Saturday, February 24, 2007
I had no idea anyone was even talking about making another Star Trek movie. Yep, it's being reported by the The Sci-fi Channel that J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Mission Impossible III) is going to write and direct Star Trek XI. Ending months of speculation, J.J. Abrams signed on to direct the next installment of the Star Trek feature-film franchise, sources told The Hollywood Reporter late on Feb. 23. Rumors had been circulating that Abrams, who is also co-writing and producing Star Trek XI, may have decided not to helm the film. But the trade paper confirmed that Abrams will helm Star Trek XI, which it added will revolve around a young James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, chronicling their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and their first space mission. Abrams and Paramount have declined to confirm that version of the supposed story. Abrams is the prolific co-creator/executive producer of ABC's Lost and directed Mission: Impossible III. He has been developing Star Trek XI through his Paramount-based Bad Robot production company. Abrams reportedly committed to directing the project only as of Friday evening, when the deal was finalized, sources told the trade paper. Hmmm, I'm not entirely sure what to think of this. I don't particularly want to watch some sort of weird combo of Star Trek and Alias, so hopefully Abrams will contain his tendency to make everything some sort of convoluted mystery. Well, we'll see. But I am kind of liking the idea the the story goes back to Kirk and Spock. Do you think they'll have Shatner and Nimoy in cameo roles? Anyway, there appears to be a little bit of excitement being stirred up the making of this film. Already a Memory Alpha page has popped up about the film and contains a fair amount of information. (speculation?) So do you think this will actually get made?