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'Star Trek: Beyond' Plot: 7 Key Dilemmas To Resurrect

Franchise's longevity offers considerable inspiration

Star Trek’s longevity is a major part of its modern success. But there is so much fodder for new imaginative plot lines in the collective assemblage of original television shows, films, books and other media out there that it can’t be ignored. More than likely, there will be some resurrection of some of this material in the new iteration of films from Justin Lin, Doug Jung and Simon Pegg. Hell, there were even rumors at San Diego Comic-Con that William Shatner might suit up to show up in the film. So, now that the title for "Star Trek: Beyond" has been released, you just h ...
 | Jul-15-2015 | 
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Trek Community Celebrates Supreme Court Marriage Decision

Twitter came alive this week not just for 'Star Trek 3,' but for gay marriage too

Not wanting to be upstaged by the first week of filming of "Star Trek 3," the U.S. Supreme Court decided to dominate the news cycle this past week with a couple of key rulings.While one was huge for the Obama administration and his legacy piece, the Affordable Care Act, the other had an impact on many other Americans.In a split 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court said states not allowing same-sex marriage was a violation of the 14th Amendment.It was a widely expected win, but still didn't mute the jubilation celebrated by many in the LGBT community, and its supporters. That incl ...
 | Jun-27-2015 | 
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Fan Gets Unique Chance To Pitch Trek At Paramount ... But How?

Michael Gummelt's 'Star Trek: Uncharted' originally had a different name: 'Star Trek: Beyond'

The idea that Paramount Pictures might make a passing glance at a fan production of Star Trek is not unheard of. In fact, Paramount had more than just a casual relationship with the crew behind one of the grandfathers of all fan productions: "Star Trek: Hidden Frontier." "We know we came to the attention of Paramount's legal department — probably not the kind of attention we wanted from the studio," said Carlos Pedraza, one of the writers and producers behind both "Hidden Frontier" and one of the other larger productions, "Star Trek: New Voyages." Despite that attention, Pa ...
 | Jun-24-2015 | 
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Will 50th Anniversary Return Shatner To Trek?

Simon Pegg won't rule it out, especially if it works storywise

It seems like Simon Pegg has moved from a member of Star Trek's ensemble film cast to its unofficial spokesman. Pegg, who plays Scotty in the film series, and is now earning credit as a co-writer for "Star Trek 3's" script, has been making the media rounds for his new romantic comedy, "Man Up." But, of course, reporters can't help but ask about what Pegg in the past has called "Star Trek: Beyond," and whether we might see a face from the past in the film franchise now that Leonard Nimoy has died. If that were to happen, it would be hard to go bigger than William Shatner — t ...
 | May-28-2015 | 
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Idris Elba Up For 'Star Trek 3' Role

PLUS: Simon Pegg promises to wrap script in June

"Star Trek 3" may have found its villain. “Beasts of No Nation” star Idris Elba is in early talks to appear in the sequel, according to Variety. Rumors point to a possible Klingon role for Elba since the notorious Federation antagonists could play a larger part in the film. However, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions had no comment. Elba's acting credits also include “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Jungle Book,” “A Hundred Streets” and “Bastille Day.” "Star Trek 3” will kick off production in June with The Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin at the helm. Br ...
 | Mar-25-2015 | 
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Simon Pegg To Co-Write 'Star Trek 3'

Actor joins Doug Jung to replace previous scripting team

Simon Pegg will co-write "Star Trek 3," according to Deadline. Having played engineering officer Scotty in J.J. Abrams' last two Star Trek films, Pegg will now take on the added duty of scripting the third film with Doug Jung, who created the TNT series "Dark Blue." Pegg and Jung replace writers Roberto Orci, Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, whose concept for the sequel was shelved by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions in favor of a new direction. "Star Trek 3” is in pre-production with David Ellison, Orci and Abrams set to produce. It's slated to open in theate ...
 | Jan-22-2015 | 
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Justin Lin Takes 'Star Trek 3' Helm

UPDATED: Film receives July 8, 2016 release date; 'Fast & Furious 6' director steps up to replace Roberto Orci

Justin Lin will direct "Star Trek 3," according to Deadline. Having helmed four installments of The Fast and the Furious franchise, Lin takes the reins from J.J. Abrams, who departed to helm Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” "Star Trek 3” is now in pre-production and will open in theaters on July 8, 2016 in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary. Roberto Orci, who co-wrote the sequel's script with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, had been positioned for the directing chair, but he stepped down from the job earlier this month. The film would have been his direct ...
 | Dec-23-2014 | 
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The Search For 'Star Trek 3' Director: Orci Out

Writer and producer could make way for Edgar Wright

It looks like Roberto Orci will not make his directorial debut in the Star Trek franchise after all, removing himself from the role of succeeding J.J. Abrams for the planned "Star Trek 3." It's not clear why Orci is no longer the director, according to Variety, but the nod to give him the job had created some question among fans and other observers who feared a big budget production was a tough way to break into such a key role. However, Orci had been working on the Trek franchise since the Abrams team took over, part of the writing team behind "Star Trek" in 2009 and " ...
 | Dec-6-2014 | 
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Simon Pegg Backs Orci As 'Star Trek 3' Director

Actor says the franchise writer is the 'most Trekkie' candidate from J.J. Abrams' camp

Simon Pegg is voicing support for Roberto Orci's bid to direct "Star Trek 3." Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are eyeing Orci -- co-writer of "Star Trek" and "Star Trek: Into Darkness" -- for the job, but an official announcement has yet to materialize. The decision will reportedly involve the quality of the script, which he is penning with co-writers Patrick McKay and John D. Payne ("Boilerplate"). If signed, Orci would make his directorial debut and replace J.J. Abrams, who departed to helm "Star Wars Episode VII." "I'm really happy he's doing it as it's ke ...
 | Aug-11-2014 | 
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Orci Says Trek Films Finally Past Origins

5-year mission will now begin

If there is one thing new "Star Trek 3" director Roberto Orci is doing differently from his predecessor, J.J. Abrams, it's being a little more open on what fans can expect from the newest film. And it seems like finally, after two films, the crew of the rebooted USS Enterprise is past the origins stage, and will finally head into deep space. "In this movie, they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen," Orci recently told Geoff Boucher in his "Humans From Earth" podcast. "They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adven ...
 | Jun-28-2014 | 
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