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Find Out How Khan Almost Wasn’t Khan

EXCLUSIVE: Roberto Orci provides new secrets behind ‘Into Darkness’

It may have been a little after the 30th anniversary of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” but there remains a contingent of Star Trek fans who remain unhappy about the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch resurrected Khan Noonien Singh in “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” However, there was a long period of time when Khan almost didn’t make it into the picture at all. That and more have been revealed by one of the film’s writers, Roberto Orci, during an exclusive interview he conducted with the Mission Log podcast. “Khan was i …
 | Sep-11-2013 | 
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Orci: No Such Thing As Coincidence On Star Trek Writer shares insight with Twitter during ‘Into Darkness’ remote screening This story contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”It would be great to believe that every word, every action that appears in a movie like “Star Trek: Into Darkness” is carefully prepared with an eye on the future.While there are some who might not believe that after seeing the latest Star Trek film, one of its writers says it’s not very wise to assume.”No such thing as a coincidence,” writer Roberto Orci told fans Thursday night during a rather impromptu “Into Darkness” Tweetalong that took place to celebrate the digital release of the film on Apple’s …
 | Aug-23-2013 | 
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J.J. Abrams: Making ‘Into Darkness’ Honors Star Trek

EXCLUSIVE: While film respects existing fans, it was not made for them

“Star Trek: Into Darkness” is now at warp speed, showing in theaters worldwide. And it’s earning praise from fans of the franchise and relative newcomers alike. When discussing his approach to making the sequel, director J.J. Abrams told 1701News that, as a newcomer to the Star Trek franchise, he went boldly forward with a movie that was not made for fans alone. However, his ultimate goal was for “Into Darkness” to earn the respect and the admiration of existing fans in the same way that he has for them. With this in mind, the writing team behind the movie — Roberto Orci, …
 | May-18-2013 | 
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Simon Pegg: Roddenberry Was Pioneer, Humanist

EXCLUSIVE: What prank fooled most of the cast?

To say that “Star Trek: Into Darkness” is a thematically dark movie may be something of an understatement. It showcases death, destruction and terrorism on a scale that its predecessors rarely attempted, and it does so with a style and edge completely unique to director J.J. Abrams’ vision. But with such devastation changing the principles of the Federation (and Starfleet), “Into Darkness” remains a movie about human heart, human ambition and the human drive to always be better … values that can only be termed as “very Roddenberry,” as in franchise creator Gene Roddenberry …
 | May-13-2013 | 
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Finding Hope In ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’

EXCLUSIVE: Nazneen Contractor talks about role, themes

Themes such as honor, love and devotion promise to give “Star Trek: Into Darkness” a universal appeal as it warps into an action-packed exploration of humanity’s dark side, according to actress Nazneen Contractor. Arriving in theaters May 17, the sequel to 2009’s “Star Trek” places director J.J. Abrams back at the helm, working from a script by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. The film sends Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the crew of the USS Enterprise after an unstoppable force of terror from within Starfleet. In a role that boo …
 | Apr-26-2013 | 
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‘Voyager’ Novelist Joins TV Trek’s Writing Staff

Kirsten Beyer had to cancel convention appearance in Maryland

Pocket Books just might have to share its “Star Trek: Voyager” writer. At least for now. Kirsten Beyer, who has authored 10 “Voyager” books (with two more on the way) over the past decade or so, is heading for a new gig: The writing team of the upcoming Star Trek series for CBS All Access. Although CBS has not confirmed the hire, a Maryland convention called Shore Leave announced Beyer had to pull out as a guest specifically because she was joining the new series. “One of our author guests, Kirsten Beyer, has to cancel her attendance at Shore Leave 38 for an admittedly v …
 | Jun-1-2016 | 
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Star Trek Dream Team? It Failed 30 Years Ago

Roddenberry, Meyer, Fuller, Kurtzman … what does history say about this?

For the first time in 12 years, Star Trek will be back on television with a new episode. Well, kind of, I guess. It will be on CBS All Access, the online subscription-based streaming platform that will bring Star Trek into the future. And many fans, including myself, have drawn many parallels between what CBS is doing now in terms of distribution, and what it did 30 years ago, when it launched “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” You remember that, right? First-run syndication was practically unheard of. Back in 1987, if you wanted a television show produced, you approached NB …
 | Mar-10-2016 | 
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Angela Bassett In TV Trek? Not So Fast

Actress shoots down weak rumors she’ll star in CBS All Access series

Fans were hoping they might be able to draft Emmy-nominated actress Angela Bassett into the new Star Trek series. But in reality, even if Bassett wanted to do it, she’s just too busy. “That’s thrilling, that is very nice,” Bassett recently told E! Online. “But how am I going to do that and ‘American Horror’? How is that going to work?” Bassett is referring to “American Horror Story,” which she’s already earned two Emmy nominations in 2014 and 2015. She also appeared in the most recent season of the series, “American Horror Story: Hotel,” and is expected to return for a four …
 | Mar-7-2016 | 
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CBS Officially Brings Roddenberry Back Into Star Trek

Rod Roddenberry, business partner Trevor Roth will join new series

Outside of Majel Barrett Roddenberry’s continued involvement in the Star Trek franchise leading up to her death, it was rare to see anyone from creator Gene Roddenberry’s family taking part in what the Great Bird created. But that will change with Star Trek: Series VI after CBS Corp. announced that Gene and Majel’s son, Rod Roddenberry, along with his business partner Trevor Roth, will join next year’s series as executive producers. “Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love Star Trek to enjoy,” showrunner Bryan Fuller sa …
 | Mar-3-2016 | 
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Netflix, Amazon, Hulu All Wanted New Trek Series

Overseas sales have already paid 60 percent of show’s budget

With still nearly a year to go before CBS Corp. faces fans with its new Star Trek series, company chairman Les Moonves says the venture already looks like it’s a winning one. “The numbers internationally are pretty astronomical,” Moonves told the Morgan Stanley Technology Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco on Monday. In fact, according to Broadcasting & Cable, international sales already have paid for 60 percent of the new Trek series’ production costs. And that’s all without any of those outlets seeing a single frame from the series. “For this relatively mi …
 | Mar-1-2016 | 
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