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Friday, April 21, 2006

JJ Abrams doing Star Trek


Today, it was announced by Paramount Pictures that JJ Abrams has been signed on to write and direct a new Star Trek movie.

Abrams should need no introduction. He is the newest God among geeks. He is the creator of the cult-hit Alias. He's currently in charge of the other cult-hit Lost. He makes his directorial debut next week as the writer and director of Mission: Impossible III, which is already being declared the first good film in the series.

The script will be written by Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. They are Abrams's right-hand men and writers-of-choice. Kurtzman and Orci wrote many of the better episodes of Alias and the screenplay for Mission: Impossible III. In non-Abrams related work, they just put the finishing touches on the script for the live-action movie version of The Transformers.

The premise of this JJ Abrams Star Trek film: a teenaged Kirk and Spock first meet at Starfleet Academy and have their first adventure together.

This is exactly the same as the fabled Star Trek: The Academy Years project. You probably know this. Harve Bennet, the producer of Star Trek II-V, wanted to do a "Kirk and Spock first meet at the academy" movie for Star Trek VI. After spending a year of development work on it, the big brass at Paramount said, "Yup, you can do this Academy movie...as long as you give us a more conventional Star Trek film with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in 9 months." Bennet said, "You can't make a special-effects movie like Star Trek in 9 months!" So Paramount fired Bennet and Star Trek: the Academy Years became one of those fabled "what if..." projects.

But not anymore! JJ Abrams' Star Trek is already penciled in for a Summer 2008 release.

And Rick Berman? He's no where in the picture.

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