The first teaser trailer for Star Trek Beyond hit the internet yesterday, exciting a lot of people but also pissing off some long-time Trekkies. The complaint is that the movie presented didn’t feel like a Star Trek movie, but instead a modern in-your-face blockbuster. But if you ask director Justin Lin, he’ll quickly remind you it’s just a minute and a half of the movie.
After the jump I present to you excerpts from my hourlong roundtable conversation with Justin Lin, in which he responds to fan criticisms, talks about his personal relationship to Star Trek, the origins of the film’s title, the music choice, the inspiration of the original TV series, what he gave up to direct Trek, his idea for the film, whether it will continue plot lines from Into Darkness, the screenwriting credits, working on a Trek movie with a producer who is directing Star Wars, whether he plans to return to do another Trek movie, and much more.
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The world premiere for Star Wars: The Force Awakens just happened in Los Angeles last night, and this week brings the worldwide release of the film for everybody to see. Therefore, it might not be the best time to throw shade at the galaxy far, far away. But using scientific reasoning and logic, both Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson give Star Trek the advantage over Star Wars, hot on the heels of the first Star Trek Beyond trailer. Find out why below! Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
While we eagerly await our return to the galaxy far, far away later this week, Paramount wants to make sure we don’t forget about the other big star-related adventure coming up in our near future. The studio has dropped the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, the third installment in the rebooted sci-fi franchise and the first one not directed by J.J. Abrams. (He only produced, while Justin Lin took over in the director’s chair.) Watch the Star Trek Beyond trailer after the jump. Read More »
Over the weekend I talked exclusively to J.J. Abrams about his new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That whole conversation will be posted at a later time, but I thought I’d share one answer that I personally found very interesting.
Its no secret that George Lucas based a lot of the Star Wars saga on Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, and over the past four decades we’ve seen a lot of films employing the “Chosen One” trope. The Star Wars prequels took the “Chosen One” myth to an even more specific level because Force/Jedi-potential was linked to having a high midi-chlorian count. A lot of Star Wars fans didn’t like the pseudo-scientific explanation, and especially the idea of having to be born with a high midi-chlorian count or from a certain bloodline to harness the powers of the Force.
And now that a new trilogy of Star Wars films is coming out, with the Force having awakened, I wondered if the ideology behind this might have evolved. I asked J.J. Abrams: Does The Force Awakens explore the possibility that anyone can have the power? His answer, after the jump.
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Star Trek Beyond will be the first film in the rebooted sci-fi franchise that isn’t directed by J.J. Abrams. But that doesn’t mean the sequel is boldly going where the previous films haven’t gone before, at least when it comes to the release strategy.
Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and IMAX have announced that Star Trek Beyond will be digitally re-mastered for the giant screen format and will hit IMAX screens the same day it hits traditional screens on July 22nd, 2016. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
We’ve got a couple of casting updates, a seemingly cancelled project, and much more. After the jump:
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back adds Robert Catrini.
- Social Network‘s Abhi Sinha joins Conjuring 2.
- Warner Bros. pulls Project XX from its schedule.
- Peyton Reed imagines a Bring It On sequel.
- Simon Pegg talks about writing Star Trek Beyond.
- Bruce Willis responds to that Die Hard 6 fan pitch.
- No, Daniel Radcliffe won’t be back for Cursed Child.
- The original Aliens comic is getting a fancy deluxe edition.
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Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
William Shatner is 84 years old, which means he’s reached the age where he’s pretty much allowed to do whatever the hell he wants. It’s his prerogative as an octogenarian living legend. You don’t tell Captain Kirk what to do, especially now that he’s old and belligerent.
That’s the big problem with Shatner talking about wanting to put on a Star Trek musical for the franchise’s 50th anniversary next year. It’s a terrible idea. It cannot end well. Nothing about it sounds good. But let’s face it – would you tell the Captain of the Enterprise “no”? Find Shatner’s statements about this proposed nightmare, as well as a few reminders of his very, uh, eventful singing career after the jump.
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Another day, another variation on the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ve seen the original Star Wars trilogy presented like The Force Awakens, and someone else decided to cut footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with the score for the trailer. Now one more has just arrived, and I’m surprised it took this long.
Trek Wars is a mash-up of J.J. Abrams‘ rebooted Star Trek franchise and the director’s tackling of the Star Wars saga with The Force Awakens. And it’s edited in such a way that it makes it feel like the two iconic sci-fi properties are at war with each other. Check it out! Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
The Star Trek franchise is heading back to the small screen. A new TV series is in development from Alex Kurtzman, who wrote 2009’s Star Trek and its 2013 follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness. The project will aim to land in early 2017. More details on the new Star Trek TV series after the jump. Read More »