The Akron Beacon Journal spoke to Leonard Nimoy yesterday mostly about is photography, but he dropped a couple of Trek bombshells on the way. On whether or not (if asked) he would reprise his role as Spock in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek XI he said he would be willing "if I thought they had a project of merit". One would also imagine that (as Nimoy and Shatner have recenlty joked about) Abrams would also have to ‘meet his price’.
But the Beacon reports he wasn’t so optimistic on Trek Remastered:
…he also worried about a newly enhanced version of the original series…Nimoy, who has not seen the new version, said at first that he thought the changes were simply sprucing up the colors and clarity of the show, and that was fine. Told the new version also had computer-updated images of the starships and other new details, he said, “Shame on them.”
The Beacon Journal reports that later Nimoy was shown a clip of the show and said of it ‘amazing’, so It is unclear from that if the documentary changed his mind or not. Nimoy has recently spoken about how he felt the old show still held up even with the old effects. This type of reaction also demonstrates the wisdom of Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams bringing Shatner and Nimoy in early on Star Trek XI, imagine if either of them threw words like ‘shameful’ around about the new picture.
Majel Barrett Roddenberry spoke to the Hollywood Reporter last week on the 40th Anniversary of Trek, of course the subjects of Trek Enhanced and Trek XI came up. On Trek Remastered she said that her late husband Gene Roddenberry would approve:
He wouldn’t have been bothered by it at all. Gene did the best work he could at the time, but he was also all about the future. I think he’d have thought it was terrific that the show was being made to look better because of new technology.
She went on to say that she had not yet spoken to JJ Abrams but believed that once the film gets the ‘go’ she expected to hear more. She also seems happy that Trek is still going forward "What’s nice is you know a "Star Trek" movie is still one that everybody wants. It remains Paramount’s cash cow, so there’s no danger of it going away anytime soon." So true.