Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Star Trek 3 gets a new director

A couple of weeks ago Deadline reported that, after months of preliminary work already, Roberto Orci wouldn't be directing the next Star Trek movie after all. With 2016 in target for the release, in order to come out in the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek, the race was on to find a new director, with many names being bounced about since.

Now Deadline have again broken news, this time confirming Orci's replacement in the director's chair: That person will be Justin Lin, best known for directing several films in the car/crime/action film series, Fast and Furious.

I can't say that pedigree fills me with hope, but Lin also has a background in television, and his credits there perhaps hint at a little more depth than the smashy crashy racing action stuff. Last year he directed the first episode of a series called Scorpion, which is about a global problem solving genius. He continued on as executive producer of that series, which would already have seen him working with nuTrek writers and producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who are producers there too.

His other television credits include directing several episodes of the comedy series Community, and the crime drama True Detective. He has also worked in one capacity or another on many other series, miniseries, shorts, and web-series, including executive production credits on a couple of time travel(ish, in the loosest sense) web-shows, Squad 85 and Reality Reboot.

Lin's work seems to be focused on action and comedy, which at the very least is consistent with what the nuTrek movies have delivered so far. Hopefully he can also bring a little something more, for those of us hoping to get a bit more Star Trek morality, hope, and exploration in the next chapter!

Meanwhile Roberto Orci will be continuing on as producer, although it's not currently known whether he will also still have a hand in writing. He, along with newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, presumably were pretty far along with the script. But could whatever pushed Orci out of directing also impact the shape of the script? If so will something completely new be possible in time for the 2016 release?

One of the rumours about the cause of the changes comes from Badass Digest, who suggest Paramount was pushing for the new film to try and follow the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, hoping to propel Keenser into a more dominant role as a stand-in for Rocket the raccoon... I certainly wouldn't mind a little more alien exoticism in the next movie, after so much Earth focus in the series so far. Are Scotty/Keenser even remotely similar to Groot/Rocket though? Perhaps it's time to bring in Arex and M'Ress! If this rumour is at all accurate, the band of misfits (a la the Guardians) does seem to be one of Lin's tropes, although how he could apply that to the now happy family of the Enterprise crew, who know?

Monday, 22 December 2014

March Star Trek comics from IDW

IDW have announced their solicitations for March, which include three new Star Trek comics, and an omnibus book. Continue below to check them all out (covers via Previews):

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #4
Written by Scott and David Tipton. Art by Rachael Stott.
An uneasy alliance has been forged between Captain Kirk and Colonel Taylor! But will it be enough to prevent Commander Kor and his Klingons from toppling the regime of Doctor Zaius?
As with other issues in the series, this will also include an essay on Star Trek and Planet of the Apes, by Dana Gould. There will be at least three covers, the main one by Rachael Stott, the subscription variant by J.K. Woodward, and a further variant in the Gold Key style (the latter has not be released yet):

The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

Titan Books have announced a new "non-fiction" book: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, which has the oh so modest subtitle, The Story of Starfleet's Greatest Captain! Despite the good Captain's name being on the cover, the book will actually be ghost written by David Goodman (author of Federation: The First 150 Years).

StarTrek.com released the cover, and this blurb:
"Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship because while you're there, you can make a difference. "—James T. Kirk, 2371

The Autobiography of James T. Kirk chronicles the greatest Starfleet captain's life (2233–2371), in his own words. From his boyhood on an Iowa farm, his youth spent on Tarsus IV, his time in the Starfleet Academy, his meteoric raise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, this in-world memoir uncovers Captain Kirk in a way Star Trek fans have never seen.

Kirk's singular voice rings throughout the text, giving insight into his convictions, his bravery, and his commitment to the life—in all forms—throughout this Galaxy and beyond. Packaged in a handsome hardcover format, with a center section of photographs, sketches, and original illustrations, this in-world biography will serve as a profile of courage and celebration of a beloved Star Trek hero.
The hardcover book will be out next September.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Interview: Kevin Hopkins on Voyager art

Bye Bye Robot have recently released five new Star Trek art posters, featuring subjects from all five of the prime series. Bye Bye Robot's Charity Wood was kind enough to put me in touch with all the artists involved, so we can talk about their new creations.

First up is Kevin Hopkins, who had the honour of producing the first ever Voyager design in Bye Bye Robot's collection, The Long Way Home. Here's what Kevin told me (continues after the jump):

So your first piece with Bye Bye Robot features the USS Voyager, what drew you to this particular subject?
I have been a science fiction fan from the time I first started reading. When Star Trek emerged it quickly became a large part of that interest and I am happy doing anything related to that subject. Voyager is especially interesting in the ship design and through my familiarity with the series.

I tend to consider myself an organic artist, doing my best work with anatomy and living things rather than machines. The organic design of the Voyager ship seemed a good fit even though it is technically a machine. The Voyager ship is really a stand-alone beautiful object and I find its form very appealing and attractive.
Did you know when you decided on Voyager that it would be the first image from that series from Bye Bye Robot?
Yes, I was aware that this was the first artistic rendering of the Voyager ship that Bye Bye Robot had commissioned. I did not know that it was the only image they had from the ‘Voyager’ series. It’s always nice to step into a new area and see what happens there and maybe supply the fans with something they’ve been missing out on.

Gingerbread USS Enterprise

Set phasers to sweet! The Blackmarket Bakery have made Star Trek the center of their Christmas decorations, with an amazing gingerbread rendition of the USS Enterprise now on display in their California store.

With details in sugar and chocolate, the impressive recreation of the Enterprise fires a candy-cane phaser beam at the landscape below, which presumably also helps to support the otherwise gravity defying display! Check out a few more images after the jump:

Star Trek paper clips!

Aren't Icon Heroes clever? They've only gone and made Star Trek themed paper-clips! Coming in the second quarter of next year, each pack of forty will include twenty silver USS Enterprises, and twenty golden Starfleet deltas, both ingeniously formed to bring a hint of Star Trek to all your paper-cliped things! (More images after the jump)

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Starships Collection's USS Pasteur and Species 8472

Two more issues of The Official Starships Collection have been solicited giving us new images of the models and magazine covers for issues thirty-two and thirty-three, the Olympic class USS Pasteur, and the very unique organic design of the Species 8472 Bioship. These ships should be out in the UK first, in March and April (images via Entertainment Earth and Big Bad Toy Store):

In other news from The Collection, Eaglemoss have completely revamped their website! The new look site includes new images galleries of all the ships up to issue thirty-five, the most recent release in the UK. Each ship gets four views, showing either side and the front and back. For example that most recent issue, the 22nd century Klingon Bird of Prey, gets the images after the jump. Hopefully the site will get regular updates as new issues are released.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Q Gambit, part 5 preview

Out this week is the penultimate issue of The Q Gambit, the fifth chapter in the six-part DS9 crossover story in the nuTrek ongoing comic series (a little late from it's nominal November release). Continue below for a look at the first five pages from the story:

QMx nuTrek insignia badges now magnetic

QMx have relaunched their range of nuTrek insignia badges, bring them up to the standard of their TNG and Voyager badges; the former pin backs have been exchanged for strong magnets, which will hold them in place through fabrics without leaving holes.

Alas not all Starfleet officers are created equal, while command, science, and engineering personnel are all getting an equipment update, you'll have to stick with holey pins if you want a career in Starfleet medical, as for some reason that style of badge has been left out (dammit Jim!).

Starships Collection updates and Titan progress

A few updates from The Official Starships Collection, starting with news from StarTrek.com of new ships set to join The Collection in 2015. Several ships which have been previously confirmed were mentioned: The original USS Enterprise, Centaur class, and Steamrunner class. Those will all be out by September next year (in the UK at least), which is where the running order as so far announced runs out, at issue fifty-five. But StarTrek.com also mentioned a couple more ships for 2015: Zefram Cochrane’s warp ship, the Phoenix, and a TOS Klingon battlecruiser. To accompany this news they also released a new group image showing most (but not all) of the series so far.

Meanwhile Eaglemoss have now made available a new binder to hold magazines from The Collection. A few months ago they distributed a survey to gage interest in alternate binder designs, and it appears Federation ships got the best feedback, as it's a gaggle of them which can been seen on the new binder design (not in fact one of the designs in the survey, but a new arrangement). The new binder is only available via Eaglemoss' online shop.

Continue after the jump for the latest previews of forthcoming issues of The Collection, and news of a major milestone for the USS Titan petition.