Monday, March 23, 2015

Leviathan - Acclaimed Short Film To Be Made As a Feature

"Admiral, there be whales here!"

Scotty's exclamation was referring to humpback whales in the 1986 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, however, sky whales look to figure prominently in the proof of concept short film, The Leviathan.

This recent VIMEO viral short by Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson has been optioned by veteran producer/writer Simon (X-Men franchise films: The Last Stand,  First Class, Days of Future Past) Kinberg and Neill (District 9, Chappie) Blomkamp.

The sky whale, looking like something from a Ralph McQuarrie concept painting come to life, soars through the thick cloud cover of some unnamed planet, and is given chase by futuristic whalers.

Here's hoping we seen the feature in a few years hence.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Key Star Trek Producers Pass Away

Star Trek has lost three key figureheads in a very short span of time. 

Major media outlets picked up the passing of Leonard Nimoy on February 27, but not much press was generated February 24 over the death at age 75 of Maurice Hurley, a producer/writer of Star Trek: The Next Generation during it first two seasons.  Mr. Hurley will likely be remembered by Trek fans for his creation of the classic villains the Borg and co-creating Data's brother Lore.

If you watched sci fi TV in the 1970s, you owe a debt to producer/writer Harve Bennett, who passed away on March 4 at the age of 84.  He worked on series such as The Invisible Man, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.  But Star Trek fans owe Mr. Bennett a huge debt of gratitude for saving ST by producing 1982's Star Trek II, which is seen by many fans as the best of the ST feature films.  The popularity of the Trek films overseen by Mr. Bennett (ST II - IV) led to ST's re-emergence on TV with ST: TNG in 1987.

Mr. Hurley, Mr. Bennett, you will be missed.