Walter Koenig's "InAlienable" Heading To DVD Plus Interview
Walter Koenig has spent the last 10 years or so battling it out, trying to get his film "InAlienable" developed and filmed. Finally, this year the film will be hitting DVD shelves and ScreenStar.com has an interview with Walter.
"InAlienable" is a sci-fi thriller and legal drama that follows the plight of a guilt-ridden scientist, Dr. Norris (Richard Hatch), who gives birth to an alien-human hybrid child, a child that then becomes the focal point of a legal case over whether it's a living entity with rights or an abomination that must be destroyed.
Besides Walter Koenig, "InAlienable" co-stars several other Star Trek Alumn including; Marina Sirtis, Richard Herd, Alan Ruck, Erick Avari, Gary Graham, and J.G. Hertzler to name a few. Walter let's us in on some of the secrets of "InAlienable" as well as his thoughts on Star Trek XI. Check out the interview excerpt below.
Where did the idea for InAlienable come from?
I wanted to examine the intensity of familial bonding. That was one thing. I also wanted to explore the concept of civil and human rights. But the actual event that sat me down at the computer was when two friends of mine who didn't know each other joined me to watch the New York Yankees play in the World Series back in 2001. My friend Tony Franke had been in the original film of the Blob (1958) and Sky Conway had always been a big fan of the movie. Inspired by Tony's stories, Sky confessed to always wanting to shoot a film about a meteor landing with an alien presence aboard. I holed myself up in my room and took it from there.
You've got a Who's Who of fan favorites in the cast. Take us through how the key players and some of the actors who made cameos ended up joining you in the film.
Richard Hatch was one of the first people who we thought of for the lead role. That notwithstanding, we approached three others to feel out their interest. When they hesitated, we decided to offer it to Richard. I think it was a spectacular choice. He really is quite brilliant. As to the other folks in the picture, they were all our first choices and they all enthusiastically consented to come aboard. The decision to hire was equally divided between Robert Dyke, our director, Sky Conway, the principal producer, and myself.
The production clearly had a very limited budget. What were the pros and cons of having such tight purse strings and if you'd had another $2 million at your disposal, what might you have done differently?
The pros are that we couldn't have filmed this story at all without the financing we had. The cons are that most independent movies could benefit from additional backing. In some cases, we had to use the same sets for scenes that were clearly meant to be shot at different locations. In other cases it was a matter of time. For example, if we had two more days worth of financing, set-ups that were a bit rushed would not have had to have been (rushed).
What did you make of the Star Trek reboot movie?
I thought it was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
How strange was it to see another actor portraying Chekov? And what kinds of conversations did you have with Anton Yelchin either during the shoot or at the premiere?
I was surprised that I could watch the film without proprietary feelings. I didn't imagine that I could be so detached from my own history with the Star Trek franchise and enjoy it so unconditionally. The first thing Anton said to me at the celebration following the screening was "I got my own Chekov doll!" How ingenuous is that? (source ScreenStar.com)
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