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JJ Abrams: ‘Very Close’ To Announcing Star Trek Sequel News + ‘Open’ To Star Trek TV Series August 25, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Abrams,Star Trek Into Darkness,Trek on TV , trackback

TrekMovie is back to our regular programming and we start off with an update from Trek’s head honcho himself JJ Abrams who has a brief update on the Star Trek sequel (it’s close) and even possible Trek on TV (he’s open to it). Find out more below.

 

Abrams: Very close to talking concretely about Star Trek sequel + open to Trek TV

Speaking to NBC, Star Trek sequel producer (and possible director) JJ Abrams gave a brief update on progress:

I’m excited. We’re working hard. We’re very close and I hope to have something to talk about concretely soon. I do feel like if ‘Trek’ happens as we hope that it will, it will be a fun return to that group of people, because it’s an amazing group.

Abrams also talked about the idea of being involved in a possible Star Trek TV series saying:

"I don’t know,” he muses, appearing to give the notion thought for the very first time. “It’s never really come up, frankly, but depending on what that would sort of be and how it would be done I’d be open to the idea of it. Right now we’re just sort of focusing on making a movie that’s worth people’s time."

For now JJ Abrams Bad Robot productions is contracted with Warner Brothers to develop TV series (including the upcoming Persons of Interest on CBS and Alcatraz on FOX) so it is unclear if he would be able to also work with CBS to develop any possible Trek on TV. In the past other members of Trek’s "supreme court" have talked about Trek as well. Damon Lindelof recently said he wouldn’t be interested because while he enjoys working in pre-developed franchises for film (like Star Trek and Alien), he is only interested in doing original work for television. However, the writing/producing team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who have a TV development deal with FOX) have told TrekMovie they would be interested in creating and executive producing a possible Star Trek live-action TV series, however they wouldn’t be interested in being show-runners on a day to day basis. And of course Orci and Kurtzman have already started to look into the possibility of doing a Star Trek animated series set in the new movie universe (although that is only in the earliest of discussions at this point).

New Star Trek TV show?

There have been some reports in the media about a possible new Star Trek TV series in development. TrekMovie will have an update on this proposed project, but bear in mind that there are no reports of discussions about such a project at CBS, who are the ultimate deciders on when (or if) Star Trek returns to TV. TrekMovie will have more on this in a future update so stay tuned.

Comments

1. Jeff O'Connor - August 25, 2011

First for once?

2. Tony Todd's Tears - August 25, 2011

How many times has this been reported?

3. Jeff O'Connor - August 25, 2011

Oh yeah, looking forward to that update Anthony. I’ve been reporting it on a few sites myself. I recommend a very cautious approach since there’s always going to be such a slim chance any television project really takes off but it’s certainly worth reading about!

4. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 25, 2011

From the Terran Empire News Service this is a Special Report.

J.J Abrams is close to deciding on weather or not he will Direct the next Star Trek Movie. More as it unfolds.

5. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 25, 2011

Your Kidding me. Star Trek on TV has never come up. Really!!!!
No way. It has had to come up. I know someone here at Trek Movie had to have brought up that we crazy fans would love to have a new Trek TV Series. Lol.

6. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 25, 2011

Welcome back Anthony. Hope you had a great vacation on Risa.

7. Jeyl - August 25, 2011

Aww man. I was hoping all this delay in updates to trekmovie.com was because Anthony was compiling information regarding the Star Trek: The Next Generation Remastered BluRay set so the announcement would be a trekmovie.com exclusive.

I’m still crossing my fingers!

8. Kent Butabi - August 25, 2011

How about a TREK anthology where old casts/actors can return for brief periods of time + new crew too!?!

9. Anthony Pascale - August 25, 2011

TrekMovie has been keeping track of developments with possible TNGHD, but Any TNG in HD announcement would be a big CBS official thing with lots of national media, but we (if such a thing happens) would have additional exclusive details and follow-ups.

10. mike - August 25, 2011

P-L-E-A-S-E put Star Trek back on TV. Maybe put it on Showtime if a network won’t pick it up

11. Joseph Sidney - August 25, 2011

Made the NY Post this morning

12. SoonerDave - August 25, 2011

Let me get this….

” I do feel like if ‘Trek’ happens as we hope that it will,….”

** IF **??

We’ve gone from “script in December,” to “70-page outline in March,” to “no firm script in July,” to absolutely nothing in August…..

I’m not sure I WANT that next announcement.

Sorry, but my patience has just about worn out.

13. Q2 - August 25, 2011

We need a new tv series and / or anime !!

14. Rick Sternbach - August 25, 2011

#13 – Like I said before, if it’s ever anime, Oshii has to direct. :)

15. Chadwick - August 25, 2011

@ 13. Q2

Not “or” but “and!” I need a new live action star trek tv series badly, an animated series alone would not satisfy me the same. I have not seen much anime but I love the two Appleseed movies and Vexile.

16. Star Trek FAN - August 25, 2011

Star Trek: Titan I would like to not prequal there a campaign thats running at the moment on facebook called Star Trek: Titan Tv Series show them your support 2,168 have already.

17. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 25, 2011

This is just so dorky. We know that JJ Abrams and co. are “very close”. They have been for a while now.

Just have to laugh in case I start crying…

RDR – are you getting this?…:)

18. Trekman79 - August 25, 2011

Hey JJ check out the Copy righted work of Theodore Moser great idea, changes have been made it is even better than what was copy righted back in 2001!

19. Allen Williams - August 25, 2011

Promise me you’ll lose the stupid lens flares and get a real engineering set and I will LET you make a new star trek series. Otherwise forget it. Same thing goes for the movie.

20. C Mosenko - August 25, 2011

Weather it’s a cartoon, a movie, TV show or mini series. I would like some quality writing. It’d be nice to see more of the new universe. I doubt we’d see Chris Pine and everyone cross into TV. We’ll see what happens.

21. Craiger - August 25, 2011

I still think Paramount doesn’t want to oversaturate Trek like they did the last time and we wont see a new Trek TV series until after the new movie series is done. I could be wrong on that. Then Paramount will see how much money it makes them and if that would justify a new Trek TV series going foward. A new Trek TV series today or a few years from now would cost probably $2 to $3 Million an episode? Unless it was all done with green screen? Or would green screen still be expensive?

22. Jack - August 25, 2011

These headlines need a little work…

Has JJ spoken in endless ‘ifs’ for previous projects? Is it just his cautious style, or is something going on here?

I can’t picture Titan ever getting picked up, but I’ve been wrong before. I’m a little surprised that people are interested in a Riker/Troi series. But, then again, I was never a fan of Riker. Frakes seems like a decent guy, but Riker – don’t love him. Haven’t both characters kind of run their course?

Me, I like Trek in movie form, as long as it’s good. Unless they can blow me away with a brilliant adult series, I’m not too interested. Heck, about 1/2 of the time I was disappointed after watching a new TNG episode, it was a little better with DS9 (which was nearly always entertaining, even when silly) and by Voyager I was disappointed pretty much all the time (and my standards as to what was decent Trek had fallen considerably by then). By Voyager and Enterprise (at least early Enterprise) so many of the stories felt completely unnecessary, like there was no reason to tell them other than the need to fill a timeslot and keep the franchise going.

23. Brett Campbell - August 25, 2011

Wow! He’s even a little bit closer to maybe telling us something sometime soon!

24. Michael - August 25, 2011

Getting “close” to an announcement on the new Trek movie is like getting “close” to an orgasm. It’s just not all that great in the end.

25. boborci - August 25, 2011

You must have faith that the universe will unfold as it should…

26. USS Enterprise B - August 25, 2011

Bob, please make a tv live action show set in the new Star Trek timeline! What do you say??

27. Matthew M - August 25, 2011

Any new TV series would probably have to be on HBO/Movietime or at the very least STARZ because of finances. In all probability it won’t be the movie cast and characters, too expensive and I don’t think any of them want to be tied down in a series. No matter, half the so-called fans will hate it half of the other half won’t watch it and the rest will criticize it to death causing it to be cancelled and them they will all clamor for movies. Trekkie – just round them up and shoot them!

28. Craiger - August 25, 2011

I say if Paramount decides to do another Trek TV series set it on the Enterprise F or G. Have a Great Grandson of Kirk’s commanding it.

29. Jeff O'Connor - August 25, 2011

I don’t see how a proposed show would land on anything other than a CBS-related network. That includes Showtime and no other premium networks, doesn’t it?

30. Jeyl - August 25, 2011

@25. “You must have faith that the universe will unfold as it should…”

You do realize that quote was from a scene where Spock didn’t give Valeris the proper reassurance she was seeking.

31. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 25, 2011

#25 Of course, you are right. However, the words “should”, “would” and “could” all have slightly different meanings and connotations.

#20 I have read other people saying that actors like Chris Pine would not do television. Why not? He has already appeared as a guest actor on shows like ER, CSI:Miami and the Guardian in the past. After all, it is all (paid) work and all three mediums – TV, movies and live theatre – can stretch an actor’s capabilities, given the right script and direction.

#24 Michael – I assume that you are a guy. I have always got the impression that the problem most guys have is that it does not happen often enough!

32. Chris Doohan - August 25, 2011

25

George Michael couldn’t have said it better. :)

33. Spockanella - August 25, 2011

25: I’m trying…..but to paraphrase some hair band or another “give me something to believe in.”

34. Michael - August 25, 2011

#30 Keachick — Yes I am a guy. But I don’t entirely understand what you said. You say that guys don’t have enough of the O? Or that they give way too much of the almost O?

We definitely don’t have enough of the Star Trek.

35. Buzz Cagney - August 25, 2011

I’m ever so slowly getting past caring.

36. Buzz Cagney - August 25, 2011

#25 or is that how you think it should unfold? I’m honestly losing interest Mr O. You really do have to get a wiggle on.

37. trekker 5 - August 25, 2011

Good God!! I’ve heard ‘very close’ alot it seems like!! Ah me,I’ll wait for ya JJ;even till the cows comes home! And #25,Bob,I have the faith,it just comes and goes sometimes! I can’t wait for Aurora to see this,talk about being excied!! :)

38. Red Dead Ryan - August 25, 2011

Let’s get this straight: Anthony has been gone for almost a week, and the first article he puts up is one we’ve seen a dozen previous times this year?

And J.J Abrams just likes to say a lot of words without telling us anything.
It’s been several interviews about nothing.

He can create his own sitcom in the vein of “Seinfeld” and call it “Abrams” with characters based on Bob, Alex and Damon!

#17.

If they’ve been “very close” for some time now, how come the movie has been delayed? Why has filming been pushed back to January of next year at the earliest?

#25.

Sometimes the universe unfolds later than expected, or not at all……

Just sayin’!

But I’ll keep the faith going till summer 2013!

39. Odkin - August 25, 2011

Like I said elsewhere, this is all starting to sound like the noises from the Brian Singer camp about that “Superman Returns” sequel…

Then the studio decided to go another way.

I still think the best bet for a Star Trek TV series is a “Tales of Star Fleet” anthology – get BIG actors and GOOD writers to do episodes with different crews on different ships in different time periods, even different universes now… where ANYTHING can happen.

A rotating set of standard uniforms and ship sets would keep it fairly cost effective and name actors who would never do a series would LOVE to be a Captain for an episode.

But instead, if we do get a TV series, here is my prediction: They will again go FURTHER into the future, disconnecting even more from the audience, and getting tangled up in the 20+ years of continuity from every series since TOS, which NO ONE outside of fandom cares about.

40. Vultan - August 25, 2011

Interesting that Mr. Orci compares this particular movie project to the “universe,” which took… billions of years to create….

41. Battle-scarred Sciatica - August 25, 2011

…unfolding very, very slowly….like an under-cooked omelette.

Just get on with it………

eggs is eggs

42. Red Dead Ryan - August 25, 2011

You can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs!

43. Buzz Cagney - August 25, 2011

#r41 or some nice cheese.

44. MORN SPEAKS - August 25, 2011

This new proposed TV show that’s going around the net stinks! I hope someone can pull it off.

45. Green-Blooded-Bastard - August 25, 2011

A new series would be nice. I don’t care where they set it..well okay, I kinda do, but I’d still just like to see some Trek back on TV.

So looking forward to see what they do in the next movie :D

46. Red Dead Ryan - August 25, 2011

#42.

Just not blue cheese! It’ll stink and make us all feel blue. And not in an Andorian way either!

47. Hugh Hoyland - August 25, 2011

#12

Yeah I noticed that to. Kind of an odd choice of words IMO. But could be reading more into that than there is.

48. Dee - lvs moon' surface - August 25, 2011

Oh… He has said would be “soon” before… and we’re still waiting …………………… waiting…………………………………….LOL

:-) :-)

49. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 25, 2011

Oh my God!! BOB ORCI Has Said something. Yes!!! The Universe is Indeed GOOD!!!!!.

50. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 25, 2011

Don’t Worry. We Love you Bob Orci.

51. Dee - lvs moon' surface - August 25, 2011

#25- boborci … sounds so profound ……………………………………..still waiting!

Hi …. great to see you here again!

:-) :-)

52. Red Dead Ryan - August 25, 2011

Still waiting to Harry Ballz and MJ!

53. Red Dead Ryan - August 25, 2011

DAMN, that should read

“Still waiting to HEAR FROM Harry Ballz and MJ!”

DAMN ACCIDENTAL OMISSIONS!!

54. NX01 - August 25, 2011

Shoot the movie already!
It has been 3 years !
I want see this sequel so so bad!

55. Dee - lvs moon' surface - August 25, 2011

# 31. Chris Doohan

LOL…..

faith…faith…faith!

:-) :-)

56. Excelsior - August 25, 2011

#25 – the will of the Force? Wait – wrong universe…

57. Navy - August 25, 2011

The only thing I have faith in is that the producers and people working on the next trek only care about money.

If they cared about the product we would have got a great movie with a proper enterprise and proper sets.

I’ve watched wraith of khan over 100 times and still love it, can’t count how many times I’ve watched the undiscovered country. ST09? Six times and I don’t enjoy it anymore.

Money is all these people care about and not the product or they would have listened to us fans from the start.

58. Sebastian S. - August 25, 2011

I’m starting to feel like I’ve read this story about four times already; ‘they are THIS close’… ‘they ALMOST have something to say’… ‘there MAY be an announcement soon.’ Oy….

This is not news; this is stagnation. Sorry guys, but I want to hear something I haven’t heard yet.

59. Canon Schmanon - August 25, 2011

How nice! Another announcement of an impending announcement.

60. Basement Blogger - August 25, 2011

Dear Anthony,

Thank you for important news from Bad Robot. When J.J. Abrams comes down from the mountain, I will bow before the commandments written on the tablets. I will love Star Trek 2009 and not merely just like it.

But seriously, you are right to say that Star Trek belongs to television. That’s because more complex and deeper stories can be told LINK.

Anthony P. says Star Trek is best for TV. More complex stories can be told.
http://trekmovie.com/2011/04/16/exclusive-details-excerpts-from-star-trek-federation-series-proposal/

61. VulcanFilmCritic - August 25, 2011

While I would love to see a Star Trek TV series, I seriously question the commitment of Bad Robot to such a project. They are already involved in developing an animated series, so why do they have to control the entire franchise? Why do we have to see the same style of writing and art direction for another Star Trek? Give someone else the project I say.
Monopolies make people comfortable, and lazy. That’s why TV as a whole sucks. It’s controlled by a few mega-media-corporations. Competition would liven things up and maybe give us a different view of Trek, like the Harry Potter movies which benefitted from having a few different directors.
As for the announcement announcing a possible announcement in the future some day: yawwwwwwnnnn. It’s getting like the little boy who cried wolf around here.

62. Omni - August 25, 2011

The sequel will never get made. The economy will be the ultimate reason.

63. Just My Two Cents - August 25, 2011

I see. Another big announcement promised “very soon.” Might as update my list with the latest quote-news-unquote. Again, these reports/quotes are all from here at Trekmovie.

November 16, 2009 –
JJ Abrams: “I believe the next Star Trek film will be in 2012.”

November 20, 2009 –
Roberto Orci: “ (We) will be having preliminary conversations on all the areas we are gravitating towards, then meditate over Christmas and hit the ground running in the new year.”

January 11, 2010 –
Paramount formally announces the sequel’s release date will be on June 29, 2012.

January 15, 2010 –
Damon Lindelof: “We’re going to start probably in April once the writing on Lost is done. Trek will come out in 2012 some point, so we’ve still got a little bit of time, but we’ve been talking about it. We just haven’t been writing.”

January 24, 2010 –
Roberto Orci: (They) “have an area” (they are) “talking about” (for the Star Trek sequel, and the) “opinions are starting to form”

March 5, 2010 –
JJ Abrams: “We are at the beginning stages and a script does not exist yet so it’s hard to know.”

June 14, 2010 –
Roberto Orci: (Team plans to turn in) “a pretty good draft” (of sequel script by Christmas)

June 26, 2010 –
Roberto Orci: “We have a story, and the next phase is to get together and try to destroy it.”

July 5, 2010 –
Bryan Burk: “We will be shooting this time next year. Starting early summer or late spring.”

July 23, 2010 –
Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman: (they are) “making significant progress on the story.”

October 12, 2010 –
Roberto Orci: confirms to Trekmovie that sciptwork has begun with Alex Kurtzman, “fingers have been put to keyboard”.

October 16, 2010 –
Damon Lindelof: “It is going, it is progressing. We are putting a lot of pressure on ourselves for it to be awesome.”

November 8, 2010 –
JJ Abrams: “We are working on it now. The script is being sort of fully outlined and then the writers will start working on the script. But, the story is really cool!”

December 10, 2010 –
JJ Abrams: “We don’t have a script yet and it is being worked out so it is too early to talk about what it might be, because it hasn’t happened yet.”

January 14, 2011 –
JJ Abrams: (the script) “is being written by very smart people. I look forward to reading it.”

February 10, 2011 –
Roberto Orci posts on Trekmovie comments: “writing Trek as we speak!”

February 12, 2011 –
Roberto Orci tweets “aiming to first full draft of Star Trek in six weeks or so.”

February 21, 2011 –
Damon Lindelof tweets “Orci and I holed up in a hotel room, boldly going. And yes, I know how that sounds, you perverts.”
Roberto Orci also tweets “Whoever spots me or Damon in the hotel bar while we r writing gets last name into ‘name a character after you’ sweepstakes.”

March 2, 2011 –
JJ Abrams: (regarding that Star Trek sequel script currently being wrapped up by Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci) “I can’t wait to check it out very shortly”.

March 29, 2011 –
JJ Abrams: “”We’re working on the story. That’s probably more important than the release date at this point, but at the moment, we’re not going to change anything.”

April 2, 2011 –
Roberto Orci: “We’re in the middle of writing it and hopefully we’ll be shooting in a few months.”

April 16, 2011 –
Roberto Orci: “We are still working on [script] iterations. We have enough stuff that we are able to start a little bit of a soft prep. We can have designers working on stuff. There are things we know for sure we want to do. But in terms of the script and the dialog, that is something we continue to hammer out.”

May 1, 2011 –
Damon Lindelof: “Yes. We’re in the midst of writing the script and we’re looking forward to making it.”

May 6, 2011 –
JJ Abrams: “Now that ‘Super 8′ is drawing to a close in terms of this post schedule, I’m looking forward to jumping in and hopefully getting that ready as soon as possible.”

May 21, 2011 –
JJ Abrams: “We are working hard on that [Star Trek sequel] script and – finger’s crossed – we are going to be able to make an announcement on that soon.”

May 22, 2011 –
Roberto Orci: “Just been waiting for JJ to be free to really decide if he likes the story and hear his suggestions before we finish the script. Once he says go, we’ll have it in no time. Meanwhile, our outline is detailed enough (70+ pages!) to do some prep :)”

June 5, 2011 –
JJ Abrams: “The writers are hard at work on it, and I am excited about getting back to it.”

June 6, 2011 –
JJ Abrams: “We are still working on story. Some super cool stuff — but I won’t be able to make a decision on directing until we have our script and I know what I’m being asked to direct.”

June 10, 2011 –
“We’re working on that right now. I hope to have some information soon. I would hope [to direct], but we’ll see. No decisions [have been made] yet, but I look forward to having the answer soon.”

June 11, 2011 –
Damon Lindelof: “As of right now there is kind of a 75 or 80 page half script/half…I don’t know what it is.”

June 15, 2011 –
JJ Abrams: “I’m working with Bob Orci, and Damon Lindelof and Alex Kurtzman on the script. They’ve go some amazing stuff and hopefully we’ll have something to talk about soon. “

July 22, 2011 –
Damon Lindelof: (Are you putting pen to paper for Star Trek 2 yet?) “Fingers to keyboard.”
(asked But are actual script pages getting written?) “It is definitely starting, continuing.”

July 22, 2011 –
Roberto Orci: “I think JJ is resting as a result of Super 8, but I think we are going to announce very soon now when things are going to happen.”

July 25, 2011 –
Damon Lindelof: “JJ is finished with Super 8, we have plunged into Star Trek 2 hard core.”

July 28, 2011 –
JJ Abrams: “What works, in the feature world and television, is something that has real staying power. We’re working hard on that, making the kind of headway that frankly I wish we were able to make months ago.”

August 9, 2011 –
JJ Abrams: “We met yesterday. We had a big endless meeting, it was great. I think we will have something to talk about really soon…Within the next month or so we will be able to tell you what is going on and when and all of that.”

August 25, 2011 -
JJ Abrams: “I’m excited. We’re working hard. We’re very close and I hope to have something to talk about concretely soon.”

64. Trekprincess - August 25, 2011

I want more progress on the Star Trek sequel not news about nothing

65. Gary Makin - August 25, 2011

The box office of the movies dropped off when Trek returned to TV in 1987, and didn’t go back up till 2009… Hmmm, I wonder why?

Let’s have three big event movies before Trek returns to TV, and the films are then made on moderate budgets just for fans again.

Another animated series would be okay though. It would bring kids to Trek too.

66. NCM - August 25, 2011

That was a barely lukewarm (no)update. Abrams is probably weary worn from all the inquiry and his unwillingness to fully commit to the film. It’d be silly to read too much into his comments, but his persisting caution, if not an industry-recognized tactic, must at some point broadly undermine confidence in the project. I hope my sense that we’re reaching that point is only indicative of this fan’s ignorance regarding the reality of film-making; that when we see the previews, our enthusiasm will be less contained than JJ’s; that we’ll be assured this ‘supreme court’ still earns the bench… and that the reboot hasn’t withered on ascent.

67. Odkin - August 25, 2011

Here’s a reality-based opinion piece about this David Foster proposal nonsense that’s going around:

http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/08/breaking_guy_has_an_idea_for_a_new_star_trek_serie.php

68. C Mosenko - August 25, 2011

Mr. Bob Orci,

I appreciate the fact that day after day, week after week, you are still very polite when commenting on this site. Some people on this site can be pretty rude, thanks for having a thick skin.

I have a couple questions for you Bob:

Have you seen the original star trek movies?

Which ones did you like?

What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of the original movies?

I am just curious what your point of view isN you are well aware of everyone elses oppinions here. Thanks Bob.

69. captain spock - August 25, 2011

I’m just saying hope J.J. Abrams have something very,very soon the fans are getting restless man . we know your supreme court is working hard to get this done so Just do it J.J.,bob,damion,alex.

Make the announcement sooner than later OK.a new series , i read some where that this other guy is talking about doing a trek series in post voyager time line. in roddenberry’s universe. they haven’t pitch this yet to c.b.s. or paramount yet.
so if it is true what then ? can they do the trek series when J.J. are doing his three contracted films at the same time maybe/ maybe not

in my personal opion if they do the trek series i think it would have to be down the line after Abrams is done with his trek films & then it give the other writers orci & alex time to do a anime trek if that even come to light . we’ll see what happens.
for now i will have faith that some time in the very,very near future we will hear J.J. say we are ready to go & start filming very soon .

70. moauvian waoul- aka: seymour hiney - August 25, 2011

25. Hey Bob, are we in an alternate timeline?

71. Harry Ballz - August 25, 2011

THIS JUST IN…….NOTHING NEW!

72. Rocinante - August 25, 2011

YES! I’m all for a post-Voyager TV Show. I really hope it takes off. The only thing I don’t like too much is the “two openly homosexual main characters”, basically implying the captain and first officer. They captain should be someone EVERYONE can relate to, or at least emphasize traits MOST people would desire if in command of a starship. I don’t say remove the idea of that subplot, just move it to secondary characters that frequently get the spotlight (like Odo and Quark did in DS9).

73. Dr. Image - August 25, 2011

TV?
Kelvin!!

74. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 25, 2011

This just in.
Harry hates Erica Durance.

75. Chadwick - August 25, 2011

This is kind of a halfway point, it was two weeks ago, JJ said that within a month we will have something. We might hear something about the movie around the time of Star Trek’s anniversary on September 8th.

@ 71. Dr. Image

I would be down with TV Kelvin.

76. Browncoat1984 - August 25, 2011

As much as I love Abrams as both a TV and movie producer (enjoyed Lost and love Fringe), I personally think that a new live-action TV series should be done by someone different. There are plenty of well-known producers who love Trek who would do well by Trek and there have already been several reported pitch’s/ideas over the past decade from various individuals. I would love, however, to see a new animated series from Orci and Kurtzman.

77. Ivory - August 25, 2011

Here is the news a few weeks in advance

1/ Abrams will announce he is directing the new film.
2/ He will say something to the effect that it’s better they take their time and coming up with a quality film is all that matters.
3/ Won’t give any details, but will say something like the new film will blow your mind and it is worth the wait…What “The Dark Knight” was to the Batman franchise this film will be to the ST franchise.
4/ The new film will appeal to long time ST fans, but someone who has never seen ST before can enjoy the new film.
5/ The new film will not be in 3D.
6/ There are no plans for a new tv show, but he may be interested at some future date (will never happen)
7/ We would love to have William Shatner involved, but that is not the story we want to tell this time around, but won’t close the door on part 3.

You know, the same old stuff they have been saying in one form or another for quite a long time now.

78. Leech - August 25, 2011

If it goes back to TV, jump it 100 years to the 25th century, place it in the Prime Universe, and hire Manny Coto to run the show.

79. Chingatchgook - August 25, 2011

Would love to have a TV series. DS9 went in the right direction in that it evolved from the original concept, I would like to see an extension of that thought…Trek evolving. No more fluff, one Voyager is quite enough.

80. dmduncan - August 25, 2011

65. Odkin – August 25, 2011

That sums it up.

81. sean - August 25, 2011

how awesome would a star trek series be if it were on HBO? if you take the quality of the sopranos and mix it with how the new BSG came out and condensed it into 10-14 eps a yr that run from 50-60+ minutes without commercials.

i’d also like to see a star trek series take place during the new ST alt universe and during the Enterprise B or C time periods.

82. MJ - August 25, 2011

@58 “How nice! Another announcement of an impending announcement.”

Agreed. This is just pissing on the fans again and again. Abrams is The Boy Who Cried Wolf., and I am no longer giving these “next month,” “soon,” and “we’re working hard now.” PLEEEEASE…….

Memo to Supreme Court: Just shut up already until you have some real news.

PS: Not to mention the well meaning Trekmovie.com trying to manufacture into this non-story that there might be a new TV series. Give me a break!

83. Thomas - August 25, 2011

I read the Topless Robot article, and I followed the link to the TrekWeb article. Having read both, I have to give credit to David Foster (and his late friend) for their ambition in developing an idea for a new series, and for giving it what seems to be a clear sense of direction. They also deserve kudos for having an idea of the show’s “look”, since it’s easier to convince someone of something when you have something for them to see. That said, I have to agree that this will almost assuredly never get made. Trek, for good or for bad, is J.J.’s baby right now. That’s not likely to change anytime soon. Also, Paramount’s current interest in Trek as a film franchise seems to have precedence over any TV development, at least for the time being. If he goes the fanfilm route, it could take him forever to finish. Maybe he could interest IDW in a new Trek comic series.

84. Samuel E. Timmons Jr. - August 25, 2011

I loved the 2009 Movie!!! My youngest daughter and I went in costume to the grand opening. She went as a Voyager CAPT and I went as a ST II LT. I’m very excited about another movie just wish we didn’t have to wait until 2012. Based on Mr. Abrams comments it doesn’t see to be in filming yet which means it most likely won’t be out until 2013. I’m a SCIFI junkie and was saddened when Star Trek TNG, Enterprise, Fire Fly, Space Above and Beyond, Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis etc… got cancelled. As a Naval Officer I only wish we had space ships and SWO meant Space Warfare Officer instead of Surface Warfare Officer.

Sincerely,
LCDR S. E. Timmons Jr.

85. MJ - August 25, 2011

@82. LCDR Timmons, thanks for your service!. Much appreciated!!!

86. The Riddler - August 25, 2011

Yeah, yeah very close. What’s new pal?

87. Harry Ballz - August 25, 2011

72.

I’ve retired that bit. You should as well.She is no longer on TV. THANK GOD!

88. Buzz Cagney - August 25, 2011

Can you imagine this lot making a TV Trek?
‘Tune in next decade for the latest thrilling instalment, same time, same channel’ :-p

89. Buzz Cagney - August 25, 2011

#75 I bet he say’s It won’t be your great, great, great Grandfathers Trek!

90. MJ - August 25, 2011

Note that if we combine Post 81 with Post 72, we wind up with a Topless Erica Durance. :-)

91. VZX - August 25, 2011

I’m glad I didn’t hold my breath…

92. MJ - August 25, 2011

@86 “‘Tune in next decade for the latest thrilling instalment, same time, same channel’ :-p”

And by the time the Supreme Court finally made it to the seventh season of their new Trek series, we’d already be in the 23rd century, and they could thus film it as a reality tv show of life on board a starship! LOL

93. Vultan - August 25, 2011

You see, this is what happens when you outsource a production—delay, delay, delay!

Well, that non-union Mexican equivalent of J.J. Abrams better be worth the money.

;)

94. Vultan - August 25, 2011

Just in case anybody isn’t familiar with that reference at #91, it’s from The Simpsons:

Mr. Burns: Get me Steven Spielberg.
Smithers: He’s unavailable.
Mr. Burns: Then get me his non-union Mexican equivalent.

(The next scene)

Mr. Burns: OK, Spielbergo, I want you to do for me what Spielberg did for Oskar Schindler.
Sr. Spielbergo: Schindler es muy bueno, Senor Burns es el diablo.
Mr. Burns: Pish posh! Listen, Spielbergo, Schindler and I are like peas in a pod! We’re both factory owners, we both made shells for the Nazis, but mine worked, damn it!

:D

95. MJ - August 25, 2011

On question for everyone. Would you say that JJ is the greatest sf&f franchise procrastinator of all time at this point?

I’d put him at second place given that Lucas took 16 years in between SW films.

96. Vultan - August 25, 2011

By the way, Trek ’09 was okay… but it wasn’t “Football in the Groin.”

97. Harry Ballz - August 25, 2011

88.

Which explains her next job waitressing at Hooters!

98. Buzz Cagney - August 25, 2011

#90 lol
hopefully interest in reality shows will have ebbed by then!

99. sean - August 25, 2011

Titan series is a pipe dream. Not going to happen folks, move along, nothing to see here.

As for all the usual complaints about ‘non-news’ – JJ did not make an announcement. He didn’t call a bunch of cameras to his house to tell us he’s ‘very close’. He was being interviewed about another subject, and Trek came up because the interviewer asked him about it. JJ Abrams isn’t rubbing your face in anything. He doesn’t sit in his house and roar with maniacal laughter as he plans his next press conference about Star Trek not being ready yet.

OR MAYBE HE DOES…

100. Buzz Cagney - August 25, 2011

#93 They did say they wanted to inject a little War’s into Trek. I think they may have taken it too far!

101. Buzz Cagney - August 25, 2011

#97 i’m voting that he doesn’t sit in his house, I think he has a hideout in a Volcano…..

I have proof…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfUM5xHUY4M

102. 1964Nickel - August 25, 2011

I only ask a few things: 1. Fix the timeline; 2. Fix the timeline; 3. stick the writers in a room and make them watch the original 79 episodes of TOS until they get it. *shrug*

103. Admiral_Bumblebee - August 25, 2011

Why not an animated series that opens up with the “Countdown”-comics and then going forward from here with the TNG-timeline, showing the adventures of Captain Data and the aftermath of the destruction of Romulus?

104. trekprincess - August 25, 2011

I think personally the writers do get Star Trek :):)

105. Richard C. - August 25, 2011

Why not make a Star Trek series that focuses on a Romulan or Klingon perspective?

106. MJ - August 25, 2011

@99 LOL — good one!

107. Nemesis4909 - August 25, 2011

Yet another non announcement, utter disgrace!

“I’ll let you know soon”, why not shut up and get some work done people? Talk to us when you actually have something to say. Rapidly losing interest in this new Star Trek movie, much more of this and I will be boycotting it IF it ever gets made (I have my doubts).

108. Aurore - August 25, 2011

36. Olivia.

“I can’t wait for Aurora to see this,talk about being excied!! :)”

Olivia , who’s that Aurora person you’re speaking of ?!

:))

I read the article a few hours ago , before you posted .
How are things in Tennessee? Well , I hope!

109. Darkowski - August 26, 2011

#1…. I hate stupid first posts…..
There… I feel better :-)

Just hope if a new series is on (which I support – and NOT an animated series), that they’ll keep it running for 7 seasons… now-a-days all the crazy studios cut the cord whenever they feel like it… it’s all about viewing ratings and $$$….. all about advertisements and not about good writing and story-telling….
And I hope they’ll bring back the writers of DS9 episodes :-)

110. Chris M - August 26, 2011

At the end of the day all of this talk is great news for the franchise, Star Trek is bigger and better than ever!! :-)

111. MJ - August 26, 2011

@105 “Yet another non announcement, utter disgrace! ‘I’ll let you know soon’, why not shut up and get some work done people? Talk to us when you actually have something to say.”

EXACLTY !!!!!

112. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - August 26, 2011

I find it very interesting that even alot of the most die hard so called “supreme court” supporters are begining to waver in their faith or belief that JJ and crew are going to ever get this movie made.

tick tock # 25 tick tock

113. Brett Campbell - August 26, 2011

75 — Everything you list is spot on.

114. MJ - August 26, 2011

We all know and support Anthony for being the police here and keeping things in order, and even warning us (me included) when we get out of hand.

Maybe now though WE ought to give Anthony “our warning” to him to stop the series of articles where he reports that JJ and Supreme Court “soon”, “we’re working hard, honest,” etc. etc. etc. with nothing really of import to say.

Just a thought? :-)

115. Harry Ballz - August 26, 2011

112.

Even when the emperor has no clothes, I guess Anthony is compelled to report said news!

116. MJ - August 26, 2011

@112. Yea. My post was in jest. :-)

117. John - August 26, 2011

So how much of this film will be like The Empire Strikes Back? Discuss!!!

118. Aurore - August 26, 2011

25. boborci – August 25, 2011
You must have faith that the universe will unfold as it should
***

Does that mean that I’ll get to have the James-Tiberius-Kirk-takes-a-shower scene- you promised me, a while back ?!

SUH-WEET!!!

Don’t worry about letting him remove a pink bathrobe before entering that shower unit ; it’s a risk , but , risk is your business .

:)

119. Corinthian7 - August 26, 2011

@9 Anthony, your such a tease!

120. Basement Blogger - August 26, 2011

Holy cow. Trek Princess, ( @ 62) you said something negative about the Supreme Court.

121. jeffoconnor - August 26, 2011

#107

I wish you’d picked some other day to type that. Literally the first and only time I’ll ever make that style of post.

122. Basement Blogger - August 26, 2011

@ 75

Thanks for spoiling the news for me, Ivory.

123. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 26, 2011

I hope you people realise that Bob Orci was quoting what Spock said to Valeris in Star Trek VI:TUC.

#25 What I meant was that most men don’t feel they get to experience enough orgasms as well as ejaculations with a sexual partner and always want more – they are that good.

I think that wherever JJ Abrams goes he gets constantly asked about what is happening with Star Trek. If that is the case, then he knows there are a lot of people keen to see the next movie.

The problem for me is that by the end of the first movie, I was right ready to go on a great adventure with this new Captain Kirk and crew. I wished I could go buy another ticket and go watch the next installment of the alt-Trek universe in the cinema next door on the very same night (8 May 2009), but alas no… but understandable though. But now the wait is even longer.

@ Bob Orci – Yes, we need to have faith that the universe will unfold as it should. Does that mean that our continued faith in Paramount and the Bad Robot will be rewarded by us finally getting to see the long awaited Star Trek sequel that is well made with lots of adventure/excitement, love and fun? I do hope that is what you meant by that statement/quote from Spock.

124. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 26, 2011

#116 Aurore (yes, indeed, great minds do think alike…:) – “Does that mean that I’ll get to have the James-Tiberius-Kirk-takes-a-shower scene- you promised me, a while back ?!
SUH-WEET!!!”

Oh Bob, you didn’t? You did? SUH-WEET! Yes, please. These kinds of scenes are a must-see in the new movie. Chris Pine’s abs. are a joy to gaze upon…No shaky camera (although a little understandable considering what is being filmed), but long lingering film work of the highest order.

Are you getting this, Bob Orci? Good man! Now, just make sure that the director (JJ?) gets it as well. And to Chris, we are not as bad as we appear, well, I think, hope, believe…:)

125. captain_neill - August 26, 2011

This soon that they keep talking about never seems to come. “I’ll bet you real money that next week’s article wil be “We are at the finishing stages of the script.

Its been nearly finished since March. Can a good script be written for Star Trek XII? I hope so as I want to be proven wrong about the supreme court and have more faith in them. Nothing would make me happier than to allow my gripes and dislikes of the choices by the current team than to write a really solid script, with strong plot and great character and something is is unique and true to Star Trek, not Star Wars.

And if Trek returns to TV will it be back to the prime universe or would it be the new universe? I favour the prime.

126. captain_neill - August 26, 2011

I vote for Manny Coto to be the one in charge of a new Star Trek series, he did great stuff with Enterprise in it’s last year.

127. AJ - August 26, 2011

I’m losing faith in the Supreme Court for lying to us about the delay. Phrases like (and I paraphrase) ‘The studio is fine with the delay. They just want a great movie’ just wreak of pandering to the lowest common denominator. I’m sure Viacom’s shareholders are just feelin’ groovy about shifting profits out of 2012 into…whenever.

The reason for the delay will be eventually shown to come down to one thing: Money. Either major players want more of it, or the studio wants a billion-dollar franchise, and a more ‘internationally accessible’ script. Just watch.

The other thing we hear is: “We need the extra time to make the best film possible.” If that’s the case, guys, you should really have asked for extra time on “Cowboys and Aliens” as well, but Ford and Craig had other tentpoles to attend to. Deadlines are deadlines.

128. AJ - August 26, 2011

And did we all notice this?: “I do feel like if ‘Trek’ happens as we hope that it will…”

Quite a bombshell.

129. captain_neill - August 26, 2011

Well I want more quality with Star Trek XII than there was in Cowboys and Aliens, which was daft fun but not brilliantly well written, just serviceable.

130. Andy Patterson - August 26, 2011

@123 “And if Trek returns to TV will it be back to the prime universe or would it be the new universe? I favour the prime.”

“I favour the prime”

So do I. But just what would that be like? Can we trust in that? So many stories to mine from that the original show set up that were discarded in the movie. The Academy years and more. It felt like, ” for a thousand years, Jedis were the guardians of the galaxy”. That one line really fueld my imagination as kid. I know how disappointed I was with that eventual outcome. I had a similar sinking feeling with the handling of all that was the
Trek movie. Which Trek would we see? Would it be Trek?

131. Holo J - August 26, 2011

If they do a new series I hope its set in the Prime Universe not the new reality that was created in the 2009 movie. I’d love to see a series where they set a story in a different era each week.

One week they could do a story with Captain Archer’s crew or even the Colombia crew. The next week they could do an episode in the Next Generation era with Picard on the Enterprise or Riker on the Titan .
The week after could be set on DS9 or Voyager and so on.

They could even set an episode in the Original series era but on a different ship from the Enterprise. I know it was used in a computer game title once before but Star Trek Legacy would be a good name if they did a series like this. It would be a cool way to tie up a lot of stories for each of the crews that didn’t get the send-off we all hoped for.

132. jeffoconnor - August 26, 2011

I think a lot of fans are misinterpreting Abrams’ ‘if’. We’re all tired of waiting but the bold predictions that the sequels aren’t happening seem utterly ridiculous to me. I’m 99.9% sure (and counting) that what Abrams meant to imply is that he hopes Star Trek XII turns out as well as the team is hoping for.

‘If’ this movie happens as we hope it will. Emphasis on AS WE HOPE IT WILL, not DOOMSDAY ALERT: HIGHLY PROFITABLE FIRST FILM NO LONGER IN LINE FOR FOLLOW-UPS.

133. New Trekkie - August 26, 2011

I’m curious as to what the TV series would include. I mean, would it be animation or live action stuff? I’m not sure how I would take to liking animation, but if it’s with actors, I would want the new crew (Quinto, Pine, Saldana, Urban, etc.)

134. Robert H. - August 26, 2011

Long story short, I would not mind if the new Star Trek TV series was simply something to rescue us from summer reruns and animated.

135. mjpeng - August 26, 2011

#19. Allen Williams – August 25, 2011
Promise me you’ll lose the stupid lens flares and get a real engineering set and I will LET you make a new star trek series. Otherwise forget it. Same thing goes for the movie.

Hear hear!!!!!

136. Basement Blogger - August 26, 2011

We should all be very patient. J.J. Abrams has two TV series in “Person of Interest” and “Alcatraz.” You have to give him time for “Super 8″ Part Two and Mission Impossible Part IV. Then he will need time for another TV series. But Star Trek 2020 will happen. Meanwhile, did we ever figure out what to name the deflector dish?

137. Starfleet's Finest - August 26, 2011

Wow, I would hate to be a member of the ‘supreme court’…this is turning into a ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ scenario for Mr. Abrams. If he didn’t make any mention of the Trek prequel, people would talk about how the sequel is doomed, will never come to pass, he just doesn’t care, etc…. But when he does make a statement about their progress (which granted, hasn’t changed all that much) people talk about how the sequel is doomed, will never come to pass, no one cares…. personally, I’m surprised he hasn’t learned to kept his mouth shut; people are going to rip him apart no matter what he does.

And another thing: a lot of posts say that there never will be a sequel just by the simple fact that there really isn’t that much news to report. Again, I say, SERIOUSLY?! Of course there will be a sequel! There is no way Paramount would shelve a project that has so much potential for an enormous profit. That truly is illogical. It will come regardless of what some people think, so please just put down the pitchforks.

And as much as some people hate the way they took the last movie (ie, the new timeline, destroying vulcan, someone else getting the girl besides Kirk…), hate how their handling the sequel so far, and have nothing but negative comments I would put money on it that 98% of people on this site will be in line for the movie on opening night if nothing more than to have something new to complain about….just sayin…

138. Starfleet's Finest - August 26, 2011

Oh yeah, glad to see you’re back Anthony! :)

139. jeffoconnor - August 26, 2011

#135

You really are Starfleet’s Finest. Totally agree with you. :)

140. Vlatko Krsteski - August 26, 2011

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Star-Trek-Fans/109155099143687?ref=ts

141. trekker 5 - August 26, 2011

#106,Aurore,sorry I got your name messed up,its been a while since I’ve talked to you! Forgive me I bid you. Tennessee is fine! Thank you for asking! Fall is setting in I think,my favorite time of year. How is France? How are you? :)

142. Dion1701 - August 26, 2011

I would love a new show – animated or not just anything TREK!
Say what you want about this site but it is my favorite and where I get all my news about Star Trek. Where else can you see Bob Orci and Chris Doohan comment on the same post? AMAZING!
Thanks, Anthony!

Bob, I have faith but growing up with Trek I am in my mid 40′s and not getting any younger. I Would love to be able to enjoy a new series without a glass of musilex! It would be awesome to for 7 year old daughter to be able to watch a series from the start with her Daddy. Let me tell you there is nothing more wonderfull then when your daughter comes in and asks if she can watch Star Trek with you and really enjoys it….One of the proudest day of my life “Sniffle” “Sniffle” LOL.

143. Phil - August 26, 2011

There are two things to note. “If” says this baby is still in development. Any number of things can derail it, so don’t get excited. Trek on TV is basically a “look! – bright shiny object” distraction.
Paramount and CBS know there is money to be made, but they are grabbing the low hanging fruit now. Paramounts priorities are the franchises that can pull in a half billion (or more) worldwide, and sadly, Trek isn’t it. CBS knows they don’t have to generate new content for a while, so they won’t. Bottom line is, we are years away from anything new.

I hope I’m wrong, too.

144. Aurore - August 26, 2011

139.Olivia.

Olivia,I’m fine, thanks.
The weather is rainy these days , but (as always), France looks beautiful to me, nevertheless!

145. trekboi88 - August 26, 2011

As a broadcasting student and aspiring television producer, I’d love to get involved in any way if and when the time comes for the show. It has been my dream for as long as I can remember to be a part of Star Trek.

146. Starfleet's Finest - August 26, 2011

@ 137

You are so sweet! Thanks!

@140

“Say what you want about this site but it is my favorite and where I get all my news about Star Trek”
I completely agree! This site is my main source for Trek info and in my opinion one of the best ones. I only wish I would have found this sooner, it’s nice to know I’m not the only fanatic out there! (i knew they existed, I’ve just never met one up close! :P ) So good on ya Anthony; much appreciated!! :)

147. trekker 5 - August 26, 2011

I would like to see your France some day. I’ve never left my country to be truthful. Maybe when they invent transporters……….

148. Maximus Decimus Meridius - August 26, 2011

I rather JJ and company concentrate on the movie side of Star Trek and leave the TV to a more Prime cannon oriented group.

I also would like to see a state of the art CG series based on the original show with Shatner and Nimoy voicing the characters.

149. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 26, 2011

Ok. here is my idea. J.J comes on here all the time and reads our post. He knows he is goiong to direct but loves to tease us here at Trek Movie. J.J Probly post under Bob Orci. He does that so he can rile us up. I bet Anthony may know something about this. But I could be wrong. Lol.

150. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 26, 2011

Oh and Harry. To quote a great man. I kids because I loves.

151. Robman007 - August 26, 2011

Wow, still nothing. Yawn.

152. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 26, 2011

Here is something from the late but Great BND.
British Naval Dude. Enjoy.

Hi everybody! How be tricks, me hearties????
Arrrrrrrrr!
The Enterprize, Voyager, and Excelsior are entering the No-Toll Zone, somewhere around the Jersey Turnpike…
CAPTAIN SPOCK: Helmsman, adjust course to…
WILLIAM SHATNER: (jumping out from turbo-lift) Belay that… I’m here to take command.
CAPTAIN SPOCK: Where have you been, Bill?
WILLIAM SHATNER: Oh, AJ had me mixed up in all that K/S action again. Took some time.
CAPTAIN SPOCK: But Bill, I – and my pointiness- have been here all along.
WILLIAM SHATNER: Oh, I traded you up, Spock. I’m with Zachie Quincy… Quinty… whatever… I’m with young Spock now.
>>> ZACH QUINTO: (curled in ball, drooling, wide eyed in a dark corridor with blood shot eyes) The girdle… the girdle… the girdle…
JAMES SPADER: There you are, Denny. You do wander off these days. Hey, do I smell a young sci-fi actor on you? This could be grounds for divorce, Denny.
WILLIAM SHATNER: You know I’m in that new Star Wars film by J.J. Afroes… it’s a big… surprise! I sing… Hair! Give me down to there hair
Shoulder length or longer Here baby, there mama Everywhere daddy daddy Flow it, show it Long as God can grow it – My hair…
JAMES SPADER: Of course, Denny. Whatever you say. Now then… let’s go help Murphy Brown with her sexy sinews.
CHEKOV: Under attack, Keptain! Looks like them bolshivek blighters known as… prequel? I tink it iz Archer. Bah- Russians inwented prequel with famous Russian nowel “The Embryos Karamowoz.”
… On Archer’s ship
CAPTAIN ARCHER: Golly, I’m sick of folks saying we were so bad. Gee whiz… my only alternative is to erase all other Star Trek from memory. Hold on a minute… (plunges his overflowing captain’s chair) Trip! I told you I can crap like a big boy… where aren’t the large pipes installed yet?
TRIP: Well, sir… I kind of lost all those large sized plumbing pipes… Right after I greased them up real good…
>>> T’POW: (alone in her cabin, handling several long, wide sections of plumbing) Oh, Trippy Boy, the pipes! The pipes are calling!
REED: (looking unhappy and angry) We could use our secret weapon to eradicate them, sir.
CAPTAIN ARCHER: Good thinking, English Guy. Fire the Xindi what’s-it we found in season three when no one was watching.
… on Enterprize
CHEKOV: What in Great Peter’s Ghost is that?! Hold on for impact. Ladies, sheild your wulwas.
(The Enterprize is struck by a massive destructive force and begins to burn in space)
CAPTAIN SPOCK: Report. Why are we drifting?
BND: (knocked down on bridge floor with controls jutting in him) Oh, I got tha’ bleedin’ bilge boppin’ control console stuck in me! Awwwk! Get it oot! Chekov’ll haveta’ reach in me bellybutton ta’ fire a photon torpy-do!
CAPTAIN SPOCK: We’ll use auxilarry controls. Mr. Chekov, remove them from my trousers.
CHEKOV: Aye, sir. (gets out Wii joystick) Now, do we wenture to starboard when I weer my buttocks to the left… Why are the instructions in Russian? Can anyone here read Russian? Wodka swilling no-goodniks…
…On Excelsior
CAPTAIN SULU: Quick, we need to destroy that primitive yet more advanced looking Starfleet vessel with Scott Bakula.
CHRISTIAN SLATER: Sir, as ugly as our ship is, theirs is just uglier. If we let them be, we can at least say our ship is sexier than Captain Quantum Leap.
CAPTAIN SULU: I’m… too sexy for my ship. So mister, like I tell my expensive yet reliant Chippendale dancers- Fire anyway! Double the yeild!
CHRISTIAN SLATER: Very well… arming the Excelsior’s plating penetration phazors… (mugs like Jack Nicholsen) Wait’ll they get the loads from me.
…On Archer’s ship
CAPTAIN ARCHER: What the heck is that?
REED: It’s something we’ve never seen before… (looks at Archer) none of us… not at all… It’s a load of EDITED coming (so to speak) straight at us.
CAPTAIN ARCHER: My Gosh… everyone… put on your raincoats! Someone cover Porthos’ eyes!
>>> T’ POW: (in quarters with large plumbing pipes) Sweeeeeeeet mystery of liiiiiiiiife! At last I found you…
(Archer’s ship explodes, Spock’s Enterprize begins warpcore breach due to shockwave from Trip’s peanut-oil deep-fryer blowing up real-nice)
… On Voyager
CAPTAIN JANEWAY: Let’s see… should I try to help the survivors… they’d be dead anyway… what would Starfleet think? Killed by the legendary Archer? It would change our vision of him… Maybe he never existed? We should not interfere.
CHAKOTAY: Dammit, you senseless twit! We should try to help survivors!
CAPTAIN JANEWAY: Very well, Commander. Keep your pants off, though.
CHAKOTAY: When have I ever worn the pants around here??!!!
… On Enterprize
CAPTAIN SPOCK: Transporter room, beam out survivers to the Excelsior and that useless Voyager vessel. All hands, abandon ship! Transporter room? Respond!
UHURU: Sir, it seems that Ensign Steve the Lesbos Warrior was manning that post when some tom-foolery with the transporter got him sent to the mirror universe. He’s currently being seduced by evil Kira and her horse.
>>> LESBOS WARRIOR STEVE: (on mirror DS9… which would be DS6 maybe?) She keeps calling “Wiiiiiiiiiiildfire!” Oh, mighty Zeus, save me from hoof-in-mouth disease!
>>> EVIL KIRA: I just love a man in a red Starfleet toga. Help me with the rise and fall and rise again of the Empire!
>>> LESBOS WARRIOR STEVE: What the hades… At least she ain’t evil Janeway.
(Shatner, Spock, Uhuru, and Chekov all beam aboard the Excelsior and watch as the Enterprize blows up real good-like)
WILLIAM SHATNER: Maybe converting to hydrogen fuel cells was… A… bad idea. Oh, no! I left Zachie Quantas on-board! Spock- he’ll never… hop again!
CAPTAIN SPOCK: Sigh… I will have to go back in time to save myself. And perhaps… I too will then trade-up.
>>>CHRIS PINE: (years ago, at an academy lecture on green gynecology, starts to sweat and winces) Yikes. Feels like I need to watch out for something…
… On Voyager
BND: (appearing in sickbay after being transported off Enterprize) Oh… red jelly bean buttons makin’ me pancreas puke… Help me, O-Bob- Picardo, yer’ me only hope!
THE DOCTOR: Please state the nature of the medical emergency.
BND: I gots this console stuck in me lower g.i. tract, ye’ wanky buggeroo g-string nose grinder! Canna ye’ see that?!!! Arrrrrg!
BE’LANA TORRES: We need a new occipital tachyon magriffion pe-nissalter relay buttdress re-fillherlater… Hey, that guy has just what I need in his gut.
BND: Oh, no… doomed forever ta’ be part of Voy-her-ger! Noooooo! Is this tha’ end o’ BND?????
Whilst sailin’ ‘cross tha’ ocean
Whilst sailin’ ‘cross tha’ sea
I dream o’ handsome Molly
Oh, Molly, come be wit’ me…
Dunna ye’ remember, Molly?
Ye’ gave me yer’ right hand
I gots in me satchel
Next ta’ me swiss and ham
I wish I were in London or some other sea port land
Where I could meet wit’ Molly
Perhaps re-attach her hand
Said once say that iffa she marry
That I would be tha’ man
Now she’s gone and left me
Go on wit’ who she please
Gone on cuz I’ve a plasma conduit
Wherein I used ta’ pee
Me poor heart is breakin’
As Voy-Her-Ger takes me ta’ tha’ lost sea…
CAPTAIN JANEWAY: Console! Quit singing!
BND: Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrr… and mayhaps some Esssssssssss…

153. trekboi88 - August 26, 2011

150.

So many spelling errors on the characters. Kind of insulting, if you think about it

154. Harry Ballz - August 26, 2011

Ah, the great BND………CLASSIC!

155. trekboi88 - August 26, 2011

Not just the characters, though. Enterprize? Uhuru? T’Pow? Be’Lana?

156. falcon - August 26, 2011

@150 Classic.

Now back to my regularly scheduled post…

What JJ and company are doing here is two-fold. First, he’s keeping Star Trek in everyone’s awareness (with some help from the news reporter) by “mentioning” that they’re “very close.” He’s also trying to deflect some criticism from those of us who say “close only counts in horseshoes.”

He’s not dumb by any means. He knows everyone is salivating to see the next Trek. He doesn’t want the buzz to die. Marketing 101.

157. rm10019 - August 26, 2011

Can we give boborci kudos for the ST VI quote?

158. Buzz Cagney - August 26, 2011

#155 No.

159. SoonerDave - August 26, 2011

Sorry, but its awfully hard for me to have gone from hearing “We’ll have a script by December” to “If Star Trek happens as we hope it will” and not think, “geez, what’s happened.”

I can’t help but wonder if something else with the studio is going on that we don’t even know about.

If you want to get really technical about Bob Orci’s comment re the universe unfolding as it should, Spock made that statement to Valeris in conjunction with him retiring and being replaced….

160. CmdrR - August 26, 2011

Garsh… another non-update.

BwwwwwwaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

161. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - August 26, 2011

They will put trek back on tv in 5 years when trek hits its 50ith birthday. It will be a great big present to the fans.

162. Aurore - August 26, 2011

“Can we give boborci kudos for the ST VI quote?”

How about…no ?

Or at least, not until he gives me kudos for paraphrasing you know who in you know which episode (@ 116) .

:)

163. Christopher Roberts - August 26, 2011

Reboot Star Trek: Enterprise.

Hang on the historical differences on a universe unaffected by the Temporal Cold War. Or being set in the past of the new movie’s continuity.

Some different cast members. Some same cast members.

Whoever’s left out, gets to turn up as a guest star – where we find out their lives differed.

Redesigned ship that wasn’t launched until it was ready..

Era specific races like the Vulcans and Andorians as established.

Old enemy in the Romulans waiting in the wings.

That is all.

164. Red Dead Ryan - August 26, 2011

Look, guys, instead of imagining what a new “Star Trek” show looks like, just work on the script already. Get the movie ready for summer 2013!

And the next time some idiot reporter (not referring to Anthony of course) asks J.J Abrams about the sequel, he should just reply that he has nothing to say about it right now and will make his announcements WHEN THE DAMNED SCRIPT IS DONE!!

165. fan since '66 - August 26, 2011

You folks are missing it. Why settle for more of the exact same stuff? So something original for TV, eh? How about an anthology? None of this series arc stuff that drives people batty and $2M dollar episodes. We would still get the stories and details of the all the ST universes that us fans beg for. I would be open for tru SciFi told in the worlds of Star Trek. Just keep it away from NBC/Univerisal. sad but LOL

166. Brett Campbell - August 26, 2011

Thanks for giving us a new article to read all the same.

167. Kirk, James T. - August 26, 2011

Animated Star Trek towards the end of 2012 to run alongside and between movies 2 and 3. Live action TV Series when Abrams has finished Star Trek 3.

Creator: JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

Executive Producer: JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

Show Runner: Ronald D. Moore & Someone else, preferably someone who’s close to Abrams and Co.

Set In the new universe. Lets keep the prime timeline wrapped up for now.

168. Red Dead Ryan - August 26, 2011

#165.

I agree with that. Though I wonder if Duncan Jones (“Moon”, “Source Code”) would be interested in producing a live action series?

169. Jai1138 - August 26, 2011

JJ should direct and just make a damn good movie. If a series happens, it will have to be out the Berman/Paramount mould of the ’80s and ’90s…. though I think Ira Steven Behr and Ron Moore could rebuild the whole ST concept for a great series.

170. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - August 26, 2011

#151. That was BND who wrote that and he did that with intent. man i wish he was still with us. Bob Orci better get his name in the New Movie.

171. Desstruxion - August 26, 2011

Erica Durance would make a great Yeoman Rand.

172. Chewbacca - August 26, 2011

I just cannot wait any longer for Star Wars VII. All these rumors are making me so very excited!

173. Chewbacca - August 26, 2011

:P

174. Thomas - August 26, 2011

If there’s anything the next movie should do, it should follow what ST09 started and move Trek back toward its’ soft Sci-Fi roots. TOS in particular used the sci-fi elements really as window dressing to tell interesting stories. I think Trek started to lose its’ way when the “window dressing” became the centerpiece of the display. As much as fans like to ballyhoo TOS’ use of actual sci-fi writers to write scripts, the best episodes (City On The Edge of Forever, for example) used the sci-fi elements as part of the set-up, but would let the interesting characters and plot take over. That’s what I feel Trek needs to be.

175. Allenburch - August 26, 2011

167. Jai1138 – August 26, 2011: JJ should direct and just make a damn good movie. If a series happens, it will have to be out the Berman/Paramount mould of the ’80s and ’90s…. though I think Ira Steven Behr and Ron Moore could rebuild the whole ST concept for a great series.

Don’t for get about Manny Coto

25. boborci – August 25, 2011: You must have faith that the universe will unfold as it should…

Which one??? (lol – jk)

176. Disinvited - August 26, 2011

The Hippie Dippy weather report for the sequel’s first day of shooting:

Light, followed by more light, and then dark.

177. Shannon Nutt - August 26, 2011

Something’s up here, or Paramount would have announced a date already. Either JJ wants more money, or he wants a bigger budget, or Paramount’s not very happy with the script…something. Otherwise we’d have both a start date and a release date already.

178. Chris Doohan - August 26, 2011

I don’t see anybody doing a Star Trek TV series until the movies are exhausted, and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing this cast in at least one or two Star Trek movies past the 3 movie deal that’s in place.

Just sayin’

179. Lt. Bailey - August 26, 2011

They have been saying they are close for months now… I really don’t trust them when they cry wolf each time. Something might be wrong, I hope not, but it would not surprise me.

On the other hand…. ST back on TV would be a great idea, we need our fix.

180. trekker 5 - August 26, 2011

#176,Chris,I agree with you,and hope they we’ll do more movies than 3!! :)

181. AJ - August 26, 2011

151:

“So many spelling errors on the characters. Kind of insulting, if you think about it”

That’s kinda the point. That is vintage-era BND just taking the piss.

He loved Star Trek, and we used to take it in all its forms and just happily destroy it in the “CHATTY” room. But he was the best. He used to habitually lighten up all of the threads on Trekmovie during his time as well, all in Pirate-speak.

Anthony honored our (Live Chat regulars) request, and dedicated the LIVE CHAT thread to BND (Del Trame) once we discovered he had passed last year.

While you all wait for JJ’s big announcement, why not come on by the CHAT room and present yourself for indoctrination, I mean, say “hi.”

182. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - August 26, 2011

“We are very close…”

Hopefully closer than the last time they said they were close.

Meanwhile, still living off fanfiction…

183. n1701ncc - August 26, 2011

Why can’t we have a mini series [ 6 to 8 shows] every 2 years on HBO or Showtime or even the networks. It would give everyone enough time develope plots , characters and keep the fan base happy.

BTW Who thinks the new villain in the next movie will be Gary Mitchell, Harry Mudd or the big heads from Talos IV

184. THX-1138 - August 26, 2011

#76

Spot on. That is what I want from a new Trek series. No alternate timeline stuff. Save that for JJ’s NuTrek, if it ever actually happens. I can choose to ignore anything from the new sub-prime universe if I want, or I can enjoy the bits that I like. But somewhere in my little head I have it that TV is where the “Prime” universe of Trek unfolds. Let’s use a jump into the future as a starting point. A new Enterprise with a new crew. Tell stories ABOUT things, like Gene Roddenberry liked to do. Examine the condition of humanity from the perspective of it’s gradual rise to a more noble purpose. And include all the bang-up visuals and action that a lot of us love, too. Include the current caretakers of the “Prime” universe in the production, like Rick Sternbach, Doug Drexler, the Okudas et al. Manny Coto and Ronald Moore should have some involvement. And most importantly, get the best writers possible and let them WRITE. Something I saw in the special features of my TNG DVD’s was a quote from Michael Piller talking to Roddenberry about an episode script that was pitched. Piller describes the story and Roddenberry asks “But what is it about?’, meaning not so much the plot but what was the greater issue that was addressed. In other words, REAL writing.

You can do the movies or not, they aren’t that big a deal to me. So much more can happen in a TV series, so many more stories, so many more adventures. I find movies rather limiting when it comes to furthering the Trek universe. At least that’s how it seems to me.

185. Jay - August 26, 2011

#175 I agree completely.

There is no other explaination for why you have a “70 page outline” in March and still no script in August. If the outline was well received and JJ liked it, then it would take NO MORE than a week to turn it into a script. This is beyond rediculous now.

The most logical explaination for the delay (now 2 months past the last excuse of Super 8) is that they have be rewriting the story/script from scratch.

The next most logical explaination is that JJ is in some kind of contract negotiation that is dragging on, and until that is finalized, the Star Trek project is in limbo.

186. Jay - August 26, 2011

My previous post was a response to #177….not #175 did the numbers change?

187. Bryan - August 26, 2011

Star Trek (2009) was a great movie, but it was a major departure from what Star Trek fans were “used to” having. I think the format, style, and overall feel of the film works for big-budget movies, but on the small screen we need to continue with the prime-universe.

Afterall, I can spend a couple hours a year with lense flares, I don’t know if my retinas can take it 26 hours a year.

188. Christopher Roberts - August 26, 2011

186. A couple of posts seem to have been added earlier than mine. Which was 161.

I remembered it, because you could add 2 and get the date of the Federation was founded.

189. Christopher Roberts - August 26, 2011

Links mulled over by admin as potential spam, I suspect…

190. Christopher Roberts - August 26, 2011

2161. Birth of the Fed. Yup. For remembering, I am literally that sad.

191. Adolescent Nightmare - August 26, 2011

The Supreme Court must be in charge of any TV series!!!! No more prime universe snoozefests!!!!

192. Allenburch - August 26, 2011

All of this speculation regarding reasons for the delay…Yet no one has suggested that perhaps a way has been discovered to bring Shatner in the movie, (hush), and they want to keep it a big secret…

YOU KNOW you want it !!!

193. THX-1138 - August 26, 2011

#191

Incorrect statement.

194. VOODOO - August 26, 2011

#75

Lol, you hit the nail on the head

195. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 26, 2011

I don’t care if they do another TV series, animated or otherwise. The focus needs to be on doing good Star Trek movies. Bad Robot does NOT need any distractions in this regard.

People are slagging off the alternate universe before they really know anything about it. Grief, we’ve already had 700 hours of stories involving the prime universe. Where is the desire to explore and seek out NEW life, NEW civilizations etc? There is a great new production team and cast willing (albeit rather slowly at the moment) to take us on this new journey… why not allow them, without all the bitching and harking back to the past all the time?

Where you people are in the US, it is now 26 August (has been for a while) and yet so far there is no mention of Chris Pine’s birthday. He plays one of the most important and well known characters of the entire Star Trek franchise and not a word. No two people are alike, not even clones it seems and it is Chris Pine’s own interpretation and playing of Kirk that has brought this character alive again in his youth. Other actors may have done it as well. A few hundred were auditioned for the part, but it was Chris Pine who made the “cut” and for good reason. It is the life and specialness of each individual that we celebrate when it comes to the date of their actual birth… but I guess most people would rather bitch and hark back. So sad!

Anthony? Please…I hope I have got this all wrong.

196. T'Cal - August 26, 2011

So. No news on Trek 12 still. OBVIOUSLY!!

197. BringBackKirkPrime - August 26, 2011

That’s an amazing quote from J.J.
“I do feel like if ‘Trek’ happens as we hope that it will, it will be a fun return to that group of people, because it’s an amazing group.”

IF “TREK” HAPPENS?!??!?!??!?!?!?!?!??!!?
Wow, first comes the LONG series of delays and side tracking to other projects, now the possibility is brought up that there will be NO “TREK ” MOVIE?

198. BringBackKirkPrime - August 26, 2011

In the good old days, before there were any Trek movies, and they had talked about a new t.v. series -before The Next Generation- there had been talk of doing some movie of the week type of shows (before HBO). That might be interesting now with more money put into each episode of two hours. More like a series of t.v. movies without the 4 or 5 year delay between each film, but better quality than a standard t.v. series.

199. MJ - August 26, 2011

@195. “Where you people are in the US, it is now 26 August (has been for a while) and yet so far there is no mention of Chris Pine’s birthday.”

He is not friend of family, so why would I celebrate his birthday. Love him as an actor, love him in Trek 09, but I don’t know him personally.

These public birthday congrats and silly fan messages to Pine, which of course he will not see, always strike me as a little creepy…like the people posting them need to feel good about Pines birthday more for their own needs verus directly caring about Pine.

Just my opinion, but yea, it kind of gives me the creeps, and its even worse when it goes to Twitter — their is nothing more lame then seeing seeing self-aggrandizing birthday tweets from hangers-on and support staff (e.g. ass kissers) in support of famouts people’s birthdays on Twitter.

200. MJ - August 26, 2011

@198 “In the good old days, before there were any Trek movies, and they had talked about a new t.v. series -before The Next Generation- there had been talk of doing some movie of the week type of shows (before HBO). That might be interesting now with more money put into each episode of two hours. More like a series of t.v. movies without the 4 or 5 year delay between each film, but better quality than a standard t.v. series.”

This would be outstanding — I have been calling for this in posts over the past couple of years. A quarterly 2-hour movie on HBO, or a 10-episode run once a year on HBO, would be outstanding.

201. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 26, 2011

MJ – That is one mean-spirited post. You have no idea what any of these actors see or don’t see. That is a pure presumption on your part. They know their way around the internet, they have laptops, wireless connections, cellphones that can receive emails and whatnot. I am hopeful that, in this case, maybe Chris Pine might see my expression of love (metta) and appreciation of what he has already done and feel encouraged to keep up the good work.

I am not a member of his family. I have never met him. However, that does not mean I cannot wish him happiness and success, if only because he is another human being, like me, like you. If I have an opportunity and what better time than on his birthday? No, I don’t know everybody in the world (how could I? how could anyone?), but I do know a little of Chris Pine, just by seeing him perform in the various movies he has done so far and by seeing and hearing him answer questions in interviews.

Is it that hard to share a little goodwill towards someone you don’t know in person and may never meet?

Maybe some support staff may actually like the person they work for and are all too happy to wish them cheers on their birthday.

For the record, I am certainly no ass-kisser!

202. MJ - August 26, 2011

I apologize if it came across as mean-spirited. I guess I just don’t get the “Happy Birthday” deal to stars and famous people. When I say it gives me the creeps, I am just being honest. But again, if I offended you are anyone else, I apologize.

203. MJ - August 26, 2011

BTW, the “ass kisser” remark was in regards to some famous people birthday tweets where I have seen people that work for them, their agents, and less famous people, congratulate them. Those people are ass-kissers, and I’ll stand by that remark.

204. ZericsKirogKirk - August 26, 2011

I really want Trek TV come back again. If CBS was not do it. Remove CBS have to move new TREK own productions like Star Wars. It will be nice

205. NuFan - August 26, 2011

191

Hi, A.N.

You can bank on it!

206. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 26, 2011

#203 Yes, I can understand where you may be coming from. If people who know someone famous in person, then they can wish them Happy Birthday etc in person. They don’t have to go public because they know that the person will have received their good wishes in a personal and possibly more meaningful way.

However, I am not in that position when it comes to Chris Pine or anyone like him. So, if I wish to express my feelings of liking and goodwill etc towards him, I am forced to do it in a public forum where I hope he will receive it and maybe acknowledge it, maybe not.

207. Jack - August 26, 2011

199. Agreed. I don’t think it’s mean-spirited. I guess I got used to it, a little, with the original cast (I got those damned TOS calendars every year, so it was moderately interesting to note, when looking through it on Christmas morning, that it was somebody’s birthday and they were born whatever year… but I wasn’t sending anyone birthday cards, or impressing the ladies with ‘Did anyone else know that Yvonne Craig is 51 today!’).

But, this site needs stories, and birthdays fill space. As do stories about announcements of the slight possibility of a future announcement, possibly.
And I’m guessing it keeps up the facade that this is an insider site (it isn’t really, even though Anthony apparently emails and tweets with a few folks, and they come here, and I guess they let him into a screening of the flick at Paramount… but, then again, it doesn’t have to be an insider site. It’s become a decent catch-all of the various Trek stories floating around).

But, heck, a lot of us would like our comments to get noticed by whomever we’re commenting about. We’ve got geek and we’ve got it bad. Embarrassingly, I start showboating (er, usually without fully realizing it then) when I see Bob Orci’s on here.

208. Jack - August 26, 2011

168. I’m a fan of Duncan Jones’ two flicks (I prefer Moon to Source Code). It wonder of he’s interested in TV.

I like Alan Ball (I watch True Blood, but I got tired of Six Feet Under after a couple of seasons), although he definitely over-indulges — I picture him doing (although it won’t happen) a kind of insanely dysfunctional, slightly wacky, campy Trek. I like what Russell Davies did with Doctor Who, but it’s also pretty campy (and I wonder whether he’d do Trek, or US television). And, heck, JJ and company have made some decent TV. Of course, I don’t know much about these guys, nothing at all really. I’ve just seen some work and like it.

I wonder if Moore would be interested in Trekking again, if he had free rein? Has he ever commented thusly?

As far as the work of screenwriters/directors goes (in case JJ bails, or, heck, for the next one), there’s Jones, and, I still like Andrew Nichols’ Gattaca. It was decent SF — almost film-noirish — and looked pretty great. I haven’t seen SImone (however it’s spelled) or King of War, but I don’t picture a Gee Whiz!, spirited Trek from this guy. But…

Roger Ebert loves Alex Proyas… but Dark City didn’t do much for me (although I saw it long after I’d read Ebert’s opinions on it, and had my expectations set pretty high). And his stuff after was okay I guess (and Ebert preferred Knowing [which I kind of hated and thought was sort of predictable] to Trek ’09).

Anyway — me, me, me.

209. Phil - August 26, 2011

@159. Here is what happened….nothing.

210. MJ - August 26, 2011

News Release:

Today, MJ, a regular poster on Trekmovie.com, announced that he is very close to making a decision about whether to buy a new wardrobe. “Well, its been a couple of years since I went out an purchased some real nice clothes, and I’ve been planning on doing it since the spring of last year.”

MJ’s wife added, “we started developing a list of the clothes he would purchase about six months ago. At this point, before we finalize the list, we are waiting for MJ’s mom to complete her yearly gardening activities. Once she has completed that, then she will make a final decision on whether to approve the planned clothing purchases by MJ.”

Furthermore, MJ’s best friend recently tweeted: “His kids and workmates really want him to get the new wardrobe. In fact, a lot of us are disappointed that he didn’t start planning for the new wardrobes within the year following his most recent wardrobe purchase”

Additionally, adding to the confusion, MJ’s dad reported last month that “he’s got the final detailed wardrobe list done now and is scouting shopping centers.” This contrasted with a report yesterday from one of MJ’s children, saying: “No, he still just has the draft wardrobe list of clothes, but I want to assure everyone that MJ’s entire family has now been assembled, and we are all working very hard now to get a list of clothing requirements together, and to support a decision within the next month by MJ’s mom concerning moving forward with the clothing purchase sometime next year.”

MJ’s sister further added, “we need time to get this right. Who would want to see MJ around town wearing some god awful Ugg Boots. We will outfit MJ with the latest and best wardrobe you have ever seen — much better than his last wardrobe — but such a grand wardrobe will take time to plan, develop and execute.”

211. Basement Blogger - August 26, 2011

@ 210

MJ, I am totally confused. Are you going to buy a new wardrobe or not?

212. Charles E. Pratt, Jr. - August 26, 2011

We have a considerable wait ahead of us for a new Star Trek movie and an even longer wait for a new television series. In the meantime it would be super cool to get some officially licensed Star Trek audio dramas! When I was a tiny trekster I loved the hell out of the POWER RECORDS. As an adult I’ve certainly enjoyed all of the fan produced audio dramas as well. Just a thought.

213. Jack - August 26, 2011

210. Nicely done. It’ll be tough waiting 3 weeks to hear you say “If I decide to go shopping, I want to make sure I’ll be able to shop better than last time… I’ll be buying brand new stuff, but not totally different than what I bought last time, but, er, new, and… better, somehow… that’s what we’re looking at… like jeans but not jeans… this is what we’re getting closer to figuring out, right now, and we’ll hopefully know soon if we can do it… … (a little defensively) hey, the Gap values my business and they’re willing to wait…”

Er,

Man, a few of us should collaborate on this script. I got about 45 free minutes tomorrow. Conference call?

Speaking of shopping, is every cast member wearing those JJ glasses now?

PS: When’s Keenser’s birthday?

Oh, yeah. And I agree that a TV series seems unlikely while they’re doing movies.

214. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 27, 2011

Nah. Zachary Quinto was seen wearing dark rimmed glasses a while back. Same with Chris Pine. I think dark rimmed glass frames may be the fashion now. Chris Pine has been seen wearing what I think are photo sensitive lenses (Transition lenses?), which mean they are normal prescription eye wear while indoors and become sunglasses when you are outside.

I wonder how long it took JJ decide on the shape and colour of those frames. Gosh he could have got Super 8 completed in that time…I keeeed.

Good one, MJ. If you were here in NZ, you may not need to decide about your new wardrobe until next year because come September, it is officially our Spring. However, being where you are, taking more time to decide could mean that certain parts of the anatomy might freeze and fall off in the meantime, especially if the coming autumn (fall) and winter is colder than usual…:) Decisions, decisions!

215. Wayne - August 27, 2011

Do we think they may film 2 (or even 3) movies at the same time. Would certainly reduce production costs and time per movie. It’s been done before and they could then release them a year apart. COME ONE, you know it makes sense.

216. John - August 27, 2011

Well who ever wanted a Star Trek line of movies that mirror the original Star Wars trilogy here’s your wish!

217. Christopher Roberts - August 27, 2011

215. Without reading all the posts leading up to that…

You do realise Empire Strikes Back came out within 3 years of Star Wars?

And Return of the Jedi, another 3 years after that?

They should bite the bullet and go with what they’ve got so far.

Pop around to my house if they’re unsure and I’ll tell them where something’s not working! (laughs)

I think some of the broader age range of appeal the last time, comes down an older actor on that bridge. Bruce Greenwood as Pike sealed the deal for some of us, a little alienated by all the new younger faces. I suppose some of that could transfer to Karl Urban as McCoy.

218. Janice - August 27, 2011

#216

YES–Bruce Greenwood as Pike in the 2009 Star Trek sure sealed the deal for me!! More than anything, I want to see PIKE in the sequel.

219. JP - August 27, 2011

If Data (the REAL Data not B4) isn’t in this movie then i’m not going to go see it!

Wait, what year is this? :)

220. Christopher Roberts - August 27, 2011

218. 2006?

After four years, they finally decided to make a 5th TNG movie… although it turned out to be more of a Justice League affair with Starfleet types from DS9/VOY, transferred to the Enterprise-E.

Mind you. At least Star Trek: Legacy turned out to be a better send off for the 24th Century than Star Trek Nemesis did.

Wait, which universe was Trekmovie.com founded about again?

221. Khan was Framed! - August 27, 2011

I can’t see JJ pulling off a decent Trek TV series; literally all of his TV work is a crappier version of someone else’s work:

-Alias was awful & was just a Femme Nikita rip off

-Lost was a Gilligan’s island rip off, without any of the fun

-& the XFiles one with Pacey from Dawson’s Creek is so offensively stupid I have selectively forgotten it’s name

I desperately want Trek back on TV, where it belongs, but I certainly hope CBS are wise enough to tap Manny Coto over JJ & team.

JJ is fine doing films because he can work with his creative team to distill ideas down into one story.When he tries to space them out in episodes the ideas get weak fast.

The guy just isn’t creative enough to produce a new story every weak, which is why SO much of his work is ripped off.

222. MJ - August 27, 2011

“-Lost was a Gilligan’s island rip off, without any of the fun.”

Lost was one of my favorite shows ever, despite the weak finish. Seasons 1-4 were some of the best shows in TV history.

Didn’t like Alias and don’t like Fringe, so I agree with you on those two.

223. Khan was Framed! - August 27, 2011

@222

Like it or hate it, you gotta admit it was derivative of “Gilligan” & as you stated it had a “weak finish”, thusly reinforcing my statement that Abrams & co. aren’t capable of delivering a quality, TV series in the long term.

His work shows a trend of relatively uncreative, mediocre concepts & rehashing other peoples work, such as coming into Mission Impossible as a sequel director, the afore mentioned rip offs & most noteworthy his Star Trek.

He’s a good guy to have on the room when you’re tweaking a final draft of your script, a spit & polish man, but the projects he leads himself frequently run out of steam prematurely, due to his lack of vision.

224. MJ - August 27, 2011

@223. Gilligan’s Island? Come on, dude? :-) Are you serious?

Also, it is really hard to find a genre film or series produced these days that could not be argued to be a rehash of the films that went before it.

225. Khan was Framed! - August 27, 2011

@224

Totally serious.

But I couldn’t get past the first two episodes because I thought it was terrible.

Clearly, you liked it, so I don’t want to harp on that point because it makes me sound like a jerk.

And since you’re obviously a Trekkie too, you have good taste & must have seen something in it that I didn’t.

Let’s just leave it as “we agree to disagree” on that one.

Having experienced only disappointment with Abrams previous work, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed Star Trek, despite his slash & burn approach to the cannon I love.

But I am skeptical that lightning will strike twice, especially given Orci & Kurtzman’s less than stellar record with writing sequels.

I am even more skeptical of that team’s ability to produce a TV show of any quality.

I agree with you about most modern genre films/shows being a rehash of something previous, but I don’t accept it as an excuse for lazy writing; you can do a new Star Trek without it having to be another version of what we have already seen.

New adventures in the Star trek universe don’t have to be on a starship or feature the same seven crew members remixed or even take place within the Federation; it’s a show about exploring the universe.

226. JP - August 28, 2011

@220: Well played sir.

If there is one thing that is consistent across all timelines and all dimensions it is that Shatner will want a cameo :)

227. Will - August 28, 2011

Clearly, there’s no real enthusiasm among the powers-that-be for another Star Trek film, and it all comes down to money. If the last film had made about $500mm at the box office, another film would be a no-brainer. But it didn’t. Didn’t even come with in $100mm of that. So now, if you’re Paramount et al., the question you have to ask yourselves is: Do we need to make another one at all? That’s the fundamental question here and I think they’re still trying to figure that out.

228. Alex Rosenzweig - August 28, 2011

#25 – Bob, I gotta admit, over the past 5-7 years, that faith as been taking a real beating, Trek-wise, ’cause nothing is going (from CBS/Paramount, anyway) as I think it should. ;)

Thankfully, lots of fans are keeping the torch well and truly aflame!

229. MJ - August 28, 2011

@227. “If the last film had made about $500mm at the box office, another film would be a no-brainer. But it didn’t. Didn’t even come with in $100mm of that.”

No offense, but you really don’t know what you are talking about here. If ST made it’s $380M this year, it would be the 6th biggest movie of 2011.

Money is not the issue — it’s the lack of time management skills and procrastination by The Supreme Court that is the issue here.

230. Phil - August 28, 2011

@217. Here is the problem with them biting the bullet and going with what they got. They don’t have anything. No script, just a story outline. I don’t care how much trust Paramount has in these guys, they are not going to spend tens of millions of dollars to get these guys on a set to ad lib a movie.

I’ll go so far as to suggest that if this isn’t green lit by the end of the year (and please, no prattle about soft prep) the earliest the sequel hits the big screen is 2014.

231. Phil - August 28, 2011

I have to admit that I just don’t understand the people who think that Trek 2009 did not perform well. 150MM budget, 385MM in box office, and add in another 100MM+ on rentals and DVD sales – anyway you look at it, a money maker, and the best performing Trek ever. If there is a weak spot it was foreign box office, and bringing in a reoccuring character with foreign appeal solves that problem. Just saying….relax. There is no grand conspiracy to keep Trek off the big screen.

232. Jack - August 28, 2011

229. Come on, MJ. We have basically no information. We could blame it on procrastination, but, really, what the heck do we know?

Trek 2009 performed ridiculously well.

233. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 28, 2011

Except that money may be one of the obstacles. After Star Trek 09 was released, the Hollywood finances took a turn for the worse. Luckily Hollywood has had those Transformers blockbuster movies that everyone here loves to hate, but it could be that only because of the successes of those silly Trans. movies, Harry Potter, Twilight etc, that Hollywood is solvent at all. Then in February 2011, financially things started looking up…

234. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - August 28, 2011

231 all of you who keep going on and about trek XI having made 380 million dollars, always fail to neglect the fact that its the world wide gross.
while world box office reciepts are more important now than in the past, if a movies domestic grosses make a huge profit then how much it made world wide doesnt make a heck of a lot of difference.

now the domestic gross of Trek XI was very good, but at the end of the day it only made a little over 100 million domesticly more than its production budget, and thats not even factoring in things like publicty budget, the costs of making 35mm prints and the cost of getting the digital files to the theatres that are playing it digitaly the costs of shipping the 35mm prints to theatres etc etc.

235. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - August 28, 2011

oh and dvd and rentals dont go to paramount pictures that money goes to Paramount home video an entirely different division of the company.

236. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - August 28, 2011

#25 so does that indicate we might see a young Valeris in the next movie or perhaps hope upon hope that the time line is restored and things unfold as they should.

237. MJ - August 28, 2011

@34. First of all, as I said previously, Trek 09 this year would be the sixth biggest movie of the year — that is total gross, worldwide and domestic. That is doing very well.

“oh and dvd and rentals dont go to paramount pictures that money goes to Paramount home video an entirely different division of the company.”

Let’s see, so what is the stock exchange symbol for Paramount Home Video. Let’s see…wait a minute…its all Under Viacom…ah, the same corporation: VIA on the NYSE. WHOOPS! Nice try, dude. Back to the old drawing board, my friend. :-)

238. chrisfawkes.com - August 29, 2011

All the regulars on this forum should have recurring guest roles in a new series.

239. Phil - August 29, 2011

@234. Why the issue with foreign box office? At the end of the day revenue is revenue, be it dollars or Euros. The last Harry Potter made 1.25 Billion, with 1 billion of that foreign revenue. Was the movie a failure because of that? I doubt that the studio is sending that back because it’s “foreign” revenue, and dosen’t count.
The DVD/rental revenue is also a straw man arguement – it’s the content that generates the bucks, so the studio gets a cut – even if they didn’t, the parent company knows where the revenue was generated. Merchendising is also a seperate operating unit, and the studio gets a cut of that, too. . Trek 09 was profitable – are you trying to suggest that it didn’t make any money in the face of solid proof it did really well?

240. Trekboi - August 29, 2011

not happy with their lack of commitment- if you wont do it give it to someone who will give it 100%

241. TrekInNameOnly - August 29, 2011

I don’t want a NuTrek series from Abrams any more than I want a NuTrek film from him. It’d be a shame to have the 2009 film be a dangling participle, but maybe a new director and new screenwriters (not the “Transformers” hacks) will make the sting of having a reboot be less painful. I still don’t understand what the hell is so interesting about these re-imaginings and re-tellings. Move forward in the universe, stir up the status quo, and don’t just ditch previous work because it makes life inconvenient for you or the newbies to the franchise. I find books written after the demise of the past 5 shows far more interesting than the retelling of the constant story over and over again. So, say “no” to revisionist history (or revisionist timelines), and hope that these bad ideas fizzle sooner rather than later.

242. DeShonn Steinblatt - August 29, 2011

So, say “no” to revisionist history (or revisionist timelines), and hope that these bad ideas fizzle sooner rather than later.

Or just get a life. Freedom of choice, really.

243. MJ - August 29, 2011

@241 Huh? Sorry, I am not getting your point, or it does not make any sense…or both???

244. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - August 29, 2011

Because while they are all owned by VIacom , they are different seperate entities within viacom. They are subsidaries

heres a great example you know how it was big news that Newline cinema was being folded into WB proper.
well even though New line had been owned by Time warner for over a decade, it was its own seperate entity, it had its own ceo and the money made from its movies was independent of time warner propper.

another example MannTheatres is owned by Paramount, but its its own seperate company with its own CEO and own board of directors etc.
and the money it brings in(albiet not very much anymore) goes to the manntheatres profits not paramounts not viacoms.

you people really dont know that companies like this have subsidary companies.

the home video divison is a subsidary company of viacom same goes for Paramount International

each subsidary files their own taxes each year as well.

245. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - August 29, 2011

239 did i say it didnt make a profit? no i didnt go back and re read.

246. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - August 29, 2011

242 no need to be rude and obnoxious just cause you dont agree with him. seriously as the get a life comment really needed?

247. MJ - August 29, 2011

@244. “Because while they are all owned by VIacom , they are different separate entities within Viacom. They are subsidiaries.”

Dude, you really do need to take business 101. The Parent Company, in which the value of the entire enterprise is valued on the open stock market is Viacom. That is where the accounting for the year all the holdings and subsidiary’s take place.

You would have us believe that each holding or subsidiary is valued on the open market separately and is thus only beholden to its own internal success — this is simply not the way the real business world works. For Viacom, you will see and Annual Balance Sheet in the Annual Report, that will sum up the value of all its holdings and corporations, and that it where earnings and success are determined — determined mainly by how that stock for Viacom performs on the open market.

Again, please take Business 101 before you come back at us again with you position that the subsidiaries are exasperate entities with defined open market value separate from each other — that is simply not true.

And why is this important. Well, its important because it refutes your argument that the sales of the DVD’s and Blu-Rays of ST09 are not part of the value proposition of Trek within the enterprise — they are — earnings from these two different subsidiaries are added together in Viacoms Annual Report, and help to increase the value of Viacom’s value on the open market for shareholder and investors.

248. MJ - August 30, 2011

If you don’t believe me, you can access Viacom’s Annual Report here — see pages 3 and 4:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9NzAxNzR8Q2hpbGRJRD0tMXxUeXBlPTM=&t=1

249. Talos IV - August 30, 2011

PLEASE!!!! SOMEONE BREAK THE SILENCE!!! JJ!!!! WHERE ARE YOU??? ORCI…HELP!!!! MUST….HAVE….NEW….INFORMATION!!!!!

250. Christopher Roberts - August 30, 2011

Ah, Talos IV. Where dreams are more important than reality.

251. Phil - August 30, 2011

@249. There is lots of info. They are working on it, and have said so. They cannot assign dates for completed story, script, or release date because they are not far enough along in the process to do that with any degree of confidence. There is no shooting schedule so the actors are taking on other projects. It will all come together….in the future.
That is all.

252. Johnny - August 30, 2011

I just hope that the new film is not a Vulcan allegory mirroring the hardships of 20th century holocaust survivors. DS9 ran the “trouble in the middle east” metaphors into the ground.

TOS and TNG shook things up. Sure, they reflected the struggles of their times- and that was much of their charm- but they had a wide variety of subjects and themes that the other series did not.

If it at all deals with the Vulcan race it should go in an entirely different direction…maybe a massive cloning project gone horribly, horribly wrong. Something along a new race of primal, evil Vulcans. Scarier than Borg.
Actually what I have wanted for a long time is a film with Mudd as central character. Pine and the new cast are funny. Let them loose.

When I was a kid there was an NBC Mystery Movie of the week series. It was actually an excuse to combine three or four separate series alternating weekly episodes. The payoff for the audience was that they episodes were 90-120 minutes long. Columbo was one of them.

I wish that someone up the Trek later would do something ballsy like divide up three or four trek separate casts (example: Older Sulo as captain or Riker and The Titan) and then produce fewer and longer episodes of each and then broadcast them on alternating weeks. It would be higher quality with different production and writing teams.

Or at the very least do the same thing with films.

253. Anthony Thompson - August 31, 2011

Folks, I’ve got an update. JJ is now very, very, very, very close to making an announcement!!!!

254. Jason S. - August 31, 2011

I’m fine if the new movie never gets made. As for tv, it it isn’t set in the Prime Universe, who cares?

255. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 31, 2011

As for TV, if it isn’t set in the alternate universe with the new cast, I couldn’t really care less.

256. Anthony Thompson - August 31, 2011

Breaking news! Add another ‘very’ to my previous update (#253).

257. AJ - August 31, 2011

STAR TREK 2012

INT. THE BRIDGE

Kirk” Steady as she goes Mr. Sulu.”

Sulu: “Aye sir. maintaining warp 2.6.”

Kirk: “Spock?”

Spock: “I concur with Mr. Sulu. Warp 2.6. Present speed.”

Silence. The vast emptiness of Space.

Kirk: “I’m gonna go rub one out in the can. This sucks. You have the Con, Mr. Spock.” (Kirk leaves quickly).

Spock: “Indeed I do…”

FIN

258. Phil - August 31, 2011

@254. I’m okay with TV in the new universe….

259. Allenburch - August 31, 2011

256. Anthony Thompson

Very very very cool…..Let the countdown begin!

260. Keachick (rose pinenut) - August 31, 2011

It is now 1st September here in NZ. I hope that Paramount and Bad Robot are readying their press releases, JJ Abrams is getting any trim to his hair that needs doing, having those nails manicured, wearing the correct specs and so on… Indeed, so much to do and time waits for no man…

261. Anthony Thompson - September 1, 2011

259. Allenburch
: D

JJ has decided to stop adding ‘verys’ to his pre-announcement pronouncements. Instead, his latest prediction describes the sequel announcement as “excruciatingly imminent!!!”.

262. TrekMadeMeWonder - September 1, 2011

Please make a series. A TOS styled series. A REAL TOS styled series!

263. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 1, 2011

“JJ has decided to stop adding ‘verys’ to his pre-announcement pronouncements. Instead, his latest prediction describes the sequel announcement as “excruciatingly imminent!!!”.”

The first word I thought of when reading this was – constipation. Come on, JJ. Shrek says that “it’s better out than in”…:)

Sorry – couldn’t resist.

264. MJ - September 1, 2011

Update — Noble prize winning mathematicians have just modeled the asymptotic curve the predictions that while we will get closer every day to JJ making announcement, that, in reality, he won’t ever announce anything about Trek sequel before our universe ends. Here is a graphic of the equation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Asymptote02.png

265. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 1, 2011

6.40pm 2 September NZ time right now – time is a-ticking…

266. MJ - September 2, 2011

Yea, in July we hear: “next month”. In August, we heard: “September.”

So this month we better get some F-ing unequivocal announcement from JJ once and for all fans — ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. It is time shit or get off the pot.

We have been taken for granted once me many times — we are hardcore fans of a franchise we treasure — we are not like cheap whores will put out with cold detached emotions and then haggle about the tip afterward; rather, we are exceptional and educated call-girls who want to prepare, talk, have dinner and all that before the act takes place….and the act is phenomenal even after the god-awful amount of time it takes us to get there.

267. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 2, 2011

Really, MJ? LOL

What’s the chance that they will make an awesomely fantastic orgasm inducing announcement on 8 September (next Thursday) to mark the 45 years since the first Star Trek came to television screens in America?

Ever hopeful, with two fingers firmly crossed behind my back!

268. Anthony Thompson - September 2, 2011

266.

MJ, are you taking all your meds? LOL!

269. Anthony Thompson - September 2, 2011

267.

Or JJ *could* decide to wait until the 50th anniversary! ; ) In that case, we can expect his excruciatingly imminent sequel announcement on 9/8/2016.

270. Christopher Roberts - September 2, 2011

Probably waiting until the 26th September, with the announcement JJ will be bringing Enterprise back to celebrate its 10th Anniversary.

I’ll get my coat.

271. Anthony Thompson - September 2, 2011

All kidding aside, I’m starting to get worried. Could all this delay (including silence from our friend Bob) indicate script problems? Or maybe Paramount is demanding a leaner budget this time around due to the long interval between the films and because of continuing problems in the economy? Whatever the reason is, it can’t be good!

272. MJ - September 2, 2011

@271. The one minor possibility that might be a good thing is that perhaps they are going to shoot 2 and 3 back to back. That would solve the issue they will have about having to film the two sequels withing five years of the original’s release date to keep the actors under contract.

273. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 2, 2011

On this and other threads, I appear to be seeing posts with different numbers attached to them compared with what you guys appear to be seeing. My numbers are bigger than yours… (yet the only double-posting was done accidentally by Dee and everyone saw that, to judge by a comment made about it.)

For example, MJ, according to what I am seeing, you just asked yourself if you had taken all your meds. LOL Personally, I have no problem with you using this site to remind yourself of whether you have done what is necessary in your daily regime, but it can get a bit confusing at times, dear…:)

Anyway, let’s all have our fingers firmly crossed for grand news come 8 September (if not beforehand, of course)!!!

Are you getting this, Bob? You need to pass it on!
Good man.

274. MJ - September 2, 2011

@273 “For example, MJ, according to what I am seeing, you just asked yourself if you had taken all your meds.”

Huh?

275. TrekMadeMeWonder - September 2, 2011

Waiting for Trek is like waiting for the next “Lost in Space” movie.

Oh, the pain. The pain.

276. Anthony Thompson - September 2, 2011

273. Keachick

I’ve experienced that same problem (the numbers being off) in the past. But not right now. It’s kind of an odd quirk of the site.

277. Anthony Thompson - September 2, 2011

@72. MJ

That’s a very interesting possibility. And it makes a lot of sense (if Paramount has the balls to do it)!

278. Anthony Thompson - September 2, 2011

MJ

The more I think about it, the more sense your theory makes. It would solve the JJ problem of him wanting to films between each Trek. It would also keep the entire creative team together, etc.. And, as you pointed out, it solves the cast problem. There is no downside to doing it that way!

279. MJ - September 2, 2011

@278. Plus it would explain the excruciating delays here…the Supreme Court may be trying to the get the studio to buy off on this obviously expense proposition of filming the next two back-to-back. So, assuming it is one story with two parts, this would mean a lot more time to complete the screenplay, which would also help to explain how come this all taking so freaking long.

The more I think about it, the more I think we might be on to something here Anthony. It certainly fits the limited “data” we have on the delay.

280. Red Dead Ryan - September 3, 2011

Maybe Keachick has dyslexia. ;-)

As for filming the sequels back-to-back, I highly doubt it. I don’t think it’s J.J Abram’s style, nor do I think the actors would want to spend the next two years or so focusing strictly on Trek sixteen hours a day, six days a week. Also, movies that film back to back tend to based on books, with “Lord Of The Rings”, “Twilight”, and “Harry Potter” being the most prominent examples.

I would have to think that once the sequel is done, the studio will wait and see how successful it is before committing to a third. If the sequel is a smash hit, then the production staff will set summer 2015 as a tentative release date. J.J Abrams will then promise to begin pre-production after he decides whether or not he wants to direct, depending on the script. Bob and Alex begin watching old Trek episodes and read old novels. Then the supreme court members will fill up their schedules with other projects, resulting in the third Trek film being delayed six months into the future. We will keep getting “updates” about nothing for months on end into 2016. In the meantime, Leonard Nimoy has come out of retirement (again) this time for the fiftieth anniversary of “Star Trek”, and announces that he will make a couple of guest appearances on J.J Abrams’ new sci-fi series, a spinoff of “Fringe” called “Mainstream”, a show about conventional and realistic science with Bob and Alex as writers. William Shatner has yet another cd in production, and a new show, this time about hair.

The sequel is still on hold well into the summer of 2016, with no further updates from Anthony, who has suddenly fallen off the face of the earth….

281. MJ - September 3, 2011

@280. You forget Matrix 2 and 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3.

282. MJ - September 3, 2011

Also Kill Bill and Back to the Future 2 and 3.

283. Red Dead Ryan - September 3, 2011

MJ, thanks!

Though one could still argue that it’s easier to film back-to-back when you already have source material.

“Kill Bill” was actually filmed as one movie, but the studio decided to spilt it up to make more money. People had to spend twice as much by seeing two seperate movies instead of one 3hr film and had to pay twice, one each for parts I and II instead of paying one price for one movie.

Its the same logic behind the studios deciding to film the last “Twilight” movie as a two-parter.

284. Red Dead Ryan - September 3, 2011

But I’m glad that Peter Jackson is filming “The Hobbit” as two seperate movies. The book is quite expansive, and a single three hour long film would have to exclude quite a bit of material. Plus with Jackson, you know you’re going to get high quality.

285. Red Dead Ryan - September 3, 2011

But I’m glad that Peter Jackson is filming “The Hobbit” as two seperate movies. The book is quite expansive, and a single three hour long film would have to exclude quite a bit of material. Plus with Jackson, you know you’re going to get high quality.

286. MJ - September 3, 2011

Plus, by filming the Hobbit in two parts., it allows for more creativity in the story to both make it a bit more adult (like LOTR), while also to include some additional new material that I think will tie The Hobbit to the LOTR films more than Tolkien had intended….and I trust PJ to do this in a manner that the fans will appreciated.

287. Jack - September 4, 2011

275. Weirdly, I kind of liked the Lost in Space movie. I don’t tell that to just anyone… Although I was living in Asia and maybe I was homesick for some Joey? Mimi Rodgers?

288. Mainer82 - September 6, 2011

I hope and pray JJ does not lead a TV series, he’s already made Trek look empty with his latest Trek movie.

289. m. - September 7, 2011

if jj will do a tv series it might be good, but if he would take as much time for making the series as for the new movie… it would be in 2066 for the pilot. :/

290. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - September 13, 2011

283 it was split into two because it was testing poorly with recruited audiences as a single 3 and a half hour film.

the sad part is the majority of those people filling those recruited audience screenings were comprised of tourists who were just looking for a few hours to kill when they were offered a free advanced screening ticket on hollywood blvd.

291. alan - September 14, 2011

aye.
first off, why are thier no fat or no old people in j.j. abrams star trek other than christopher pike actor LOL. one of the two interesting things about star trek classic was the age ranges and the different nationalities and accents, much like lost.

j.j. needs to do to star trek what he did for lost, give it cliffhangers each episode, etc. and above all PLEASE CAN WE HAVE THE JERRY GOLDSMITH/HORNER MUSIC BACK LOL.

In my opinion star trek moviewise after 4 when goldsmith watered down his own score with star trek 5 and them replacing that was a huge mistake. franchise fall apart when they remove music (bond, terminator, superman, batman (hate nolans version, disliked batman after elfman got booted for score). First contact was the only alternatively scored movie i liked.

Shatner is underapreciated on classic trek simply because unlike pine who plays him with one deminsion of angry, shatner went from incredibly friendly with the original crew to overacting but at least emotionaly involved with the plot.

part of why star trek has dwindled is because star trek is cerebal and about stories and characters not action, producers to boost ratings didnt understand that and removed rodenberrys style of storytelling in place of action yarn. star trek is for geeks and thinkers, star wars is for jocks and action fans. twilight zone original and classic star trek were great at using stories to look at the human condition. the reboot was basicaly a revenge fest, completely un roddenberry despite the 18-24 year old reboot fanboys clamoring about it.

writing wise for characters the reboot was a mixed bag with kirk saying bones lines about spock. i did hate the score and would love to see
pine do the intro for star trek like the original series and tng did with thier captains as that also was one of the cool things about star trek.

alot to like and dislike about the reboot. i would have rather they used the tv shows score than the horrid soundtrack for 2009 if they wont return to the goldsmith/horner music that made star trek flourish in the 80s.

i love abrams for lost and hope he can return star trek to some producing common sense and realize star trek is more than a loud obnoxious action movie with slim hot young actors, other than the reboot wich was poor to mediocre, i havent seen a abrams movie ive liked despite being a lost fan

all these reboots suck for removing music, its generaly removing music that destroyed these franchises in the first place and not having people that can properly pace and use music in a film, forget 250 million in visuals.. get horner back or get john williams to score a st movie.

292. alan - September 14, 2011

in my opinon star trek 2 and3 are still the best st movies prefering star trek 2-4 and first contact and if im desperate the reboot (i liked quinto,pegg,anton and urban didnt like cho or zaldana, nichele and takei had rich voice ranges for thier characters). the reboot was better than some of the terrible tng movies but not by much. maybe if j.j. gets the lost writers back for the tv show they can breath some life back into the franchise. music makes a movie and tv series. end of rant.

293. Jonathan - September 19, 2011

291
You hit the nail on the head with the music issue. I bought the soundtracks to II, III and VI. Star Wars is the same way. I bought the original soundtrack for Empire Strikes Back…loved it. The prequels? Music is completely forgettable in my opinion. Same with Trek 09 reboot. Forgettable.

294. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 25, 2011

Shatner and the other actors had 79 episodes to show their characters in their various dimensions. Shatner’s Kirk was also older and more mellow than Pine’s Kirk. Besides, the Shatner Kirk could also be very angry, persistant, insistent at times. These new actors had less than two hours to bring their version of these iconic characters to an audience, some of whom may not have been very familiar with the characters from the TOS TV series. Frankly, it is an unfair comparison. Better and fairer comparisons could be made once we see all three movies that are projected to get made.

295. TNG and Voyager RULES - October 20, 2011

I am so exicited to see a possible Star Trek TV franchise coming out. I already watch TNG and Voyager reruns over and over and over again. I hope a new Star Trek on TV will not alienate or bomb existing fans like Stargate SG1 did with Stargate Universe. That was a total disaster. It killed the franchise for me.

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