TWO CAPTAIN KIRKS, TWO DARTH VADERS

‘Star Trek’ fans were disappointed that William Shatner wasn’t in the new J.J. Abrams hit tribute. Actually, Shatner was, too.

But in a new animated sci fi film scheduled for next February, both Shatner’the old Capt. James T. Kirk’and Chris Pine‘the new one, Kirk’s younger self’are not only featured but have scenes together. (The dialogue was recorded separately, however; the Kirks did not meet in a sound booth.)

The film is called ‘Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey.’ Written and directed by Dr. Harry Kloor, ‘Quantum Quest’ also has the distinction of featuring two Darth Vaders’James Earl Jones and Hayden Christensen. There’s also a vocal appearance by Luke Skywalker, aka Mark Hamill.

I spoke to Harry Kloor yesterday about ‘Quantum Quest.’ He says the release date is set for February 2010, although he thinks he’ll be ready to start screening it in the fall. ‘We had to wait to do our [sound] mixing until August,’ he said. That’s why the delay.

(John Carrabino, who’s managed Pine to ‘Star Trek’ fame and fortune, told me he knew just about nothing about the movie, however.)

Kloor’a physicist who’s also written scripts for ‘Star Trek Voyager’ and other sci fi TV series’told me the plan now is to self-distribute ‘QQ.’ So far, he says, he’s brushed off the advances of major studios who want a piece of the action. Of course, the film is problematic to program: it’s just 45 minutes long. It’s going to be shown in IMAX theaters, ‘natch, where kids and spaceniks should go nuts for it.

‘QQ’ was initiated and sponsored by NASA, including footage from actual space missions. Kloor got a grant from the Jet Propulsion Lab via its Saturn robot rocket mission’Cassini Huygens.

Featured along with the actors is Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon. It’s the first time he’s been in a movie of any kind.

You can see a clip from the film, featuring a voiceover by legendary Casey Kasem, at http://www.qqthemovie.com/. The producers had better update their MySpace page, however. It still lists John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson among a few actors who didn’t ultimately work on the film.

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