Friday, April 21, 2006

Star Trek XI: Felicity and Sydney Get Lost on an Impossible Mission

In a move that certainly surprised me---and I don’t think I’m the only one---Paramount has tapped J. J. Abrams to produce and direct the next Star Trek film, to be released in 2008. That’s number 11, for those keeping track. Or number XI, for track-keepers in Rome. Abrams is most famous for creating and producing Felicity, Alias, and Lost; his current project is writing and directing Mission: Impossible III. It appears that previous Trek honchos Rick Berman and Brannan Braga will not be involved in any way, which is good news to me, since the 2 of them ran the franchise into the ground. The fact that most of Abrams’ projects have been successes is encouraging.

So now you want to know about the plot of the film, eh? Apparently, Paramount is copying the back-to-the-beginning approach used in Batman Begins and the next James Bond film, a remake of Casino Royale: the story will follow the first meeting of Kirk and Spock at Starfleet Academy and, I can only assume, some adventure that proceeds therefrom. Kirk and Spock, as well as any other characters from the original series, will have to be recast, which will no doubt spark outrage among the trekkies/trekkers of the world. I don’t know what to think of this development, except that I can’t help wondering if and how Christopher Pike will be involved. Anyone out there care to voice an opinion?

1 comment:

  1. Hi, yeah I heard about this on the radio this afternoon, and frankly I was quite disappointed they're gonna go back to The Original Series timeframe for the film! I would have really loved another TNG film, or Enterprise, maybe a prequel to TNG with Picard at Starfleet academy could have been interesting, but Kirk is just not so much of interest to me as a character. Maybe I'm just of the wrong generation! I am pleased that they are making another film though, and with a fresh lot of people working on it, and a few new ideas I think it has the potential to be very good! It's just a shame we won't beseeing any of the old familiar faces..