In 1998 Robert Meyer Burnett and Mark Altman created a cult classic with Free Enterprise, their comedy about two Star Trek fans (named Robert and Mark) who meet their hero, William Shatner. Their has been a lot of talk about a sequel over the last decade, but it seems the success of the new Star Trek movie could help it become reality. [UPDATE: More from Altman and Burnett]
Shatnerific Free Enterprise II?
The news comes in some comments given to SciFi Wire by Free Enterprise director and co-writer Robert Meyer Burnett, while promoting his new horror movie The Hills Run Red. According to Burnett, they have met Shatner as recently as a few months ago and he still on board to return, where he will be playing a rabbi:
There’s a plot element where he actually becomes a rabbi. That’s something that he’s constantly reminding [me]. He’s like, ‘That’s still in the plot?’ I’m like, ‘Yes, there’s actually a scene atop Masada with him.’
The plot for the sequel seems to be a ‘movie within a movie’, telling the story about the fictional filmmakers who made the original Free Enterprise. But the big change seems to be that the new Star Trek movie has made the deal more likely to happen, Burnett noted:
I think obviously the success of the new Star Trek movie [attracted financiers]. I think it’s time. It’s time.
Read the full story at SciFi Wire.
UPDATE: Comments from Mark and Rob
After posting the initial report,
TrekMovie contacted both Burnett and Altman, to get more details, but it seems there really aren’t any as of now. Rob’s email states:
Burnett: So far…there’s nothing to tell. I think, in light of the success of the new STAR TREK, now would be the perfect time for FE2, if we’re going to do it.
However, Rob did promise a full interview with TrekMovie, if there is something to report.
As for Mark, he also advises caution on getting excited about the sequel and also notes that he is currently not available to work on it anyway:
Altman: It is way premature to comment on a possible Free Enterprise 2 and any other comments to the contrary are sheer fiction. Speaking for myself, it is extremely unlikely that I’ll have the chance to work on this anytime in the foreseeable future given my other film and television obligations, but as Mr. Spock is fond of saying, there are always possibilities.
Here is the trailer for the original Free Enterprise.
…which is available on DVD.