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Star Trek 3 May Get New Writers, And Disney Shoots Down Rumors Of Abrams Leaving Star Wars

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Star Trek!With the release and success of Star Trek Into Darkness a few months ago, Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions are itching to start production on Star Trek 3 for the 50th anniversary of Trek in 2016. But now rumor has it that a new pair of writers are being tapped to pen the next Trek sequel, a change that should be potentially huge for fans who were underwhelmed or downright infuriated by the two Abrams Trek movies we’ve seen so far.

According to Badass Digest’s inside sources, Paramount Pictures is looking to hire the writing team of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz for Star Trek 3. Miller and Stentz have writing credits on the first Thor film for Marvel Studios and X-Men: First Class for Twentieth Century Fox. They also worked as writers and producers on Bad Robot’s science fiction TV series Fringe. This would be the second Roddenberry-related assignment for Miller and Stentz, who both previously worked on the science fiction TV series Andromeda (remember Andromeda?), which was based on Gene Roddenberry’s unused material.

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A Swarm Of Costumed Star Trek Fans Will Attempt To Break A World Record

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Star TrekIs there any real debate about what specific sci-fi franchise has the most devoted fans? Sure every show, movie, and book has its own rabid diehards, the kind that get their entire bodies tattooed to look like their favorite characters, but as a whole is there any more dedicated group than Star Trek fans? You can argue this point in the comments if you like, but it’s an aside to the main point. No one doubts that Trekkies are steadfast in their commitment, but this August, they’re going to try and show just how hardcore they are, as they attempt, yet again, to break the world record for most people dressed in Star Trek costumes in a single location. Yes, someone does keep track of that sort of thing.

When Trek enthusiasts from around the world gather in Sin City for the 12th Annual Star Trek Las Vegas Convention, they’ll take another crack at collective Guiness glory. The current record stands at 1063, set back in 2012 in London. Last Year the Vegas gathering attempted to dethrone the Brits, but came up a little shy, only able to scrape together 1040 people dressed as characters or objects from the various branches of the Star Trek family tree.

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Star Trek 3 May Film In 2014, Zachary Quinto Says J.J. Abrams Still Wants To Direct

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SpockWhile Star Trek Into Darkness was only released in theaters two months ago, Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions are already looking to capitalize on the film’s success with another sequel. Star Trek 3 would continue the story of the rebooted crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, as it would also hopefully honor the complete Star Trek universe for the franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Although there is no director or writer officially attached to the project at this point, we know that the main cast, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and John Cho, have been signed for a three-picture deal. And according to Lucien from BuzzHub, Star Trek 3 might go into production sooner than expected. Lucien writes:

I attended a public interview with Zachary Quinto at the Galway Film Festival in Ireland on Friday, and during it, he revealed that Paramount have told the Star Trek cast that they’re planning to shoot ST3 in 2014, and that J.J. still wants to direct! He also told the audience he does not want to be in Episode VII, but he would like to cameo in The Big Bang Theory!

Quinto said that Star Trek 3 should be “made a lot quicker than the last one,” but emphasized that nothing is confirmed or set in stone at this point.

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Star Trek Into Darkness Beams Down On Blu-ray And DVD In September

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trek At some point after its release, which we were pretty happy about, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness slowly got overtaken by Pacific Rim for the top spot of “films GFR covers ad nauseum.” Even though the summer blockbuster season has been laying out big film after big film every weekend, Into Darkness is still fighting for its weekly millions, two months after its release. (It has earned over $223 million domestically, with worldwide grosses topping $444 million.) Now we know when you’ll be able to watch the film in your very own home, as Paramount has announced the DVD and Blu-ray (both the standard and 3D versions) will hit stores on September 13, 2013.

If you’re not into that whole “waiting around for physical media” thing, you’ll be pleased to know the film will be available a full three weeks earlier as a digital download. Of course, if you go the download route, you’ll be missing out on all the great features that physical media supplies.

In a statement, Abrams said:

I’m excited for viewers at home to check out Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray and DVD. I’m thrilled with how everything looks and sounds. We also have some really fun behind-the-scenes special features that we shot on the Red [Epic cameras] and created entirely in-house at Bad Robot. They really look amazing and unlike anything I’ve seen on DVD or Blu-ray before.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 Blu-Ray Trailer Has Darmok, Spock, And The Inner Light

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Star Trek: The Next Generation has been making its way to Blu-ray for a while now, with each season getting the same sort of high-definition remastering and upgrade that The Original Series did before it. Now one of the show’s finest seasons is next in the line-up, and while we don’t have an official release date for Next Gen Season 5 on Blu-ray, we do have the very snazzy trailer for it up above.

So what makes Season 5 a must-have for Trek fans? Let’s just look at some of the episodes it brings to the table. Right out the gate, you’ve got “Darmok,” the brilliant ep that finds Picard stranded on a dangerous world with an alien captain who speaks only in metaphor. You’ve got the “Unification” two-parter that sees the return of Spock and dirty dealings by Tasha Yar’s alternate-timeline, half-Romulan daughter. You’ve got “The Inner Light,” arguably the best episode of the show’s entire run, the Hugo-winning episode that has Picard living out the final days of an alien civilization thanks to a mysterious probe.

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George Lucas Says Star Wars Stood On The Shoulders Of Star Trek

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George LucasWhile there has always been a friendly rivalry between Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans, the two science fiction franchises will become indirect cousins when Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams brings Star Wars: Episode VII to a new generation of eager movie-goers and science fiction fans. In 2009, Abrams made a very Star Wars-like film with his Star Trek reboot, so it seems absolutely fitting that he’d get a chance to sit in the director’s chair for an actual Star Wars film with Episode VII. But his involvement isn’t the first indirect crossover or influence between the two titanic genre franchises.

Aside from both being science fiction and sharing the word “Star” in their titles, Star Wars creator George Lucas feels that both franchises are closely related. As reported in Hero Complex, the documentary Trek Nation, which was released on DVD yesterday, includes George Lucas talking about why Star Wars “stood on the shoulders” of Star Trek when it was first released in 1977. Lucas contends that Star Trek played a very important role in his space opera, and why the film was ultimately successful with general audiences around the world. Lucas says: