Star Trek Into Darkness Fan Posters To Gawk At While In Line For The Midnight Showings

Rodolfo-ReyesLike quite a few GFR readers, I’ll be hitting up one of the midnight showings of Star Trek Into Darkness. Unlike most GFR readers, I’m pretty sure I can claim it as a tax deduction. I liked a lot of things about J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, hated with a passion a few other things, and was left with the impression that the new Trek team had the makings of a good movie if they could hammer out the problems. Early word from international reviews has been pretty positive, so my cautious optimism is slightly less cautious. Either way, I look forward to watching Benedict Cumberbatch chew scenery, sets, and possibly several unnamed extras.

In the meantime, you can check out this very groovy array of fan-made posters for Star Trek Into Darkness. The folks over at Blurppy invited a bunch of ridiculously talented artists to submit the iconic Into Darkness poster they would design if they were in charge of the film’s marketing, and the results are pretty stellar. In the gallery below you can see artwork from Matt Ferguson, Paul Shipper, Marko Manev, Marie Bergeron, Adam Rabalais, Rodolfo Reyes, Johnny Dombrowski, Fernando Reza, Tim Anderson, Erin Gallagher, Joe Vetoe, and Chris Garofalo.


Star Trek Into Darkness Producer Says The New Movie Doesn’t Feel Like A Sequel

Behind glassWith today’s early IMAX release of Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel from J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions will surely be a box office hit. The film has already opened overseas, and many early reviews make it sound more like a standalone film than a sequel. According to the film’s producer Bryan Burk, that was the idea.

In an interview with Collider, Burk speaks candidly about the structure of Star Trek Into Darkness. J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot crew wanted to make the Star Trek film accessible for a wide general audience, regardless of their abundance of lack of Star Trek knowledge. You don’t have to know anything about Star Trek, or even have watched the first reboot film, to fully enjoy Star Trek Into Darkness. Burk explains:

Well consciously what we were doing when making the film was, we really wanted to make sure it was a film about – in our mind it was never really a sequel, it was its own movie going forward and it’s why the movie doesn’t have a number by it. It was a film that you should be able to jump in, if you’ve never seen it before you’d be able to jump right in, and obviously if you have seen it then you’ll be bringing your own emotion to it. We wanted to appeal to both. It was really important to try to reach a whole new audience so we had a lot of people in who not only had not seen the last film but were not Star Trek fans, or thought of themselves as not being Star Trek fans, or they had seen bits and pieces of Star Trek in the past and it was just not for them.”


Trekking Backwards With Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

SpockThe Search for Spock was the movie that first suggested the whole “even movies good, odd movies not so much” pattern, but give the poor sequel some credit. It was following on the heels of The Wrath of Khan, arguably the best of the Trek films, and one of the best science fiction movies of all times. That’s a lot to live up to, so I can’t hate on it too much for not rising to the occasion. But while it’s not nearly as bad as, say, Star Trek V, it is pretty forgettable.

Picking up hot on the heels of Star Trek II, The Search for Spock finds the Enterprise returning to Earth so they can hammer out all the dents Khan put in the ship. They can forget about enjoying a little shoreleave, however, because they soon discover Bones is walking around with a bit of Spock crammed in his noggin. Kirk realizes they must recover Spock’s corpse and take it to Vulcan, where they might be able to reverse that pointy-eared bastard’s noble death. Unfortunately, the Genesis planet is now a hot-button political issue and has been quarantined except for approved scientific researchers. So Kirk does what any self-respecting maverick starship captain would do: he steals the friggin’ Enterprise.

This whole sequence is fun, but it feels like it could have been “bigger.” That’s not saying I need a Michael Bay setpiece or anything, but the whole scam just seems a little too easy. If nothing else it suggests that Starfleet security may be trained by the same people who instruct Stormtroopers. I’m pretty sure Starfleet security would have got their asses kicked by ewoks too. There’s also a scene where a Spock-possessed Bones tries to hire a ship to take him back to Genesis, which involves him negotiating with an annoying alien who talks in Yoda cadence. It’s like somebody decided to drop McCoy briefly into the Star Wars universe, but it’s not nearly as funny as it thinks it is. The bit where Scotty sabotages the snazzy new ship Starfleet sends to pursue them, however, is worth a laugh.


J.J. Abrams Talks Star Wars And Star Trek On The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

This Thursday, audiences will be finally be treated to the latest film from J.J. Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness. To promote the upcoming film, Abrams appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to talk about all things Star Trek. It didn’t take long, however, before the conversation skewed to that other franchise Abrams will soon be handling, and the differences between the two.

Abrams admitted that he wasn’t a Star Trek fan when he was growing up. It wasn’t until he started working on the reboot that he finally saw why Star Trek was so important to so many people. Growing up, Abrams was, and continues to be, a Star Wars fan, and it’s no secret that his love of Star Wars informed his approach to the Star Trek reboot.


Conan O’Brien Responds To Star Trek Into Darkness Spoiler Accusations With More Spoilers

The subject of Star Trek Into Darkness spoilers has been a hot topic for months, and it certainly hasn’t been helped in recent days that the movie opened a week early in the U.K., meaning you’ve had to make a concerted effort to stay the hell away from internet comment threads if you wanted to go in unspoiled. It turns out that Conan O’Brien’s TBS show recently included what at least one website interpreted as a major spoiler bomb during a funny Trek-related video last week. We’ll explain the situation in full below, but first we’re going to focus on the way O’Brien addressed the subject after being called out on it by ComicBook.com. That response is the video above, which proves true that time-honored wisdom: one good accidental spoiler deserves a half-dozen fake ones.

At the bottom you can see the original Conan video that stirred up this ruckus, but be warned: unintentional or no, it may contain one great big giant



Simon Pegg Says J.J. Abrams Will Re-Invigorate The Star Wars Saga

Simon PeggThis week we will finally get to watch the long-awaited Star Trek Into Darkness (assuming it isn’t already out in your neck of the woods). Before 2009′s J.J. Abrams reboot film, Star Trek was almost in a holding pattern after the tepid Star Trek: Nemesis and the lukewarm Star Trek Enterprise TV series. Now Abrams and Bad Robot have been tasked with breathing new life into another space franchise with Star Wars:Episode VII. In a new interview with Total Film, actor Simon Pegg talks about how J.J. Abrams will re-invigorate Star Wars, just like he did with Star Trek.

After the prequels, it seemed unlikely that we’d see new Star Wars movies anytime soon…or at least any that we could get excited about. Abrams’ involvement is as controversial as anything else he does, with some enjoying his work and other thinking he’s a franchise-killing antichrist. Here’s what Pegg thinks Abrams’ involvement will mean for George Lucas’ venerable film franchise:

What will he bring to the franchise? Everything that was missing from the last three. That’s what he did to Star Trek, really – invigorate it with a little bit of Star Wars magic. He switched it from science-fiction to science-fantasy.

And I think if anyone can pull [Star Wars] out of the mire, it’s J.J. He’ll bring the fun back. Lucas seemed to misread what made the first ones great, and concentrate on things that people didn’t really care about, or willfully ignore the things that people cared about. Whereas J.J. will embrace them all.