San Diego Comic-Con premiered STAR TREK BEYOND with a light show and fireworks
Plenty of cosplayers, a Disney princess, and MacGyver news came out of Day 1 of the Con, too!
San Diego Comic-Con 2016 is in full swing with cosplayers, comic books, and classics galore. Preview night kicked things off with a rousing world premiere of STAR TREK BEYOND. Not only were stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, and Zoe Saldana, and director Justin Lin and producer J.J. Abrams in attendance, but there was a light show, fireworks, and a full 90-piece orchestra that performed the score live!
Still, despite the excitement of the film, the spirit of Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in all three films in the rebooted franchise and who tragically died in a freak accident last month, hung in the air. Abrams paid tribute, saying, “There is something missing tonight. There is someone missing tonight.”
Quinto, who plays Mr. Spock, honored the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, who died last year, saying, “We all carry him with us in our hearts tonight.”
Other highlights (so far) include:
- The producers and stars of MTV’s TEEN WOLF announced that the series would end after its upcoming sixth season, culminating with its 100th episode in 2017. Jeff Davis, TEEN WOLF’s showrunner, said, “We’re eternally grateful for the support we’ve received over these past six years and we’re excited to take our brave fans on one last, thrilling adventure.” Its final season will kick off in November and run for 20 episodes.
- The exec producers of CBS’s upcoming reboot of the classic ’80s series MACGYVER, Peter Lenkov and James Wan, said that they are working to incorporate the original MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson, into the new version, starring Lucas Till and George Eads. Without revealing whether they hoped Anderson would be a consistent presence or would just cameo, Wan said, “For the most part, it’s the same ingredients in this reboot, from the humor to the heart to the action to the MacGyverisms. When you watch the pilot, there are going to be a lot of Easter eggs there that are really a bridge between the new show and the old show.”
- Presuming they’re angling for a Best Original Song nomination or two (and a win!), three-time Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz revealed that the film version of the Broadway smash WICKED would include up to four new songs, three of which are brand new and one of which was cut from the stage version. WICKED is due to hit screens in three and a half years (!), December 2019.
- Co-directors of MOANA, John Musker and Ron Clements, told attendees that, unlike essentially every other Disney princess in the whole history of ever, Moana, a Hawaiian teen who sets sail for a legendary island, would not have a love interest! The film sets sail in November and stars newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as the title character and Dwayne Johnson as a demigod. (He’s got experience, having already played Hercules.)
- And a panel of “geeksperts” moderated by ACCESS HOLLYWOOD’s Scott Mantz debated the (sometimes dubious) merits of the best films of 1986. BACK TO SCHOOL? STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME? FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF? BLUE VELVET? TOP GUN? HOWARD THE DUCK? It’s not quite the summer of ’82, but it could be worse. And some interesting trivia was dropped: Did you know that Eddie Murphy was originally set to play Catherine Hicks’ role in STAR TREK IV? (He turned it down to do THE GOLDEN CHILD.) What do you think? What was the best film of 1986? Thirty years ago!
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