Orci talks Star Trek 11

June 18, 2007


The IESB has a full transcript of Robert Orci’s extra-long media roundtable for TRANSFORMERS, and in it, he drops some cool hints about that other project he’s been working on– STAR TREK 11! Check it out:

Q: So let me ask you, you guys are involved with Trek. How have you been researching that, how’s that been coming. I know you’re probably not going to be able to give us obviously story points but…

Orci: Well luckily we’ve been researching that all our lives [laughter]. Like all that, we read the novels, we just had it down cold. So when it came up again we were covered. We have a greenlight draft, we finished it [last] Christmas, its going, it shoots in November. We’re in the middle of casting right now.

Question: When do you think we’re going to actually hear casting stuff, are you going to Comic Con, is J.J. [Abrams] planning a big thing?

Orci: We might announce some stuff at Comic Con. We should have significant casting by then.

Q: As a follow up to that, and I don’t know how involved you are to answer this but, isn’t it hard to get established actors and stars to come into a franchise where they’re playing iconic characters? They are playing young versions of Kirk and Spock.

Orci: Hard, you mean hard to convince the stars? Or hard just from the creative point of view to want them?

Q: To convince them, or both.

Orci: Actually I think it’s a little easier to convince established actors, the problem is you’re not sure you want them. Like Superman, would that have worked with you know…

Q: But won’t that insinuate that they’re not going to big stars, that its therefore the same old Star Trek, won’t spend the money, won’t bring in the big names to make it happen.

Orci: No, we don’t insinuate that you mean…

Q: No I’m insinuating that the fans might feel that way, because the whole idea that the re-launch is that its bigger, better, even as a reboot and I’m just saying…

Orci: Uh, I don’t think so, because the star of the movie is Star Trek, you know, so another way to think of it is we feel confident in what the material is and what the paradigm of the movie is that we’re not trying to shove an Academy Award winner down your throat to sell it. Which doesn’t mean that we might not end up there but its not our first place to go there with that.

Q: Were you going to elaborate on that thing about what big stars might take away from playing these iconic characters?

Orci: They become the story instead of the franchise, you know, it becomes a personality issue as opposed to really focusing on the movie. Stars in the right place might help it too, I mean we’re not ruling anything out at this point casting wise.

Q: I think Brad Pitt would look real good with Vulcan ears.

Orci: (laughter)

Some interesting news there… so maybe everyone SHOULDN’T pencil in MATT DAMON to play Captain Kirk. Or should they?

Can’t wait for those Comic Con announcements!

Kirk vs. Picard!

June 13, 2007


CBS Interactive and Fanlib are teaming up on an official STAR TREK fan fiction writing contest! Here’s the deal: the story idea is Kirk vs. Picard. Trek producer Andre Bormanis will be throwing out some initial ideas that will then be open for a vote– the idea that wins will drive the storyline. From there ,wannabe-writers will submit chapters based on “scene missions” from the site, with weekly winners picked through online voting (a panel will narrow the selections down first). Online videos, hosted by George Takei and Wil Wheaton, will chronicle the whole thing.

Winning contributor get some pretty nice prizes, including an iPhone and a trip to Vegas that includes a tour of Star Trek: The Experience. No word yet on what we will become of the final story, though!

Our only advice? Kirk wins. Kirk always wins.

Comic-Con makes Film & TV Announcement

June 5, 2007


Here it is… the list of films that will be represented at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego! Superherohype makes a note that THE DARK KNIGHT was NOT announced… its pretty hard to believe that the Batman sequel WON’T be featured, so a later announcement will probably be made on that front. This is, after all, Comic-Con– the biggest event of its kind in the world, the place where studios roll out their movies to the core fanbase who help determine whether their project is the next 300, or the next CATWOMAN.

Here’s what we know you likely will see– I’ve bolded the panels Scramble Network plans to report from (there’s a lot of them!):

  • Alien vs. Predator 2: No Peace On Earth
  • American Gangster
  • Babylon A.D.
  • Balls of Fury
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Beowulf
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Coraline
  • Fred Claus
  • Get Smart
  • The Golden Compass
  • Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
  • Heroes
  • I Am Legend
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Indiana Jones 4
  • The Invasion
  • Iron Man
  • Lost
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Resident Evil: Extinction
  • Speed Racer
  • The Strangers
  • Stardust
  • Star Trek
  • Sunshine
  • Sweeney Todd
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Trick ‘r Treat
  • Wanted
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • White Out

Looks like a great year… expect plenty of news to be made in San Diego that week!