Monday, July 25, 2016

Is "Star Trek: Discovery" Designed by Ralph McQuarrie?

Monday, July 25, 2016 - by Maurice Mitchell 0


Check out Star Trek: Discovery designs based on concept art by Ralph McQuarrie!



This past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 CBS revealed the first look of the new starship for the upcoming live-action TV series Star Trek: Discovery. It's a unique design but it actually has an old look. Back in the 1970's McQuarrie was hired to redesign the U.S.S. Enterprise for Star Trek: Phase II or Star Trek: Planet of the Titans.

When co-creator Bryan Fuller was asked on the panel if the Discovery was based on Ralph McQuarrie’s designs he said, "to a point that we can’t legally comment on it until [our legal team] figures out some things." Samuel Michlap is listed as the vehicle concept illustrator for the pilot so he most likely had a hand in the new design as well.

Ralph McQuarrie was a professional illustrator who worked on Hollywood films and television like Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and the unmade Forbidden Planet remake. His work continues to inspire arts and films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens.



Here's what the U.S.S. Discovery looks like





Here's what the U.S.S. Enterprise looks like from Star Trek: Planet of the Titans
USS Enterprise by Ralph McQuarrie

USS Enterprise by Ralph McQuarrie

The design is blocky but that gives it a unique look like no other starship in the Star Trek universe.

Star Trek: Discovery takes place in the original series timeline, or "Prime" universe. It's coming to CBS All Access, the network's digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, with a special premiere on CBS January 2017. You can watch the trailer on CBS.COM

See more of  Ralph McQuarrie's portfolio at http://dreamsandvisionspress.com. You can see more of Sam Michlap's work at http://samuelmichlap.com

Click on the links if you want to see more of Star Trek: Discovery on my blog.

Source: io9

What do you think of the designs for Star Trek: Discovery?

Official Star Trek: Discovery Summary
"The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966."
Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman
Release Dates: January 2017 (USA)
Official Site: http://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-discovery/
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