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This could be awesome!!!

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’ Will Be R-Rated: ‘The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith Frontrunner Scribe

After it was revealed this week that Quentin Tarantino pitched a Star Trek film to JJ Abrams and Paramount, the whole thing is moving at warp speed. Tarantino met for hours in a writers room with Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, and Drew Pearce. They kicked around ideas and one of them will get the job. I’m hearing the frontrunner is Smith, who wrote The Revenant. The film will most certainly go where no Star Trek has gone before: Tarantino has required it to be R rated, and Paramount and Abrams agreed to that condition. Most mega budget tent poles restrict the film to a PG-13 rating in an effort to maximize the audience. That was the reason that Guillermo Del Toro’s $150 million At The Mountains of Madness didn’t go forward at Universal, even though Tom Cruise was ready to star. The exception to this rule was Fox’s Deadpool, but that film started out with modest ambitions before it caught on and became the biggest R rated film ever.

That rating was crucially important to Tarantino, who hopes to direct this Star Trek and who has helmed R rated films his entire career. Imagine how this could open storytelling lanes, or even what the banter on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise might be, if you conjure up memories of the conversations between Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, or the banter at the diner between robbers before the heist gone wrong that triggered the action in Reservoir Dogs.

Smith is best known for writing the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed The Revenant and subsequently overhauled Overlord, the WWII thriller that Abrams’ Bad Robot is producing for Paramount. Pearce’s script credits include Iron Man 3, Sherlock Holmes 3, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and the TV series Runaway TV; he just directed his script Hotel Artemis; Beer’s credits are mostly upcoming, and include the Doug Liman-directed Chaos Walking, as well as Godzilla Vs. Kong, Masters of the Universe, Barbarella and Dungeons and Dragons, all big scale stuff.

They will lock one of the three quickly (if there is a front runner, it might be Smith), and the film will be scripted based on Tarantino’s idea while Tarantino is filming his next film about the Manson summer of 1969, which got set at Sony and has I, Tonya‘s Margot Robbie poised to play Sharon Tate, and Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt all having met with the filmmaker about roles.

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I don’t think I was expecting that response.

George Takei Reacts to Gay Sulu News: “I Think It’s Really Unfortunate”

Speaking exclusively to THR, the actor and LGBT activist says the ‘Star Trek Beyond’ development for his character is out of step with what creator Gene Roddenberry would have wanted.
In the summer of 1968, George Takei attended a pool party at the Hollywood Hills home of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. The actor, then 31 and famous for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, swam up to his boss and “had a conversation with him, a very private one. I was still closeted, so I did not want to come out to him.”

Nevertheless, Takei — who announced he was gay in 2005 — was fully attuned to the gay equality conversation gaining momentum at the time. He felt it was a topic worth exploring on the socially minded science-fiction series, which had previously tackled issues like the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War through keenly observed allegory.

But the show had recently seen its lowest ratings ever, with an episode featuring TV’s first interracial kiss between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura, which NBC affiliates in the South refused to air. While sympathetic to his star’s pitch, Roddenberry felt he was in no position to take those kinds of risks.

“He was a strong supporter of LGBT equality,” recalls Takei, now 79. “But he said he has been pushing the envelope and walking a very tight rope — and if he pushed too hard, the show would not be on the air.” Alas, the show was canceled the following season anyway.

But Star Trek has lived long and prospered for studio home Paramount, spawning six TV series and 13 feature films. True to its title, the latest big-screen outing, Star Trek Beyond, has gone where none have gone before: Star John Cho — who assumes the Sulu mantle for the third time in the reboots — has told Australia’s Herald Sun that the character is revealed to be gay.

The idea came from Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the new films and penned the Beyond screenplay, and director Justin Lin, both of whom wanted to pay homage to Takei’s legacy as both a sci-fi icon and beloved LGBT activist.

And so a scene was written into the new film, very matter-of-fact, in which Sulu is pictured with a male spouse raising their infant child. Pegg and Lin assumed, reasonably, that Takei would be overjoyed at the development — a manifestation of that conversation with Roddenberry in his swimming pool so many years ago.

Except Takei wasn’t overjoyed. He had never asked for Sulu to be gay. In fact, he’d much prefer that he stay straight. “I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”

Takei explains that Roddenberry was exhaustive in conceiving his Star Trek characters. (The name Sulu, for example, was based on the Sulu Sea off the coast of the Philippines, so as to render his Asian nationality indeterminate.) And Roddenberry had always envisioned Sulu as heterosexual.

Proving that is not so simple a matter, however. Sulu never had an onscreen love interest during Star Trek’s initial three-season run. He did mention a daughter, Demora, who appeared in 1994’s Star Trek Generations, the seventh film in the series (she was played by Jacqueline Kim).

But the only reference to how Demora was conceived appears in a secondary canonical source: the 1995 Star Trek novel The Captain’s Daughter. “It was, to put it crudely, a one-night stand with a glamazon,” Takei explains. “A very athletic, powerful and stunningly gorgeous woman. That’s Demora’s mother.”

Takei first learned of Sulu’s recent same-sex leanings last year, when Cho called him to reveal the big news. Takei tried to convince him to make a new character gay instead. “I told him, ‘Be imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted.'” (Takei had enough negative experiences inside the Hollywood closet, he says, and strongly feels a character who came of age in the 23rd century would never find his way inside one.)

His timeline logic, however, is enough to befuddle even the most diehard of Trek enthusiasts, as the rebooted trilogy takes place before the action of the original series. In other words, assuming canon orthodoxy, this storyline suggest Sulu would have had to have first been gay and married, only to then go into the closet years later.

Not long after Cho’s bombshell call came another, this one from Lin, again informing that Sulu was indeed to be gay in Star Trek Beyond. Takei remained steadfastly opposed to the decision.

“I said, ‘This movie is going to be coming out on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the 50th anniversary of paying tribute to Gene Roddenberry, the man whose vision it was carried us through half a century. Honor him and create a new character. I urged them. He left me feeling that that was going to happen,” Takei says.

After that, all was quiet from Beyond until a few months ago, when Takei received an email from Pegg “praising me for my advocacy for the LGBT movement and for my pride in Star Trek,” he says. “And I thought to myself, ‘How wonderful! It’s a fan letter from Simon Pegg. Justin had talked to him!'” Takei was certain the creative team had rethought their decision to make Sulu gay.

That is until one month ago, when he received an email from Cho informing him that the actor was about to embark on an international media tour for Beyond. Cho said it was bound to come out that his character was gay, and “what should he do?” A disappointed Takei told Cho to go about his promotional duties, but that he was “not going to change” his mind on the matter.

“I really tried to work with these people when at long last the issue of gay equality was going to be addressed,” Takei says. “I thought after that conversation with Justin that was going to happen. Months later, when I got that email from Simon Pegg, I was kind of confused. He thinks I’m a great guy? Wonderful. But what was the point of that letter? I interpreted that as my words having been heard.”

Takei for his part is hoping to take Sulu in new directions as well, potentially on CBS’ upcoming Star Trek series, slated to premiere in January and co-run by Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller, who is openly gay.

“Leonard Nimoy made two cameo appearances [in Star Trek films]. There’s no reason why an ancient, wise Admiral Sulu can’t appear, or maybe an alien creature who sounds like me. That should be fun,” Takei says, then lets out his famous, basso profundo laugh.

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Woo hoo!!!

‘Star Trek 3′ Sets July 8, 2016, Release Date

Paramount Pictures will release “Star Trek 3″ on July 8, 2016 — marking the 50-year anniversary of the television launch of the landmark science-fiction series.

“Star Trek 3″ is the first title to be dated for July 8, 2016. Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG” and Warner Bros.’ live-action “Tarzan” open a week earlier.

The TV series debuted on Sept. 8, 1966, on NBC and aired for three seasons.

Tuesday’s dating announcement came a day after Justin Lin signed on to direct the third installment in Paramount’s rebooted “Star Trek” franchise. The hiring of Lin came two weeks after Roberto Orci backed away from the directing gig.

Orci had been hired for the helming job earlier this year after J.J. Abrams had to exit the sequel due to his commitment to direct Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Abrams directed the first two “Star Trek” reboots in 2009 and 2013.

David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. and Abrams’ Bad Robot are producing. Orci and Abrams are the producers. Patrick McKay and John D. Payne worked on the most recent draft of the script.

Lin directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Last year’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $467 million worldwide, including $229 million domestically.

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It is a great little town!!

Vulcan, Alberta, looks to attract the next generation

For roughly 25 years, Vulcan has been clinging to its bond with Star Trek as being the home of Spock — relying on it to bring people to the southern Alberta town.

But town Coun. Judy Sanderson says it’s no longer enough.

“It’s stagnant, hate to say that, like every other small Prairie town, not moving ahead,” Sanderson explained. “[The town] needs something to kick forward.”

That kick is a rebranding plan that will build on the Star Trek theme.

The goal is to make Vulcan the most technologically-advanced rural town in Canada.

“Star Trek is what brings the people here — technology will hopefully be what brings people to stay,” explained Leslie Warren, with the Vulcan Business Development Society.

The town plans to make several improvements, including sprucing up its tourist centre, revitalizing downtown and building a state-of-the-art convention centre.

Business owner Sandra Locken says the idea is taking off.

“We are appreciative to Star Trek brand and what it’s done.… Move it forward, create industry and business keep our young people in town engaged,” Locken says.

The town is currently looking for private investors that are interested in taking Vulcan to the next generation.

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Love that title!!

‘Star Trek’ sequel gets a title: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Trekkers, J.J. Abrams fans and anyone who just likes seeing Zachary Quinto with pointy ears have been jonesing for the follow-up to 2009’s hit “Star Trek” reboot ever since… 2009. And now that sequel has a title: “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Abrams’ take on the franchise continues to veer away from the familiar. The title, confirmed by, is no “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” There’s no number, no colon, just a vague two-word phrase that maybe means Abrams wants to nod to Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.”

Honestly, you can read into it as you will, because details of the movie, its plot and new characters remain shrouded in secrecy — even for a J.J. Abrams project, they’re keeping a tight lid on this thing. And “Into Darkness” doesn’t tell us much of anything, which is probably just how Abrams likes it.

Among the limited information we do know: Quinto, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg and John Cho will reprise their roles as the Enterprise crew, and they’ll be joined in some capacity by Benedict Cumberbatch (who is probably playing the bad guy, but no one will say for sure), Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

We also know “Star Trek Into Darkness” opens May 17, 2013. And it will be in 3D.

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Cool news!!

Benedict Cumberbatch cast as villain in ‘Star Trek’ sequel

It’s official: Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain will apparently star in all the movies from here on out. Cumberbatch, who was recently seen in both Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and major Oscar contender War Horse, has reportedly joined the cast of another highly anticipated project. According to Variety, in addition to The Hobbit, the British Sherlock star will also be part of J.J. Abrams’ follow-up to his hit 2009 Star Trek reboot.

The actor has been reportedly been cast to play a villain in the still-untitled sequel. “I’m hugely excited and very very flattered,” Cumberbatch said today while promoting the next season of Sherlock Holmes at the TCA press tour today in Pasadena. “[I’m] over the moon.”

Cumberbatch joins Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller for the film, which is slated to hit theaters May 17, 2013.

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Bring it on!!!!

‘Star Trek’ sequel adds Peter Weller to its cast

Peter Weller has joined the cast of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” sequel. Just who he’ll be playing, though, is an open question.

The news of Weller’s casting comes courtesy of Variety, which notes that Abrams and Co. are keeping the details of his role a secret for the time being. He joins fellow newcomers Alice Eve and Benicio del Toro, who’s playing the villain in the sequel; most of the 2009 film’s cast will return as well.

Weller has sci-fi cred to burn — see “RoboCop,” “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension” and “Odyssey 5” — and also has a connection to the “Trek” franchise: He guest-starred in a couple episodes of “Star Trek: Enterprise” in 2005.

More recently, Weller has had roles on “Dexter,” “Fringe” and “24.” He also directed two episodes of “Sons of Anarchy” this season.

The “Star Trek” sequel is set to hit theaters in May 2013.

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Spectacular news!!!!

J.J. Abrams Has Signed On For The Star Trek Sequel, Will Begin Production In Winter

We can finally end the speculation and the wait is now almost over. J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct the sequel to 2009’s summer blockbuster Star Trek.

According to Vulture, the project is finally moving forward, and quickly. The pre-production phase has begun and the site reports that the script, written by Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, is expected to be finished by the end of the month. The plan is to begin shooting at the start of next year, meaning that the earliest we will see a Star Trek sequel will be in 2013.

While it was always assumed that J.J. Abrams would return to the director’s chair for Star Trek: The Second, it was never a guarantee. In July it was reported that Abrams had begun sitting down with the writers to work on the script, but hadn’t fully committed himself to helming the project. At that same time, Paramount decided to give the movie’s set release date, June 29, 2012, to G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Vulture says that one of the major obstacles that the project has had to work around is Kurtzman’s directorial debut, Welcome To People. Kurtzman has been dedicated to editing and completing the film, but now that it’s ready he can fully dedicate himself to the new Star Trek.

If there’s a higher being out there, it will make it so the years we’ve had to wait for the sequel will be directly proportional to how good it is. While doing press for Super 8 this past summer, Abrams said that he doesn’t think “anyone wants a movie on time that’s not worth your time.” Let’s hope the extra work has been helpful.

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That makes sense!

William Shatner rules out ‘Star Trek’ return
William Shatner has said he won’t play James T Kirk in Star Trek 2, the sequel to last year’s remake of the science fiction classic. Shatner’s former co-star Leonard Nimoy starred in the first Star Trek reboot as an older version of Spock.
Shatner expressed disappointment at not being invited to cameo in the last film, yet now believes he is too old to play the character.
The actor told “I’ve become a buddy of JJ [Abrams, the director of the new films], but I don’t know if they can solve the problem of how you put the body I’m in now with the Kirk that we remember from 40 years ago.”
Chris Pine played Kirk in the 2009 film and Shatner said that he “appreciated his performance”.
Star Trek 2 is set for a 2012 release.