Recently some video popped up of Garrett Wang (VOY: Ens. Kim)talking at a con about the future of Trek and long-time Trek producer Rick Berman‘s place within it. Wang said of Berman "his contract is almost up and Paramount is waiting for that contract to end before they proceed with the next Star Trek television creation, because they don’t want him there anymore". Marina Sirtis (TNG: Cmdr. Troi) is also on the video and appears to be agreeing with Wang’s assessment. This meme is something that has been seen around fandom and is something that TrekMovie.com has heard from a few Trek insiders, but more as a ‘rumor’. When TrekMovie.com contacted a studio source who is working on Trek XI about this, the source said it is not true and and made it very clear that Rick Berman does not (and will not ever) have anything to do with Star Trek XI. TrekMovie.com has also confirmed with CBS that Rick Berman has nothing to do with Star Trek Remastered. It is true however that Rick Berman’s contract ends later this year.
So there you go, it is just a rumor right? Well maybe not.
Firstly although Berman isn’t attached to the new Trek Remastered project, it is not really a ‘new’ Trek project like a new show would be. Plus TrekMovie.com has learned that technically Star Trek XI does not really ‘exist’ and has no budget and not staff. Don’t panic, but technically Star Trek XI has not been ‘greenlit’. All work being done to date are people who already work at the studio or under the Abrams/Bad Robot blanket 5 year deal. As reported here, the script for Trek XI will not be complete until the end of the year, with a first draft by the end of October. Paramount say that Trek XI will not get the full ‘greenlight’ until the script is done (or done enough). And the time for the official greenlight for Trek XI just happens to fall in the same timeframe as the end of Rick Berman’s contract. Is it a coincidence? Maybe. Does it really matter? Not really. Trek XI will be made earlier than anyone would have thought possible, and so far TV Trek is just starting it’s second season off the air. It is doubtful that CBS would have brought Trek back to TV so soon after Enterprise and by next year’s pilot season the whole Berman thing is moot. One thing is for sure, everyone associated with Trek inside and outside of CBS and Paramount are very upbeat on JJ Abrams and ‘the new regime’ in charge of Star Trek. Read into that what you wish.
Berman’s last gasp – Star Trek: The Beginning
Although Rick Berman will have nothing to do with Star Trek XI, that isn’t for a lack of trying. Berman had talked often duing 2005 about producing an 11th Trek film. The film, to be called’Star Trek: The Beginning’, went as far as the script stage and was written by Band of Brothers writer/producer Erik Jendersen. Reportedly the film was to be set shortly after Star Trek Enteprise, but have a totally new cast. The setting was a gritty war film covering the landmark ‘Romulan War’ (something often referred to in Trek but never seen). However, earlier this year Jendersen stated that the project was dead and that was that for Berman and Trek movies.
vid courtesy of Youtube user jedi58