THIS IS SAD!
The 'Trek' francise is dead from mediocrity and overexposure. Let it stay dead!
J.J. Abrams is becoming the next Gene Roddenberry.
Paramount is breathing life into its "Star Trek" franchise by setting
"Mission: Impossible III" helmer J.J. Abrams to produce and direct the 11th
"Trek" feature, aiming for a 2008 release.
Damon LindelofDamon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, Abrams' producing team from
"Lost," also will produce the yet-to-be-titled feature.
Project, to be penned by Abrams and "MI3" scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto
OrciRoberto Orci, will center on the early days of seminal "Trek" characters
James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet
Academy and first outer space mission.
Deal reflects ParPar's bullishness on "MI3," which launches worldwide next
weekend, and underlines the goal of Paramount chief Brad Grey and prexyprexy
Gail BermanGail Berman to re-energize the pipeline via high-profile
tentpoles while revitalizing the Par brand with top-tier talent such as
"MI3" is the first pic to be released that's been greenlit by Grey.
"Star Trek" has been Hollywood's most durable performer other than James
Bond, spawning 10 features that have grossed more than $1 billion and 726 TV
episodes from six series.
Decision to relaunch "Star Trek" comes less than a year after UPNUPN pulled
the plug on "Star Trek: Enterprise""Star Trek: Enterprise" amid dismal
ratings following a four-season run and four years after "Star Trek:
Nemesis""Star Trek: Nemesis" turned in the worst performance of the 10 films
with $43 million domestic.
Original series created by Roddenberry launched in 1966 on NBC and ended in
During the following decade, the original 78 episodes of "Trek" became
staples in syndication and helped mobilize the fan base along with
conventions, books and merchandise. Paramount released "Star Trek: The
Motion Picture" in 1979 and saw domestic grosses hit $82 million. The next
three films grossed a combined $263 million domestically, so Paramount
started the second TV series, "The Next Generation," in 1987, with Rick
Berman and Roddenberry co-exec producing.
Under Sherry LansingSherry Lansing's tenure, Rick Berman had been teamed
several years ago with Jordan KernerJordan Kerner and Kerry McCluggageKerry
McCluggage to develop an 11th feature set in the early days of Starfleet