Star Trek XI is mentioned (with a brief quote from Robert Orci) in a feature titled ‘Deja View: Hollywood reboots some familiar movie franchises in hopes of finding the next box office monster’ in the May 25 Issue of Entertainment Weekly. The article starts off discussing how franchises like Spider-Man, Pirates and Harry Potter dominate the box office and notes that ‘Hollywood is keener than ever on cultivating bankable brands out of old properties.’ It also points out ‘Batman and James Bond ‘reboots’ – featuring new stars and behind the scenes players – reaped big bucks.’ EW then ‘checks on the status of a few high profile reboots in the works’. These are The Incredible Hulk, Terminator 4, Star Trek, and The Mummy 4. Star Trek XI writer Roberto Orci is quoted in the blurb on Trek, full text below
Status Filming in November; in theaters Dec. 25, 2008
The Pitch Psyched by rumors that Matt Damon, Adrian Brody and Gary Sinise will play Kirk, Spock, and Bones? Hold up: The closely guarded 11th Trek movie-produced by Lost’s J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof and directed by Abrams-isn’t cast yet. But fans keep clamoring for a new spin on a brand that had became, after four decades, a tad tired. (See: dismal box office for 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis and the 2005 cancellation of TV’s Enterprise.) "There has to be a reason to reboot," says Robert Orci, who wrote the new screenplay with his Transformers co-scribe Alex Kurtzman – and is under strict orders to divulge jack squat – "You’re dealing with a preexisting expectation….so it puts you [under] a more critical eye." Tricorders out, everybody!
Firstly do not get hung up on Orci’s usage of the word ‘reboot.’ It is fairly clear that he was replying to the EW’s premise that all the films were ‘reboots’ in the sense that they were restarting interest in those franchises and bringing in new people both behind and in front of the camera. The article is just the latest example about how Hollywood are again taking a look at Trek and taking this movie more seriously. Also we have recently reported that shooting will begin in October, but this says November. It is possible that filming has moved back a month, in our next Trek XI update we will try and clarify this.