J.J. Abrams Confirms He Will Not Direct Star Trek 3

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AbramsSince taking the reigns of Star Wars: Episode VII, it has seemed very unlikely, if not impossible, that J.J. Abrams would have time to also helm Star Trek 3 as well. Now, after a lot of hemming and hawing, he has finally confirmed that. That’s good news for Trek-loving Abrams haters, but the Star Wars-loving Abrams haters are still stuck with him for at least one movie.

Abrams broke the news that seemed inevitable to Collider while promoting the Blu-ray/DVD release of Star Trek Into Darkness. The general consensus was that there was no way Abrams would be able to direct both projects, especially since Episode VII is effectively launching a new era in Star Wars history, courtesy of the Disney buyout and their ambitious plans for the franchise. Asked about how he felt about passing the director’s chair to someone else, Abrams replied:

It’s a little bittersweet. But, I will say that I’m going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing. I certainly don’t want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done. We want to hire someone who’s gonna come in and bring their own sensibility. I’m very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is.


Katee Sackhoff Channels Captain Kirk And Hugs Doctor Who Monsters In New Photoshoot

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Katee Sackhoff entered the pantheon of science fiction icons with her performance as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace in Ron Moore’s 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot series. She joined the sci-pantheon alongside unforgettable characters like Star Trek’s James T. Kirk, Babylon 5’s G’Kar, and Doctor Who’s Doctor (take your pick which one). Now she’s embracing that science fiction heritage in a very geeky photoshoot for, well, Geek Magazine. Check it out above to see Sackhoff channeling Kirk and Tom Baker’s Doctor, not to mention cozying up to a surprisingly cuddly Dalek.


Star Trek Into Darkness Writer Defends One Of The Flick’s Most Controversial Choices

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HandsStar Trek Into Darkness co-writer Roberto Orci has been in the unwanted limelight in a major way this week after basically losing his shit on Twitter and yelling at fans who didn’t like the latest Trek sequel. More specifically, he compared naysaying fans to children “acting out” against their parents, and then ramped things up even further by telling those fans to “FUCK OFF!” Of course, he soon backpedaled and apologized, but that sort of thing doesn’t go back in the box. Assuming Paramount doesn’t ship him off to anger management classes, Orci should maybe take a lesson from his writing partner Alex Kurtzman, who used the week of Star Trek Into Darkness’ Blu-ray release to speak honestly about some of the movie’s more controversial elements…without once insulting anybody.

Speaking to Blastr, Kurtzman didn’t make any apologies for Star Trek Into Darkness, not even for the bits that sent some die-hard Trekkies into the stratosphere on fiery columns of pure Nerd Rage. As you might guess…



Star Trek’s September Retro Prints Bring Us Romulans And Gamesters

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EntIncMega-talented artist Juan Ortiz is back once again with the September installment of his ridiculously awesome retro Star Trek episodic posters. For those of you who have somehow missed us raving about these things for the past year, here’s the skinny: about a year ago, Ortiz set out on a massive art project, with his goal to create an original, retro-style poster print for every single one of Star Trek: The Original Series’ 79 episodes. It’s the sort of massive commitment that will give your inner procrastinator fits, but damned if he hasn’t kept up the schedule. The latest batch of four includes prints for the episodes “The Enterprise Incident,” “Court Martial,” “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” and “That Which Survives.”

As is S.O.P. for Ortiz’s prints, the folks from StarTrek.com have posted the four new prints along with commentary from the artist himself. Check it all out below, and then we’ll have details about where you can get your hands on copies of the prints. First up is “The Enterprise Incident,” which you can see above.


Into Darkness Screenwriter Roberto Orci Apologizes For Antagonizing Star Trek Fans

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OrciA few days ago, screenwriter Roberto Orci went on a tirade after Trek Movie posted an editorial titled “Star Trek is broken — Here are ideas on how to fix it.” It’s a fantastic read, but Orci blasted commenters who agreed with the article. Considering that Roberto Orci is a professional screenwriter working in Hollywood, it was very unprofessional. While Ocri has the right to defend his work on Star Trek Into Darkness, his attitude was aggressive and condescending. Well, it looks like Orci has cooled down and is trying to apologize.

Orci took to Twitter to apologize for his rant against Star Trek fans unhappy with the recent movies. Although it also looks like Orci suspended his Twitter account, the good people at Blastr captured a few apologetic tweets before the page went down.

@masteractor not my finest moment. agreed. what can I say? i’m more than half human.

— roberto orci (@boborci) September 6, 2013

@LawrenceBoucher: Hope you know many fans don’t agree w/ article or the obnoxious comments directed at you.” Thanks. Still sorry I reacted

— roberto orci (@boborci) September 6, 2013


Star Trek Into Darkness Beams Into Your Living Room: This Week In Science Fiction

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CumberbatchThere seem to be two different types of people: on the one side, the people who enjoy J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movies; on the other, people who want to fiddle with Abrams’ transporter pad so he gets turned inside out like that poor bastard in ST: The Motion Picture. The latter group probably won’t care that Star Trek Into Darkness is coming to home video this week, but if any of you out there are planning to burn a copy in protest, you should at least know your options.

As with most high-profile releases, STID is arriving in the usual options: a 3D Blu-ray version that also includes a Blu-ray copy, DVD copy, and a digital copy. Next down the rung is the regular Blu-ray combo pack, which includes all of the above except for, you know, the 3D disk. If you loved Into Darkness enough to want to sink some serious cash into it, there are multiple retailer-exclusive versions, which include everything from extra bonus footage to a snazzy phaser replica. The release has earned some (more) controversy in recent weeks owing to the fact that you can’t actually get all the available bonus content unless you buy multiple different copies of the movie from different retailers. That’s certainly not unheard of in the home video market, but it’s still kind of a dick move to penalize people who are willing to throw down their hard-earned cash to buy your movie in the first place.