Star Trek Babies, Reeve, Flinn, etc. (News from the frontier, 9/20/2007)

Good morning, folks. Here’s the latest roundup of news from the frontier.

Casting continues on JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Babies
JJ Abrams, director of Star Trek XI, has found his Uhura. The official Star Trek site reported Monday that actress Zoë Saldana will take over the role made famous by Nichelle Nichols. Saldana’s previous movies include Drumline and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. She also has a role in James Cameron’s forthcoming Avatar.

Though I must have missed the confirmation of this weeks-old rumor, StarTrek.com also reported in the same article that the Russian-born Anton Yelchin will appear as Chekov in the film. He steps into the shoes of Walter Koenig.

As previously mentioned, both Zachary Quinto (Heroes) and Leonard Nimoy will appear as Spock. Star Trek XI starts shooting in November, with release scheduled for Christmas 2008.

DVD release for Christopher Reeve documentary
Variety reports that Hope in Motion, a two-part documentary about Christopher Reeve’s struggles and triumphs after his 1995 horse riding accident, will arrive on DVD November 6. Reeve’s 27-year-old son, Matthew, directed the documentary.

The first part aired on ABC in 2002 as Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps, while the second part makes its debut on the disc. Christopher Reeve passed away in 2004 before a planned third part could be made.

Denny Martin Flinn, 1947-2007
Sadly, another Star Trek movie writer has passed away. Denny Martin Flinn, co-writer of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, died August 24 of complications from cancer. Flinn also wrote The Fearful Summons, a Star Trek novel that included several “crew gathering” scenes cut from Star Trek VI. Rather than Hollywood, Flinn spent most of his time on Broadway as an actor. He is survived by a wife and two children. (Soure: StarTrek.com)

As mentioned before, Jack B. Sowards, co-writer of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, died in July. Both films were directed by Nicholas Meyer.

This week on Star Trek: Remastered
After last week’s high-octane season premiere, Star Trek: Remastered throttles things down a bit with “The Conscience of the King.” Kirk encounters an actor who might actually be Kodos the Executioner, who killed thousands on the Tarsus colony two decades ago. Check out the video preview on StarTrek.com.

Star Trek: Remastered airs each weekend in syndication. It features updated special effects and other enhancements to the original Star Trek series.

And the rest
Here are links to stories I did not have time to cover this morning, so check them out on your own:

iF Magazine: Wolfgang Peterson (info on his proposed Batman vs. Superman movie)
TV Guide: George Lucas