Karl Urban Wants Nothing To Do With Star Wars And An Original Story For Star Trek 3

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Karl UrbanKarl Urban has ventured in to deep space, where no man has gone before, but he is rather adamant that he has no interest in visiting a galaxy far, far away. In a recent interview, Urban explicitly states that he does not want to be in J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, or any future chapters in the franchise.

Urban has a close relationship with Abrams, having appeared in both of the director’s Star Trek films, but when IGN asked if he was he had tried to leverage that friendship into a part in Episode VII, he delivered an emphatic, “No, absolutely not.”

That’s a rather vehement answer, one without a lot of room for interpretation. Such a response could lead one to believe that the South African born actor has something against the franchise of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Darth Vader. That, however, is far from the case. Asked if he is a fan, Urban replies:

Oh my God, yes…I grew up watching it. That was the Holy Grail for me. I was a fan of Star Trek growing up. Star Wars was it. Star Wars was like…I remember waiting for two/three years for that next installment, for Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. I’ve seen every single Star Wars film, even the animated, The Clone Wars, and all that sort of stuff. I just love that universe.


Star Trek Comic Miniseries Will Explore Khan’s Backstory And The Eugenics Wars

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One of the problems with science fiction is that every vision of the future runs the risk of eventually looking silly if the future doesn’t shape out the way you thought it might. If you’re imagining the world hundreds of years in the future, that’s one thing; at least you won’t live to find out how off the mark you were. While most of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek universe concerns goings-on a few centuries in the future, there is one bit of Trek history that’s stood out like a sore thumb for decades: the so-called “Eugenics Wars,” during which Khan Noonien Singh and his fellow augmented humans kicked off a series of conflicts that “nearly [plunged] the planet into a new Dark Age.” You probably remember them, they happened between 1992 – 1996. No? Nothing? Don’t worry, there’s a new comic miniseries in the works to get you up to speed.



Gene Roddenberry Never Wanted Riker To Smile, Not Even At These Star Trek: TNG Season Four Bloopers

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Kids these days, they’ve got it easy. They’ve got the these fancy-schmancy world-wide intertubes to find them anything they damn well like, from the population of Moldova, to the capital city of Moldova, to pornography shot exclusively in Moldova. (It’s possible I may have been scammed by my Moldovan internet provider.) But back in my day, if you wanted to see a blooper reel for your favorite shows, you had to go to a convention and do business with a shady bootleg dealer who occasionally tried to sell you snuff films. Now you can just look up at the top of this page and boom, free bloopers from Star Trek: The Next Generation season four. Now get the hell off of my lawn.

As it turns out, however, the character of William Riker as originally envisioned wouldn’t even crack a smile at any of that. Speaking to the A.V. Club, actor Jonathan Frakes revealed that Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s original vision of Riker was different from the character he eventually became in one small but important way. Namely, Roddenberry never wanted Riker to smile. Frakes explains:


Did Leonard Nimoy Just Tell You When We’ll See Star Trek 3?

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NimoyAlthough Paramount Pictures has yet to make Star Trek 3 official, it seems like a foregone conclusion that there will be a sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness. There has been some speculation that Paramount and Bad Robot may try to release the third film in the rebooted franchise in 2016, which just so happens to be the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Regardless of J.J. Abrams leaving the director’s chair, all of the key pieces are still in place to hit this hypothetical. While we speculate and wonder, one of the icons of the Trek universe may have given an oblique hint at a release date.

Leonard Nimoy, who, it should be obvious at this point, played Spock on the original incarnation of Star Trek, tweeted out the curious date September 8th 2016, which could mean one of two things. First, we could be talking about the release date for the Star Trek 3. It would be strange to release a big movie like this in September, usually a dead zone as far as box office goes, but it is not unheard of. There certainly wouldn’t be a lot of competition.


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.


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.