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What Does A Fan Film Need With $2 Million?

Robert Meyer Burnett is out of touch with how to marry filmmaking with fandom

A few nights ago when Robert Meyer Burnett messaged me out of the blue on social media, I wasn’t quite sure how to react. I mean, here is the man who so entertained me back in the late 1990s with “Free Enterprise,” a fun film that starred William Shatner as an alternate version of himself, and celebrating Star Trek fandom with the likes of Rafer Wiegel and a pre-“Will & Grace” Eric McCormack. Such a wonderful script written by Burnett and Mark A. Altman, and it was probably one of the first times I really felt like it was truly OK to be a Star Trek fan. So speaking out …
 | Feb-5-2016 | 
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‘The 50 Year Mission’ To Chart Star Trek History

EXCLUSIVE: Mark A. Altman talks about chronicling the franchise in his upcoming book

Mark A. Altman has set course for an unprecedented journey through Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi universe in his upcoming book, “The 50 Year Mission: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek.” Co-written with Edward Gross, the book from Thomas Dunne Books and St. Martin’s Press is scheduled for a 2016 release in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary. It’s told exclusively by the people who were there in the trenches, and who decades later are offering their take on the real story behind the making of the influential franchise. Altman is a writer, pro …
 | Oct-6-2014 | 
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‘Free Enterprise’ Series Explores Network Interest

EXCLUSIVE: Mark A. Altman talks about adapting the 1999 cult film for TV; Kickstarter effort poised to wrap

As its Kickstarter campaign prepares to wrap, the proposed “Free Enterprise” television series has caught the eye of several networks, according to writer-producer Mark A. Altman. The series will reimagine the 1999 cult film “Free Enterprise,” which celebrated geek culture and starred “Will & Grace” actor Eric McCormack, “Star Trek’s” William Shatner and Rafer Weigel. Robert Meyer Burnett (“Agent Cody Banks”) directed the film based on a script he co-wrote with Altman (“Castle”). Concluding Aug. 20, the Kickstarter effort is far from its $225,000 goal, but Altman still sees …
 | Aug-14-2014 | 
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Star Trek Book Tracks Franchise’s Rise

Mark A. Altman, Edward Gross pen the ‘The 50 Year Mission’

As Star Trek approaches its 50th anniversary, a new book by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman will embark on a detailed exploration of the pop culture phenomena. “The 50 Year Mission: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek” is told exclusively by the people who were there, and who decades later are offering their take on the real story behind the making of Gene Roddenberry’s influential sci-fi franchise. Thomas Dunne Books and St. Martin’s Press will publish the hardcover edition, and it will be edited by Brendan Deneen, editor of Robert Kirkman’s “Th …
 | Jul-26-2014 | 
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‘Free Enterprise’ TV Series Ramps Up

Creators of 1999 comedy hope to fund pilot on Kickstarter

Fifteen years after its theatrical release, “Free Enterprise” may enjoy new life as a television pilot thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign that launched today. “Free Enterprise” writer-producer Mark A. Altman (“Castle”) and director-writer Robert Meyer Burnett (“Agent Cody Banks”) are spearheading the effort. The pilot is designed as a love letter to Star Trek and all things “geektastic.” “We are so excited about the opportunity to revisit this universe we first created 15 years ago,” said Altman. “We’re looking forward to spreading the word about this campaign during San …
 | Jul-22-2014 | 
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