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Nicholas Meyer

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Nicholas Meyer (born 24 December 1945; age 70) directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He wrote the screenplays for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI. Though never credited for his efforts, Meyer rewrote much of the screenplay for The Wrath of Khan by combining several elements from earlier drafts. He is also largely responsible for the nautical influence that pervades The Wrath of Khan and its sequels, from the military essence of the red-jacket uniforms to the more heated and dramatic character of the battle sequences. Prior to his involvement with the Trek films, Meyer was best known for adapting and directing the 1979 time-travel film, Time After Time (starring Malcolm McDowell and David Warner), and for writing the Sherlock Holmes pastiche novels The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and The West End Horror (in 1993, he wrote a third, The Canary Trainer). He also wrote the adapted screenplay for the film version of Solution (for which he earned a 1977 Academy Award nomination), whose cast included Georgia Brown, Joel Grey, Samantha Eggar and Jeremy Kemp.

In 2009, Meyer was interviewed for the special feature "Star Trek: The Three Picture Saga" on the DVD box release of Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (alongside Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens, Peter Krikes, Steve Meerson, Harve Bennett, and Ralph Winter), and published his autobiography The View from the Bridge - Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood.

Though Meyer is well known to Star Trek audiences, his most influential work, as far as the general public was concerned, was directing the television movie The Day After (1983), which stunned contemporary audiences (nearly 100 million of whom watching its first broadcast) for its graphic display of a nuclear holocaust and its aftermath. Meyer embarked upon this project directly after The Wrath of Khan.

Star Trek awards

Meyer has earned the following award win and nominations for his work in Star Trek:

Hugo Awards

In the the category "Best Dramatic Presentation"

Saturn Awards

  • 1983 Saturn Award win for The Wrath of Khan in the category "Best Director", sole nominee
  • 1987 Saturn Award nomination for The Voyage Home in the category "Best Writing", shared with Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, and Harve Bennet
  • 1992 Saturn Award nomination for The Undiscovered Country in the category "Best Writing", shared with Denny Martin Flinn

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Previous Director:
Robert Wise
Star Trek films director
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Next Director:
Leonard Nimoy
Previous Director:
William Shatner
Star Trek films director
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Next Director:
David Carson

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