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Paramount Pictures is breathing life into its "Star Trek" franchise by setting Mission: Impossible III helmer J.J. Abrams to produce and direct the 11th "Trek" feature, aiming for a 2008 release.

 

Variety says that Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, Abrams' producing team from Lost, also will produce the yet-to-be-titled feature.

 

The project, to be written by Abrams and "M:i:III" screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, will center on the early days of seminal "Trek" characters James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and first outer space mission.

 

Created by Gene Roddenberry, "Star Trek" has been Hollywood's most durable performer other than James Bond, spawning 10 features that have grossed more than $1 billion and 726 TV episodes from six series.

 

Abrams also created Alias, which ABC is wrapping up in May.

 

I just wish they weren't doing yet another prequel.

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Why must they go prequel route with this? The Star Trek Universe is a predominantly linear one save for Enterprise (which was not very good IMO), why go backwards?

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I can tell you that when Roddenberry was alive, they never would have been able to do prequels, as he was really against it.

 

A more interesting prequel idea was just shelved, which would involve the Earth/Romulan War that "Enterprise" never got around to covering.

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They're doing the prequel because the premise of the movie is "young" Kirk & Spock, they can hire two no-names, do the movie on the cheap and if it bombs, there isn't nearly the investment as there usually is with Trek films where they have to hire Picard et al.

 

If abrams is doing it, I doubt they'll use no names.

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Why must they go prequel route with this? The Star Trek Universe is a predominantly linear one save for Enterprise (which was not very good IMO), why go backwards?

 

Because prequels are "in" for some reason. I guess thanks to Star Wars. I say, take Animatrix and go with that as a prequel, sans the anime.

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  • 3 months later...

The different hues of Kirk and Spock's uniforms; nice idea for a poster.

 

Still, not sold on the concept for the new film. The ST universe has so much potential for creativity -- why recycle Kirk & Spock over and over and over again? I'd like to see something different or new; you know... "boldly go" where we've never gone before.

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I like the poster, but like Beetle I still don't like the ideas. Cover something cool! I mean, we were exposed to an Enterprise-J during the end run of Enterprise, why not bring that one out? Enterprises sell plenty.

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Originally I had heard that the plot of the movie would deal with the Federation/Romulan war that has been mentioned on and off in throughout all the incarnations of Trek, however that would be impossible because the timeframe of the war does not correspond with Kirk and Spock's time but more of the Archer/Post Enterprise era of Trek.

 

 

I think if its done right, it could bring a lot of people back to Star Trek. However I still think that its too soon after ST:Nemesis and Enterprise to try and bring back Trek and should atleast give it a few more years before making an attempt to bring it back.

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it would be much cooler if they did a huge interstellar war type one with lots of ship battles and all.

 

DS9 had that, unfortunately, I don't think we'll be seeing a DS9 movie anytime soon.

 

 

As good as DS9 was (especially the final few seasons with the Federation/Dominion war), they pretty much closed the book on it during the series finale. Only thing to explain would be how Sisko returns and you can only take that so far.

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it would be much cooler if they did a huge interstellar war type one with lots of ship battles and all.

 

DS9 had that, unfortunately, I don't think we'll be seeing a DS9 movie anytime soon.

 

 

As good as DS9 was (especially the final few seasons with the Federation/Dominion war), they pretty much closed the book on it during the series finale. Only thing to explain would be how Sisko returns and you can only take that so far.

They wrapped it up on purpose, as I don't think anyone in the front office or the cast thought there was any chance to get all those people back together for a movie.

 

My only problem was Terry Farrell leaving DS9 before the 7th season, so that they had to kill off Jadzia and introduce a completely new Dax in one season. It's just really strange to me.

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it would be much cooler if they did a huge interstellar war type one with lots of ship battles and all.

 

DS9 had that, unfortunately, I don't think we'll be seeing a DS9 movie anytime soon.

 

 

As good as DS9 was (especially the final few seasons with the Federation/Dominion war), they pretty much closed the book on it during the series finale. Only thing to explain would be how Sisko returns and you can only take that so far.

They wrapped it up on purpose, as I don't think anyone in the front office or the cast thought there was any chance to get all those people back together for a movie.

 

My only problem was Terry Farrell leaving DS9 before the 7th season, so that they had to kill off Jadzia and introduce a completely new Dax in one season. It's just really strange to me.

 

Nicole Deboer as Ezri Dax was not worth my time or effort.

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Release date: Christmas 2008

 

Director: J.J. Abrams (also Producing)

 

Cast: Unknown

 

Plot: Not much is known yet, although it has been confirmed as a prequel to the original 1966 series. There is now disagreement as to whether the story will be a Starfleet Academy one, which former Star Trek 2-5 producer Harve Bennett previously developed, or a first-mission of Kirk and Spock in Starfleet.

 

Rumors: Matt Damon is the closest to landing a role in this film, where he would presumably play Captain Kirk. Adrian Brody and Gary Sinise have been rumored for the roles of Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy respectively. James McAvoy now denies that he is in the running to play Scotty.

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The prequel approach for Star Trek is just idiotic and downright cowardly. You don't recast Kirk and Spock. If they want to continue Star Trek, they should put effort into making a new crew with memorable characters like the original series and TNG and continue with the plot of exploring where no man has gone before.

 

This just seems like they want to make money off the Star Trek franchise without having to exert much effort.

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