J.J. Abrams finally speaks about that Star Trek sequel; also, M:I 4 and Fringe | SCI FI Wire

Posted: June 29, 2009 in Scifi
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There are two things that I want to bring up in this entry about Star Trek. With the great success of the reboot, some fans are divided about what should happen in the upcoming sequels and/or possible new tv series. If you had listened to the Monster Scifi Show podcast #15, there was a discussion about the next villain.

nestor carbonellI felt seeing a new Khan would be a tremendous boost for many die hard Trek fans and I knew exactly who should be casted in that role since Ricardo Montalban passed away. Fans of Lost will know this character by the name of Richard Alpert or fans of the live action Tick will know him as Batmanuel. He has done lots of other work such as being the Mayor of Gotham City in the last Batman movie – The Dark Knight; the actor is Nestor Carbonell. Nestor does have screen presence and at times the charisma of Ricardo. The question then lies, with the reboot of the series, are we going to see a remake of the “Space Seed” episode? How can elements of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan be worked in considering the gap in time between the tv episode and the movie?

Moving forward or should I say backward, the year 2004. Fans of Babylon 5, if you were on the bboards, were happy to hear the J.Michael Straczynski had written a treatment with Bryce Zabel to reboot the Star Trek franchise. This come on the heels of the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4. While this season started off with many fan storylines which involved Orion slave girls to the reason why some Klingons had smooth foreheads was simply not enough to continue this series. Star Trek was in essence out of steam. This would make perfect sense for J.Michael to jump on this franchise since Babylon 5 was a truly amazing show which had a strong sense of direction and engaging storylines. However, Paramount did not buy into this because there needed to be time for the franchise to rest. Below is the a sample of the treatment Straczynski wrote:

variation.
We want to re-boot STAR TREK. The original. Pure and simple. The characters, universe
and situations that have attracted, and continue to attract, a worldwide audience. Re-set…
re-imagined… re-invigorated…
Imagine taking those characters, and using what we know now about the universe, and
combining it with the kind of storytelling that audiences of 2004 are used to seeing in
Star Trek: Re-Boot the Universe, Straczynski & Zabel, 2004
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modern prime-time television. Hard-hitting. Exciting. Character-driven. Innovative. And
armed with the very latest EFX in support of our stories.
Start with the three best things in the Star Trek universe.
Kirk, Spock, McCoy.
Put them in the most durable concept ever created in sci-fi TV.
The five-year-mission.
Star Trek.
It is time to go boldly back to the original, the “classic,” re-born and re-tooled for a new
millennium, applying hard lessons and building in new thoughts that shake things up
creatively.
It’s time to take a real risk, to push the chips out into the center of table, to once again put
these incredible characters into play. Through their eyes, let’s see stories about the human
heart in conflict with itself…and let them express genuine conflict that can jeopardize lives
and friendships…and take them on a journey that will shake their view of the world and
universe in ways they could never have imagined…
… because if we don’t do these things, then what’s Star Trek for?

What we propose is not Star Trek: Another Generation, or Star Trek: A New Ship, or even Star Trek: The Search for Plots. In other words, not a copy of a copy, or a distillation of a variation.

We want to re-boot STAR TREK. The original. Pure and simple. The characters, universe and situations that have attracted, and continue to attract, a worldwide audience. Re-set…re-imagined… re-invigorated…

Imagine taking those characters, and using what we know now about the universe, and combining it with the kind of storytelling that audiences of 2004 are used to seeing in modern prime-time television. Hard-hitting. Exciting. Character-driven. Innovative. And armed with the very latest EFX in support of our stories.

Start with the three best things in the Star Trek universe.

Kirk, Spock, McCoy.

Put them in the most durable concept ever created in sci-fi TV.

The five-year-mission.

Star Trek.

It is time to go boldly back to the original, the “classic,” re-born and re-tooled for a new millennium, applying hard lessons and building in new thoughts that shake things up creatively.

It’s time to take a real risk, to push the chips out into the center of table, to once again put these incredible characters into play. Through their eyes, let’s see stories about the human heart in conflict with itself…and let them express genuine conflict that can jeopardize lives and friendships…and take them on a journey that will shake their view of the world and universe in ways they could never have imagined…

… because if we don’t do these things, then what’s Star Trek for?

ST2004Reboot

Finally, checkout below what J.J. Abrams had to say:

J.J. Abrams at the Saturn Awards on June 24

The success of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek has fed speculation about a sequel: Will it include a return to classic Trek missions, albeit from the perspective of the new timeline? Speaking with SCI FI Wire on Wednesday night at the Saturn Awards, Abrams said that he is excited about that possibility but won’t rule out new ideas either.

“The great thing is we’re all open to anything,” Abrams said. “I think the fun of where we are with Trek is that it can and should just be fully explored. So I think to limit ourselves to only new adventures would be a mistake. But I also think we want to take advantage of this moment and figure out what’s the most exciting version for the new audience as well.”

Meanwhile, Abrams spoke a bit about the proposed fourth Mission: Impossible movie. Each Mission: Impossible film was a vehicle for a director to lend his own vision to the franchise: Brian De Palma, John Woo and Abrams directed very different films. The recent announcement that Abrams was returning to the series makes him the only director to do two of the films. His Mission Impossible III was the best-reviewed (though the lowest-grossing), but Abrams indicated he is not planning to direct the fourth.

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  1. El Santo says:

    Man, good call on Khan! I for one would love to have the immortal island concierge in eyeliner as the greatest Trek villain of all time. Heck, Richard Alpert is usually the best indication on Lost that we’re going to really enjoy the episode. 🙂

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