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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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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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‘Into Darkness’ Earns Roddenberry Endorsement

PLUS: Rod Roddenberry gives details about the pending addition to his family

As fans start to line up to see the latest theatrical outing of Star Trek, others have begun to wonder: What would Gene Roddenberry think of “Star Trek: Into Darkness”? Sadly, the Great Bird of the Galaxy left us more than 20 years ago, but probably one of his proudest creations is still here. And Eugene W. Roddenberry Jr.? He liked it. “I can’t say that I was blown away, but I’m really connecting with the fact that it had humanistic themes,” Roddenberry told 1701News. “If the last movie was lacking anything, it was lacking that. But in this one, they did a really good job …
 | May-16-2013 | 
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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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‘Into Darkness’ Teaches Kirk To Respect The Chair

EXCLUSIVE: Karl Urban says fans also will never forget Benedict Cumberbatch

It was a characteristically cloudy day in the British capital of London last weekend when “Star Trek: Into Darkness” made its premiere across the pond. However, there is a charge to the air as the customary red carpet has been transformed into an opulent white, almost as if to contrast the harsh darkness that permeates the latest outing of Gene Roddenberry’s long-running franchise. And like 2009’s “Star Trek” relaunch, “Into Darkness” takes the familiar universe and gives it a rougher edge, filled with a sharper level of threat and malevolence. But amongst it all, there is a s …
 | May-8-2013 | 
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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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‘Beyond’ Baddie Just A One-Film Alien

PLUS: Idris Elba admits Krall is a new species who hates the Federation

There’s warriors like Christopher Lloyd’s Kruge in “Star Trek III: The Search For Spock,” and then there are talky villains like Khan in both “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (Ricardo Montalban) and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” (Benedict Cumberbatch). And then, of course, you have talky warriors like Christopher Plummer’s Chang in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” For Krall, a new villain brought to “Star Trek: Beyond” by Idris Elba, the Enterprise is going head-to-head with someone who is pure warrior. And it won’t be good for her crew. “What’s interesting about him …
 | Apr-16-2016 | 
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