You all know by now that Paramount, determined to squeeze as much blood as possible from that moldy galactic turnip known as the Star Trek franchise, is allowing current 'it'-boy J.J. Abrams to write and direct the next Trek feature film. For the past year or so, several rumors have floated back and forth, including one about the potential casting of Matt Damon as a youngish Captain Kirk. One of the biggest question marks, however, has been the extent to which this new feature would be a 're-boot' of the franchise, Batman Begins-style, revising or even scrapping much of what has come before. Well, it looks like Abrams has gone a long way to answering that. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the M:I3 director claims that while people who love Star Trek should get a 'satisfying fix' from the film he's currently planning to shoot, "the movie does not require you to know anything about Star Trek."
Abrams also goes a step further, saying "I would actually prefer [that] people don't know the series, because I feel like they would come to it with an open mind." Although this might seem like blasphemy to long-time fans, it does make sense from the studio's point of view, considering that the last Star Trek film barely made half of its $70 million budget back in domestic returns. Abrams and his Alias colleagues Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have reportedly finished a first draft of the film, which is currently due to hit theaters sometime in 2008.