Issue 4 of Titan’s Star Trek Magazine is a 100 page discussion primarily of the 10 Star Trek films. Each feature is discussed, including filmmaker interviews and trivia (such as how Harve Bennett hoped Ron Howard would direct Star Trek II). Bennett also discusses his views regarding Star Trek XI. It is well known that in 1989 Harve Bennet (along with writer David Loughery) wrote a script called Star Trek The Academy Years which, like Star Trek XI, featured younger versions of Kirk and Spock. Bennett seems to feel that if Trek XI is truly an ‘academy movie’ he should be getting a call.
It’s a complicated issue for me….Right now, no one knows for sure what the next film is going to be. I thought it was interesting that the day after the story came out about them doing a Starfleet Academy movie, J.J. Abrams came out and said, ‘That’s not necessarily true.’ I am assuming that the current regime at Paramount didn’t realise that the studio had already bought that premise and someone went, ‘Hold on a minute!’
It’s possible they might do ‘young Kirk and Spock’ and, depending on what they do with it, it might be something I might not contest. But if they ever decide to do a Starfleet Academy film, my feeling is that they better call us because that was our baby.
It is still unclear if there are any similiarities between the Trek XI script and Bennett’s or how much (if any) prominence Starfleet Academy has in the new script. Trek Today are reporting that as of last weekend, Bennett says he still has not been contacted by Paramount. Cases involving complaints and credit on scripts in Hollywood are not uncommon and generally are matters of arbitration for credit (and of course payments). Months ago when Trek XI co-writer Roberto Orci was asked about the Bennett script directly he said he had never seen any unproduced scripts at Paramount.
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