Last week after months of no news on the Star Trek movie front, it was reported that Paramount had commissioned a new script from former Discovery writer Kalinda Vazquez. The fate of the film franchise has been on hold since Emma Watts was brought in to head up feature films for the studio in mid-2020 when she put all the various Star Trek projects on pause.
But TrekMovie has some exclusive news on another project that was pitched to Watts, from some one very familiar to Star Trek fans.
Nick Meyer’s new Trek pitch
In 1982 the young writer/director Nicholas Meyer was brought in by Paramount to help move the franchise forward after the studio felt they didn’t get the return they were hoping for on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Meyer didn’t know anything about Star Trek, but he went on to craft the script and direct what is still considered the best film of the franchise: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Ever since 2016’s Star Trek Beyond underperformed, Paramount has been struggling to get another Star Trek film going, much like the time in the early ’80s after Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In a new exclusive interview with TrekMovie, Meyer revealed that he has “more than an idea” for what Paramount can do next with Star Trek on the big screen, and last year he put this into action.
After Star Trek II, Meyer followed up by writing the script for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and writing and directing Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The success of those films set up the cliché that the even-numbered films are the “good ones” in the franchise. Meyer returned to Star Trek in 2016 to work as a consulting producer on the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, where he also developed a TV miniseries prequel to The Wrath of Khan that would tell the story of Khan Noonien Singh’s time in exile on Ceti Alpha V, a project that was never put into production.
Now, working with his Time After Time and Star Trek VI producing partner Steven-Charles Jaffe, he has developed a new Trek pitch. Meyer tells TrekMovie:
My partner Steven-Charles Jaffe and I wrote a whole treatment and plan for a Star Trek feature film. We didn’t write a whole script. We wrote a very detailed treatment and a whole pitch doc with illustrations. It’s very comprehensive thing. And we first we took it to Alex Kurtzman, then we took it to J.J. [Abrams], and then we took it to Emma Watts at Paramount.
Filling a hole in Star Trek history
Meyer didn’t want to get into details but confirmed this was a new idea and not a repackaged version of his earlier Ceti Alpha TV mini-series. However, he explained how the new idea could end up spawning something on TV:
It was a detailed proposal for what could have been a film, or it could have been a series, or it could have been a film leading to a series or a series leading to a film… It could be a series of films. Yeah, absolutely.
Pressed for more details, Meyer confirmed this wasn’t directly tied to the past TOS movies, TNG movies or Kelvin movies and would involve “new characters” that would have to be cast with new actors. He did offer this one detail regarding how the Meyer/Jaffe pitch fit in with the Trek universe:
This was an independent piece of the Star Trek universe based on holes in the chronology, which would allow for the insertion of original material.
According to Meyer, this pitch was in the last year. As of now, he has not heard back from Paramount but has not given up hope in the idea. But if you are one of those anticipating a new title from the Star Trek team, you can stream some of the existing titles that are available on Hulu in UK conveniently.
For now, it appears that Emma Watts is moving forward with the new idea from Kalinda Vazquez. However, that doesn’t mean Paramount will only explore a single Star Trek movie idea; it has been reported that getting the franchise back on its feet is a priority for Watts. It was just three years ago that her boss, Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos, was touting that the studio had two Star Trek films in development at the same time, something that is becoming more common with film franchises.
More from Meyer to come
There is much more to come from TrekMovie’s chat with Nick Meyer, including a discussion about the new audiobook release of his memoir The View from the Bridge, his reflections on his time with Star Trek, and more.
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