Hardcore Star Trek fans can now start making plans for how they will be spending the evening of December 25, 2008; Paramount has announced that will be the day the newest Star Trek movie hits theaters. Whether those fans rejoice or march on Paramount studios demanding the head of director J.J. Abrams (who is also the man behind Mission Impossible III,Lost, and Alias) remains to be seen. The screenplay has been written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, and both writers will executive produce with Bryan Burk. J.J. Abrams and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof will produce.
This news comes in the wake of some interesting, but unconfirmed inside information regarding who might be playing the younger versions classic Trek's holy trinity of Kirk, Spock and McCoy (Erik has that story here). This whole project seems like a double edged sword; on the one hand, the idea of handing Star Trek over to Abrams for revitalization is an exciting one, particularly considering how the last two features Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek: Nemesis went (respectively they were disappointing and dreadful). His idea to make a film that will appeal to Trek fans and general film audiences alike is probably the shot in the arm the franchise needs. On the other hand, I had hoped that Abrams's feature would focus on new characters. I can't imagine a group of characters more closely associated with the actors who played them than the original Star Trek cast. Shooting will begin this fall.
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