On Saturday we reported about the Twitter campaign #BringInRiker which aims to draft the former Number One to be the current director for Star Trek No. 3. Yesterday the actor cum director broke silence and began enthusiastically bidding for the part.
Riker wants in on the Trek 3 director’s chair
Just yesterday, Jonathan Frakes announced that he loves the twitter campaign and would be thrilled to direct the next Star Trek movie. While he has not responded on Twitter, he did give an interview to KOMO News Radio, wherein he said:
Hashtag, BringInRiker! I’m all over it. I’m all over it. … I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it. … I’m trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it’s such a long shot. But there’s nothing I would like better.
There’s been no response from Paramount on the subject, nor is there any reason to believe they’d respond to a grassroots Internet campaign. But it is reassuring to know that our beard-growing second-in-command misses us as much as we miss him.
Also when it comes to commanding attention on the Internet, former helmsmen of the Enterprise seem to have more luck than former first officers. With only 260,000 followers on Twitter, Frakes doesn’t command anywhere near the attention of George Takei (8 million followers on Facebook) or Wil Wheaton (2.74 million on Twitter and 1 million on YouTube).
But to help take him from the captain’s chair to the director’s chair, Frakes could be trying to change that.
Reddit user stephbcv announced yesterday ago that he’d been on the phone with Frakes about a webseries shooting in LA that’s looking for extras. No details are forthcoming, but could this be a series to win Frakes some more Internet plaudits and help promote him as a directorial candidate?
Stephbcv had not responded as of deadline. Maybe it’s just a commercial for gagh:
Header image by @Vulcanology.