SciFi Pulse has a couple of magazine excerpts up from TNG stars Brent Spiner and Marina Sirtis. Spiner talked to Dreamwatch magazine about the idea for Star Trek XI that he and Star Trek Nemesis story co-writer John Logan had::
the next film would have been was a Justice League of Star Trek. Something would bring all the great Star Trek villains together, from Khan to Shinzon, and Picard is the only person who could stop them and he actually has to go through time and pluck out the people he needs to help him. He goes back to the moment before Data blows up and takes him back to get Kirk and Spock, and go even further back and get Scott Bakula’s character Archer.
The only problem Spiner saw with that idea was the cost…TrekMovie suggests he looks a little harder
Predicting Trek XI won’t be a prequel?
Although Spiner recently told Starburst Magazine he thinks Abrams is a good choice to head the franchise, he tells Dreamwatch he isn’t too keen on the whole prequel notion.
I don’t think it’s a great idea to do a prequel to anything….When has that ever been interesting? If Enterprise really said anything it was, ‘Don’t go back, go forward.’ That’s part of the whole beauty of Star Trek; it’s always been about ‘Go Boldly Where No One Has Gone Before’, not ‘Go Back to Where They Once Were That We Never Saw.’ I think that before that film gets made they’ll have a completely different idea of what it should be.
So let me get this straight…going ‘backward’ as a prequel to meet Kirk and Spock is bad, but going back in time to meet Kirk and Spock is brilliant…OK then. Although Spiner has recently stated that he is resigned to it being ‘over’ for the TNG crew, maybe this is a bit of wishful thinking.
Sirtis would still play Troi
Marina Sirtis has not been shy about her views of Trek and it’s new direction, and it is no surprise that she still wants to play Troi again. The actress tells SFX: "I’d be happy if I was still playing her [Troi] now. No really. Being on Next Generation was the best experience of my life." After her attacks on Paramount and JJ Abrams, we are going to out on a limb and say that Sirits playing Troi is not going to happen anytime soon. Sirtis also revealed that she thought Buffy’s James Marsters should have played Shinzon (Picard’s clone) in Star Trek Nemesis.
I didn’t think Tom [Hardy] was at all convincing as a young Patrick. Don’t get me wrong – he’s a great, great actor and a really lovely guy. But he didn’t look a bit like Patrick At all. They should have cast James Marsters. They auditioned him, you know. I think physically he was much more suitable for the part.
Sirtis also says that one of the reasons Nemesis failed was because it involved too much of Patrick Stewart’s character " I think the fans want to see the whole team in action, while that was very much Picard taking centre stage." Sirtis in the past has stated she thought Nemesis ‘sucked’, but I guess she thinks that if it only had Spike and more of her it would have been a hit…ok then.