This is a story that keeps on giving so once again we’ve got news via other sources that Roberto Orci, the original director and screenwriter of Star Trek 3 (2016) who, vacated the captain’s chair a few weeks ago, also has apparently left the writing process as well. About the only hat he has left, though it is still a big one, is being one of the film’s producers.
Finally! After what seems a lifetime Paramount Pictures has decided on a director to take over the reins of the rebooted Star Trek franchise left vacant when J.J. Abrams bolted to helm Star Wars Episode VII. After taking their sweet time trying to figure out who the perfect candidate should be tonight trade magazine Variety is reporting that the job has gone to…
Pigs must be flying today as Skydance Productions announced that Christopher McQuarrie has been hired to write and direct the live-action adaptation of Star Blazers aka Space Battleship Yamato. To say that this news came out of left field would be an understatement. Actually, Skydance pegged McQuarrie to write the script a few years ago in 2011 but no solid news since then had been released until today. Anime fans should be rejoicing right about now considering Star Blazers is one of the first Japanese series to make a huge mark on American television.
Whether or not you are a big Apple or Android (or Windows Phone) fan, one has to admit that Samsung has made some decent commercials, most famously for poking fun at Apple supporters with their comedic Galaxy smartphone ads. This particular ad dumps the humour entirely and replaces it with a huge does of nostalgia making it perfect for those who have seen or know about each example that it highlights.
Okay, I’m obviously being cheeky here but one look at this video detailing what Fox News is doing in the USA certainly makes me think of the bridge of the USS Enterprise ala J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot minus the copious amounts of lens flares blossoming all over the screen.
Much like my ten episode review of the new Space Battleship Yamato 2199 I ended up overcompensating by taking far too many screencaps for my Star Trek Into Darkness Post-Mortem Editorial than I could ever use so I decided to just post them here so that they don’t go to waste. In this case, I had purchased the Into Darkness 3D Blu-Ray which comes with a free digital download from either Ultraviolet or iTunes. I decided on the latter which ended up being the source I used to take these caps.
With the Summer movie season now in the history books it’s time to look back specifically at Star Trek Into Darkness to grade the movie’s box office performance and to see if we can ascertain any hints about the franchise’s future. Let’s be honest shall we? The past few weeks have seen Into Darkness’ reputation basically being dragged through the mud by the mainstream media but not without some degree of merit as news broke out of two Star Trek conventions that diehard Trekkies were not only mad but downright furious deciding to vote the film the worse Star Trek film ever in one poll while the other had it wallowing in 6th position. Is it really the time for revisionist history to kick in?
Regular readers will remember what I said in an earlier post about Star Trek Into Darkness’ International box office potential and how I mentioned that the big panda in the room would be figuring out how the film would be received in Mainland China. Although all signs pointed to Into Darkness exceeding the 2009 reboot’s International gross the key going forward would be to see how the Chinese market reacted to the film. And did they ever as the film made $25.8 million in its opening week basically tripling the entire gross of the 2009 reboot.