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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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Plane Crash Claims James Horner, 61

'Titanic' composer also behind music for 'Star Trek II,' 'Star Trek III'

Two-time Oscar-winning composer James Horner — the man who brought the beautiful music behind "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" — was killed in a plane crash Monday. He was 61. "A great tragedy has struck my family today," Horner's assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, said in a Facebook post late Monday evening. "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, an unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved." Horner was at the controls of his small airplane when it crashed in a remote area about 60 miles outside of Santa Barbara, Calif ...
 | Jun-23-2015 | 
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Star Trek Producer Harve Bennett Dies, 84

Credited with breathing new life into two different Trek movie timelines

Harve Bennett was a producer many Star Trek fans didn't know, and those who did may not have given him a lot of credit. But anyone who enjoys the Star Trek movie franchise of today pretty much should tip their hat to Bennett, who died Wednesday in Oregon. He was 84. Bennett was a producer and a writer, who was instrumental in films such as "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier." If being a producer wasn't enough, he also was credited for stories and even screenplays for tho ...
 | Mar-6-2015 | 
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Remembering Leonard Nimoy, And The Difference He Made

'It's amazing how someone who plays someone so unemotional, stirs the deepest emotions in all of us'

I was so frustrated this morning, digging through a box of mementos that I keep in a corner of my closet. I found copies of newspapers from around Sept. 11, 2001, stacked with local newspaper coverage of my sale of the SyFy brand to NBC Universal, a copy of the script of the Star Trek movie that never was, to even the one time in my life I was quoted in the Washington Post about a decade ago. But I couldn't find what I was really looking for — a student newspaper, from the University of South Florida here in Tampa where I live, from 1996. I am not even mentioned in the ...
 | Feb-28-2015 | 
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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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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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Star Trek May Not Be Ready For 50th Anniversary

Can the franchise live up to James Bond, Doctor Who?

The Brits have proven that when it comes to anniversaries, they know how to celebrate it. When James Bond turned 50 in 2012, the writing team of Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan knew how to celebrate Ian Fleming's creation with "Skyfall." This past year, "Doctor Who" did the same, bringing all 13 Doctors together to make sure that "Gallifrey falls no more." But what about Star Trek? It will turn 50 in 2016 -- now just two years away. And although Paramount Pictures is planning to release the third film in the rebooted universe at the time, one longtime writer and ...
 | Jan-13-2014 | 
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What Is The Most Profitable Trek Movie Of All Time?

Hint: J.J. Abrams was not even close

Before J.J. Abrams took over the film franchise, conversations surrounding what were the best-performing Star Trek movies of all time at the box office typically centered around either "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" or "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." Both are strong candidates. When adjusting for inflation, "The Motion Picture" picked up $264.6 million domestically and $446.9 million worldwide, while "The Voyage Home" earned $144.8 million in North America and $283.6 million globally. But when it comes to the bottom line at Paramount, it doesn't matter how much a movie gr ...
 | Jan-4-2014 | 
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'Star Trek 3' Recruits Two New Writers

J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay will script sequel alongside Roberto Orci

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have signed J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to script "Star Trek 3" alongside Roberto Orci. Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers") and Damon Lindelof ("Lost") will not return to write the new installment, which remains untitled. Orci co-wrote the first two films with Kurtzman, and Lindelof joined them to pen "Star Trek: Into Darkness." Paramount and Skydance are eyeing a 2016 release date for the sequel in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary. Payne and McKay are the writers behind "Boilerplate," an adaption of the graphic novel abo ...
 | Dec-7-2013 | 
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Has Paramount Settled On New 'Star Trek 3' Director?

Joe Cornish once again rumored to helm the next film

Joe Cornish's name is once again attached to "Star Trek 3," and this time, it may be the real thing. Cornish, whose major directing work is centered around a single film that did not make back its budget at the box office, is said to be in early talks with Paramount as the studio's first choice to replace J.J. Abrams on the next Star Trek film. Cornish's name first came up last May when he was reportedly on a list of directors being considered by Paramount and its partners o ...
 | Nov-2-2013 | 
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