THE STARSHIP ENTERPRISE, lifesize and in Las Vegas ! Sounds like a joke, doesn’t it? Well in 1992, it almost actually happened. Paramount CEO Stanely Jaffee had the final say on the endeavor and voted it down, stating that he didn’t want to be the guy who approved it if it turned out to be a big flop. Mainly because unlike a movie, wherein they take some bad press for a few weeks until the next hit movie comes along, if THIS had flopped, it would just be, “sitting out there in Vegas, forever…” The gargantuan structure would have been designed by famous theme park designer Gary Goddard. Reportedly, tourists would have been able to tour the ship itself, and enjoy other entertainment venues while aboard. Here are some illustrations by the late Ralph (Star Wars) McQuarrie (click for larger) which give an idea of what they were proposing to build:
GEORGE LUCAS recently commented to the paparazzi on the possibility of another Star Wars trilogy, which would conceivably follow Return of the Jedi. His statement: “Never.” … SPEAKING OF GEORGE LUCAS, there was almost an animated spin-off of the 1988 film, Willow. Several “models,” i.e. drawings designed as templates for the animated characters, popped up on-line recently. They include Willow himself, the Brownies, Madmartigan, a teenage version of the infant, Elora Danan, and Sorsha. Have a look, and click for larger versions.
JOHN SPAIHTS (Prometheus) is working on a “dark” reboot of The Mummy franchise for Universal Pictures … X-MEN: FIRST CLASS 2 is scheduled to begin shooting, January of 2013 … WARNER BROS. is preparing to produce Here There Be Monsters in January as well. Film will focus on pre Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones, who is hired by a shipping magnate to investigate giant squid interfering with his business affairs. Bradley Cooper is being discussed as the lead and director Jaume Collete-Serra (Unknown, Orphan) will direct … BILL (ALIENS) PAXTON has joined Laurence Fishburne in The Colony. Pic focuses on survivors of another ice age forced to fend off feral cannibals … JAMES CAMERON almost made an X-Men movie. A very intriguing revelation offered by comics writer Chris Claremont. Claremont has stated that director Katheryn (The Hurt Locker) Bigelow wrote a treatment which was then overwrought by the many development executives attached to the various companies Marvel was in business with, and that pretty much killed the project. Cameron turned to developing Spider-Man, with Leonardo DiCaprio signed to play Peter Parker (a project which itself wound up in development hell over budgetary concerns.) X-Men languished for another few years until 20th Century Fox acquired exclusive rights, and producer Lauren Shuler Donner and director Bryan Singer made a pitch to the studio that got the film into development … DIRECTOR JUSTIN (FAST & FURIOUS) LIN will helm Lone Wolf and Cub, based on the 1970’s Japanese manga comics. David (Blade Runner, Unforgiven) Peoples and his wife Janet will write the script … DIRECTOR JUAN CARLOS FRESNADILLO (28 Days Later, Intruders) recently commented on his forthcoming reboot of Highlander. Said Fresnadillo, “I’m so keen to make it, because I think it would be a very interesting new approach into that world …” When asked about recasting the central character, he added, “Some kind of new flavor, how about that? Especially because of the big theme of the story, which is the immortality as a curse, because I found it so interesting.” … THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS by J.K. Rowling, were finally made available in e-book and audio formats the last week of March. They can be purchased on a web-site called, “Pottermore” … DANNY ELFMAN FANS can listen to sample tracks from the score for Tim Burton’s remake of Dark Shadows, here: http://www.watertower-music.com/releases_spotlight.php?search=WTM39283 … A FLASH MOVIE is apparently still on the table at Warner Bros. and DC Comics, according to screenwriter Dan Mazeau. “I think Warner Bros. is finalizing their strategy of how they want to roll out their DC superheroes, and obviously they’ve got Batman in an incredibly great place, and Green Lantern, I think, performed okay, I think they probably would have liked it to have done better, but yeah, there is still a whole lot of excitement for the DC universe, and I know The Flash is very high on the list.” … ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER AND DANNY DEVITO will return for a sequel to their 1988 comedy-with-an-SF-twist, Twins. And Eddie Murphy will be joining them. As their long lost brother. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s called, Triplets. Ivan Reitman will reportedly also return as director … D.J. (EAGLE EYE) CARUSO will helm Invertigo for Sony. In the film, a space probe contaminated by “dark energy” returns to Earth, crash-landing in New York City. It gradually reverses Earth’s gravity, causing a disaster movie to happen. Film is scheduled for release in March of 2014 … SAD NEWS FOR STAR TREK FANS. Two veterans of the Star Trek universe passed away recently.
Actor Phillip Richard Allen, who played “Captain J.T. Esteban” in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, died on March 1st at the age of 73. In addition to his one-time stint in the world of Trek, Allen also held a vast body of work in theater, television and film — And Forbidden Planet actor Warren Stevens has also died. He was notable for portraying “Doc” Ostrow in the influential 1952 science fiction film (on the left in the above photo,) but like many actors of his generation, he had a long, colorful career in film and television. His many roles included appearances on The Outer Limits, Star Trek (at left,) and both the original Twilight Zone and the 1980’s version of The Twilight Zone. Stevens was 92 years old.