Syfy Portal is reporting that Paramount has a new Star Trek movie in the works with a completely new cast and creative people in mind.
The project, currently know as “Untitled Star Trek Prequel” is slated for a release sometime in 2007 in a move Paramount execs hope will rekindle a franchise that is just about dead.
Although there isn’t many details about the project the one thing that is known is that Eric Jedresen, best known for his role as a producer and writer on Band of Brothers, is handling the script and that the story will be set sometime between the total crap that was Star Trek Enterprise and the original Star Trek series.
“We’re going [roughly 80] years before Kirk. It’s an earlier time, and I think it would be really refreshing to feel something in the course of telling this tale, instead of being wowed by special effects, or presenting another crew in jeopardy where, in the end, the captain does something brilliant, and all’s right with the world.”
Jedresen is quoted saying Star Trek needs an epic adventure and I couldn’t agree more. I remember watching the original series as a kid and then this great feeling of awe and wonder as The Next Generation took to the airwaves.
Star Trek was really the only science fiction show on television for years when I was growing up and it undoubtedly influenced me as a writer. Then Deep Space Nine came on and I think the series hit a high water mark that it has never been able to surpass.
Voyager was never properly developed and Enterprise was darn near un-watchable. The movies weren’t bad, but always seemed to be missing something because it was quiet clear none of the major cast members were going to die and it was going to return to status quo at the end of the film. Somewhere along the way I stopped caring.
Star Trek got bogged down in it’s on formula of a crew has to be made up this way, a cast has to consist of these positions. A story has to be resolved within a certain time frame. The ship has to function a certain way, look a certain way. All alien cultures have essentially the same morals, technology and level of culture. All of which led to all of the stories being the same.
I don’t consider myself a Star Trek fan anymore. I haven’t watched more then a handful of episodes since the fourth season of Deep Space Nine (I was in college and had better things to drink, I mean do, with my time). Jedresen is right, Star Trek needs a grand adventure, hopefully he’ll be able to write one and get it passed the producers who have been killing the house that Gene made for years.