Hungry For More Star Trek Details? Here You Go!

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Intrepid and dedicated Screen Rant regular reader “790″ took it upon himself to visit Creation Entertainment’s 16th Annual GRAND SLAM: THE SCI-FI SUMMIT in Burbank, CA over the weekend and reported back with the latest from the Paramount panel on J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Trek reboot movie.

The host at the panel was my friend Anthony, from While screenwriter Roberto Orci was in attendance, co-scripter Alex Kurtzman was not able to attend. I’ve distilled the report down to a few bullet points for you. Some of it is info that is already out there, but there are a few new details that were revealed.

Here are the highlights:

- The budget on the film is far below $200MM.

- The film will be rated PG-13.

- The release date was pushed back to summer ’09 because Paramount really wants it to be a summer blockbuster.

- The intent was to re-invent the Star Trek franchise, and that is why they went all the way back to start at the beginning.

- The script was written with Leonard Nimoy in mind. Nimoy read the script and liked it. It seems he’s so pivotal to the story that they would have had a big problem if he hadn’t liked it.

- Yes, the USS Enterprise will be assembled in space, although parts of it will be assembled on Earth.

- Orci revealed that originally Steven Spielberg read the script and talked to J.J. Abrams about directing it during a set visit to the Transformers set. Abrams mentioned it to his wife, who also helped talk him into the final decision to take on the potentially scary project.

- Nimoy was there and said that Star Trek 11 is a gigantic movie. It’s the biggest film he’s ever worked on and that it will be worth waiting for. He also said that Paramount is losing money on this investment now because they really have a lot of faith in the film as a summer blockbuster.

- He also went on to say that he didn’t like the death of Kirk in Star Trek: Generations. He resented it. He then went on to say that it would have been damaging to the story to put Shatner in the film.

I find it VERY interesting to see Nimoy’s comments regarding how including Shatner in the film would have been detrimental to the story. That makes it sound to me like all the talk by the producers and writers of trying to find a way to write “old Kirk” into the storyline may indeed have been B.S. all along, and put out there just to appease the fans.

On the other hand, it seems like the very thing that may have kept Shatner out of the movie was indeed his death in Generations. That makes his death in the movie doubly terrible: First, it was an ignoble death for the character, alone on a desert planet and now, second, it ended up keeping Shatner from appearing in what may be the seminal re-birth of the Trek franchise.

So now you’ve got the latest scoop on the Star Trek movie. It’s nice to get an update after it’s been so quiet lately and I want to give a huge thank you to Screen Rant’s own serial commenter: “790.” icon smile Hungry For More Star Trek Details? Here You Go!

Star Trek is scheduled to open on May 8, 2009.

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  1. Personally, I felt that Voyager was the closest to the Original, and I still enjoy the reruns.

    And no, we don’t have to live through the reboot because we don’t have to go to the movie, or buy the DVD, if this turns out to be another Nemesis.

    Don’t get me wrong – I’m hoping for a terrific movie with the continuity that has made Star Trek a smashing success. But Nemesis disillusioned The Original Generation of fans. It’s a hard sell for people past 40, so I’m concerned that Paramount will pull another Nemesis; problem is, a cast of young, arrogant kids rarely succeeds in Sci-Fi movies.

    You know, if anyone at Paramount was daring enough, they could put out an exciting film on The Chronicles of Chris Pike. The only continuity that would be required would be technology, and Spock’s character. Since the rest of Pike’s bridge crew was mostly undeveloped in ST:TOS, Paramount could play with the crew as they wished. According to Spock (and my original edition Star Trek Concordance!) Spock served with Pike as Captain of the Enterprise for an exciting “eleven years, four months, five days”. That’s enough time for a new series! And it could easily revive The Great Bird’s vision of “Horatio Hornblower to the Stars”.

    All it would take is a good writer that stays away from Paramount’s constant use of the Godfather Formula – youngster succeeds his mentor, youngster battles for position, youngster is betrayed, then vindicated etc (you see this in many of Paramount’s films and it is used when it shouldn’t).

    Please excuse my rants – ST:TOS has always been more of a morality play to me than a science-fiction series, where the people were the story and not the props. I’ve already seen how my beloved Amber series by Zelazny was horribly disfigured by an openly mercenary writer. I’m hoping the same doesn’t happen to Trek.

  2. Wow Bill that’s the first time I’ve heard anyone ever say that Voyager was closest to the Original. (I totally agree). Voyagers my favorite version of Trek. Reruns I can’t wait for those so I had to buy the dvds. Anyone could clearly see that Kate Mulgew was channeling Cap Kirk. I have so many friends that are now watching the Voyager reruns and there blown away by how badass she is. Janeway never took any sh*t. Right up to the end when she destroyed the Borg with the help of Echips dna virus.

    Nemesis, yeah everyone hated that film. I liked it. I thought it was ok. It did have some great space battles that I still love to pop in and watch after a bad day at work.

    I don’t think Abhrams is going to screw up TOS that much. Sure the ship and uniforms will prob be a little different but what do you expect.

    I’m really upset more with the abandonment of TNG Ds9 and Voy timline.

  3. Nice to know someone else feels the same way I do about Voyager. Yeah, Kate did an outstanding and exciting job as a ship’s Captain.

    I only saw Nemesis once, on cable. I didn’t see it in the theater after I read all the poor reviews that said there were holes in the plot big enough to drive an Excelsior-class starship through it. I saw it on cable, and I remember jumping more than once at either a ridiculous lack of continuity or an “Aw, C’mon!” moment of disappointment.

    This is a very interesting article I came across:

    Star Trek Jumped the Shark

    It claims that ST jumped the shark with First Contact.

    Jump the Shark refers to when a series something either does something so impossible, or breaks continuity, in such a way that fans are too disappointed to watch the show again. One of the prime examples was the Bobby Ewing Shower Scene on the hit TV series Dallas. It treated fans like they were stupid AND shattered continuity like a glass chandelier dropped from an airplane. Dallas never recovered.

    ST: First Contact changed Zefram Cochrane, totally changed the Borg, created totally implausible scenarios – look, when Data was later killed off and nobody cared, that’s a sign that Paramount really broke faith with the fans.

  4. Right on Bill, yeah Janeway was my Favorite Captain out of all of them. And I’ve seen every Star Trek episode of every show. Voyager was also my favorite ship out of all of them.

    In the Star Trek world Bill we call it “jumped the quark”.
    Personally Star Trek breaks cannon a lot. (In the case of First Contact) I don’t think that really happened because of the examples you gave.
    (IMO) Star Trek “jumped the quark” with the film “Insurrection”.

    (Also I think the fans WERE upset with killing off Data…
    Nemesis had its good and bad parts but I think it was clear that Brent Spiner was getting to old to play a robot that didn’t age.)

    Paramount, really never “Got” Star Trek. Its hard to tell why Rick Berman went with the Insurrection storyline however if anything killed the Star Trek momentum that was it.

  5. Spiner becoming too old to play Data – yeah, makes sense to kill him off then. But I think that I was unfairly comparing Data’s death to Spock’s death.

    “Jumped the quark” – haven’t heard that one, but interesting, thanks 790.

    First Contact et al had some implausible scenarios, but in my opinion “breaking canon” means breaking something related to the original series. First Contact changed the Borg, but didn’t break the Borg, IMHO.

    BTW, I think I was incorrect on something significant – wasn’t the very first captain of the Enterprise Robert T. April? Next came Archer, then Pike. Kirk was next to sit in the command chair when he was 30 years old (ST:TOS starts during Year 4 of the 5 Year Mission). This is according to “The Star Trek Guide“, Roddenberry’s guide to writers for the original series.

  6. Well Data and Spock both died saving the crew of Enterprise so………kinda the same there.
    Personally I think Nemesis would have been a better film if Shinzon had skipped the pleasantries and gone for Picards blood immediatly. Cut out the B4 bs and make it a full blown space chase to save Picard. But anyway…..

    How did First Contact break the Borg cannon???? It only enhanced it (IMO).

    Star Trek cannon (IMO) isn’t set in stone. There’s gonna be changes some big some small. That’s just life.
    If Abrams goes too far and turns it into (buffy the Star Trek wonder years) it will be reflected in the product and the fans will let him know he sucks by not attending the film.
    I’m not crying cannon fodder, I’m saying make a good Star Trek film you hack or I and millions of us will all tell you (collectivly like the borg) that you SUCK if you blow it…. That make sense?
    Btw only thing I like of JJ;s was Cloverfield. Lost,Mi3 and Alias are all crap to me.
    (So there ya go).

    Yea Bill, Robert April was the first Captain then it was Pike then Kirk. (Archer was the first Captian of the Enterprise NX-01). A significantly primative version of the Constitution class vessel. (And a ship only Rick Berman could love).

    As far as I remember the Enterprise was refit after Pike and then Kirk took over and began his 5 year mission. The reason 5 years is because Roddenberry wanted to go 5 seasons. I’m not sure that book you have is accurate. I’ve heard Gene say himself in interviews that he wanted Star Trek to go 5 season’s hence the mission statement.

    Its clear from what I know that the next film will show the changing of the guard so to say with Pike and Kirk.
    To say anymore would be a spolier alert. All hands to delete keys!!!

  7. I like the way they are going about the movie. I mean I am the biggest original series fan and I love TNG but I guess unlike some I enjoy seeing other peoples take on things. The way that THEY would have made it, and keeping it uncomplicated, I mean think of TNG “all good things” I was wicked confused during most of that episode. so keeping time riffs and the nexus out of it seems like a good idea. It may very well suck but I can think of one or two Star Trek movies that have totally blown story wise but I still liked seeing them just to see them. *cough* *cough* Star Trek Nemesis and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home *cough* it doesn’t need to have original characters to make it good. thats just my 2 cents

  8. Hi all,
    Great to see so much intellectualizing about this franchise. I absolutely love Trek, but as with some of you agree that the quality of some of the films fell short of Mr. Roddenberry’s vision. Though a tad lengthy, I thought TMP was well done and gave the franchise a good foundation. Kahn knocked my socks off and remains my favorite big screen adaptation to date. My feeling is that First Contact was the best of the rest by acknowledging the importance of Zephran Cochran, and humanity’s trial interaction with extraterrestrials that weren’t all squishy or really ticked off.
    I own pretty much all of the television series DVDs, and strangely enough (even though I think Voyager is brilliant…) my favorite series turned out to be ENTERPRISE. AKIRAPRISE arguments notwithstanding, what really drew me to this series was the sense of “newness” of the experience portrayed by the characters. Thiers was not a sleek, comfortable, and ho-hum TREK.They struck me as pioneers.I found many instances where thier navite added to the story line and the primitive hull polarization, grapplers, and weaponry stripped the gloss off of what (to us Trekkers) had become a fairly commonplace thread where technology had made seeking out new life and new civilizations about as exciting and scary as walking to the nearest seven- eleven. I believe that the next big screen installment’s intention is to reignite the sense of the pioneer spirit that worked to well in the first series, and with Enterprise. I, as a child, was sure to wake up way early on those 1960′s mornings to watch as we launched the gemini and apollo missions into the sky, dipping our toes into the water for the first time and imagining that somewhere out there waited a great adventure and a greater future. I hope the next film captures those moments of wonder.

  9. My mostly uninformed take on the new film involves combining certain elements of “Generations” (I know, I know) and “First Contact” with TOS to effectively create “The Menagerie: Part 3″. Just let your mind wander a bit, and I’m sure you’ll come up with some interesting possibilities.

    Shatner fans might be disappointed, as he could not have more than a cameo appearance unless a substantial rewrite were to occur. His ship has already sailed, so to speak, so don’t expect miracles. This movie will stand very well on its own without him, albeit on some of the ground he created.

    About the spoilers we’ve all seen? Let’s just say they’re probably worth exactly what we paid for them.