I tried to find a full video of this conversation, but wasn’t able to.
Since yesterday there’s been a whole conversation about Star Trek’s Hikaru Sulu following the news that the character will be revealed to be gay in this month’s Star Trek Beyond. The original Sulu, George Takei, didn’t approve the change, as he told to The Hollywood Reporter:
I’m delighted that there’s a gay character. Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate. I urged the filmmakers to be imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted.
Now Zachary, in a conversation with PedestrianTV, come out in defense of the development.
As a member of the LGBT community myself, I was disappointed by the fact that George was disappointed. I think any member of the LGBT community that takes issue with the normalised and positive portrayal of members of our community in Hollywood and in mainstream blockbuster cinema.
Watch his answer on their website. Star Trek: Beyond opens in cinemas July 21.
Zachary Quinto is set to star and executive produce Biopunk, an hourlong drama based on the book Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life by Wired magazine’s senior business/technology writer Marcus Wohlsen.
Biopunk chronicles the underground world of bio-hackers — DIY garage scientists seeking to do for biotech what Steve Jobs did for personal computing. These are young and hungry guerilla scientists committed to democratizing DNA the way the internet did for information, with the ambition to build never-before-seen organisms that could solve the thorniest challenges in food, health, energy, and environmental protection. […] Quinto will play the iconoclastic leader of this movement who can’t wait for the future to get here fast enough.
The series, which will soon be pitched to networks, was created and written by Chase Palmer, the screenwriter behind next year’s remake of Stephen King’s It. Palmer was apparently attracted by the “edgy, activist, kick-down-the-walls subculture of citizen scientists” who work in biohacking. He is executive producer along with The Gotham Group. Quinto and his longtime producing partner Neal Dodson of Before The Door Pictures will also executive produce.
On its last issue, Total Film has an inside look on Star Trek Beyond giving us 8 pages of behind-the-scenes/making of/director chat. Check scans in our gallery: