by Gene Turnbow
Norman Spinrad’s Star Trek script “He Walked Among Us”, never filmed for the original series in the sixties for which it was written, resurfaced after 45 years – and now Star Trek: New Voyages, will be lensing it this fall after spending the summer in preproduction. Spinrad himself will be directing.
Star Trek: New Voyages (also known as Star Trek: Phase II) is a group of fan filmmakers led by producer James Cawley. It’s the largest and most successful of the Trek fan film production groups (yes, there are others) and has in the past made use of some of the original actors from Star Trek veteran actors such as George Takei, Walter Koenig and Grace Lee Whitney, and original screenwriters D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold. The films made by this group stay true to the 1960’s look and feel of the original show and have been have been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards, and have won a TV Guide Online Video Award for Best Sci-Fi Webseries. They have standing sets made in exacting detail, recreating to the smallest degree the original sets from the Paramount lot.
Star Trek: New Voyages presents the continuing voyages of Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701 as seen in the 1966-69 television series, Star Trek. The series was cancelled after its third season. They are presenting the series as if it were in its fourth year.
Due to copyright restrictions, they’re not allowed to syndicate the show on television, so it’s a web series and will stay that way for the foreseeable future. The advantage to this approach is that they can finish episodes when they finish them instead of having to work on impossible schedules based on arbitrary broadcast dates.
From Norman Spinrad’s Facebook page:
OK. blue sky. As you know if you’ve been following this Star Trek stuff, I’ll be directing my He Walked Among Us script for Phase II in the fall. I’d like to have William Shatner act in it–not as Kirk, but as Bayne! And Shatner being Shatner, I think I just might talk him into doing it since I did write The Doomsday Machine, and he could read the script, and it’s just the sort of off the wall notion he might like.