Apr 7 2009 11:57am

Star Trek fans get a surprise...a full screening of the new JJ Abrams movie!

Star Trek fans in Austin, TX who attended the Fantastic Fest Star Trek event got a huge surprise last night: a full preview screening of the new Star Trek movie.

The event was a screening of the new, fully restored Wrath of Khan, and was limited to 200 guests. Paramount promised a ten minute sneak peek of the new movie for those lucky 200 fans.

Then things got more interesting. From TrekMovie.com

Star Trek filmmakers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof kicked things off by telling the crowd of around 200, that they would be seeing the Star Trek preview after Wrath of Khan. Two minutes in to the showing of TWOK, the film appeared to have ‘melted’ and the guys came back out on the stage and appeared to be stalling for time while the film was fixed…and then, wearing a ball cap, Leonard Nimoy came out in front of the audience holding a film can.

Nimoy noted to the crowd that it just didn’t seem fair that people in Australia were the first to see the film and asked them “wouldn’t you rather see the new movie?” And apparently the crowd went wild. After that they showed the entire new Star Trek movie. Nimoy stayed for the entire event as did Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof.

It goes on to say that reception seemed “positive” and that the film got a standing ovation.

How freaking cool is that?! Good on you, Paramount. Good on you. I hope they still got to see the new remastered Wrath of Khan, though...

Chris Meadows
1. Robotech_Master
I have a friend in Austin who is kicking himself for skipping that screening specifically because he heard a few minutes of the new movie would be shown and he didn't want to spoil himself for the whole thing. :/
Bridget McGovern
2. BMcGovern
Wow--that *is* pretty freaking cool :) And for those who are interested, Ain't It Cool News has an extremely positive, non-spoiler review of the screening here.
Eugene Myers
3. ecmyers
I think I would have been disappointed not to see the restored Khan... But it's encouraging if the fans were so enthusiastic about the new film.
Clay Cox
4. Clay Cox
Ahhhhh! I live in Austin and had no idea this was going on! That must have been amazing! I will shed a tear for myself and all of my fellow film majors that missed out.
Dave Thompson
5. DKT
Say what you will about JJ Abrams and Co. but you have to admit, it takes some balls to pull a Kobayashi Maru like that and come out grinning like Kirk.

Cannot wait.
seth johnson
7. seth
This is a well-known studio trick for buying off Harry Knowles (Aint It Cool News). Studios will frequently massage his ego by inviting him for set visits or having actors hang out with him. He's the furthest thing from an objective movie reviewer. Case in point: his gushing review of Godzilla:2000 after he was flown to New York by the studio for the premiere. ouch.

Not saying this is a bad film. Just pointing out that it's no surprise AICN is praising a film that Harry was invited to speak on stage before the sneak preview.

Dave Thompson
8. DKT
@ 7 Seth

Where is AICN mentioned in the above article?

But since you brought it up...I know the movie was screened at the Alamo Drafthouse and Knowles helped put on that screening, but he had no idea they were going to be shown the new movie until it actually started. I think his reaction to it here (http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40683) is probably pretty genuine considering the circumstances.
seth johnson
9. seth

I was really just giving some additional detail to this article explaining why the studio screened the movie in Austin. I was also responding to BmGovern's comment above referencing AICN's positive review.

The page you linked to pretty well supports my assertion that the goal of this event was to remove objectivity from any AICN review of the upcoming ST film.

Dave Thompson
10. DKT
@ Seth

I hear where you're coming from, but I feel like the way Paramount set it up, AICN (and anyone there) had as much of a reason, if not moreso, to hate the new movie than to love it. So I don't think it got a free pass.

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