Over the weekend TrekMovie sponsored an American Cinematheque Star Trek Marathon in Santa Monica. On Saturday writer/director Nick Meyer participated in a panel to talk about his time with Trek. After the event TrekMovie had a moment to chat with the director about the new Star Trek movie, a possible Star Trek opera and if he was interested in taking the Trek director’s chair again..
Nick Meyer Interview
Nicholas Meyer director of Star Trek II and Star Trek VI. and co-writer of Star Trek IV. From TrekMovie Event December 5th.
- Meyer has previously commented that he has twice had to come in to ‘save’ the Star Trek franchise (with ST II after TMP and ST VI after ST V), says he "understood the position [JJ Abrams] found himself" when he set out to revive the franchise with Star Trek 2009
- On the new Star Trek 2009, Meyer says "I thought it was spectacular"
- Meyer (a family friend to JJ Abrams father) does not remember the event Abrams described at a recent press conference, but does remember giving him the "Annotated Sherlock Holmes" for his Bar Mitzvah (Abrams recently told Meyer his son was reading it)
- Meyers, a Holmes buff, notes that "he is not a Sherlock Holmes movie fan" but "hopes he has a good time" at the new Sherlock Holmes movie
- On if he would direct the Star Trek sequel Meyer notes "it depends on the script", joking that the movie he would like to make is "a good one"
- Meyer says that he and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composer Cliff Eidelman are still trying to "get permission from Paramount" do do an opera based on the movie
- Meyer says he "loved" the Robot Chicken gag of an opera for Star Trek II (see below), and feels Star Trek II could work as an opera, but he is "more intrigued by the possibilities of VI" as an opera
- Meyer’s most recent project is writing a script for a Johnny Depp film called The Crook Factory, which is now looking for a director. His recent George Washington script seems to be in development hell
Tomorrow TrekMovie will have video from the panel discussion with Meyer from the Star Trek Movie Marathon.
And if you haven’t seen "Le Wrath di Khan" from Robot Chicken, here it is
And for more from Nick Meyer and his time with Star Trek, pick up his new memoir "The View From The Bridge – Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood" available now.