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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (movie)

Harve Bennett dies at 84; TV producer rescued 'Star Trek' film franchise

Harve Bennett dies at 84; TV producer rescued 'Star Trek' film franchise

In the wake of the first "Star Trek" movie in 1979, producer Harve Bennett, who had a solid track record in TV with hits like "The Mod Squad" and "The Six Million Dollar Man," was called into a meeting with top Paramount Studio executives to talk about developing the second film in the series. Asked what he thought of the first one, Bennett — never short of chutzpah — told the execs, "I thought it was boring." Challenged to make a better movie, he watched every episode of the original TV series and spotted one guest-star creature that intrigued him. The name: Khan. Bennett, 84, who is credited with saving that blockbuster movie...

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