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
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
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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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