By Abdulkareem Baba Aminu
The team which gave us the fan-film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, announced a new professionally produced television pilot to be presented for a possible online series.
It has been seven long years since Enterprise left the air, and though we've had the recent big screen adaptation of Gene Roddenberry's futuristic vision (and the sequel coming next year), we feel the true home of Star Trek is as a continuing episodic series. The goal of this project is to make that happen.
Fans have been anxiously waiting for this soon-to-be cult classic feature by multi-award-winning director, Tim Russ, which will premiere on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the historical Crest Theatre in Westwood, California."
It added that Star Trek: Renegades is an independent online show that will be released on DVD/Blu-ray.
Renegades, as the name suggests, will be bold, edgy and a little dark. Renegades will feature a combination of familiar Star Trek faces, plus a collection of hot, new rising actors."
A special fan screening at will run before the 7pm premiere, at 4:30pm
The film stars Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Captain Lexxa Singh. The Renegades' antagonist in the film, Borrada, is played by Bruce A. Young (The Sentinel, NYPD Blue).
Also in the cast are Walter Koenig (Chekov, Original Series), Tim Russ (Tuvok, Voyager), Gary Graham (Alien Nation; Soval, Enterprise), Robert Picardo (The Doctor, Voyager), Sean Young (Blade Runner, Dune), Manu Intiraymi (Icheb, Voyager), Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1, Parker Lewis Can't Lose), Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgement Day), Courtney Peldon (Entourage, Home Improvement), Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5, The Newsroom), Kevin Fry (Eraser, Sons of Anarchy), Larissa Gomes (Saw VI, Saw 3D), actress/stunt performer Tarah Paige (Make It or Break It, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Vic Mignogna (Dragonball Z, Star Trek Continues), Rico E. Anderson (Star Trek 2009, Dollhouse), Richard Herd (Admiral Paris, Voyager), Herbert Jefferson Jr (Battlestar Galactica) and more.
Renegades will be a departure from previous Treks – delving into the dark side of the human psyche, pushing heroes to their limits. The rules have changed, and they realize they might be the last hope to save the Federation. It will also explore new worlds, encountering both familiar and new alien species, and boldly going where no Trek has gone before.
Abdulkareem Baba Aminu is a newspaper editor, award-winning journalist and comic book creator. Based in Nigeria, the writer has reviewed comics, novels, movies and music for a variety of platforms. He is currently the Editor of the Saturday edition of the Daily Trust, one of the most influential newspapers in his country. You can follow him on Twitter: @KareemReal