posted on Aug, 15 2006 @ 12:26 PM
The last I heard, JJ Abrams is planning the 11th Star Trek film to be about Kirk's and Spock's early days in their careers, coincident with their
There's no definitive word on whether this will be taking place at Starfleet Academy, or when Spock is assigned to the Enterprise
by Kirk. (I suspect the latter instead of the former; they're going for a reboot here, instead of an "origin story.")
Paramount's attitude, no doubt pitched to them by Abrams, is that the Star Trek universe had become so complicated by all its various TV and film
incarnations, that they had essentially painted themselves into a creative corner. So much effort was being expended to maintain continuity (so they
say), that it had become difficult-to-impossible to come up with fresh and original stories. By "rebooting" the franchise (a phrase that moviegoers
will become increasingly sick of, I predict -- witness Batman, James Bond, and now Star Trek. What's next?) the filmmakers can jettison the
increasingly cumbersome Trek "bible" and get back to straight-ahead sci-fi adventure stories featuring the cast of characters and ship that we all
fell in love with at the beginning. At least, that's their story, and they're sticking to it.
The last I heard, Matt Damon was on board to play Captain Kirk -- allegedly with William Shatner's blessing. No other casting has been publicly
discussed by the studio. It would be funny, and maybe kind of cool, to have Ben Affleck portray Mr. Spock.
For an interesting look at some of the thought processes that's been going into this, take a look at J. Michael Straczynski's pitch to Paramount
from 2004. You can get a copy at my web site;
it makes for some pretty interesting reading, and a little bit of an education as to how products are pitched in Hollywood.
[edit on 8/15/06 by Baack]