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To all of my writing mentors: Please forgive the number of exclamation points in the title of this post. That really is the name of this strange, Star Trek-filled film creation premiering September 7. Unbelievable!!!!! features 40 Star Trek actors in a science fiction parody that also involves Gilbert Gottfried, a marionette that looks more or less like Captain Kirk, and a Gorn.
If you’re still with me, beyond that, the best description I can give you is to recommend you simply watch the trailer:
“I actually wrote the original script back in college, back in the Triassic Period,” writer/producer/director Steven L. Fawcette said. “But the impetus for Unbelievable!!!!! was actually because one of the actors–a very famous Star Trek actor who’s in our film–had read it and said that he wanted to be in it. And so, I remember saying at that moment, that we need to switch up and just hire as many Star Trek actors as we can and make this a mad, mad world of Star Trek. And that’s how it happened.”
Here’s the official movie description:
“Unbelievable!!!!!” is a Sci-Fi Parody Adventure. The movie follows the exploits of four astronauts (one of which is an animatronic marionette which resembles Captain Kirk from the 1960’s TV show “Star Trek”) who travel to the Moon on a rescue mission to determine the fate of two NASA comrades who have not been heard from in several days. The individuals they find at the Lunar Base are not whom they appear to be and, through acts of trickery and deception, nearly succeed in killing our heroes. The four return to find that everyone on the planet has been transformed into a variant life-form. Aliens from Mars have conquered Earth and now seek to destroy the last remnants of humanity. The astronauts fight back and soon discover how to rid themselves of the alien threat.
We have cast 40 previous iconic “Star Trek” actors in this film. We have also hired Gerald Fried, an Emmy-Award winning composer, to score our film. Gerald was a composer for the original “Star Trek” and has written some of its most iconic musical themes including “Amok Time’s” Fight Music. Fried won his Emmy for his Composition work on the 1970’s TV Series “Roots”. Additionally we hired Tommy Morgan as our Lead Bass Harmonia player who also worked on the Original Star Trek Series, “Spectre of the Gun”. Also within our orchestra is multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Dave Grusin as our Pianist. Dave is known for his work on “The Graduate”, “On Golden Pond” and “Tootsie”. We produced this film to include many of our favorite Star Trek stars from the past in a light-hearted parody-adventure, look forward to the fun with many of your favorite actors, a few plants….and a few dogs.
Fawcette said, “I told all my people on set that if they ever had thought of anything that would be crazy to do during the filming of a scene, but they would get fired for doing that, I said, ‘This is the project that I want to know about that. You go ahead and tell me what would be funny.’ So a lot of the film is ad-libbed.”
Filming wrapped about a year ago after two years of production. Fawcette doesn’t have much previous film work to his credit, but he does have two novels. For more oddity from the making of this film, watch this interview with him, fellow executive producer and wife (as well as producer and dishwasher), Angelique Fawcette, and executive producer (and turtle taker-outer) Buster Pelster: