Never-before-seen Star Trek concept art (pics)

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

We've obtained exclusive new behind-the-scenes concept art for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek from the upcoming book Star Trek: The Art of the Film, including original designs for the Romulan ship Narada. Click through for more.

The image above is described in the book like this:

Inside the amorphous labyrinth is the powerful red matter device from the future, a device whose power Captain Nero uses for his own fanatical ends. "To give some special energy to the third act and scenes of the jellyfish flying inside the Narada, we underlit the interior in classic horror movie style," notes ILM's Roger Guyett. "That idea came from a test that went wrong, but I actually liked the look. It was fun interjecting new ideas."'

The image below shows the design for the Centaurian slug (looks like that thing from Ceti Alpha 5 in Wrath of Khan, doesn't it?). Here's how the book describes it. (Click for a larger version.)

The "Centaurian slugs," originally planned as a CG effect, marked a creative victory for prop master Bobbitt, who created a physical, remote controlled bug

The images are all from Star Trek: The Art of the Film, © 2009 Paramount Pictures Corporation. ® and © 2009 CBS Studios Inc. Star Trek and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. Titan authorized user. All Rights Reserved.

Images from Star Trek: The Art of the Film. Out November 17th from Titan Books

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