In the last few weeks there have been a number of hints (coming from William Shatner and others) that a sequel to the Trek-themed cult comedy Free Enterprise was in the works. So far the guys behind Free Enterprise have kept mum, but TrekMovie finally got director Robert Meyer Burnett to go on the record to talk about the project.
Free Enterprise 2 in development – but not ready for Comic Con announcement
William Shatner has already talked about how he is planning to reprise his role (playing himself) in the sequel to the 1998 cult-comedy Free Enterprise, and some other actors like Eliza Dushku, Isaiah Mustafa, and Alica Witt have also been talking about appearing in Free Enterprise 2. However, the team behind the first film (Mark Altman and Rob Burnett) have been keeping mum about the project, or at least until now. Today Burnett confirmed with TrekMovie that he and Altman are in "active development" on the sequel but they are just not ready to make an official announcement.
Altman and Burnett’s plan was to make the official announcement of Free Enterprise 2 at Comic Con on Friday, and in fact if you look in the printed program you will see a panel for FE 2 slated for Friday at 6:15. Burnett says that they had to cancel that panel as they are not ready to make the big announcement, noting "we hoped we would be further along at this point, but due to our ambitious plans for Free Enterprise 2, it is taking us longer than we hoped." Burnett did confirm that a script is complete (co-written by Burnett and Altman) and that they have been casting, but he would not confirm any of the cast members for the film. For the sequel Burnett will again direct and Altman will again be producing. Also coming on board as a producer is Jeffrey Coghlan, who recently produced the horror film Pontypool, which was nominated for 3 Canadian Genie Awards.
TrekMovie will continue to keep an eye on this project and bring you the latest news for Free Enterprise 2, so stay tuned.
And if you are not familiar with the original Free Enterprise, here is the trailer.
…and if you want to pick up a copy, it is available on DVD.