It’s Official – Star Trek Is Back 12/25/08 – Film To Embrace Canon February 27, 2007by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback
Paramount have now issued their first official press release related to Star Trek XI with the headline ‘J.J. Abrams to direct Star Trek Feature Film For Paramount in Theaters Christmas Day 2008.’ Abrams is quoted as saying.
If there’s something I’m dying to see, it’s the brilliance and optimism of Roddenberry’s world brought back to the big screen,…Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone — life-long fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek.
Brad Grey, chairman and CEO, Paramount Pictures, adds
We could not be more thrilled to be back in business with J.J. Abrams. The revival of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise is an important part of Paramount’sturnaround.
Here are the facts as laid out in the press release
- Director: J.J. Abrams
- Producers: J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof
- Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci
- Exec. Producers: Orci, Kurtzman and Bryan Burk
- Begin shooting Fall 07
- Release Christmas 08
- Script ‘embraces & respects Trek canon’
- no details on name, plot, era, or cast
…exactly as TrekMovie.com has been reporting!
Of course TrekMovie.com has also been reporting that the plot of the film will focus on the life of James T. Kirk and his relationship with Mr. Spock. Paramount will probably wait until casting announcements are made until you see them acknowledge the Kirk & Spock storyline officially (if you don’t count the big hint in the teaser poster).
The following is the text of the official press release:
J.J. ABRAMS TO DIRECT STAR TREK FEATURE FILM FOR PARAMOUNT PICTURES IN THEATERS CHRISTMAS DAY 2008
HOLLYWOOD, CA, February 26, 2007 – “Star Trek,” one of the most popular and successful franchises in the history of movies and television, returns to the big screen under the creative vision of J.J. Abrams, the force behind “Lost,” “Alias” and “Mission Impossible III” for Paramount Pictures.
The team behind the film will include Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (‘Mission Impossible III”) who wrote the screenplay and will executive produce with Bryan Burk. JJ Abrams and “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof will produce. The film will begin shooting this fall for a Christmas Day 2008 release.
One of the most popular film and television franchises of all time, “Star Trek” has encompassed 726 total episodes for television in six different series, beginning with the original 1966-1969 series created by Gene Roddenberry. The 10 “Star Trek” films have grossed in excess of $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The original characters have been named among the 50 greatest TV characters of all time and the Enterprise has lent its name to two proposed spacecrafts.
"If there’s something I’m dying to see, it’s the brilliance and optimism of Roddenberry’s world brought back to the big screen,” said Abrams. “Alex and Bob wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone — life-long fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek."
Brad Grey, chairman and CEO, Paramount Pictures, said, “We could not be more thrilled to be back in business with J.J. Abrams. The revival of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise is an important part of Paramount’s turnaround.”
About Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading entertainment content company with prominent and respected brands including Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks. The company’s labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, DreamWorks, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studios, and Worldwide Television Distribution.
“Star Trek” is one of the most popular film and television franchises of all time:
- 726 total episodes for television spanning six television series
- Original series, created by Gene Roddenberry, aired on NBC from 1966-1969
- 10 movies, grossing in total over $1 billion at the worldwide box office
- Hundreds of novels
- $3.5 billion in consumer products
- 3 million visitors of Las Vegas’s “Star Trek: The Experience” since 1998
- Over 60 interactive software products since 1991; games in production for current and next generation game platforms
J.J. Abrams is a talent widely admired by audiences and critics alike:
- Winner of two Emmy Awards for “Lost”
- 17 million viewers each week for “Lost”; a top-ten show
- Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most exhilarating storytellers in television”
- Director of “Mission: Impossible III”
- Creator of “Alias” and “Felicity”
“Star Trek” has influenced the culture:
- NASA’s first test shuttle was named “Enterprise”
- The first commercial passenger carrier into space, Virgin Galactic, has announced that the first spacecraft of the line will be named V. S. S. Enterprise
- An episode of the original “Star Trek” featured television’s first interracial kiss
- Spock, portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, was named one of TV’s “50 Greatest Characters Ever” by TV Guide