Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Shape of Trek to Come

by William S. Kowinski

Paramount’s announcement that they’ve hired a new production team to create the next Star Trek feature film represents the biggest change in Star Trek history of more than 40 years. With no one involved in the project as announced so far with any prior ties to Star Trek, it amounts to a revolution.

All we have so far are names: J. J. Abrams will produce and direct. Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, currently on Abrams’ production team for the TV series, “Lost,” will co-produce. Abrams will write the script together with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who wrote the forthcoming Mission Impossible III with Abrams. (This Star Trek announcement seems timed for that film’s publicity.)

We are told as well that the story for the film will be set prior to the original series timeframe, about young Kirk and Spock at the Starfleet Academy and their first space mission. The movie is tentatively scheduled for release in fall of 2008. Startrek.com added rather pointedly that Rick Berman is not associated with this film in any way.

So how different is this Trek film going to be? What kind of a movie is this team likely to make? Will it have the soul of Star Trek as well as the name of the franchise?

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3 comments:

Marsha said...

I don't care what kind of star trek movie they make..I am just looking forward to seeing another star trek movie.

Anonymous said...

This is by far the funniest response to the news that JJ Abrams is taking over Star Trek:

http://datelinehollywood.com/archives/2006/04/24/original-star-trek-cast-stalking-jj-abrams

Anonymous said...

The news of this new movie scares me! I fear for the future of Star Trek. How can you have Captain Kirk and Spock without Bill & Leonard? How can someone who has had nothing to do with Star Trek possibly write an accurate movie & be totaly true to it in all of its complexity? I was really hoping for a follow up to Nemesis, what happens with B4?! I am dreading this movies release. I hope they prove me wrong for the sake of Star Trek.