Roberto Orci Talks STAR TREK 3; Says Paramount Hasn’t Seen the Script Yet, Unconfirmed as Director Until Given the Greenlight

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Many were skeptical about director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot, but the finished film turned out to be the rare movie that seemed to please both die-hard fans and Trek newcomers in equal measure.  It was a thrilling start to a revitalized franchise for Paramount, and while reception to the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness was less enthusiastic, the sequel still went on to gross $467 million worldwide.  Obviously Paramount would be moving forward with another installment, but Abrams happened to be busy with this little thing called Star Wars, so a new director was needed.  After months of searching, the studio finally settled on a familiar face: Roberto Orci.  Having produced and co-written the first two films, Orci was already entrenched in the existing franchise, but Star Trek 3 marks a massive challenge as it will be Orci’s first time in the director’s chair, ever.

Our own Christina Radish recently got the chance to speak with Orci in anticipation of his TV series Matador (which has already been picked up for a second season) during the TCA Press Tour, and Orci gave an update on Star Trek 3’s progress, saying Paramount has yet to sign off on the script, adding that he’s not necessarily confirmed as the director until the film gets the greenlight.  More after the jump.

Watch the San Diego Symphony Perform the STAR TREK Soundtrack During Comic-Con; Michael Giacchino to Appear

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We’re exactly two weeks away from San Diego Comic-Con 2014, and while the official schedule will start its rollout tomorrow, other events in the San Diego area are taking shape.  If you’d like a reprieve from the line-waiting, the San Diego Symphony will be performing the soundtrack to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film Star Trek over at the Embarcadero Marina Park South on Saturday, July 26th.  The event is unaffiliated with Comic-Con itself, but composer Michael Giacchino and actor John Cho are scheduled to appear.  Tickets range from $28 to $90, and there’s also a limited number of VIP tickets that include a meet and greet with Giacchino.

Head over to the symphony’s website to purchase tickets, but be warned: admissions are limited.

Chris Pine and Patrick Stewart Get Animated for STAR TREK: NIGHT CREW in ROBOT CHICKEN Clip

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A Robot Chicken clip surfaced earlier this week that lampoons Star Trek: The Next Genration, asking who exactly takes over when the Enterprise crew we know and love goes to bed.  The captain of the night crew has his own twist on the classic introduction:

“Space, the final frontier.  These are the 11pm-7am voyages of the Enterprise’s night crew.  It’s continuing mission is to party.”

If you are more of a Star Trek fan than a Robot Chicken lover, you will appreciate that Patrick Stewart and Chris Pine get in on the fun as part of the voice cast.  Watch the Star Trek Robot Chicken clip after the jump.

STAR TREK 3 Set in Deep Space, Says Director Roberto Orci

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Star Trek Into Darkness ended with the USS Enterprise setting off on a five-year exploratory mission, right where the original 1960s series started.  Roberto Orci, who graduated to Star Trek 3 director after co-writing Star Trek and Into Darkness, teased where the sequel will take the crew:

“They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space.”

Check out Orci’s full quote on Star Trek 3 details after the jump.

Blu-ray Deals: STAR TREK: The Complete Original Series (Seasons 1-3) Blu-ray for $59.99 (81% Off)

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If you’re a Star Trek fan and don’t yet own the original series on Blu-ray, you definitely want to click this link right now.  That’s because Amazon is offering Star Trek: The Complete Original Series (Seasons 1-3) on Blu-ray for $59.99, which is 81% off the $320 retail price!  This is the cheapest I’ve ever seen the Original Series on Blu-ray.  Like all Amazon deals, it’s good while supplies last so don’t wait too long to pick it up.  In addition to the Trek deal, Amazon has a few other Blu-rays on sale.  They’re linked below.

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Roberto Orci in Talks to Direct STAR TREK 3 [Updated: Orci Unofficially Confirmed as Director]

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Paramount Pictures is nearing its director choice for Star Trek 3, and the name is sure to make plenty (rightfully) wary of the upcoming sci-fi sequel.  With J.J. Abrams busy in a galaxy far, far away for the foreseeable future, Paramount has been searching for a new director to take the helm of the lucrative Trek franchise.  They came close with Attack the Block director Joe Cornish, but the filmmaker subsequently backed out due to his reluctance to step into an already established franchise.

A few weeks ago, we heard that Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness scribe Roberto Orci was lobbying hard for the job complete with Abrams’ blessing, and now it appears that the screenwriter/producer is in formal negotiations to make his directorial debut on Trek 3.  Read on after the jump. [Updated with unofficial confirmation after the jump.]

TOP 5: WonderCon Coverage, BOYHOOD Trailer, Orci Lobbying to Direct STAR TREK 3, Ray Fisher to Play Cyborg in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, STAR WARS News

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I’d like to apologize in advance for today’s opening paragraph lacking the fascinating insight and ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 gushing that you’ve come to expect. I’m writing from the press lounge of the 5th Annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (also known as C2E2) where a majority of my time will be spent on the convention floor taking Cosplay pictures and searching for heavily discounted hardback comics. It’s not a complete loss, though, as I should be posting an image recap from the convention in the coming days much like I’ve done the last two years.

All dreams of hardback treasure hunting aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights our extensive WonderCon Anaheim coverage, the first trailer for Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, word that Roberto Orci is looking to direct Star Trek 3, Ray Fisher landing the role of Cyborg in Batman vs. Superman, and several new pieces of Star Wars info. Resting on the other side of the jump is a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Roberto Orci Lobbying to Direct STAR TREK 3 as Film Partnership with Alex Kurtzman Ends

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For better or worse, the writing duo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman has been responsible for some of the biggest franchise hits of the past decade.  Orci and Kurtzman penned the scripts for the first two Transformers films, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible III, and they were recently brought into the Spider-Man franchise as the scribes behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 3.  However, it appears that the two have decided to part ways in the feature world as they have their eyes on making the move to director—separately.

Kurtzman already has one feature under his belt as director, the 2012 dramedy People Like Us, but Orci is thinking big for his directorial debut as he is currently vying to take over for J.J. Abrams on Star Trek 3.  More after the jump.

Stephen Collins Talks NBC’s REVOLUTION, Making BREWSTER’S MILLIONS with Richard Pryor, and STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE at WonderCon

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Earlier today, right before Stephen Collins took the WonderCon stage to promote NBC’s Revolution, I was able to participate in a group interview backstage.  While I’m sure NBC wanted me to focus on the show, with Collin’s great resume, I had to ask about some of his previous projects like Brewster’s Millions with Richard Pryor and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Thankfully, Collins was more than happy to talk about both, revealing what it was like working with Pryor and what DeForest Kelly told him while making Star Trek.  In addition, Collins talked about Star Trek’s reception at the box office and with critics.   Of course, he also talked about what fans can look forward to on the last four episodes of Revolution, teasing a huge action set piece on a steam train and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Potent Potables: GAME OF THRONES, STAR TREK, and THE WALKING DEAD Beers Hit the Market

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I love beer, I love television, and I love creative cross-over marketing, so today’s bit of offbeat news is my holy trinity.  Some of these brews have been around for a while and others are being released this very weekend!  Here they are at a glance:

  • Game of Thrones – Ommegang Brewery has already churned out the Iron Throne blonde ale, and the Take the Black Stout for past seasons of HBO’s hit show, but their latest effort, Fire and Blood red ale, will release on March 31st.  Season four debuts Sunday April 6th.
  • Star Trek – The first official Star Trek beer, Klingon Warnog, will be brewed by the Indiana-based Tin Man Brewing Co.  You can only drink this dunkelweizen if you’ve successfully performed the Rite of Ascension and endured torture by painstiks.
  • The Walking Dead – Just in time for the season four finale of AMC’s hit series is this new brainy brew from Dock Street Brewing Co. in Philly.  This Walker’s an American Pale Stout brewed with smoked goat brains. YUP!

Hit the jump for more information on each of these delicious drinks.

Two New VFX Featurettes for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Courtesy of ILM

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ILM has released two new VFX featurettes for Star Trek Into Darkness, which is on the short list for a Visual Effects Oscar.  The first one is more of a montage of VFX shots that takes viewers behind the scenes of the opening action sequence that takes place on the vibrantly colored planet that just so happens to house an active volcano, a breakdown of the Enterprise’s hangar, and a wormhole space chase.  The second video takes a more in-depth look into the action sequence on the red planet, so keep an eye out for future featurettes that further explore the movie’s most intense scenes.  Hit the jump to watch.

Anton Yelchin Talks BURYING THE EX, Working with Joe Dante, and the Tone of the Film; Plus His Thoughts on Getting a New Director for STAR TREK 3

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit the set of Joe Dante‘s new film Burying the Ex, a horror comedy about Max (Anton Yelchin), a nice guy who moves in with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) only to find she’s a controlling nightmare.  He’s saved the burden of a nasty breakup when she dies in a freak accident, and soon after meets the girl of his dreams (Alexandra Daddario).  Everything seems hunkydory until Evelyn returns from the grave, crazy as ever and now with added undead super strength!  As a huge fan of Dante’s I was excited to get an early look at what the film has to offer and speak with some of the folks involved.  Though the film is already in production Dante and co have mounted a crowdfunding campaign through FundAnything to help with post-production and distribution.  There are some damn cool rewards on the table including exclusive footage, screening invites, and even lunch with Mr. Dante himself.  You can check out the official page here.

While on set I sat down for an interview with Yelchin.  He talked about what attracted him to the script, working with Joe Dante, learning about the horror genre, and what audiences can expect from Burying the Ex.  He also briefly touched on his feelings about getting a new director for Star Trek 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci Talk SOME VELVET MORNING, Making a Movie in One Space with Two Actors, 1:30 TRAIN, CATCHING FIRE and More

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WARNING: The only way to experience the full effect of Some Velvet Morning, is to walk into the film knowing nothing at all. You have been warned.

After putting colossal productions like Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on their resumes, Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci opted to do a complete 180 with Neil LaBute’s Some Velvet Morning.  Eve and Tucci are the only two actors in the film, the entire narrative plays out in a single location and in real time, over the course of 83 minutes.  Hit the jump for more.

Joe Cornish No Longer in the Running to Direct STAR TREK 3

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While the next Star Trek sequel continues to move towards a possible 2014 production start-date, it appears that the director search is far from over.  Reports have swirled for months that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish was the frontrunner to take over as director of the franchise while J.J. Abrams is busy with Star Wars: Episode VII, and Abrams himself acknowledged Cornish’s involvement in a recent interview, noting that he hoped the filmmaker’s next project would be Trek 3.  Well it appears that the pairing is not meant to be, as a new report reveals that Cornish is no longer involved in negotiations pertaining to Star Trek 3.  Hit the jump for more.

STAR TREK 3 News: Screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay Join Roberto Orci Sans Alex Kurtzman

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Although we still haven’t heard any official word on whether or not Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) will direct Paramount/Skydance’s Star Trek 3, it appears that a trio of writers have been hired to tackle the script.  Newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will join Roberto Orci for the task.  That last name isn’t new, as Orci and his writing partner Alex Kurtzman have written the last two Star Trek movies (along with Damon Lindelof).  The catch this time is that Kurtzman will, reportedly, not be involved, making Orci the main force behind the script.  Hit the jump for more.

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