Entertainment behind the scenes
Move over “Watchmen,” a new movie epic is getting all the buzz these days in Hollywood.
It’s director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek.” Paramount Pictures said on Wednesday the new trailer for the film received a record-breaking 1.8 million downloads its first 24 hours after a March 6 launch at Apple.com.
A trailer for the film already played with the Nov. 14 release of James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace,” and at the time movie industry watchers said that some hardcore Star Trek fans would buy a ticket for James Bond just to see the trailer. So there is no doubt that ”Trekkies” are a passionate fan base, which helps explain the out-of-this-world download numbers for the trailer.
Abrams, who directed the film “Mission: Impossible III” and is the co-creator of television’s “Lost,” has created a new “Star Trek” movie that explores the origins of the franchise’s central characters Captain Kirk, Spock, Chekov and others. It’s the eleventh “Star Trek” movie in the franchise.
Canadian-born actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original television series from 1966 to 1969 and in several films, has expressed disappointment at not being cast to play an older version of his character in the new film, which opens on May 8. But the actor acknowledges that it would take some work to bring his character back, because Captain Kirk was previously killed off on the screen.