SCI FI Wire has confirmed TrekMovie’s report on a Las Vegas Sun article that a contract has been signed with CBS/Paramount to reopen the Star Trek The Experience exhibit in Las Vegas. It will reopen on May 8 with with a new restaurant and retail shop to coincide with the opening of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.
Here’s a bit of the reporting from SCI FI Wire:
Journalist Mark Hansel, who writes for In Business Las Vegas, has seen the contracts signed by studio officials, Neonopolis owners and the city of Las Vegas. “I have seen the contract, and I know that the city redevelopment manager met with CBS officials in New York to seal the deal,” said Hansel, who has covered the downtown redevelopment for years for In Business and the Las Vegas Sun. “They are hoping that there will be some sort of premiere event at the time of the movie opening that will be out here. Obviously, the big premiere will be in Hollywood, but they hope to have something out here, too.”
The costumes, the historic timeline, models of the ships and other items at the Star Trek Experience exhibit will be moved to a museum that is planned for the new location, but much of the exhibit probably wouldn’t be opened until the end of 2010.
“I wouldn’t expect the cool stuff for about a year,” Hansel said. “A lot of it also depends on the popularity of the movie and how well it does, but the trailer looks like it’s going to be pretty great.” He added: “The price is going to be cheaper, maybe $20 or $25, and there may be package deals or year-long memberships, that kind of thing.”