Just when you thought that you’d never actually see a Trek film on TV ever again, a savvy production company has managed to not only commission an engaging script, but entice a pair of Trek legends to sign on board to reprise their iconic roles. Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time. Is a proposed Trek film that is seeking to ascend to the lofty heights of the Trek series that have preceded it. After nearly a decade after the final episode of the last Star Trek TV series left the air, a professionally-produced Star Trek feature is being produced as an internet full-length feature film starring Star Trek Alums John Savage and Gary Lockwood (reprising their roles as Captain Rudy Ransom and Fleet Captain Gary Mitchell) along with Trek Newcomers, Blanca Blanco as Vulcan officer LT T'Lexa, and former WWE star Matt Striker as a Romulan Commander. Additional stars for the series include Lockwood’s daughter Samantha Lockwood who will portray Nurse Christine Roddenberry and Tommy Denucci (Army of the Damned) as Lt. Magnus. With a set goal for the Kickstarter is to raise the funds needed to shoot short trailer for Star Trek Equinox The Night of Time at end of May 2014.
The film’s premise is that some 15 years after the destruction of the USS Equinox (at some time in 2393) Captain Rudy Ransom, who was beamed from his doomed ship by the Krotownans, and has been held prisoner in the Delta quadrant for crimes against the race including trespassing in Krowtownan space and the deaths of Krowtownan Crew members. Manages to return to the Alpha Quadrant some 30,000 light years away. He has but a single chance to escape, through a wormhole that will engulf anything and everything within 500 miles of its massive gravity including a distress signal or small probe. With the distress signal sent 125 years into the past, two inhabitants of the alpha quadrant intercept the distress signal: a Federation Medical Space Station and a Klingon battle cruiser. The Klingon Empire with a thirst for advanced military knowledge, launch their Battle cruisers to retrieve this knowledge from the mind of Captain Ransom and destroy anything in their way.
Captain Gary Mitchell has assigned the USS Equinox to retrieve Captain Ransom from the wrong side of the neutral zone and restore peace to the galaxy. The Equinox crew has diagnosed that the wormhole, along with their chances, will collapse in 72 hours and with the Klingons, Krotownans, and Romulans hot on their tail, can Starfleet save one of their own?
Truthfully, it should come as no surprise that Star Trek continues to grow an ever widening enthusiastic fan base, and just when you think it can't get any better, it does. Together actor John Savage and writer Camren T Burton have put together a new script which is so impressive that veteran Star Trek actors and directors are saying they believe it's the best Star Trek script that they' have read in a decade. As Executive Producer, Janet O'Connell, tells us that she is honored to present a project that springs not only from the desire of fans but also from Star Trek veteran actors and directors. She tells us that she has already signed up some great proven actors whose names you will recognize. These include John Savage (The Deer Hunter), Gary Lockwood, who starred in the original TV pilot of the classic 1960s Star Trek series, is reprising his role as Gary Mitchell, the best friend of James T. Kirk. Retired from acting for 21 years, Lockwood has agreed to put on the Star Fleet uniform once more and take the helm of a role that has him chaffing at the bit to do.
So many of the great talents that have worked behind the scenes on previous productions have also agreed to beam aboard what they all feel is the start of a simply magnificent project. Regrettably, there are too many to list here, but in no way have less of the wholehearted gratitude of the producers. Fans and all others please believe many of these accomplished people who have already given generously of themselves.
The producers feel that they are responding to a call for a film not only consistent with how true fans expect it should be, but will also entertain general audiences. With this in mind, it seems only appropriate that they should ask its many devotees and die-hard fans to help underwrite the arguably greatest science fiction saga in modern history.
As it now stands, the producers have partial funding to produce the first 48 minutes and the pilot, however they need fan participation to help cover the added costs of travel, marketing, special effects and the many unexpected expenses. Whatever fans offer will only go toward production and not to fat paychecks. In her former role as Vice President at Smith Barney, O'Connell helped many people to reach their financial dreams. Today, along with fan help she has the opportunity to bring about a dream of a different kind. As a writer and poet, she is a fuss-budget about quality. O'Connell is personally invested in this project and hopes others will play a part in it as well.
She are asking fans, friends, and family members to help her launch this project as she has partial funding from two great investors to produce the first 48 minutes and the pilot. She wants to make sure at the end of the day she can share this feature with everyone, everywhere. Autographed Pictures, Red Carpet Events, Personal Appearances and a chance to beam aboard as a cast member will all be rewarded to fans for their help in making this film. As she does has partial funding, sometimes the hidden costs, travel, marketing, and special effects, can always use that extra help. Knowing that every dime this Kickstarter raises will go directly into production, not into the pockets of people looking to make this project their personal paycheck. “I protected peoples’ money for a living” O'Connell told us. “and always invested smartly and in my opinion this will be the next big Star Trek feature ever made — and the smartest investment you can make right now!”
Star Trek and all related marks, logos and characters are owned by CBS Studios Inc. Star Trek Equinox and/or Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time, the websites, the promotion thereof and/or any exhibition of material created by Star Trek Equinox and/or Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time are not endorsed or sponsored by or affiliated with CBS/Paramount Pictures or the Star Trek franchise."
This is a project with a time limit for Comic Con. We will lose an opportunity as of the 8th of April 2014 to go into production in time for San Diego. they have had some great runs at comic con and now we have a chance if even a small chance to take that baby step toward raising funds for what everyone is calling the best Syfy script in over 10 years.
This project will only be funded if at least $20,000 is pledged by Fri, May 9 2014.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.