4K World Premiere Screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Q&A With Nicholas Meyer. Fans were given a treat during the Star Trek Mission New York when the convention offered a full screening of the 4K version of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Before the screening of the film, the audience got to learn more on the making of the Star Trek movie from the man behind the camera, director Nicholas Meyer. Moderated by MTV’s Josh Horowitz, fans got to experience from the director on the making of this sci-fi classic.
In the chat with Nicholas Meyer, the director admitted that he wasn’t familiar with the Star Trek series when he first got picked for the project. Meyer also unraveled the screenwriting process as he was given different drafts and ended up using parts of the drafts to create the screenplay. The director went deep into the trouble that he had in getting the film off the ground because of the limited time and budget he was given by Paramount. With only 12 days to finalize the deal, he managed to get the story in by 10 days. Meyer told Horowitz that he didn’t initially get in touch with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry until he started shooting for the film.
Speaking on the film’s theme, Meyer said, “I was discovering the themes of the film where age fits in.” He also spoke about working with his actors, including William Shatner and Ricardo Montalban. With Montalban, Meyers said he wanted to cast the actor after looking at his impressive list of 147 roles he had in his career. Initially having a problem with the shots he took with Shatner, Meyers admitted, “Will got better with the more takes he took.” The director also touched on the impact that his film has had with the audience as a whole. “I feel fortunate that this is a movie that people are passionate about,” Meyers said.
Towards the end of the panel, Horowitz spoke with Meyer on his upcoming role as creative consultant on the new Star Trek TV series Star Trek: Discovery. Meyer went on to describe his working relationship with Bryan Fuller, the showrunner for the series. He called Bryan Fuller smart and very surprised and touched by his work. However, he knows that, “Its Bryan’s show not mine, I’m just a cog in a wheel.”
After the talk, fans got to experience the film in its entirety with the 4K director’s cut version of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It was a great turnout for fans of the film as they cheered from start to finish. It was one of those experiences that the audience at the convention will never forget.
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