In the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine, Brent Spiner (Data) talks about the last Trek movie, Star Trek Nemesis. Not only did Spiner star in Nemesis, but he co-wrote the story (along with screenwriter John Logan). Spiner on why the film failed
We worked on the story with the intention of making it for the fans. With every Star Trek movie prior to that we tried to find a way to bridge the gap between the fans and the general public. Even reading the latest quotes from J.J. Abrams about the next movie, it makes sense for the movie to be as inclusive as possible. With Nemesis we said, ‘Forget that! Lets make a movie for the fans, because that’s the people who actually go to see the films.’ And what happened? They didn’t go! Usually the films opened big, even if they had a lot of competition, but Nemesis didn’t even do that. This was a message from the fans that they were done with us.
Knew it was over for TNG era, agrees it is time for a new Trek
Spiner also tells the magazine that he made the call on the death of his character Data in Nemesis noting that at over 50 he was getting a bit old to play the ‘child like’ android. He also stated that they saw the writing on the wall for the TNG cast:
It was my decision, but I didn’t have to kill Data. We were all pretty much aware that this was going to be our last film and as such thought we’d go for broke.
Although Spiner has previously questioned JJ Abrams plans to do a prequel, he does seem to support Paramount going with a fresh start to the Trek Franchise
I think they’re right to start a new movie franchise that will hopefully spawn a new series that will spawn new movies.
For more from Spiner see the Star Trek Magazine on stands now
excerpts at SciFi Pulse (h/t Gustavo)