No Star Trek Experience ready for movie premiere, but it's in "planning stages"

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

As most Trekkies aleady know, the proposed resurrected Star Trek The Experience in Las Vegas won't open to coincide with the Friday opening of J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek film, and Rohit Joshi, the project's main booster, offered SCI FI Wire a number of excuses to account for the delay.

Paramount, meanwhile, dismissed speculation that there would be celebrity presence at the site of the Las Vegas exhibit on Friday, and a Los Angeles spokesperson for the film said there are absolutely no plans to do anything at the exhibit site to coincide with the opening of the film.

Joshi, the general manager of the Neonopolis Center, where the new exhibit is slated to open after the Las Vegas Hilton shut it down, said that the original plans to first open a new version of Quark's Restaurant and Bar or a Museum of the Future did not happen because developers decided to open everything at once.

"It does not work that way, [where] you open something like that one piece at a time," Joshi said in an exclusive interview. "That's not the way it works with the licensing agreement."

SCI FI Wire previously confirmed that the Las Vegas site has permission to house the new version of the venerable Trek attraction. Liz Kalodner, executive vice president and general manager of CBS consumer products in New York (who handles such licensing), said it was far too premature to discuss the project or what might go there.

For his part, Joshi said, "We are working on the innovative design components, and we are in the planning stages, and at this moment there are no announcements as to a date or time that it will open, but when it does, it will be all at once."

Joshi said the new exhibit is expected to encompass all things Star Trek, including the new movie.

The new Trek Experience is scheduled to be built in the downtown Las Vegas area as part of the city's plan to revitalize and encourage tourism to that area.

The original Star Trek The Experience closed on Sept. 1 last year at the Las Vegas Hilton grounds. Joshi would not say whether the new exhibit would open by the end of the year, next year or even by the end of summer, adding that, as in the movies, "anything is possible."