‘Star Trek 3’ To Be Digital Film By ‘Life Of Pi’ Cinematographer Claudio Miranda

Roberto Orci’s Star Trek 3 has added Claudio Miranda, the Oscar-winning digital cinematographer of Life of Pi. The blend of real and digital film will be the first in the current Star Trek movie franchise. Daniel Mindel was the cinematographer for the previous two Star Trek films, using much of the same crew. Much of that former crew has moved onto work in the making of Star Wars Episode VII, leaving the creative doors open for Miranda and his new crew to make something special out of the upcoming Star Trek movie.

Planning to shoot digitally marks a change for Star Trek. Miranda notably won an Oscar for the cinematography in Life of Pi. His work also brought great imagination to Tron Legacy and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Star Trek fans have not seen a movie since the 2013 release of Star Trek: Into The Darkness. With changes in cinematography and crew, Star Trek 3, as it is currently being called, promises new film achievements.

Orci seeks to film portions of the new Star Trek 3 movie in Vancouver and Seoul, South Korea. Production for the film is set for February 2015, with a 2016 movie release date. Seoul’s Mayor, Park Won-Soon, visited Los Angeles to make arrangements with Star Trek producer Jeffrey Chernov. Ace Show Biz reports that Seoul has an “attractive” 25 percent rebate on production costs for Hollywood movies.

Inquisitr recently reported on the 48th anniversary of the first Star Trek episode on NBC in 1966. It’s clear that the original episodes with Captain Kirk and Spock left their mark, making Star Trek fans, or “Trekkies,” excited about the new films.

As for Claudio Miranda, his career highlight, winning the Oscar, came after the breathtaking images in Life of Pi. The Chilean-born cinematographer has worked as director of photography on other movies, too. He’s had other Oscar nominations and BAFTA wins.

In other news, Star Trek 3 is picking up speed with fans, as rumors of whether Trekkies will see Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and George Takei reprise their roles from the original series. Apparently, Shatner was approached by J.J. Abrams during Comic Con in Nashville.

The new Star Trek movie will release in 2016, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1966 TV airing. It is no surprise that the film is taking on a new twist and appearance to mark the special occasion. An appearance from the remaining original actors would thrill loyal Trekkies, and add a bit of nostalgia to Star Trek 3. Between successful cameos and Claudio Miranda’s visionary work, the new Star Trek movie is set for success.

(Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures)