The View from the Bridge
Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood
August 20, 2009
About the Book:
In THE VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood (Viking/ On-Sale August 24, 2009 / $25.95 / ISBN: 9780670021307), Nicholas Meyer, the director and writer of the three great Star Trek films—Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country—delivers an enormously entertaining account of the making these films as well as his illustrious career in the movie business.
Raised in New York City and educated at the University of Iowa, Meyer never expected to find himself in 1981 being offered the chance to direct the second Star Trek film—his only experience with the cult series was through a friend that was a die-hard fan. But fresh from the success of his screenplay adaptation of his own bestselling novel, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which earned him an Oscar nomination, and Time After Time, his directorial debut, Meyer accepted the challenge.
Meyer shares how he created the script for The Wrath of Khan, the most revered Star Trek film of all, in twelve days—only to have William Shatner proclaim he hated it. He reveals the death threats he received when word got out that Spock would be killed, and finally answers the long-pondered question of whether Khan’s chiseled chest is truly that of Ricardo Montalban. Meyer’s reminiscences of everyone from Gene Roddenberry and Laurence Olivier to Leonard Nimoy and Kirstie Alley (before Cheers and Jenny Craig) will appeal not only to the countless legions of Trekkies, but to anyone fascinated by the inner workings of Hollywood.
About the Author:
Nicholas Meyer is a noted author, screenwriter and director. In addition to the Star Trek films, his many credits include an Oscar nomination for the screenplay of The Seven Per-Cent Solution (adapted from his New York Times bestseller), writing and directing the classic SF thriller Time After Time and directing The Day After, the controversial film about nuclear war that became the most watched movie ever televised. Most recently, he adapted Philip Roth’s novella The Dying Animal for the screen as Elegy, starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
Author Tour Dates:
August 25 at 7:00 PM Book Passage (Corte Madera, CA)
August 27 a 7:00 PM Book Soup (Los Angeles, CA)
September 2, 7:00 PM Borders Northridge (Northridge, CA)
September 10, 7:30 PM Warwick’s (San Diego, CA)
September 14,7PM Prairie Lights (Iowa City, IA)
September 15, 7PM Barnes & Noble (E. 86th St, New York, NY)
To learn more about The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood, please visit Ms. Myer’s website: HERE
Kimberly Swan, DarqueReviews.com