, stuff like that."

'Shuttlepod One' isn't the only episode reportedly affected by the budget restrictions. "We've also done a lot of scenes in episodes already where characters run around in the dark with flashlights, you can't even tell where you are!"

An earlier issue of SFX Magazine stated that the Enterprise pilot had been budgeted at $10-15 million, but this figure probably didn't include the cost of building the series's standing sets (story).

Please note that this information has not been officially confirmed by Paramount, and should be treated as you would any other rumour.

The full report can be found in the latest issue of SFX Magazine, out now. Alternatively, selected excerpts are available online at the Great Link.

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