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Frakes talks CLOCKSTOPPERS, STAR TREK: NEMESIS, ROSWELL, and TWILIGHT ZONE

TREK star fills us all in

By Christopher Allan Smith, reporting by Scott Collura     March 23, 2002


Director Jonathan Frakes on the set of CLOCKSTOPPERS
© 2002 Paramount Pictures

In promoting his upcoming genre lark CLOCKSTOPPERS, STAR TREK alum Jonathan Frakes discussed several of his upcoming projects, including acting in NEMESIS and directing the new TWILIGHT ZONE series.



He started off by revealing he did not get a shot at directing STAR TREK: NEMESIS.



"I was never offered it. I was surprised," Frakes said. "We just finished shooting [CLOCKSTOPPERS]. It's actually going to be a fabulous movie, NEMESIS. It's back to the great, big action adventure galactic stakes with Picard on the Enterprise coming to save the day. It's old STAR TREK, it's big. It's a war movie."



Frakes also confirmed one of the persistant online reports.



"I can tell you that I finally do get to marry the beautiful Counselor Troi; that much I'll leak," Frakes said. And thankfully for TREK fans, he shot down reports this would be the final TREK film sporting the NEXT GENERATION crew. "I think only if it doesn't do well. I think unfortunately, or fortunately, the reality in Hollywood is if your movie makes money they'll make another one. And I think that's true of STAR TREK as well."



Unfortunately, he had less hopeful news on ROSWELL, which he helps to produce. He seemed to confirm UPN is not taking it back, and the creators are looking for somewhere else to produce it.



"There is no official word [on ROSWELL] and we're trying to find a home for it on another network."



He confirmed that network was the Sci-Fi Channel.



Finally, he revealed he's directing the pilot episode of UPN's new TWILIGHT ZONE. "It's going to be spectacular," Frakes said. "Pen Densham wrote it, and I think it's got real style. THE TWILIGHT ZONE is a franchise not unlike STAR TREK that people have very fond, specific memories of, and I think the opportunity to tell these kinds of stories that are surrealistic and macabre and still have parables is very similar to what Roddenberry's original STAR TREK was like."


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