In many ways, the internet itself is a massive, indomitable museum and temple of geekdom, however, a plucky filmmaker and sci-fi afficado plans to actually create a real, physical museum to science fiction in Hollywood.
Writer, all-round sci-fi expert and possessor of an awesome sounding name, Huston Huddleston, is the mastermind behind this extremely ambitious project. Along with The New Starship Federation and a host of celebrities, he hopes to raise enough cash to create a museum to everything ‘geek’. He’s already raised some starting capital, but he’s also managed to get this hands on something even more impressive – a refurbished, but discarded, Star Trek bridge (Man, would I love to find one of them on the side of the road!).
Using this as an impetus, Huddleston hopes to turn to Kickstarter to bring in some more cash. He’s already received initial funding from Paramount, Google, Bentley Systems, Entertainment Earth and even Star Trek actors Brent Spiner and William Shatner, but the $100,000 he’s gathered is simply not enough. This project is going to need millions.
Using Kickstarter, Huddleston hopes to gain an additional $83,000, which although only a fraction of the total cost, should be enough to allow him to market his idea to other big fry investors. He hopes to create a temporary concept museum by 2015, which could then even expand into a hotel and convention center by 2018. However, he isn’t boldly going into new frontiers on this own. He also has a crew of experienced sci-fi alumni with him, including original writers behind Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Tron, Firefly and Back To The Future, such as Ronald D. Moore, David Gerrold, Rick Sternbach, Andrew Probert and Timothy Earls.
Furthermore, Rhetroactive, the company responsible for building Universal’s Despciable Me attraction and the Grammy Museum, will also be contributing their expertise. Huddleston explained to The Wrap:
Every actor I’ve met from ‘Doctor Who’s Billie Piper to ‘Star Trek’s Karl Urban has been completely supportive of our museum and want to take their kids to the opening,” Huddleston said in a press release. “This is something everyone seems to want, from the fans, to the actors, to producers and studios. It’s an educational nonprofit museum that will celebrate the legacy of everyone involved, it’s a win-win for everybody.
The museum won’t just cater for Trekkies however, Huddleston has alright lined up an impressive list of potential artifacts, some original and some replicas. The list includes:
- Star Trek Original Series Enterprise Bridge set
- Star Trek: The Next Generation Enterprise-D Bridge
- Star Wars props and costumes
- Battlestar Galactica sets, props and costumes
- Doctor Who TARDIS, props and costumes
- Firefly Cockpit, props and costumes-
- Stargate props and costumes
- Lord of the Rings props and costumes
- Robbie the Robot
- The Delorean from “Back To The Future”
- 1966 Batmobile
To see just how ambitious this project is, check out Huddleston’s announcement video.
However, if Huston has a problem acquiring the funds, there is a Plan B. Huddleston is confident that he will be able to finish the Enterprise D bridge and exhibit it on its own, if only temporarily. It’s not a bad idea, I can imagine there are plenty of Trekkies out there you’d pay to be left alone with a Star Trek deck for a few minutes. Huddleston stated:
I am 100 percent confident that we are going to finish restoring the Enterprise D bridge and open it, even if it’s for a temporary time. If worst came to absolute worst, we’d donate what we have to the NASA museum in Houston.
So, if you want to help out Huddleston, head over to the Kickstarter page to find out loads more and perhaps even donate some cash.
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