Producers Take A 'Voyage Home'

By Michelle
September 29, 2003 - 8:57 PM

Producers Harve Bennett and Ralph Winter spoke to an audience from the Scriptwriters Network at a screening of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, "if not the most loved, [then] the most seen Star Trek movie of them all."

The screening took place in Hollywood on Tuesday at the ArcLight Cinema, according to Speaking both before and after the film, Bennett and Winter commented about having screened the film in the Soviet Union and how Eddie Murphy was at one point mentioned as a possible star.

Star Trek IV, Bennett noted, is "the only Star Trek that takes place now, in contemporary society," which permitted the writers to take advantage of the juxtaposition of Star Trek reality and modern culture.

"We actually put a camera in a van, and just hid, and just did those live, just to see who comes by and talk to them," explained Winter, who was also a producer of the X-Men films starring Patrick Stewart.

Bennett noted for the audience of writers that in the film, there is no true antagonist: "There is no 'heavy' in the same way as our other films and most episodes. If there is an enemy, it is the greed of humanity. But it is not a person."

When they screened the film in the U.S.S.R, Bennett said, the Russians laughed most heartily at the line, "'The bureaucratic mentality is the only constant in the universe.' And you couldn't hear the rest of the picture!"

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