Paramount Pictures Comic-Con Details Revealed

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Paramount Pictures has announced a detailed scheduling for the planned Thursday, July 26th 1:30pm Comic-Con panel. Here is the rundown thanks to ROS:

  • Transformers – taped message from Michael Bay
  • Hot Rod – Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone present
  • Stardust – Neil Gaiman present
  • Beowulf – Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary present
  • Sweeney Todd – mini poster reveal
  • Spiderwick Chronicles – Mark Waters, Holly Black, Phil Tippet and Tony Tetzelli present. Page to screen presentation.
  • Drillbit Taylor – taped message from Judd Apatow intro of new trailer
  • Iron Man – taped greeting and throw to Marvel panel on Saturday
  • Indiana Jones 4 – satellite from set
  • Star Trek 11 – JJ Abrams, Damon Lindeloff, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman

Looks like there will be some fun stuff is in store for those in attendance. I’m most looking forward to the Drillbit Taylor trailer, Indiana Jones 4 satallite segment, and the Star Trek presentation. I’m sure JJ will be forced to field a bunch of questions regarding Cloverfield, even though it’s not on the schedule. And before you ask, Paramount and Universal have set up a Saturday panel to focus on Iron Man and Incredible Hulk.

Star Trek PosterA travesty! Apparently William Shatner will not be in Star Trek 11 but Leonard Nimoy is featured in the script. Shatner revealed the news himself while making a radio appearance, captured on video on Shatner Vision. Check out the video after the jump.

“There is a new Star Trek movie. So I called Leonard and I said Leonard, have you heard. He said Yes I have. I said what do you mean. He said he read the script. Is it a good script? Yeah. Am I in it? He said, there was a pause, he said No. And then he began to laugh. I went through the phone and grabbed him by the throat. He’s in it! I’m not in it!”

For some reason I just don’t buy it. Either JJ Abrams is keeping Shatner out of the loop or Shatner has been told to say this publicly to keep his cameo on the down low. The Trek Movie Report confirmed in August, after suggestive comments by Leonard Nimoy to the Toronto Star, that both Shatner and Nimoy have recently signed contracts giving them some approval power over any recasting of their Star Trek characters. If this is true, wouldn’t Shatner also have access to the screenplay? Like him or hate him, everyone should agree – Shatner must be included!

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Star Trek PosterWe have finally received official confirmation on the plot of Star Trek XI (kinda). In an article in Sunday’s NY Times, screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman revealed that the film focuses “on the earliest adventures of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.” Okay, so most of us already knew or assumed this, but I believe this is the first time it’s been officially confirmed.

And I’ve always found it amusing when a film has a release date before a script. In the article, the Star Trek scribes tell this interesting anecdote:

“What was a little daunting, was while we were writing it, they sent over a poster with the release date on it. We hadn’t written ‘fade in’ yet,” said Kurtzman.

Orci added:

“We’ve never had a movie poster before we’ve had a script. That’s pressure.”

Star Trek 11 Movie PosterExecutive producer/co-screenwriter Roberto Orci has revealed that shooting will begin on Star Trek 11 (which will be titled Star Trek) in November 2007. Orci told IESB that the casting process has begun, with decisions to be made soon. Apparently, the big announcements will be made in Late July at the San Diego Comic-Con (but will Paramount be able to keep the news quiet until then?). We’ll be at the convention to report the news live as it happens.

The new movie is expected to be a prequel, will involve James T. Kirk and Spock. Rumors have run rampant over the potential casting. Frontrunners have emerged in Matt Damon as Kirk and Ben Affleck as Spock. Many other actors, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daniel Craig, Greg Grunberg, Kevin Weisman, James McAvoy and Zachary Quinto have either expressed interest in playing roles or have been reported as being in consideration, but their comments have indicated no actual offers, personal auditions, or negotiations with the studio.

JJ Abrams’ Star Trek is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25th 2008.