It was a weekend some Star Trek fans hoped the world would forget.
It was 1982, and some had billed it the “grandaddy of all Star Trek conventions.”
Scheduled to take place just days after the release of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” this was supposed to be a convention like none other. Taking place on a revolving stage at the old Summit arena in Houston, the cast of “Star Trek” was supposed to be presented with laser shows, an orchestra and more.
Instead, it became the biggest convention meltdown of all time.
Author and Star Trek historian Larry Nemecek is ready to bring that convention back to life in a new documentary that’s beginning production later this year. “The Con of Wrath” will feature interviews from both celebrities — like Walter Koenig and producer Harve Bennett — and fans that were there that weekend, and document how both came together to save the weekend that should’ve been compared to the Kobayashi Maru.
Nemecek’s MyStar Media is teaming up with Sword & Circuity Studios and Bambooshed Productions to take on the role of producer for the first time.
“It’s a universal ‘riches to rags to riches’ story,” Nemecek said, according to a release. “There have been big fan conventions, and big convention failures, but never anything like it before or since. When turnout numbered in the hundreds, not thousands … well, like a train wreck, it was almost impossible to look away.”
When the numbers didn’t show up, organizers didn’t shut down the convention. Instead, the stars, vendors and fans stuck around and made it work with the few resources they had. It was a true spectacle of what the Roddenberry vision was all about — working together, no matter what the challenges, and walk away with some amazing stories to tell.
Nemecek is collecting archival film footage, artifacts and stills from the convention to tell the story, and is even planning a visit to the scene of the convention disaster — now a church — to relive some of the events nearly 30 years ago.
At the same time, Nemecek is offering fans a chance to be a part of the documentary. He’s looking for people who attended the convention, known as “survivors,” to submit their memories of that time via video, which could possibly be used onscreen.
He’s also raising money to help fund the production, which those interested can do at ConOfWrath.com. Please remember that when donating money to any type of film production that you should do full research on the project, those involved, and how your money will be used. Many times, donations do not buy equity into films, and should not be considered an investment. Any money donated will likely not be returned, even if the film is not created.
No release date has been set for the film, but it’s likely Nemecek could be planning to release it on the anniversary of the convention (and just in time for the next Star Trek movie) next year.