Entertainment Weekly has published the first photo of the new look Starship Enterprise from director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming reboot of “Star Trek” opening in May.
Abrams’ aim was to take the designs of the original TV series and the movies and fuse them together in a design that could “stand up” to today’s visual effects standards.
The result is a ship that looks much like the movie version but with a more textured surface, smoother curves, a more compact engineering section, and nacelles that seem like more hi-tech versions of the classic show’s. Here’s the new look below:
For comparison here’s the older models – the CG version of the original show’s model made for the recently remastered original series episodes on top, and the model used for the first six films below:
Abrams says “If you’re going to do Star Trek there are many things you cannot change. The Enterprise is a visual touchstone for so many people. So if you’re going to do the Enterprise, it better look like the Enterprise, because otherwise, what are you doing?.”