Yeah, I didn’t know this either. This isn’t new information, but it’s new to me, sooooo. If it’s not new to you, I apologise for boring the shit out of you with my ignorance.
Here’s the evidence, a still from a scene that was cut from 1982′s Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan:
Here’s the story:
The sensible, well informed people at Badass Digest have uncovered an ancient article called “The Man Who Saved Star Trek,” about director Nicholas Meyer from the film’s original release, in a 1982 issue of StarBlazer.
“In the movie the child first appears as Terrell and Chekov come upon the Botany Bay; Chekov sees the kid through a window briefly, and then the child scurries away. It’s a moment of added tension as the two examine the wreckage of the ancient ship.
The baby doesn’t show up again until the very end, and his return comes at a very sobering time. As the USS Reliant is in ruins, as Khan is all but defeated, he activates the Genesis Device, which still sits on the transporter pad. Attracted by the bright lights, the baby crawls towards the device… which then detonates, turning the Mutari Nebula into the Genesis Planet and killing everybody.”
Man, that is DARK. It’s amazing that it actually reached the shooting stage. Over to you, Abrams and co…