Although fellow Trekker Leonard Nimoy appeared in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie in 2009, and there have long been rumors of William Shatner reprising his iconic role as Captain Kirk, there’s one veteran Star Trek actor we probably won’t ever see again on the big screen: Patrick Stewart. It’s not that he doesn’t want to reprise the role; he just doesn’t think he’ll be asked.
Now that Star Trek Beyond has officially gotten its warp core up and running, Star Trek’s franchise future has fans wondering more than ever if a return (or extension) to TV lies in store. Now, a new report lays out some of the complicated rights issues keeping Starfleet affixed to cinemas for the moment, though not without some hope for the upcoming 50th anniversary.
A few months ago we heard that the new Star Trek sequel is called Star Trek Beyond, but those rumors remained unconfirmed by Paramount. Director Justin Lin has now officially confirmed the title of the third Trek film while also revealing the first photo from the set of the sequel.
The uncertain success of Star Trek 3 has chummed waters that the franchise might return to TV before long, something echoed in numerous reports over the last year. We may now have official confirmation however, as Paramount has reportedly invited one fan to pitch a new idea, signaling at least the potential for another TV Star Trek iteration.
After a series of fits and starts with Roberto Orci, who was supposed to write and direct the film before dropping out of the project, Star Trek 3 (supposedly aka Star Trek Beyond) is falling into place under the direction of Fast & Furious filmmaker Justin Lin. After Orci left, the script for the film was rewritten by Doug Jung and the reboot series’ Scotty, Simon Pegg. In a new interview with The Guardian, Pegg explained why Paramount hired him to revamp Orci’s screenplay. According to him, the studio is looking to make Star Trek “more inclusive”:
Though J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek was the 11th film in the franchise, it was actually the first ever Star Trek movie to win an Oscar. At the 2010 movie, the film took home the trophy for Best Makeup, beating Il Divo and The Young Victoria. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which focuses on the new Star Trek!
Well hello there, TV super-fan! Did you know that Breaking Bad breakout Jesse Pinkman was almost killed off in Season 1? How about that Joss Whedon hated the original Buffy theme song, or Curb Your Enthusiasm served as a murder alibi? Can you imagine LOST starring Michael Keaton? Why yes, we do have more where that came from!
News about Star Trek 3 has been coming at a slow trickle, but at least it’s a positive, nourishing trickle that has us thinking the third film in this still freshly-rebooted universe will be a significant course correction after the disappointing Star Trek Into Darkness. And, strangely enough, the rumored title for the next movie only adds to the behind-the-scenes narrative of “Yes, we’re sorry. We’re fixing it. We promise.”
The loss of Leonard Nimoy in February was a rather huge one — the prolific actor established himself as an icon through the role of Spock in the Star Trek television series and film franchise, and many of us grew up with Nimoy has a constant figure. Nimoy was a kind, generous spirit, and so much more than his thoughtful yet stoic Vulcan character. Over the course of his 83 years on this planet, Nimoy lived a rather eventful life, and now the story of his life will be told by his son, Adam Nimoy, who is planning to direct a documentary about his father.
Star Trek’s rebooted cinematic tenure under J.J. Abrams has led to diminishing returns, Star Trek 3 just barely making it off the ground, leading many to wonder when Gene Roddenberry’s iconic franchise might return to its TV roots. That time may already be upon us, CBS is reportedly looking to boldly go forward with a new TV Star Trek.