It is still a bit early for Star Trek XI to have any official panels or presentations for the Creation Grand Slam being held this weekend in Burbank, but J.J. Abrams still had a presence. Trek XI’s writer/director sent a message to the fans, which was read to the crowd by Richard Arnold Saturday morning.
We are currently in pre-pre-pre-production, and are all beyond excited — and honored — to bring you the next chapter in the Star Trek saga. There will be much more to say at next year’s convention — but for now, know that we are working hard to do you proud. Thank you for your support, and for keeping Mr. Roddenberry’s vision alive.
Abrams embracing Roddenberry’s Trek
On Friday Arnold said Abrams had called him at the behest of Leonard Nimoy (Apparently Nimoy told Abrams that Arnold is the go-to guy for communicating to fans at conventions). Arnold told the crowd that he discussed with Abrams how he felt that some of the later series of Trek got away from the Roddenberry vision, noting that Rick Berman once described early Trek as ‘pollyannish’. Abrams reply to that was "I think we can all do with some pollyanna."
Abrams really does seem to be a fan of Roddenberry’s positive vision of the future. Abrams has stated that he is a big fan of both TOS and TNG, but no so much the later (post Roddenberry) series. If you look back to the press release announcing Trek XI, Abrams was 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."
Trek XI embracing the cons
It was also nice to see Abrams commit to participating in next year’s Grand Slam. So far the only time there has been anything officially done for Trek XI at a con was the introduction of the teaser poster at last summer’s Comic-Con (and TrekMovie.com was there in our first week online!). TrekMovie has been told that Paramount plan on doing some kind of Trek XI event for this summer’s Comic-Con. There is also a possibility of something at Creation’s regular Trek Vegas Con, but that is less certain.
NOTE: expect more reports and pictures from Grand Slam XV
The letter from Abrams has been updated with the exact text of JJ’s message to the fans. Beyond differences in punctuation, the only word different was where the message should have said ‘…and are all beyond excited‘ and not ‘…and are all beyond excitement‘
UPDATE 2: ABRAMS TALKS SOME MORE: