On the longest episode of Nerd & Tie so far, we mourn the passing of John Hurt, Warner Bros wants to make an American live action Attack on Titan, Star Wars Episode VIII finally has a title, the Axanar lawsuit has finally been settled, Jughead apparently isn’t asexual in Riverdale, Comic Excitement Convention flops, Phoenix Comicon has changed its staffing policies a second time, Angry Goat Productions is looking either incompetent or shady, and Evercon has filed for a restraining order against Scott Windorski.
Those of you waiting patiently for Star Trek Fan Film Axanar can finally rejoice! The lawsuit between the studios and its filmakers has finally reached a settlement, and we might finally get to see a version of the fan film! Sort of!
Don’t get too excited yet.
Axanar has been a sticking point for CBS and Paramount for some time. The studios filed a copyright lawsuit after its massive amount of fundraising set off red flag for the companies. And despite J.J. Abrams’s comments that the suit was going away last May, it’s soldiered on. To put the icing on the cake, during this, Paramount and CBS put out some ridiculously restrictive fan film guidelines which seemed designed to kill a historically relevant part of Trek fan culture.
This settlement is, if anything, a compromise with those guidelines.
In the settlement the existing Prelude to Axanar will be allowed to stay online, and the Axanar film will be allowed online posted as two, 15 minute shorts. This is far from the feature length film promised by filmmakers, but falls into the ridiculous length guidelines put out there by CBS and Paramount. Axanar gets to skirt certain parts of those guidelines still, with its heavy inclusion of actors who have appeared on various Star Trek properties.
If you took footage from every science fiction and superhero from across the last twenty years and mashed them all up to create a single trailer which would both convey visual spectacle yet have zero depth… you’d get the new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight. And since Michael Bay’s Transformers movies thus far have usually been all visual and zero depth, I guess that’s unsurprising.
There was a time where I rejoiced at seeing Autobots and Decepticons on the big screen, and I really did enjoy the first couple of entries into this franchise. But the fourth movie was six parts boring to one part creepy, and it’s hard for me to get excited about yet another foray into this particular Transformers’ universe.
And, I’m loathe to admit this, I kinda miss Shia.
Whether we want it to or not, Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
Look, we’ve been pretty clear throughout our coverage that we’re not all that excited about the Scarlett Johansson led, live action version of Ghost in the Shell that’s coming next year. It’s a distinctly Japanese property, and making the Major a white person is emblematic of a lot of the ridiculous racism inherent in Hollywood. But, as there is now a new trailer for the film, here I am writing about the damned thing again.
Visually the trailer mimics a lot of the shots from the 1995 animated film adaptation, but it’s clear that in many ways that’s not where the plot’s primary cues are coming from. If the lead wasn’t a white person, I’d probably get excited about it.
Ghost in the Shell is currently scheduled for a March 31, 2017 release.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we celebrate 50 years of Star Trek, contemplate the possibility of the late Majel Barret-Rodenberry still voicing the computer in future Treks, rejoice in the Build Team’s return to ‘Busting in The White Rabbit Project, discuss Stranger Things and its season 2 renewal, and consider the possible remake of The Crow starring Jason Momoa.
Liam Garrigan, best known for playing King Arthur in the television series Once Upon a Time, will apparently be yanking the sword from the stone a second time. According to Mashable, Garrigan will play King Arthur again, but this time in Transformers: The Last Knight.
This hasn’t been confirmed by the studio of course, so take it with the appropriately sized grain of salt.
Transformers: The Last Knight is going to pull heavily from Arhurian myth, and we’ve known for a while that King Arthur would appear in the film. Obviously Garrigan is well cast as King Arthur, so he’ll do as good a job as anyone could with the kind of scripts the last few Transformers films have had.
Of course, any time actors reprise roles in different franchises, the geek brain has to wonder if there isn’t some sort of connection between the two. I mean, just try to connect Transformers and Once Upon a Time — It’s a hilarious thought.
Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
The first trailer for Arrival is out, and it honestly looks pretty fascinating. A first contact story, it shows the events after a number of alien spacecraft arrive on earth. Amy Adams plays a linguist, who (as part of a team) is trying to learn to communicate with the aliens while the world errupts in chaos.
Based on first impressions, it looks like a classic first contact film, in the vein of Contact and The Day the Earth Stood Still. It’s very different from a lot of the big budget adventure films we’ve gotten in the last few years, and fairly refreshing. Here’s hoping it can live up to the expectations it’s now building.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie (after we finish talking about Pokemon Go and get to the actual content) we talk about Star Trek‘s Abramsverse getting renamed the “Kelvin Timeine,” John Cho’s version of Hikaru Sulu being confirmed as gay (and all the fall out associated with it), Pacific Rim 2 finally getting a release date, Netflix greenlighting a remake of Lost in Space, how the Tetris movie will be the first in a trilogy, and how Sukoshi Con has cancelled all of their future conventions.
The Star Trek franchise has, for reasons that boggle the mind, always avoided any statements on homosexuality. It seems odd for an otherwise extremely progressive show, but beyond a few minor examples (almost all exclusively in Deep Space Nine), it’s almost never come up. That’s why it’s kind of a big deal that the upcoming Star Trek Beyond will reveal that one of its main characters is gay.
And that is, of course, John Cho’s Hikaru Sulu.
While it won’t be a major focus in the film, Cho’s version of Sulu will be revealed to be in a same sex relationship with another man, raising a daughter. Cho, while speaking to the Australian Herald Sun, said, “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out [of] it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.”
When J.J. Abrams’s 2009 Star Trek film created an alternate timeline/universe in the Trek franchise, many of us struggled to figure out what to call the new continuity. While the original continuity got instantly named the “Prime Universe” (which includes TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY, and the original movies), the new universe has only gotten unofficial monikers like “Alternate Universe,” “Alternate Original Series,” and (the one we’ve used the most) “Abramsverse.” None of those really work long term though, as more films take place in this continuity (making the continued use of “Alternate” awkward) and J.J. Abrams will eventually move on from the franchise.
Well, we thankfully have a new name, and it all goes back to the moment that the timeline split occurred: The arrival of Nero and destruction of the USS Kelvin.
Starting now, the “Abramsverse” is going to be referred to as “The Kelvin Timeline.” It’s simple, it’s explanatory, and it’s not reliant on knowing anything outside of the actual series. The title was chosen by Michael and Denise Okuda, whose names should be pretty recognizable to anyone who has ever looked deeply into Star Trek lore and technical data.
Personally, I like it.
Some have complained that it’s the Kelvin Timeline, and not the Kelvin Universe (which would be more in line with the Prime Universe and Mirror Universe distinctions), but when you consider that before the Kelvin’s destruction the two continuities shared a reality (and Enterprise takes place in both), the “Timeline” usage makes a lot more sense.
Giving the film universe a formal distinction is important, as Bryan Fuller’s upcoming Trek series on CBS All Access is likely to take place in the Prime Universe. With two ongoing Trek properties taking place in different timelines, having a simple distinction (which doesn’t make Paramount’s films seem less legitimate) is the only sensible thing to do.