Movies, Nerdery

The Star Trek Experience Is Screwed

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?There was some talk of Las Vegas’ Star Trek Experience bar/show/thing coming back this year, but I haven’t heard much about it. They might as well not bother, because it’s about to have some competition from something with a slightly higher operating budget (from SF Gate):

Rubicon Group Holding, a
Amman-based developer of animated content, signed today an agreement
with Paramount Recreation and CBS Consumer Products to build a $1
billion Star Trek-themed resort in Jordan, Rubicon Chief Executive
Officer Randa Ayoubi said. The 184-acre Star-Trek themed entertainment resort is due to be
built by 2014 in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba in southern Jordan, she
said in an interview in Amman.

And from DVice:

Rubicon Group Holding’s $1 billion, 184-acre “Red Sea Astrarium” is a resort with a Star Trek twist. According to Hotelier MiddleEast, RGH and Paramount Recreation are working closely to create a Star Trek
attraction that will “deliver a variety of multi-sensory 23rd-century
experiences, culminating with a state-of-the art space-flight adventure
that takes real-time immersive entertainment experiences to bold new
heights.” That and it’s inspired by the 2009 J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek flick.

I wonder if anyone has told these guys that the people who would travel to Jordan to go to a Star Trek theme park often hate the new Trek movie. Probably not. This thing will open and no one will go, and these poor billionaires will have to cry into their ginormous piles of money. So sad!

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