BREAKING NEWS: J.J. Abrams to Produce/Direct “Trek XI”
J.J. Abrams, producer of hit shows Lost and Alias, as well as director of the upcoming Paramount film “Mission: Impossible III,” is slated to produce and direct the next Star Trek feature, according to today’s Daily Variety and sources at Paramount Pictures. There is no title as yet for the new movie, but it will be the eleventh in the franchise. (Until a title is selected, we will usually refer to the project as simply “Star Trek XI.”)
Although there isn’t an official Paramount press release announcing the movie, it is a confirmed project under development with a 2008 release date targeted. Word about the Abrams project surfaced this morning in the daily trade paper. He will be writing the script with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who penned “M:i:III.” STARTREK.COM will keep you up to date on all official statements as they are released.
The proposed story will focus on the early days of James T. Kirk and Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and their first mission in space.
Abrams’ producing partners from Lost, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, are cited as being producers on “Trek XI.” This project is separate from the previously rumored script developed by Eric Jendresen and overseen by Rick Berman. The former Star Trek producer is not involved in this project.
This announcement is exciting news, and we look forward to following developments on this project every step of the way!
I am not sure how I feel about the proposed story line though. There was a comment on the Buzz Out Loud podcast to the effect that J J Adams also created Felicity and since this new Star Trek movie has a college theme, there is a risk it could play out like a Felicity episode. I hope not. The last Star Trek movie was really disappointing and if this new one doesn’t crack the whip, I am not sure I would want to bother with more Star Trek stuff afterwards. On the flipside, though, Adams was involved in Alias, Lost and Mission Impossible III so the new movie could be pretty darn awesome. I guess we will have to wait and see though.