TrekToday interviewed Star Trek DS9 star Alexander Siddig and it appears that he has put Trek behind him. Siddig talked about his successful post Trek career and only said "next question" when asked if he would be interested in getting a call from Trek XI’s JJ Abrams. He also said that he doesn’t think his Syriana co-star Matt Damon would want to even be in Trek XI, telling TrekToday "Damon would be a great Trek captain, but I’d be a little surprised if he has agreed to do it, frankly." Check out the full interview for more.
We still dont know if a new Sulu will be in StarTrek XI, but it seems the old Sulu is getting one more shot. Star Trek’s George Takei will reprise his role as Sulu for the popular online fan film "NewVoyages" which is shooting a new episode this week. With his usual humility Takei tells AP "My coming back is crucial to the existence of the Enterprise…It’s classic drama, and it’s rip-snorting good." More coverage on the TrekFan Film phenom at Forbes.
JJ Abrams may have beaten out Brian Singer who also wanted a crack at the Trek franchise, but that hasn’t stopped Singer from talking Trek. CanMag is reporting that Singer thinks his sequel to ‘Superman Returns’ will be the ‘Wrath of Khan’ of the Superman franchise. Wrath of Khan of course was able to revive the Trek franchise with a fraction of the budget ofthe previous film and Singer’s Superman Returns is reported to have cost over $200 Million. So can we expect Superman to yell out ‘Zod youBloodsucker?’?
It seems JJ Abrams prediction of his pal Greg Grunberg‘s new show being a hit has come true. According to a NBC Press Release the series debut of ‘Heroes’ was the best NBC premiere in the last 5 years. The show also won its timeslot and brought in 48% more viewers than NBC averaged for that slot last year. Heroes is the most ‘scifiy’ show this season after all three scifi shows last season got cancelled (Threshold, Invasion and Surface). But we are sure that even though Grunberg didn’t appear in Abrams new show Six Degrees (possibly a first for him), he will make time for Trek XI. Star Trek is sure to be a recurring theme for the show as one of the breakout characters ‘Hiro’ constantly refers to Trek. The character even has his own built in ‘transporter’. More on Heroes, Grunberg and Abrams at Superhero Hype, and a recap at CinemaBlend.
For years Mel Brooks wanted to follow-up his scifi satire Spaceballs with a sequel entitled ‘Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II’ (an obvious play on Star Trek III: The Search For Spock). For now it appears Brooks has given up on that and has settle for a new animated version of the show. E! is reporting that Brooks has cut a deal with MGM to have a new animated Spaceballs appear on the G4 Network. Brooks will write the pilot and provide voice for two characters. No word yet on if other original actors will reprise their roles. The original film parodied may scifi movies and TV shows including Star Trek, perhaps ‘Snotty’ the engineer will be back. May the Schwartz be with you Mel.