The world of production is still on hold both in Hollywood and in Canada, where the various Star Trek series are filmed. One Star Trek veteran is ready to get back to work on two new Trek shows.
Frakes is ready to add another Star Trek show to his resume
Star Trek: The Next Generation actor and director Jonathan Frakes confirmed to SyFy Wire that he will be helming at least one episode of the recently announced series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, set on board Captain Pike’s USS Enterprise, adding “I’m looking forward to it very much.”
Strange New Worlds was spun off the second season of Star Trek: Discovery which re-introduced the USS Enterprise, Anson Mount as Captain Pike, Ethan Peck as Spock, and Rebecca Romijn as Number One. Frakes directed two episodes that season and talked about working with the cast then, as well as in the past:
I’ve had great experiences with all three of them. Anson and I worked through finding Captain Pike. And Ethan and I worked through finding who Spock was. And the mantle of Spock, in particular, was so complicated and so emotionally taxing and was such huge shoes to fill, and Ethan felt it. Rebecca and I have a long relationship from back on The Librarians, and we have a fabulous working shorthand, so it will be great getting back to the floor with three old friends.
With five different series ( The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Discovery, and Picard), Frakes has already held the record for directing on the most Star Trek series. Adding Strange New Worlds to the list will only further solidify his position, with two Trek feature films on top being a bonus. As of now, it isn’t known when production will start on Strange New Worlds, which is expected to be shot in Toronto, like Discovery. Restrictions on film and television production activities in Ontario, Canada will begin to be lifted this month.
Frakes went on to direct three episodes for the upcoming third season of Discovery as well as two episodes of Picard. Frakes has previously confirmed he will be back in the director’s chair for Picard season two and told Syfy how he’s looking forward to working with his TNG co-star again:
I can’t wait to get back with Sir Patrick. It was wonderful to have Jeri Ryan on the show, and Brent Spiner and Jonathan Del Arco from our timeline. And I’m looking forward to whatever brilliance Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman and Alex Kurtzman bring to the table. I haven’t seen any scripts yet, but I’m chomping at the bit.
Production on the second season of Picard was originally set to start this month, but the California lockdown put that all on hold. Those filming restrictions are being lifted this month, but the latest news from Jeri Ryan is production is set to start in the fall. In May executive producer Akiva Goldsman explained that once restrictions are lifted, prep work will have to start over again.
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