STAR TREK 3 GEARING UP FOR PRODUCTION

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Production for the yet-to-be-titled Star Trek 3 is moving forward, with filming expected to begin in the next six months according to Zachary Quinto.

The 37 year old actor, who played Spock in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009) and its 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, revealed the tidbit during an interview appearance Tuesday on NBC’s Today Show:

“I think [the next Star Trek movie] is on the horizon,” he said. “Things are rumbling, so I have a feeling that we will be back in production sometime in the next six months.”

No other details were revealed, though the film’s co-writer, J.D. Payne, recently spoke about the plot for Star Trek 3 with MoviePilot.com:

“We’re trying to set up a kind of situation where you really could – and not in just an ‘everything’s relative’ sort of moral relativism. You could be a good person of any creed or philosophical background and come down on both sides of how you should respond to this opportunity that the crew has… that also has some pitfalls to it where you could argue very, very, very compellingly that ‘this’ is what you should do, and if you’re advocating ‘this’, then it’s actually evil.”


As previously reported, the U.S.S. Enterprise will head out on a mission in deep space in Star Trek 3 in what is said to be an original story. Fans will be quick to begin considering possible and [feasible] plot scenarios as it appears the challenge of deep space exploration will weigh heavily on the Enterprise crew and give the film the moral and philosophical undertones mentioned by Payne. 

To date, almost no official information on the film has been released by Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot Productions or Skydance; but, Star Trek (2009) and Into Darkness co-writer Roberto Orci is said to have recently completed the film’s script with Payne and Patrick McKay and is expected to helm the director’s seat in what will be his directorial debut.

Abrams, who vacated the directors seat earlier this year in favor of directorial duties on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, remains the film’s producer.

Star Trek 3 will be the thirteenth (13) film in the franchise and is expected to be released in 2016 in time for Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary | STARFLEET INTELLIGENCE

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5 Facts About Minecraft and Why Microsoft Paid $2.5 Billion For It

It was officially announced early Monday morning that Microsoft agreed to acquire Minecraft developer, Mojang, for $2.5 billion. At first glance, many may find themselves blown away by such a huge purchase. In the eyes of some critics, it could even conjure up headlines reminiscent of the 2000 tech bubble. But, just maybe, Minecraft was actually bought at an incredible value. Here are 5 stunning facts about its success:

1.) More than 12 million copies of Minecraft have been sold on the Xbox 360, which Microsoft already develops and owns.

2.) More than 2 billion hours of Minecraft have been played on the Xbox 360. That number becomes a lot bigger when you add in total hours on mobile and desktop computers.

3.) Mojang grossed more than $360 million in revenue last year alone. The majority of that coming from Minecraft.

4.) Minecraft is played on different servers running around the world. Some gamers estimate that there are more than 30,000 Minecraft servers in existence. Keep in mind, Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, has an extensive background in online services, specifically the Server and Tools Business. Now, imagine the things he could have in mind.

5.) Fans have proven to be extremely loyal. More than 90% of all gamers who purchased Minecraft on the PC have returned over the last 12 months.

In short, Microsoft had several valid reasons to purchase Minecraft. It is has a huge revenue stream and continues to grow. It also has a huge fanbase on the PC and Xbox 360. But, perhaps even more intriguing, is the simple fact that Minecraft is rooted on servers everywhere. And Microsoft’s CEO is master in that realm with years of experience.

Sources

- Minecraft Forum: How Many Servers Are There

- Wikipedia: Minecraft

- StreetInsider: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang

- StockTwits: The Success of Minecraft

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