The man who directed two out of the 4 TNG era Trek films seems OK that their reign is over. In an interview with the Indiana Star Jonathan Frakes (TNG: Riker) admitted that he doesn’t know anything more about Trek XI than what is rumored, but didn’t understand those fans who are against a Kirk & Spock prequel:
Seems like a perfectly good idea. . . . (The movie’s producers) just need to remember Gene Roddenberry’s vision
It is good to see that he hasn’t joined the chorus of other TNG actors (Sirtis, Spiner and Dorn) who are slamming Star Trek XI for its rumored premise (and presumably for not including them).
Distressed over Remastered Edits
On the subject of the remastered Star Trek Frakes expressed concerns over how it is edited. When asked if it is a good or bad idea he said:
It’s not good if they re-edit it. Special effects are so good today, so it can’t hurt. What I’m concerned about is if it’s recut, or when shows are sped up by lifting out frames to fit into a particular time slot. That’s a little distressing.
Of course none of us like that fact that the show is cut down for syndication, but such is the nature of the business. Any show from the 60s is going to have 5 or more minutes that have to go if you want to show them in syndication. The good news is that CBS Paramount have unedited versions of Trek Remastered ready to go into DVDs in 2008 (ish).
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Frakes will be appearing on Sunday at the Starbase Indy Convention in Indianapolis, IN.
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