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Paramount Extends Deal With JJ Abrams & Bad Robot February 22, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Abrams,CBS/Paramount,Celebrity,Star Trek (2009 film),Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

The love fest between Star Trek director/producer JJ Abrams and Paramount Pictures looks like it will continue into the future. This afternoon Paramount Pictures announced they are extending their deal with Abrams and his Bad Robot production company. More details below.

 

JJ, Bad Robot and Paramount sticking together

In the summer of 2006 JJ Abrams followed up his directorial debut of Mission Impossible III with an exclusive film production deal with Paramount Pictures, and Star Trek was slated as his first project. This deal was the first time Paramount had entrusted their Star Trek franchise (one of the crown jewels) to a another production company (even one under its own umbrella). Since that time Abrams and Bad Robot have worked closely with Paramount to produce a number of films including Cloverfield, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Super 8 and of course the Star Trek sequel currently in production, with Abrams at the helm.

And today Paramount and Bad Robot announced that they are extending their deal with Abrams (and his Bad Robot producing partner Bryan Burk) until the end of 2015. The net result of this is that Abrams is likely to continue to be part of the Star Trek franchise, assuming Paramount puts another film into development following the release of the sequel in May 2013. Bad Robot also has a number of other projects in development at the studio.


Bad Robot title card from the credits of 2009’s "Star Trek"

press release

PARAMOUNT PICTURES & J.J. ABRAMS’ BAD ROBOT EXTEND EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK DEAL

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 22, 2012) – Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., and Bad Robot Productions jointly today announced an extension of their exclusive, first-look agreement through December 2015.

The prolific production company, whose original first look deal with Paramount began in 2006, is currently shooting the next installment of the studio’s Star Trek franchise. Once again, Abrams is directing and Bad Robot is producing the tent-pole, which will be released in 3D on May 17, 2013.

“J.J. is a unique talent and a captivating storyteller,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “J.J., Bryan Burk and the whole Bad Robot team are an integral part of Paramount and we’re proud to continue our collaboration. Their pictures have extraordinary resonance around the world and we’re so pleased Paramount will be their home for years to come.”

“Brad, Rob, Adam and the whole Paramount team have given Bad Robot truly incredible support, a fun and smart collaborative environment and access to the best film distribution people in the business. I couldn’t be happier knowing that Bad Robot features will remain at Paramount,” said Abrams.

Bad Robot’s previous project with Paramount was “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” The film, which was produced by Bad Robot, to date has brought in over $600 million in global box office revenue. Bad Robot and Paramount’s creative partnership has resulted in great success over the last 6 years. In addition to the above mentioned films, projects between the companies have included: 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III,” 2008’s “Cloverfield,” 2009’s “Star Trek,” 2010’s “Morning Glory,” and 2011’s “Super 8.”

Comments

1. rtrj - February 22, 2012

Great news, more great Star Trek adventures!

2. Ahmed Abdo - February 22, 2012

I hope this will mean that the third Star Trek movie will be out in 2015 just two years after the second one.

3. Amish Electrician - February 22, 2012

Paramount made a excellent extension

4. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 22, 2012

……………..so I’ll be waiting for the second and the third Star Trek… and others great projects……;-) :-)

5. TrekMadeMeWonder - February 22, 2012

Wait a minute. Doesn’t Paramount make movies anymore themselves?

Sad commentary.

6. Orb of the Emissary - February 22, 2012

I don’t know, it’s been four years since the last movie by the time the sequel comes out. So if they hold that record, the third JJ-verse movie will come out in 2017, 2 years after their deal is set to expire. Hhmmm…

7. Anthony Pascale - February 22, 2012

To be clear, Bad Robot is a subcontractor essentially. But even still many of the assets, facilties and people being used for their productions are from Paramount. This kind of thing is nothing new…Spielberg’s Universal movies were all under his Amblin company. And of course Paramount owns everything Bad Robot produce (for film), even new stuff like Cloverfield.

8. Phil - February 22, 2012

so..how long before the griping starts…..

9. CaptainDonovin - February 22, 2012

@ 8

No gripes from this Trek fan, I’m pleased with this move. This post could use a little more lense flare though.

10. Ahmed Abdo - February 22, 2012

Paramount should try to plan releasing the movies every 2 or 3 years and not have the fans wait forever between the movies.

And somebody please tell CBS to greenlit a new Star Trek TV series asap

11. Gary Makin - February 22, 2012

Star Trek 3 should come out in 2016, the 50th anniversay.

12. Craiger - February 22, 2012

#10 I am not sure Paramount and CBS want to oversaturate Trek. I think they learned their lesson last time and I think they will probably wait until the Trek reboot movies are over before doing another Trek series. Anthony am I right on that?

13. Trekker5 - February 22, 2012

Awesome!! But I can’t think much on Trek 15 right now. All my hopes and dreams are tied up in Trek 13,sorry. Can’t wait for more news from the set!! :)

14. Red Dead Ryan - February 22, 2012

So……it seems that Bad Robot’s secrecy regarding the sequel has been extended three more years!

You think the wait has been agonizingling slow already……. :-)

15. Red Dead Ryan - February 22, 2012

agonizingling=agonizingly

DAMN TYPOS!!!

16. Craiger - February 22, 2012

Actually I think I now know why their isn’t that much news from the set because we know what the new Trek Univese looks like. We know what the ships, equipment, uniforms and the style of Abrams Trek Universe so I can now see why their isn’t that much news coming from the set. All that is really newsworthy is the plot and who the villain is. Unless the plot spoils the movie? Would a plot or synopsis be better as to not spoil anything about the sequel? Or are they considered the same thing?

17. Red Dead Ryan - February 22, 2012

#16.

If Bad Robot is refusing to release one measly photo from the set, then I don’t see why they’d release a plot synopsis, which would obviously reveal more than they’d like.

Sorry, but there will be no photos, no word on the villain(s), no minor details revealed, no snippets of Chris Pine walking to work.

Nada. Nothing. Nathan. Zilch. Zippo. Zero.

It’s how it’s going to be from now on until the fall, at the earliest. So we might as well just forget about it.

18. BobTompkins - February 22, 2012

Looking forward to the Trek after this one sometime in 2020 if Abrams and Co. can squeeze it in by then; shame I probably won’t be around for it.
:-P

19. dmduncan - February 22, 2012

Damn the typedoes, full speed ahead!

20. DeShonn Steinblatt - February 22, 2012

And where are the geniuses who said he was locked in for three, and only three?

21. Basement Blogger - February 22, 2012

Yeah, I know CBS owns Star Trek rights to television. But … Sumner Redstone has majority interests in both Paramount and CBS. You know where I’m going. Captain Pascale has said many times that Star Trek belongs on television. And I agree.

Could we somehow get CBS Les Moonves to green light a Star Trek TV series? Since CBS and Paramount have a mutual owner, enough with the faux conflict. Get a job for Moonves’ wife Julie Chen on the Trek series so we can have Star Trek back on TV with Bad Robot producing, Oh, and hire some kick ass science fiction writers for the series.

22. Red Dead Ryan - February 22, 2012

#20.

They’re in the witness protection program.

23. AJ - February 22, 2012

17:

I’m sure by San Diego Con and Vegas this summer, JJ & team will cook something up. Peter Jackson managed to create a full trailer with realized FX and music one year prior to the release of “The Hobbit.” Maybe “The Avengers” will tack a teaser on.

24. T'Cal - February 22, 2012

Blah blah blah! Still no news about Trek XII!

Signed,
Always Complaining

25. Red Dead Ryan - February 22, 2012

#23.

I hope so. But I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

26. Blake Powers - February 22, 2012

Anthony, thank you for the clarification on “tha biz.”

27. Keachick - rose pinenut - February 22, 2012

I take this announcement to mean that Bad Robot can now make the third Star Trek movie. It is surely a total no-brainer that Paramount/Bad Robot should have the third movie ready for release by the summer of 2016 or 8 SEPTEMBER 2016!, the 50th Anniversary of the date that Star Trek screened for the first time on US television. Lock that date in now for want of a better date!

That is achievable, especially if the third anniversary movie was given priority.

28. Red Dead Ryan - February 22, 2012

I think it’s a bit premature to suggest a third movie coming out on the fiftieth anniversary. It’s more likely that the Bad Robot team, after the sequel is finished, will work on a number of other projects. Those will result in the third movie being pushed back a year….

29. Sebastian S. - February 22, 2012

Just keep the Star Trek flowing, JJ…

We Trekkies need our fix. ;-P

30. claypool2011 - February 22, 2012

Trek belongs on the small screen. Having ONE series on TV and a very infrequent movie series is not oversaturation.

Particularly when the folks making the movies aren’t 100% focused on Star Trek.

31. Aurore - February 22, 2012

Congratulations to all the parties involved!!!

32. Jason - February 22, 2012

*Sigh*

JJ, when are you going to start making “Star Trek?” Enough “Star Wars-Trek” already!

@ Claypool2011: I agree fully. The issue with the 90’s was we had three shows in a row (TNG, Voyager, and Enterprise) with a DS9 being on the air at the same time as TNG and Voyager. Plus, we had films out for a while there every two years. Here is the thing, I don’t get Paramount. It was their idea to have that much Trek on back in the 90’s, yet now, they worry about have one tv show with one film series that seems to be making films every four years on at the same time?

I wish Roddenberry had been able to buy “Trek” from the studio back in the day. The current powers that be are going to tear the franchise apart.

33. Aurore - February 22, 2012

The following is a message to the original Phil, a.k.a. Phil Prime, a.k.a. Show-Me-The-Script Phil:

Happy Birthday!
(It’s already February 23, here.).

34. Jack - February 22, 2012

@32. Jason — “JJ, when are you going to start making “Star Trek?” Enough “Star Wars-Trek” already!”

This gets said a fair bit by folks on here, and I still don’t really know what it means.

That it was entertaining? That it had a fairly exhilarating pace? That two ships blew up?

P.S. Based on MI4, I’d be interested in seeing Brad Bird do a next one, if there is a next one.

@27. Keachick. I wonder if anyone really cares that it’s Trek’s 50th anniversary (I mean, yeah, they’ll use it to sell stuff to us, who will buy stuff anyway), but I mean general movie-goers. Heck, Trek’s anniversary might be actually keep folks new to Trek away — just like the TV news images of Trekkies in bad Klingon masks lining up for past premieres (the message is — it’s not for us, it’s for die-hard fans).

35. AJ - February 22, 2012

27:

I could totally see JJ looking at a 50th anniversary launch for ST13, and then cock-blocking it at the last minute because he’s working on something else. ‘Three times the charm.’

He really needs a new Executive Assistant.

36. Magic_Al - February 22, 2012

The lack of a new TV series increases the value of the HD remastering of TNG. The long-term investment in that project is not Blu-ray sales but having cable/satellite/Internet reruns of TNG look good enough to attract new viewers when HD is the minimum acceptable picture quality.

It takes two years to watch all of Star Trek at a rate of one episode or movie per day. If that all stays on the air that’s a lot of saturation even without a new series.

37. chrisfawkes.com - February 23, 2012

I hear there was a no Khan clause in the agreement.

38. denny cranium - February 23, 2012

@32 re Roddenberry buying back Trek- Huh?

Gene Roddenberry almost effed Trek into the ground with TMP
Only because there had been no Trek for 10 years did it do enough business to green light TWOK .
If TMP tanked financially Trek may well still be in fanzines only.
Mr Roddenberry was a creative genius not necessarily a good business person.

39. VZX - February 23, 2012

Cool. The human adventure continues….

40. La Reyne d'Epee - February 23, 2012

38. Denny, I recall reading in Shatner’s biography that Roddenberry allegedly insisted on getting a cut of Nimoy’s appearance fees for anything in connection with Spock, and ultimately Shatner and Nimoy joined forces to make sure they got something from merchandise sales, as Mr R was keeping the proceeds all to himself. So in one respect he seems to have been ruthless enough as a businessman. Whether that makes him a good businessman or not is up for discussion!

41. Jay - February 23, 2012

#20 Trying to figure out what you mean by this comment?

I’m one that believes JJ and this cast will only make 3 Star Trek movies…. i do give a slight chance for a fourth. The way this cast is rising up the charts of stardom make it just about impossible to imagine them doing more than that. Money is the biggest reason, but time is the second.

JJ’s track record also shows his love for new ideas, new projects and casting new, relatively unknown actors to star in them. I doubt he really wants to make Star Trek movies indefinitely.

This news certainly doesn’t change any of that. All it does is solidify the likelihood that JJ will do a 3rd Star Trek. Doesn’t give any evidience at all to suggest anything beyond that.

42. Jamesspock - February 23, 2012

God not another Trek Wars, with absolutly no intelect for a movie, has flash flares to hide defects of the set, and plot holes through out the film. But all that said, it has action and special effect, and big bangs theories.

I’ll skip this one unless they correct this type of movie making, to me this was Star Trek by name, not by concept.

43. Jay - February 23, 2012

#42 Couldn’t disagree more. Glad so many more people liked this than those that didn’t.

44. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 23, 2012

I would love if they have a different strategy this time and out of the sequel already thinking about the third film… but, of course if boborci is around … he will not answer this question………. LOL

;-) :-)

45. Tony Tuthill - February 23, 2012

Paramount. Consider a director like Pete Jackson, etc.

Sorry to not be thrilled. We do not have the ‘best’ for Trek.

These folks are still part of the ‘It is just an entertainment property’ and seem to have no interest/idea in leveraging the other aspects of Trek.

2013 for ST2
2015 for ST3
2018 for Next Trek on CBS at this rate.

No confidence at the moment.

46. La Reyne d'Epee - February 23, 2012

Peter Jackson would be amazing!

47. Tony Tuthill - February 23, 2012

…and don’t get me started on Paramount/Moonves/CBS/Abrams NOT leveraging the MMO to make absurd monies for Trek.

Sure…let Syfy beat Trek to be the first MMO TV show tie-in.

The most behind the times, worst business decisions in a generation.

48. BiggestTOSfanever - February 23, 2012

448 days
sigh….

49. Craiger - February 23, 2012

#45 – I could imagine the CGI in 2018. Would we even need actors at that point? They could come in and do the voiceovers. Anyone see the latest Far Cry 3 Trailer?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bypdZUcVw5w

50. AJ - February 23, 2012

41:

Jay, why do you think these actors will grow beyond an ability to make ‘Star Trek’ movies? What do they graduate to: Transformers movies? Avatar sequels? Hangover VI? Chris Pine already co-starred with Denzel Washington in “Unstoppable.” He’s peaked. Hollywood is nothing but franchises these days. The “Big Stars” of today are so because of an era gone by. If starring in low-budget Oscar-worthy dramas is the next step, they’ll need “Trek” to bring home the bacon.

51. MONGO - February 23, 2012

Mongo think JJ mans OK director. Mongo also think it not bad idea have another good director take on Star Trek movies. mongo think established director be most interesting choice. Like TV series, make director follow bible. Continuity important. Canon important too, just not get carried away.

Mongo like to see what Ridley Scott mans or James Cameron mans or Steven Spielberg mans or Peter Jackson mans or Guillermo del Toro mans or even George Lucas mans (not freak out too much, Trek fan) do with movie. Nolan mans, too.

Mongo wish Star Trek still on TV, though. Prime universe.

52. Jay - February 23, 2012

#41 It’s pretty clear they are growing. Not sure how you can possibly think Chris Pine has peaked. He is just getting started. Just look at all the offers he is getting now.

The main actors in this cast, Pine, Zack, Zoe, and Karl are all doing other movies besides Trek. THey are all getting bigger roles with each film. Pine especially is moving into more starring roles and that is surely to continue.

The original cast did nothing besides Star Trek. As a result, they weren’t able to leverage that into bigger pay days.

By the time the 3rd Star Trek movie with this cast is made, they will all have surely made even more movies and grown even larger.

Pine is scheduled to star in a new action series from the Tom Clancy series.

As a result, they will all be commanding leading role type money, and getting them all to resign for a fourth or fifth Star Trek movie will be very difficult unless they all agree to take less money to do it.

53. Red Dead Ryan - February 23, 2012

The new cast also don’t want to be typecast or stereotyped. I’m sure they appreciate doing “Star Trek”, but for them, its mainly a job, a stepping stone for bigger and better things.

54. Jay - February 23, 2012

#53 I agree. Chris Pine is already slated to earn $24mil for the Jack Ryan series, of which the first one will be out by the time they start doing a 3rd Star Trek.

I would bet his contract gets revised for the 3rd Trek, as well as the other actors.

Karl Urban is probably on a higher trajectory than Zoe or Zach, in my opinion. I think he can carry the lead role in both dramas and action movies and probably will by the time they make a 3rd Trek.

It’s very easy to see how in 7 years or so, when they start talking about doing a 4th Star Trek with this cast, that it could easily take $20mil or more just to sign the main 4 actors to that one film. $20mil total, maybe $25mil – not each.

That is not in keeping with the JJ Abrams formulat for movies that he has shown so far. That formula is basically to get relatively unknown actors because they are cheap, and spend the extra money on production value – sets, special effects, makeup, visual effect, etc.

55. Red Dead Ryan - February 23, 2012

Also, the two “Avatar” sequels are scheduled for the fall of 2014 and 15, respectively. Zoe Saldana might be too busy to film the third Trek movie. Another reason why there might not be a third film. Or if there is, it’ll be done after the fiftieth anniversary.

56. Jay - February 23, 2012

I think there will definately be a 3rd film. Mainly because everyone signed on for a 3 film option and given the success of the 1st, and what I expect will be even more successful 2nd, I’m sure Paramount will insist on the 3rd.

I think extending JJ’s deal just about guarantee’s that.

with the 2nd one coming out in 2013, I wouldn’t expect the 3rd one until 2017, especially considering how busy the main actors will be like you said with respect to Zoe. But I guess it’s possible it could be done by 2016. I just wouldn’t expect it.

So, I think there will be a 3rd. I just give the odds on there being a 4th at very very low. Unless the 3rd one is so successfull, and make so much money, that Paramount tells JJ that they will pay whatever it takes to get it done.

57. Christopher Roberts - February 23, 2012

It would good idea to have a third film in the can, by Dec 2015, for release in Summer 2016 – to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary.

58. CmdrR - February 23, 2012

Great news. By 2015, we ought to be at the “making great strides in the first draft of ST3, really jazzed about the plot, can’t wait to get back on that great set in 2 or 3 years” stage.

59. Christopher Roberts - February 23, 2012

It would BE A good idea…

60. Basement Blogger - February 23, 2012

@ 51

Mongo! Our favorite pawn in the game of the life. I Like your list of future directors for a new Star Trek except for .. . George Lucas. If you were going to use Lucas, then have somebody but him write the screenplay and make sure there are no child actors in the movie..

61. Craiger - February 23, 2012

Maybe they should just do two films and reboot TNG on film after that? That way we could see if the TNG timeframe is any different after Nero changed Trek’s History.

62. Lt. Bailey - February 23, 2012

contract extended to 2015 means he will be able complete a 3rd film if he holds to the same time table as he is currently using…. we need him to speed thing up or more likely Paramount will offer another extension to 2018.

63. MONGO - February 23, 2012

Basement Blogger mans

Mongo say hi!

Mongo not hate Lucas mans. Lucas mans need someone around him that say no every now and again, though. Keep in check. But lucas mans smart. He have good ideas. He know how make good movie if given parameter to work within. And he still best editor around.

He not need write movie. Just direct. And edit.

64. Basement Blogger - February 23, 2012

Hey Trekkers,

On post 544 of Live Chat, Michael Carroll posted a video from Simon Pegg and special guest celebrating the anniversary of 2000 A.D. It could be the first video from the set. of the new Trek movie. Sorry, you don’t see anything.

Link.
http://trekmovie.com/chat-2/#4559035

65. AJ - February 23, 2012

I think another “M.I.” film is what Paramount is jonesing for before 2015.

“Trek” needs to hit one out of the park with ST2013 and make “M.I.” numbers (over $600m worldwide and counting). Another old TV show…

66. VZX - February 23, 2012

Hi Mongo mans. I would disagree about Lucas. He shouldn’t direct or edit. He should stick to producing and story creation. Have someone else write the screenplay and direct it. For example: Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc.

67. Shaun - February 23, 2012

#51: “Mongo like to see what Ridley Scott mans or James Cameron mans or Steven Spielberg mans or Peter Jackson mans or Guillermo del Toro mans or even George Lucas mans (not freak out too much, Trek fan) do with movie. Nolan mans, too.”

i have someone in mind that hardly anyone mentions anymore – what about nicholas meyer? is his pacing too slow or methodic for today’s audience? i like to think the answer is, no. but i have a decent attention span, so what do i know… remember that he has had a career apart from star trek. he has an oscar nomination for writing “the seven-per-cent solution” and he wrote and directed one of my favorite films of the late ’70s, “time after time.” he might not be the “hip” or “flashy” choice, like a lot of today’s “it” directors, but he would be a smart choice. as a member of the forty-something demographic, my thoughts are most likely irrelevant to the powers that be at paramount. oh well…

i am excited about the new film. my recommendation is only in the event that mr. abrams decides this is his last trek film.

68. La Reyne d'Epee - February 23, 2012

52. Jay, I can’t help myself. When you said “when this cast have grown larger” I couldn’t help but think of it in a Shatner sense. As in grown larger in girth…

Sorry

^_^

69. Barb - February 23, 2012

I don’t see that this means much for Trek. Chis Pine has become a much hotter property since signing to be Kirk in up to 3 movies shot over up to 5 years, so that deal will still be over long before JJA gets around to a third film. So has Zoe Saldana. The cost of getting them to come back for a third movie will be much higher than if JJ Abrams had stayed on schedule. It’s just as likely that Paramount will use the extra time to let him create his own space opera. One of JJ Abrams talents (and I’m not a fan of his…) is picking very good actors who are not YET well known. I don’t see him doing YET ANOTHER reboot (a la the recent second round on Spiderman, or the upcoming Green Arrow TV show which is NOT based on the Smallville GA). so I suspect you will only see 2 Star Trek movies, unless a house falls on Zoe Saldana’s and Chris Pine’s careers. Or, maybe they’ll make so much money, Paramount will pony up the extra cash. Can’t be sure. But this is only the first step if there are to be 3 JJA Treks.

70. Jay - February 23, 2012

Well, considering they all originally signed on to do 3 movies, I’m pretty sure that they will make 3. That has been the plan all along.

The only question out there is if they will do more than that. I don’t think they will but time will tell.

71. Craiger - February 23, 2012

AJ if the Trek sequel fails will they put Trek to bed or try again with a new TV series?

72. Craiger - February 23, 2012

I wonder if they have lost the momentum the first reboot movie had waiting so long and non Trek fans who saw it have lost interest in Trek again. I also wonder how many new Trek fans the reboot got and they started watching the old Trek movies and TV series and want a sequel?

73. NuFan - February 23, 2012

Looking forward to JJ and Bob’s next 10 Star Trek sequels!

74. Basement Blogger - February 23, 2012

@ 63

Hey Mongo,

I’m reflecting back to three Star Wars prequels that get a lot of criticism. And hey, I realize I own all three on video. Obviously, I don’t hate them but The Phantom Menace and the Attack of the Clones have issues. See Jar Jar Binks, bad acting and horrible art direction for Phantom Menace. And some terrible dialogue for Attack of the Clones. Wow, the dialogue between Anakin and Padme was terrible. I did like Revenge of the Sith. I’ll just say about Lucas, he had some great ideas that he made into good movies but not great ones.

I would just hate to see Lucas turn Star Trek into Star Wars. Um, sorry that may have already happened. I keeed. I keeed. Look, Star Trek according to Gene Roddenberry is supposed to entertain and be a franchise of substance.

75. Bob Tompkins - February 24, 2012

45. Tony Tuthill – February 23, 2012
I’d love love love to see Quentin Tarantino’s take directing Star Trek.
I’d love to hear John Williams’ take on the score of a Star Trek before it is too late- he’s what, 80 now? I hope he keeps on working until his final day.
Pure genius, the Bach, Brahms, Beethoven of our age.

76. Jai - February 24, 2012

Mongo, re: #51:

“Mongo like to see what Ridley Scott mans or James Cameron mans or Steven Spielberg mans or Peter Jackson mans or Guillermo del Toro mans or even George Lucas mans (not freak out too much, Trek fan) do with movie. Nolan mans, too.”

Christopher Nolan would be my top choice. I think he’d be able to make some fantastic Star Trek movies. Someone should seriously consider suggesting this to him.

Ridley Scott would also be very good. It’s much less likely that he’d actually get involved, of course, since he’s tied up with Prometheus and Bladerunner 2, but it’s nice to imagine. I bet a Ridley Scott Star Trek movie would be visually incredible and full of innovative futuristic stylistic touches.

I also think Nolan or Scott might be better choices for the storylines and themes some people on Trekmovie have sometimes suggested (including me). This definitely isn’t a disparaging statement about JJ Abrams; different people have different strengths and weaknesses, and JJ’s films and TV shows have been entertaining enough, but they’ve had a very distinctive style. So, further ST movies will be “JJ Abrams productions”, with everything that usually involves. So that’s what we’ll get.

Be thankful the franchise isn’t currently in the hands of Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich ;)

77. Jai - February 24, 2012

^^”I also think Nolan or Scott might be better choices for the storylines and themes some people on Trekmovie have sometimes suggested (including me).”

I’ll rephrase that: “Better” should be replaced with “more suitable”. JJ, Nolan and Scott are all very good, but in very different ways.

78. Jai - February 24, 2012

Basement Blogger, re: #74:

Yep, that was definitely another missed opportunity. I liked Revenge of the Sith too; I think it would have been much better if the prequels had started with that movie. There’s a post-ROTS novel called “Dark Lord – The Rise of Darth Vader” which describes the still-conflicted Vader gradually adapting to his new life and the way that Palpatine continues to manipulate him (including Vader’s secret suspicions about it), so that would have made a pretty good follow-up movie. A third prequel movie could have focused on Vader finally embracing the dark side completely and becoming the utterly ruthless, tyrannical killer we recognise from the original trilogy.

A while back I also read a blog somewhere online where the writer suggested that the prequels should have started with an adult Anakin and Obi-Wan already established in their galactic troubleshooting roles, and the basic story focusing on their deep friendship. Things deteriorate when Anakin later suspects Obi-Wan of having an affair with Padme (or Obi-Wan actually stumbles into the affair for real). If all that happened, it would make the final fallout between Anakin and Obi-Wan, Anakin accusing Obi-Wan and Padme of betrayal, Padme’s eventual death in childbirth, and Anakin embracing the dark side all the more emotionally powerful. With Palpatine busy manipulating everything, of course.

Oh well.

Some important lessons there for anyone in charge of the Star Trek franchise too.

79. Woulfe - February 24, 2012

I think the problem w/ the Star Wars prequels was that Lucas had to top himself as it had been 20 years later & FX tech had gone digital in that time & everyone hopes were way up high somewhere around Mount Everest.

There was no way he could top himself & match everyone’s expectations, never in a million years, it just couldn’t happen, ever, no matter how much the fanbois wanted what they had dreamed in their heads during the time.

My expectations were a little more realistic when it came to the prequel triliogy, I expected a good set of pop-corn sci-fi films, that’s what I got.

80. Bob Tompkins - February 25, 2012

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I have started my own little save Fringe campaign. It may already be too late, but I haven’t heard ofthis being done before. I make a note of Fringe’s advertisers and choose several of the whose services I use regularly, such as Olive Garden or Culver’s Hamburgers or Hardee’s [Carl’s Jr in the West].
I basically send them a thank you note for sponsoring Fringe.
It requires giving them some personal information, but I don’t mind, it’a all out there anyway.
I find that these advertisers actually read these comments and often reply. They probably don’t make any noise toward Warner’s or Fox yet because I am the only one doing it. All 3 have taken the time to thank me for my patronage and acknowledge Fringe in their reply. It is not an auto reply, people read it.
The more noise we can make, especially in the short time we have left before the renewal decision is made, the better.
If you’d like to participate, just find the ‘contact’ areas and politely follow through, mentioning the high quality and value of Fringe, the general sad state of TV these days and be very sure to thank them for their sponsorship.
I think we can make an impact.
Here’s a sample of what I sent to Culver’s:
Must-see-TV every Friday night is “Fringe” on the Fox Network.I want to thank you for being a sponsor- I am a fan of both your food and Fringe and I am doing everything that I can to show advertisers that their ad buy is money well spent and recommending your services at every available opportunity to my friends..The future of Fringe looks bleak at the moment but I am hoping that if I and like-minded people can show how important Fringe is to us to people like you, we can get some positive feedback going to Warner’s [the producing studio] and Fox.Thank you for any help you can afford us in trying to keep programming of this superior quality alive.”
Their reply mentioned Fringe and that they were forwarding my note to their advertising partners.. I followed up by requesting an address for those advertising partners or department.
I believe in this enough that if [ech] Wal Mart advertised on Fringe I would send them a similar letter.
Letter writing campaigns per se historically don’t work on Fox. Maybe a backdoor camaign has a chance. Won’t know unless we try, fellow Fringers.

81. Bob Tompkins - February 25, 2012

Be sure to compliment the service the company provides somewhere within the letter.

82. Christopher L. Bennett - February 25, 2012

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