STAR TREK 3 Director Shortlist Down to Five; APES Director Rupert Wyatt Considered the Frontrunner

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A couple weeks ago, we got the joyous news that Roberto Orci would not be directing Star Trek 3.  Although Edgar Wright‘s name was floated as a possible replacement, five other choices have emerged with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt as the frontrunner.  Paramount is apparently high on Wyatt for the gig, and he’s met with the studio.  But Deadline reports there are four other directors who might be steering the Starship Enterprise to its new destination.

Hit the jump for more on Paramount’s candidates for their Star Trek 3 director.  Paramount is aiming to release the film in 2016, which would mark the series 50th anniversary. [Update: One of the directors has taken himself out of the running.  More after the jump.]

Roberto Orci Comments on Leaving STAR TREK 3 Director’s Chair; Says He Will Remain “Very Involved”

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Last week, we learned that Roberto Orci was stepping down as the director of Star Trek 3, and I greeted this news with cautious optimism.  On the one hand, it seems like Paramount came to its senses in not letting a guy who hadn’t even directed a YouTube short film to take the reins of a major blockbuster, although previous reports say that the script was the big problem, not his glaring lack of experience.  However, it’s not like he was kicked off the lot or even off the project.

Orci confirmed his continuted involvement on the website Trek Movie, and also commented on the rumors regarding the script and the current status of the film.  Hit the jump for more.  Star Trek 3 is currently scheduled to open in summer 2016.

Roberto Orci Will Not Direct STAR TREK 3; Edgar Wright Now Under Consideration

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Big Star Trek 3 news, folks.  While it was clear that J.J. Abrams was not going to be able to return to direct Trek 3 due to his duties on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Paramount Pictures opted to keep things familiar by tapping Star Trek producer/writer Roberto Orci to make his feature directing debut on the project.  This was a big coup for Orci, who has zero directing credits to his name and is a massive Trek fan, but was cause for concern for some who thought his previous filmography as a writer and producer wasn’t exactly encouraging.  Well now those fans can rest easy, as word comes that Orci has vacated the director’s chair for Star Trek 3.

With Paramount wanting to have the film finished in time for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary in 2016, they’ll need to work quickly to find a replacement.  One name that’s apparently on the shortlist: Edgar Wright.  More on the Star Trek 3 director shakeup after the jump.

Holiday Deals on Blu-rays/DVDs and Toys

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Amazon has a number of great deals today and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  While we usually focus on DVDs and Blu-rays, Amazon’s gold box deal of the day is 50% off a number of Mattel and Fisher-Price toys, which is a great deal for parents.  Like all Amazon deals, don’t wait too long to buy.

Ronald D. Moore Talks SHOWRUNNERS, Marrying Creativity and Business, When to Walk Away from a Project, OUTLANDER, STAR TREK and More

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Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is a documentary that explores the role of the person or persons responsible for overseeing all areas of writing and production on a television series and ensuring that each episode is delivered on time and on budget for both the network that airs the show and the studio that produces it.  In this perceived Golden Age of television, shows are now enthralling audiences the world over in the way that Hollywood feature films once did, and there is an increasing curiosity about the individuals that make that possible.  The film features J.J. Abrams, Hart Hanson, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D. Moore, Joss Whedon, Terence Winter and J.H. Wyman, among others.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Ronald D. Moore (who is currently the showrunner on the hit Starz drama series Outlander) talked about what made him want to become a showrunner, marrying the business side with the creative side, the funniest network experience he had over a script, when script notes can be most effective, knowing when to walk away from something that just isn’t working, getting the job writing for Star Trek, and the strange experience of killing off his childhood hero.  He also talked about how many Outlander episodes are typically in some stage of development at the same time, how the demands of Outlander compare to the shows he’s done in the past, what he learned about the show while doing Season 1 that he will apply to Season 2, and just how much attention he pays to what’s being said on the fan sites.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Anton Yelchin Talks RUDDERLESS, Working with Music, Exploring the Film’s Themes, STAR TREK 3, BURYING THE EX, and More

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Rudderless, the feature directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, follows Sam (Billy Crudup), a man whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son.  He passes his days by drowning his pain in alcohol, until he discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, and he begins to reconnect with his son while exploring his unknown talent.  When he learns and decides to play these songs in a local bar he catches the attention of a young musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), and the two decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band called Rudderless.

At the film’s press day, actor Anton Yelchin spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about selling William H. Macy on the fact that he could do the music, what it was like to get to work with these amazing songs, the type of music that really moves him, the themes the film is exploring, and how special it was to work with someone as warm as Billy Crudup.  He also talked about how honored he was to get to be a part of Only Lovers Left Alive and to work with Jim Jarmusch, the privilege it was to work with Joe Dante on the zombie film Burying the Ex, and his hope to get to share some screen time with William Shatner in Star Trek 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Evan Jones and Writer Nicholas Meyer Talk HOUDINI, Taking Poetic License with History, STAR TREK, Meyer’s Thoughts on Abrams’ TREK Films, and More

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Now available on Blu-ray and DVD is Houdini, the History Channel mini-series about the epic life of legendary illusionist Harry Houdini, starring Adrien Brody as the man behind the magic, Kristen Connolly as his faithful wife Bess, and Evan Jones as the architect who helped build Houdini’s tricks, Jim Collins.

I recently joined a small group of reporters at The Magic Castle in Hollywood where we got to experience the Houdini Séance and sit down for a lengthy chat with Evan Jones and writer Nicholas Meyer, who adapted his father’s Houdini biography – Houdini: A Mind in Chains — A Psychoanalytic Portrait – for the mini-series.  They talked about taking creative liberties with history in order to tell the best story, the personal challenge Meyer faced in adapting his father’s book, filming in Hungary, and more.  And since Nicholas Meyer was in the room the conversation naturally steered toward Star Trek.  Meyer revealed his thoughts on J.J. Abrams‘ interpretation of the Star Trek universe and shared some behind-the-scenes stories from the making of his Star Trek films and.  Hit the jump to read.

STAR TREK 3 Brings Oscar Winner Claudio Miranda Aboard as Cinematographer, Will Shoot in Vancouver and Seoul

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Now that we’re done, at least for a while, with the whole William Shatner cameo saga, we have some actual facts to report regarding Star Trek 3.  First of all, while the upcoming sequel will mostly be shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, some of it will in fact be lensed in Seoul, South Korea.  And it looks like Oscar winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi, TRON: Legacy) will be joining writer/director Roberto Orci behind the camera. 

This marks the first time a Star Trek movie has ever been shot digitally.  Hit the jump for more on Star Trek 3.  The film is expected to shoot early next year for a release in the summer of 2016.


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Paramount committed an egregious faux pas last year with its release of Star Trek: Into Darkness by sprinkling different extras on different Blu-rays.  If you bought your disc at Target, you got one set of extras.  If you bought it at Best Buy, you got a different set.  If you wanted all of them, you basically had to buy multiple copies of the same movie, then vent your fiery wrath across the Internet.  Trekkies hit the roof and with good reason: it took the double-dipping crime to a whole new level.  The new Star Trek Compendium is intended to correct that issue, and I suppose it does… if you’re waiting for all those features in a single collection.  Unfortunately, it compounds the original sin with a whole new one and slaps a higher price on the results in the bargain.  That leaves a sour taste behind for a collection that should have come as a huge relief to long-suffering fans.  Hit the jump for my full review.

William Shatner Confirms J.J. Abrams Has Contacted Him About Appearing in STAR TREK 3

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For the past week, rumors have been swirling that William Shatner may finally get his wish of appearing in the rebooted Star Trek franchise by way of a role in Star Trek 3.  While Leonard Nimoy got a fairly significant role in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film and an all-too-convenient part in the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness, Shatner has been vocal about his displeasure at not having appeared in the new franchise.  Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof actually wrote a role for Shatner to reprise his role as Kirk at the end of Star Trek 2009, but subsequently dropped the scene because they felt it was too gimmicky.

A week ago, a rumor surfaced that Orci—who is now directing Trek 3has written a role for Shatner to appear in Star Trek 3.  Shatner subsequently played coy about the prospect, but this weekend he said “to hell with it” and flat-out confirmed that Abrams contacted him about appearing in Star Trek 3.  More on the potential William Shatner Star Trek 3 cameo after the jump.

William Shatner and Roberto Orci Respond to STAR TREK 3 Shatner/Leonard Nimoy Reunion Rumor

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Just two days ago, a rumor surfaced claiming that Roberto Orci was going to give squeezing William Shatner into the new Star Trek film franchise another go.  Leonard Nimoy made his way into both the 2009 Star Trek reboot and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, however, Shatner’s scene from Star Trek was cut and he never became part of Star Trek Into Darkness either.

If the latest rumor is true, Shatner will finally get some screen time in Star Trek 3, but neither Shatner nor Orci are willing to confirm that the Shatner/Nimoy reunion is legit.  Hit the jump for their responses.

Roberto Orci Says First Draft of the STAR TREK 3 Script Is Complete

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Development continues to move forward on Star Trek 3 while J.J. Abrams is off in a galaxy far, far away, and a status update has surfaced from writer/producer/likely director Roberto Orci.  It was reported a few months ago that Orci, who was a screenwriter and producer on both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, was in negotiations to take over the director’s chair on Star Trek 3.  He subsequently told us that it wasn’t exactly a done deal just yet, adding that Paramount had yet to see the script.  In these ensuing months, Orci has been working to craft the Star Trek 3 script with writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and this weekend Orci announced that the trio has now completed the first draft.  More after the jump. 

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.

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