'Star Trek' Writer Marc Zicree Launches 'Space Command'
The backers are joining a roster of folks pulled from science fiction history, including Marc's wife and co-producer/co-director Elaine Zicree, composer David Raiklen, and actors including Mira Furlan (Babylon 5), Armin Shimerman (DS9), Bill Mumy (Babylon 5) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager). Marc wrote the scripts for Space Command occasionally with certain people in mind. "I sort of collect these people," he said. "For instance, when I saw the pilot of DS9, I thought Armin was just terrific."
Yet for all the fantastic in Space Command, Marc also wants to keep the franchise relatable. "I'm looking for things that make us connected to our world," he added. "Bob Picardo plays a Muslim. It's just an aspect of his [character's] nature. I thought that'd be fair and appropriate. There's a lot of ethnic diversity, a lot of racial diversity; two characters are in a lesbian marriage."
"The thing I'm really proud of is that I'm giving a lot of characters an ability to grow and age and reflect on themselves and the world around them. There are two characters who are very long-lived, and so they basically cover the time frame of the story, which is 150 years," he explained. "I'm proud of the fact I've created a big, complicated story. I think it'll be a very moving story. I think people will be very engaged in the story that we're telling.
"Just like all the shows that I love, it's about the characters," he continued. "When I wrote the Star Trek: New Voyages episode [with Michael Reaves], "World Enough and Time," the one that got nominated for the  Nebula [Award], all the original characters all spoke differently. They all had different viewpoints. They all had very distinctive attitudes and points of view and ways of speaking. Really good characters are specific individuals. They're not interchangeable."
So when and how can we expect to start our journey with Space Command? "The first one will probably be about a year from now. The plan is to shoot the first three back-to-back. We're definitely doing Blu-Ray and DVD and downloadable content," Marc said, adding that then "We're going to see what affiliation makes sense. My view is always, let's have it be of quality. I want it to be good rather than fast."
"Every day is just enormously exciting," he told us, explaining that it's not too late for other folks to sign on and get involved. "If people want to be part of this, volunteers are more than welcome. They can be part of this adventure as much as they want to be." If you're interested in helping with the project, you can find more information at the end of this article.
And when he's done with the production of these half-dozen films, what's going to make it all worthwhile? It's not to have the next mega-billion-dollar Hollywood machine. "My goal really is a qualitative one," said Marc, who learned from the likes of legends such as Harlan Ellison, Ted Sturgeon, and Ray Bradbury. "My goal is to have it be wonderful. I want it to look great. I want the actors to be terrific. I want the writing to be truthful. I'm really aiming high."
"Every time you write, you have a chance to say something that's unique to yourself, and affect [your audience] and change them for life, and I take that obligation very seriously," he told us. "I'm already hugely proud of what we've accomplished with Space Command. It's a big project, but I like challenges. I've always liked challenges. I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing."
For more information on Space Command, you can visit the project's official website (spacecommandmovie.com). You can also keep up with Marc personally by following him on Twitter (@MarcZicree).
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