Deck 1 - Bridge wrote:
Harve Bennett wanted to do this and that's why GR leaked the destruction of the Big E in TSFS.
Mmmm. GR definitely leaked Spock's death during the making of ST II. He had Susan Sackett announce it at a London convention. It made Meyer and Bennett add the Kobayashi Maru
Scenario fake deaths to the beginning of ST II - and decades later Bennett thanked Sackett in a "Starlog" interview for forcing them to make ST II's script stronger.
But I don't recall it being GR who leaked the destruction of the Enterprise
in ST III. I thought that was done by the division of Paramount who are responsible for making the publicity trailers: we see Enterprise
being destroyed in the trailer. "The last journey of the starship
Trailers are made by a separate group at Paramount and the producer and director didn't get a say in how the film was to be presented in trailers.
he'd do this by transplanting the crew onto the Excelsior.
IIRC, this was being pushed by the guys who had to use and film the TMP Enterprise
model, which was tricky to move around, mount, light and film. The Excelsior
model, although bigger in scale in the movie, was very light and only half the size of the Enterprise
model in real life.