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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

A whole load of new Star Trek TV projects are in the works!

Exciting times trekkies, CBS have announced they have signed up Alex Kurtzman and his fellow Discovery producers Heather Kadin and Aaron Baiers to have their production company Secret Hideout continue to work on TV projects for CBS through to 2023, including specifically expanding the production Star Trek beyond Discovery.

CBS are officially keeping things vague, noting the the deal:
...calls for him to extend the Star Trek franchise for television, developing new series, mini-series and other content opportunities, including animation
But the trade press are already abuzz with what those projects could be. Variety have identified four different projects:
  • A series set at Starfleet Academy, which is being work on by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, writers and producers known for their work on The O.C., Gossip Girl, Dynasty, and Runaways.
  • A miniseries based on The Wrath of Khan, which one assumes would be the Nick Meyer led project we've already had rumour of.
  • Another miniseries of unspecified focus.
  • And an animated series.
The Hollywood Reporter meanwhile are suggesting that Patrick Stewart might return to play Captain Picard for one of these:
The new deal comes as rumblings about another Star Trek series, featuring Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Star Trek: The Next Generation's Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, have been heating up. Sources say Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman, who left Discovery after season one, are attached to the Stewart-led reboot. CBS TV Studios declined to confirm the Stewart project as sources say a deal is far from completed and may not happen despite the fact that the actor recently teased his potential return to the franchise.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Book Bits: Star Trek Little Golden Books, and previews from other non-fiction and novelties

Got quite a variety of Star Trek non-fiction and novelty book updates today, including more on Kirk Fu, Incredibuilds and the Lost Scenes book. But first, something entirely new...

Penguin Random House have revealed Star Trek will soon be joining the long running Little Golden Book series, with two TOS inspired books due for release next January.

Little Golden Books are charmingly illustrated childrens books, that traditionally include non-fiction introductions, fairytales and morality tales, as well as tie-ins to popular childrens media characters. More recently they have been getting into more popular culture and nostalgic media tie-ins, with some of their latest releases including adaptations of Jurassic Park and Back to the Future!

For their initial Star Trek offering they are going for character focused books, one featuring Captain Kirk, and one on Mr Spock.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

McFarlane Toys Captain Kirk and Picard action figure previews

McFarlane Toys' first Star Trek releases, the Captain Kirk and Captain Picard action figures, are due out any day now, and so of course they have released a whole bunch of images to show of their new creations. Continue below to check them both out.

Both figures are at a seven inch scale, and feature numerous points of articulation, a Star Trek styled base, and a whole load of accessories. Captain Kirk, in his TV era yellow uniform, comes with a phaser pistol, communicator, and a phaser rifle.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Eaglemoss updates: XL Enterprise-B, Kobayashi Maru, Discovery ships, and more!

Eaglemoss have announced and previewed several new ships in their Starships Collection ranges, including the latest regular, special, XL, and Discovery ships. Continue below to check them all out!

First up, via the Hero Collector blog, we have our first look at the eighth release in the XL series of extra big models, the USS Enterprise-B. The Excelsior class is one of my very favourite Star Trek designs, so I'm delighted to be able to get a bigger version of this beauty, especially as being a narrow design it was a little on the small side as a regular issue; the new XL version is apparently 28cm long!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Discovery gets a new showrunner, again. Plus new characters details for season two

Change is afoot behind the scenes in the Star Trek: Discovery offices once more! The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, who were themselves put in place when Bryan Fuller left the series,  are no longer in the captain's chair(s), with series co-creator Alex Kurtzman stepping in fill the position. CBS released the following statement:
We’ve made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery. The series continues under the creative vision and leadership of executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman. Discovery remains on course for season two in 2019 with new and continuing stories that build on its successful premiere season
According to The Holly Reporter, the first five episodes of season two have been completed under Harberts and Berg, but have come in over budget (which will have to be made up by the back end of the season). There's also a suggestion that the writing partners had become abuse to other members of the writing room, with several writers threatening to leave the series!

The Holly Reporter has also learnt that Akiva Goldsman, who was executive producer on the first season and wrote/directed a couple of episodes too, has not returned to work on season two.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Fear Itself and Prometheus excerpts, and other Star Trek novel news

Just released is the third Star Trek: Discovery novelJames Swallow's Fear Itself, which is expected to focus on Saru on the USS Shenzhou, set some years before the main events of the TV series. Continue below for previews from both the print and audio editions of this book, as well as previews from the latest book in the Prometheus series, and a tiny glimmer of news that there might be more Star Trek books on the horizon.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Anovos reveal Discovery phaser rifle replica

Anovos have announced their second Star Trek Discovery prop replica, a rather impressive re-creation of the new-look phaser rifle. Like the screen-used props, the rifle is 3D printed, and like all of Anovos' products, is meticulously detailed based on those originals.

The prop will feature several light and interactive features, and comes with a display stand (which is itself inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge apparently).

Pre-orders are open now, for an expected winter release - Arming yourself to deter Klingon invasion will set you back a mere $1500. Continue below for a closer look at all it's features.

The Motion Picture poster prints from Iconic LE

A new company called Iconic LE Prints are planning to release limited edition screen printed reproduction of artwork from legendary artist Bob Peak, and their kicking things off with his iconic poster design for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Available from the 15th of June, two versions of the 24 x 36 inch posters will will be offered; the regular edition will the title and tagline, an edition of 100, and a variant with just the artwork, of which only 50 will be produced. (Images via io9)

The reproduction is based on the original artwork, which features Spock on the left, and Kirk on the right; they were switched for the final theatrical release. The screen-printing process uses 20 to 25 seperate layers (depending which version you're getting), to re-create the artwork.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Gentle Giant Saru bust revealed

After a first glimpse a couple of weeks back, Gentle Giant have now revealed the full details of their forthcoming Saru bust. The 1/6th scale bust is hand-cast and hand-painted, and is to be a San Diego Comic Con exclusive, but will be briefly available for pre-order to much of the rest of the world via Gentle Giant's website.

It will also be a limited edition, although of how many has not been mentioned.

Gentle Giant have released so many pictures of the bust you can get a full 360 view, which I've done here in gif form! Continue below to check out all the other angles - A rather good way to take in the intricacies of Saru's design.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Star Trek Online's Victory is Life launches

Star Trek Online's latest expansion, Victory is Life has now launched; as it's title suggests, this is a Dominion and DS9 focused addition to the game, with the Dominion now added as a playable faction, and a bunch of new DS9 story content featuring numerous returning cast members from the TV series. For instance, an unusually war ready Odo narrates the launch trailer: