Star Trek has been one of the best sci-fi franchises of Hollywood. The craze for this franchise is rising day by day, not in overseas but India as well. With the release of the third film of the series, ‘Star Trek Beyond’ on 22 July 2016, the audience especially the youngsters are going gaga over it. Premiered in Sydney on 7 July 2016, the movie has received rave reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 84%, based on 191 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ has been claimed as best Star Trek movie by fans and moviegoers. To celebrate its success, let’s have a look at 10 super interesting facts about Star Trek Beyond.
1. Golden Anniversary Celebrations
The release date of ‘Star Trek Beyond’ was willfully scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s original ‘Star Trek’ TV series which debuted in 1966. On 23 December 2014, Paramount Pictures announced the movie to be released on 8 July 2016. On 17 September 2015, Paramount Pictures postponed the release date to 22 July 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s original ‘Star Trek’ TV series. It’s a matter of proud that this Franchise is being loved for five decades now.
2. New Director
After JJ Abrams, the director of ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ left the franchise to work on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, scriptwriter Roberto Orci was roped in to direct the movie. However, in 2015, Orci left the project to make way for Justin Lin. Justin is best known for directing part 3 to 6 of ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise. Justin took the directing job by beating big names like Edgar Wright, Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa and Duncan Jones. With his experience in action-adventure movies, Justin has raised ‘Star Trek Beyond’ to another level.
3. New Scriptwriters on board
Roberto Orci, writer of ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ began work on a script for ‘Star Trek Beyond’ movie in 2013 with Patrick McKay and John D. However, in 2015, Orci left the project making way for Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. Simon Pegg is known for writing comedy films such as ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Paul’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is his first drama film.
4. Tragedy and Devotion
On 19 June 2016, Anton Yelchin, who plays Pavel Chekov in the franchise, passed away at the age of 27. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is Yelchin’s last ‘Star Trek’ film. The actor had completed work on projects like ‘Rememory’, ‘We Don’t Belong Here’, ‘Porto’ and ‘Thoroughbred’. These movies will be released in 2016 and 2017. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is dedicated to the memory of Yelchin and Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who died during pre-production.
5. Going truly digital
‘Star Trek Beyond’ is 13th Star Trek film till date. All twelve films before this have been shot as 35mm film. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is the first Star Trek film to be shot in digital. This digitisation has given new dimensions to the movie. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ has better action, special effects, and backgrounds. All and all, a complete visual treat for the franchise’s fans.
6. Completely shot in Canada
Another mind blowing facts about ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is that the movie is not shot in Hollywood. All sets, including those of the USS Enterprise, were rebuilt from scratch in a large studio in Vancouver. Some scenes of the movie were even shot in the picturesque locales of Canada, Vancouver.
7. Homage to Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
The limited edition poster which features Kirk, Spock and Jaylah is a tribute to the original poster of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ with Kirk, Spock and Ilia.
8. Star Wars and Star Trek in same year
This is the second time when Star Trek and Star Wars franchise movies are releasing in the same year. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, first movie in Star Wars anthology series in slated for release on 16 Dec 2016. The first time this happened in 2002, with the releases of ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones’.
9. Craze for Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek has been loved for five decades now. The craze and buzz for the franchise is unmatched compared to other sci-fi franchises. Young fans are going crazy over it. Even before its release, Star Trek Beyond created waves when it was nominated for ‘Best Teaser’ at the 17th Annual Golden Trailer Awards.
10. Rave reviews
Made on a huge budget of $185 Million, Star Trek Beyond opened to terrific reviews worldwide. The movie has been receiving love from the audience since its release on 22 July 2016. Critics have loved the addition of new ideas and termed it as a highly entertaining blockbuster. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 84%, based on 191 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. IMDb rating of the movie is also holding well with 7.7 points. ‘Star Trek beyond’ has been claimed as best Star Trek movie by fans and moviegoers.
What are you waiting for now? Book your ticket, grab a bucket of popcorn and enjoy ‘Star Trek Beyond’ with your family and friends. #StarTrekInIndia is here for you. And, don’t forget to share your reviews and experience with us in the comments section.