Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: MTV / Avery Guerra
Just a few moments ago my partner in crime, Avery Guerra, shot me an email with a link to an article on the MTV website in which film maker J.J. Abrams hinted at both "Cloverfield 2" and "Star Trek 2". After reading the directors comments, I just about fell out of my chair.
Back on Monday I posted an article about how "Star Trek 2" had been slated for a summer 2012 release by Paramount. In the piece I mentioned that the upcoming film should ignore themes based in the modern social climate and 'go green', that is, feature more green Orion slave girls and the Gorn.
Imagine my surprise when Abrams himself echoed the same idea to MTV reporter Josh Horowitz on the red carpet at the National Board of Review.
Granted, the director didn't share my desire for more slave girls (pity), but he did mention Kirk's nemesis from "Arena."
This is Abrams direct quote, "I have to admit, the ['Star Trek' sequel] is really all about the Gorn."
"We just thought it would be fun... to go Gorn," he added again with a grin.
Horowitz and Abrams proceeded to go back and forth making light of using the warrior lizard-men.
Abrams even went as far as to quip, "I can't believe you didn't go for 'Children of the Gorn'", referring to possible titles for the sequel being spouted out by Horowitz.
Now, here is the big question, did Abrams read my post, or is this a BIG coincidence?
I'll probably never no for sure, but if "Star Trek 2" does have the "Gorn" in it, and it's a kick-ass movie like the first one.....then I should get my kudos.
Of course, if it sucks.......then it was all Abrams idea.
Oh, before I forget, Horowitz also quizzed Abrams about "Cloverfield 2" and he had this to say, "We're working on something right now with that and again, you know, it's early stages."
That sounds like a definite....well possible, confirmation that the film is going to be made.
Here is more about the Gorn, for you non-Trek types:
(From Wikipedia) - The Gorn made first contact with the Federation at Cestus III in 2267 when a misunderstanding nearly led to war (original series episode "Arena"). Although the Gorn made territorial claims, the Federation had a settlement there in 2371, indicating tensions later softened.
The Gorn have become one of the most popular aliens to appear on Star Trek, due to the striking creature-design by design-artist Wah Chang, and the Gorn's memorable personality. A hissing, slow-moving, but lethal beast, the Gorn captain is also shown to be quite cunning and devious; chuckling wickedly to himself as he sets a trap for Kirk, and later promising that if the captain gives himself up, the Gorn will make his death "merciful and quick." "Arena" is also considered one of the series' classic episodes and was the template for a similar, critically acclaimed episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled "Darmok".
For years, "Arena" marked the only live action appearance of the Gorn, although the race was "name dropped" from time to time. In 2005, an episode of Star Trek Enterprise featured a Gorn (albeit in the Mirror Universe) in the episode "In a Mirror, Darkly Part II". In that episode, the Gorn (whose name was Slar) was an overseer of a group of slaves belonging to the mirror universe's Tholians in an attempt to steal technology from the USS Defiant (NCC-1764) which had been lured into the mirror universe from ours. Slar hid in the ship's corridors and killed several crewmembers until it was killed by Jonathan Archer. For this appearance, Slar was designed using computer animation (and much to the chagrin of some fans, appeared radically different from the original Gorn). Since "In a Mirror, Darkly" takes place entirely within the Mirror Universe, the contact seen between the Earth Empire and the creature does not contradict the first contact seen in "Arena".
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