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J.J. Abrams will direct "Star Trek"

By Karl Schneider     February 24, 2007

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, J.J. Abrams has told the studio that he will take the directors chair for the upcoming relaunch of the Star Trek franchise.

The film, currently titled Star Trek XI, will be a prequel to the original TV series and will chronicle the first meeting of a young James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock at Starfleet Academy and their first space mission.

There had been speculation from various online sources that Abrams would not direct the film, but it seems that rumor has been put to rest.

KJ's Take:  Nice!  I was worried there for a second.


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theCOLLECTOR 2/24/2007 2:11:36 AM
You were worried? You said it was debunked and he was going to make another movie. Then I stated he was on The Colbert Show stating he was STILL DIRECTING THE MOVIE......but you didn't seem to care. Anyways.....this is craptastic news. I am thoroughly sick ot my stomach. Star Trek is Officially dead.....at least Shatner and Nimoy will NOT be in it....again, I watch the news and they asked both of them when a special came out on the history channel....They do not think they should make a prequel to Star Trek. At least they get it. And TRUE Star Trek fans.....I mean, come on......COME UP WITH SOMETHING NEW!!!!! How did they not learn from Enterprise?
Wolfbane 2/24/2007 2:33:27 AM
I'm a little tired of everybody making prequals. 1st George Lucas does it with Star Wars, and now everyone wants to do it. I wouldn't mind a reinvention of Star Trek so to speak. Anyway I'll probably be renting this. Also it's funny how in the beginning we here JJ Abrams is directing then all of a sudden he's not. And now he's directing it again.
madmanic999 2/24/2007 4:38:27 AM
Who cares..... I feel bad for Star Trek fans, because although I am not a fan, it is a living breathing animal and has a massive following.... but COLLECTOR is right... It's dead.
darthcaifan 2/24/2007 6:50:25 AM
its not dead, its just in the wrong hands
Pkazmania 2/24/2007 8:31:03 AM
They could go in so many other directions than going back to the well with Spock & Kirk. I mean I liked the Next generation films, but they could get involved with DS9, Voyager, and anything else. I mean they tried the whole prequell thing with Enterprise. Can they just move on with all things back in the day. I think Prequells in general are played out.
rgtchtiger 2/24/2007 9:53:08 AM
I think woodwraith was right - Star Trek could benefit from a reboot. Personally I'm just glad the whole "Will he or won't he direct?" debate is finally dead and we can move on to just how the story will go. Knowing Abrams, he will likely make the film as a set-up for a new franchise of films that build on one another. I would love to see each film continue the previous one's story and build up to a grand finale. I certainly do agree that it would be better for Trek to venture into a time period beyond the 24th century, but I am still optimistic for this film.
TKay42one 2/24/2007 10:17:00 AM
I agree with you, darthcaifan, I think it's not dead, just in the wrong hands. But it might as well be dead when the wrong hands keep choking the life out of it. I'm a huge Trek fan, and I would just as soon NOT see another movie than to see this prequal. There's so much other stuff they could do to make a good Trek movie. DS9 - What is Sisko like when he comes out of the wormhole? If he comes out of the wormhole, what would his reasons be? What is Odo like now that he's been with his people for so long? What will Cardassia be like with Garak rebuilding? Voyager: I think a cool idea would be The Voth come to reclaim Earth. For those of you who never watched the show, the Voth were a race they encountered who were the first intelligent species to evolve on Earth. They were pretty much intelligent dinosaurs, having evolved from Hadrasaur, one of the duck-billed dinosaur species. Imagine technology 65 million years ahead of the Federation.
theCOLLECTOR 2/24/2007 10:30:09 AM
TKay42one, you have great suggestions, and I think they could work. As I posted before, there are so many thing they could do. They could even just make a star trek movie with them all in it. TNG,DS9,VOY.....they all could be in war with some race or something fantasitc, big and epic. Make it a continuation thing...three movies.......insurrection was supposed to continue with the sub-par nemesis. Making a prequel is not logical (great....not I make puns without even trying) I would even be open to something new, Like Titan, or Phoenix. Give us a movie that is new...It is in the wrong hands.....which is why rumors are flying JJ is not making it.....people are just not happy with it. To tell you the truth.....I would love to see a voyager movie......as long seven of nine dies.....I think they could make it a great movie....I am just mad that when the "prequel" comes out.....I will have no desire to watch it.....and well.....the Death od Star Trek begins......I bet that is the new title.....Star Trek Begins.....so original. Good bye star trek....live long and prosper.
kjsucks6996 2/24/2007 10:55:28 AM
Well this is the worst news i read all month. All chances of this movie being good just went out the window. Most of these suggestions i've read are good ideas, but i just dont think they'd be material for a motion picture. I mean I think it would be REALLY hard to pull off a ds9 or voyager movie. But the idea collector had was really good. The casts of all of them involved in a big war would be really sweet. It could have the potential for great space battle action sequences. But seven of nine dying? Come on collector, reading that just made me a saaaaaaaaaad panda.
Moz72 2/24/2007 11:04:15 AM
Forget the movies! Reboot the tv series. New generation, new ships, new crew, new...and old races, new stories. And filmed in HD, of course! Nuff Said!
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