The year was 2009. After 17 years of consecutive production, there had been no Star Trek actively airing on television for four years, no feature film in theaters since Star Trek Nemesis died a painful box office death in 2002. One of the most dominant science fiction franchises in pop culture history was on life support.
Then J.J. Abrams unleashed his sequel/prequel/reboot, Star Trek, and everything changed. The film quickly became the highest-grossing in the history of the franchise, and was almost universally acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. It is the second highest-ranked film of 2009 on Flickchart. And now, four long years later, it’s finally time for a second helping.
The creators of the new Star Trek films have said they look to Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight as the right way to make a sequel, and it is apparent that they have really taken this attitude to heart. For their sequel, they are banking on heavy action, a diabolical and memorable villain, and have even thrown the “Dark” right into the title.
Such is the hype behind this sequel that it was voted the Most Anticipated Film of 2013 at our 2nd Annual Flickcharter’s Choice Awards. It’s already playing overseas, but North American audiences get their first look at special IMAX screenings tonight, with the film in wide release tomorrow.
It’s finally time for a Star Trek Into Darkness.
Since it was announced that Star Trek and Super 8 director J.J. Abrams would be taking the reigns on Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII, speculation has abounded on the Internet about the forthcoming continuation of the saga. Now, Abrams himself has confirmed one key piece of the puzzle: Composer John Williams will return to write the score for Episode VII.
Many had speculated that Abrams’ longtime composer, Michael Giacchino, would be given the opportunity to pen a Star Wars score, but when asked yesterday at a press conference in Berlin, Abrams confirmed that Williams would write the score “because apparently he was there long before I was.” (Sounds like Disney was not giving J.J. an option on this one.)
Giacchino has scored all of Abrams’ four feature films so far, and several of his television projects. He was already given the chance to rework an iconic science fiction score with Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek film and its forthcoming sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. One wonders what he might have come up with had he been given the opportunity to play in a galaxy far, far away. Still, at the same time, there’s something comforting about knowing Williams will continue to provide the soundscapes for the saga.
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Disney is not mucking around with their new LucasFilm rights. Beginning with the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII in 2015, the House of Mouse plans to release a Star Wars film every year. Revealed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas yesterday, the plan involves releasing a standalone film in 2016 – presumably one of the planned Boba Fett or Han Solo spinoffs – and alternating between spinoffs and numbered episodes every year.
Too much of a good thing? After paying over $1 billion to acquire LucasFilm, Disney is obviously looking to start turning a profit in a big way, and they’re not messing around.
Does the prospect of an annual Star Wars film excite you? Or turn your stomach? Is it a brilliant scheme, or over-saturation? Let us know in the comments below.
The road to new, Disney-fied Star Wars grows more epic by the day. Yesterday, Disney announced plans to make two spinoff movies in addition to the Episode VII movie to be directed by J.J. Abrams. These movies will be written by Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), who are also collaborating on Michael Arndt’s script for Episode VII. Kasdan’s involvement, in particular, is great news, as he helped shape two of the films of the beloved original trilogy.
Now, it’s being reported that one of these spinoff films will focus on Boba Fett, the bounty hunter portrayed by Jeremy Bulloch in Empire and Jedi (and seen as a kid played by Daniel Logan in Episode II: Attack of the Clones). This story would take place sometime in between movies in the original trilogy. No word on casting, but as Boba Fett never took off his helmet during the original trilogy, no big deal. Since it was revealed in Episode II that Boba Fett was the son of the original stormtrooper clone played by Temuera Morrison, it’s not implausible that Morrison could be asked to take on the role.
The Internet was practically set ablaze on Thursday when reports rang out that current Star Trek director J.J. Abrams would be taking the reigns of Disney and LucasFilm’s newly-announced third Star Wars trilogy. Now, these reports have been officially confirmed by StarWars.com: J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII.