Star Trek XI release knocked back to 2009
No Xmas joy for expectant Trekkies
Paramount Pictures has announced it has knocked back the release of Star Trek XI from 25 December this year to 8 May 2009, on the grounds that "the pic's gross potential is greater as a summer tentpole", as Variety puts it.
The only box office competition the JJ Abrams-helmed movie will face on the new date is from 20th Century Fox's X-Men Origins: Wolverine - due to premiere a week before - and Sony's Angels and Demons, slated for release a week later.
Paramount last month gave Trekkies a teaser trailer of the film, which chronicles how the Enterprise crew met at Starfleet Academy and subsequently went boldy forth on their first mission.
The eleventh Star Trek big screen mission features Karl Urban as Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Eric Bana as villain Nero, John Cho as Sulu, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Zachary Quinto as (young) Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, and Chris Pine as Kirk.
Leonard Nimoy will also appear as Spock senior, with Winona Ryder playing his mum. William Shatner, sadly, will have to remain on Earth, since he reportedly turned down a a mere walk-on part following tentative discussions with the director. ®
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Not another one. When sequels start getting into double digits you know you've milked it for all its worth. If it weren't for the potential of seeing Winona Ryder in a skimpy costume I'd be praying for them to postpone this indefinitely.
Spock on Spock
Quote: "Leonard Nimoy will also appear as Spock senior"
"Er...this is how I played me all those years ago - Son?"
Now I AM confused.
OKAY I gotta say it, "Its life Jim, but not as we know it...."
Reimagined, not prequel
I blame Ronald D Moore for this.
Since he "reimagined" Battlestar Gallactica they've been trawling the archives for things to resurrect: Bionic Woman, Flash Gordon, Sarah Connor Chronicles, etc
Initially I had my doubts about the new BSG but was won over because it was well made and had an edge and grittiness that the original didn't have.
Watching the teaser I can see some similar "less polished" look.
However I think less fans of the original aren't going to excuse any major rewriting of the canon, but the producers are probably aiming to try and bring new younger fans in the right demographic who haven't seen the original.