A few weeks ago Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes made news by talking about a supposed Star Trek TV pitch he made. Now a new report citing a rep for Frakes, casts some doubt on that supposed pitch. Details below.
Frakes Star Trek pitch not pitched?
I had a Star Trek that I developed for TV, and we were told in no uncertain terms that they said no to Bryan Singer TV Star Trek, they said no to a William Shatner TV Star Trek. They feel at CBS Paramount that they don’t want to make the same mistake that’s been made before, which was watering down the brand by having a TV show and a movie.
That quote got lots of coverage across the web. Since then TrekMovie reported that the supposed Bryan Singer Star Trek pitch was actually never pitched. Now a new report puts some doubt on the supposed Frakes pitch. Following up to find out of if there were any gay characters in his Star Trek proposal, AfterElton reports:
Frakes’ reps tell me that he was misquoted by a lot of media outlets, and the series never got as far as being pitched to CBS/Paramount at all.
So it seems the reports that picked up on the first story and said things like "CBS rejected Star Trek pitches from Shatner, Frakes and Singer" were totally off. It is unclear why all this confusion, but TrekMovie will try and get a clarification with our next Frakes interview.
The only pitch that Frakes has talked about in public is his (apparently tongue in cheek) idea for "The Rikers In Space" (see video below of "Reunion of the Rikers" from 2009 Star Trek The Next Generation Movie Collection).
Shatner pitch did happen
Of the three Star Trek pitches talked about, so far the only one that TrekMovie has been able to confirm actually happened was the one from William Shatner, Star Trek’s original Kirk. Shatner’s concept, which he pitched while Star Trek Enterprise was still on the air, was a prequel with Kirk and Spock set at Starfleet Academy. That pitch was not picked up and eventually morphed into the 2007 novel "Star Trek: Academy – Collision Course," written by Shatner with Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens. TrekMovie will have hopefully have an update with more details on this pitch soon.