Zachary Quinto this week has spent much of his time reassuring his followers that he isn't leaving the Star Trek franchise, after he did an interview with Wired magazine where he let slip, "I'm stepping away from Star Trek for at least two years - no movies, no conventions, no anything for a while." Pretty clear, you'd think that he wasn't leaving Star Trek, but don't underestimate the stupidity of some. Broken up through several Tweets, he wrote, "Obviously i will be a part of any upcoming films... reprising my role as Spock. What i meant was that in the meantime i won't be making any public appearances related to the franchise - or doing any more auxiliary projects pertaining to the Trek universe. I will be focusing my efforts on other projects and preparing to shoot the next film - which will be released in june of 2012... two years from now. Hence the no Trek for two years remark. worry not trekkers. It was a misunderstanding of context. I am not spock. But i am spock. All at the same time." Phew. That’s hardcore Twittering.
Meanwhile, old-time Trekker Brent Spiner paid tribute this week to veteran actress Jean Simmons, who made a memorable Next Gen appearance in the episode The Drumhead and who died on 22 January. "Rest in Peace," he Tweeted. "A beautiful, sweet, talented woman. I worked with her twice. It was an incredible honour." He also responded to the headlines that Avatar had broken box office records with this, "Well, it finally happened. Avatar passed Star Trek: Nemesis to become the highest grossing film of all time." RAOTFL, Brent...
Trek's new writer and Lost mainman Damon Lindelof posted a link of interest to any Evangeline Lilly fanciers out there. If you're looking to woo her or just want to stare into her eyes for a couple of hours, you'd best click on this .
And sticking with new Star Trek, Simon Pegg, who got into trouble last week by Tweeting the news that David Tennant had left John Landis' new film, Burke and Hare, Twittered about the read-thru and suggested there may be some surprises for us lot in there. "Great cast. Some lovely unannounced surprises to come. Stay tuned for them. There will be squeeeeees!" Colin Baker, anyone?
Finally, Marvel's head honcho Joe Quesada revealed that last week was the big Marvel Summit, featuring all its top writers and artists. "Marvel Summit begins tomorrow. Currently, Loeb sitting in the Hulk office reading scripts, Bendis aimlessly wandering the streets of NYC," he wrote. The next day he followed up: "If you find Bendis, please help him find his way back. He gets easily confused and it's a big city."