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J.J. Abrams To Direct New 'Star Trek' Film 482

Posted by Zonk
from the that-sounds-juuust-great dept.
Tycoon Guy writes "TrekToday reports that Paramount has asked 'Lost' creator J.J. Abrams to direct a new 'Star Trek' film. The movie will be set at Starfleet Academy and will feature younger versions of James T. Kirk and Spock, chronicling their first meeting at the Academy and their first outer space mission. The movie is set for a 2008 release and will apparently be one of Paramount's biggest projects for the year."
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J.J. Abrams To Direct New 'Star Trek' Film

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  • Re:Desperation (Score:3, Informative)

    by xetovss (17621) on Friday April 21, 2006 @08:34AM (#15172494) Journal
    Picard was never captured and tortured by Romulans. In the episode when Picard, Crusher, and Worf infiltrated a suspected Cardassian research base Picard did get captured and subsequently tortured by a Cardassian and asked how many lights there were however.
  • Re:Desperation (Score:5, Informative)

    by elrous0 (869638) * on Friday April 21, 2006 @08:35AM (#15172504)
    DS9 was defintely the most well-written, sophisticated series of the bunch. It's not surprising, considering it was the baby of Ronald Moore (who would go on to create what I consider the best damn scifi series ever, the new Battlestar Galactica).

    -Eric

  • Re:You know .... (Score:4, Informative)

    by UnanimousCoward (9841) on Friday April 21, 2006 @08:47AM (#15172634) Homepage Journal
    Wow, I was too embarrassed to bring up the Pike thing first, but now that you've spilt the beans:

    My first reaction was to ask Abrams whether he knew who Christopher Pike was. My second reaction was that the Trek franchise thinks that the hardcore fans have either died off already or won't make a big stink (because they've become so disillusioned about the whole franchise) about the fact that Tiberius and Spock could in no way have overlapped at the Academy.

    What a crock this movie will be--built on a premise inconsistent with the origins. But since when did that stop anyone...

  • by hal2814 (725639) on Friday April 21, 2006 @09:38AM (#15173220)
    "not adjusted for inflation:"

    Here'a a list adjusted for inflation (in 2005 dollars):

    1. Wrath of Kahn $158M
    2. Voyage Home $186M
    3. Undiscovered Country $104M
    4. Generations $95M
    5. Search for Spock $140M
    6. First Contact $111M
    7. Motion Picture $232M
    8. Nemesis $45M
    9. Final Frontier $81M
    10. Insurrection $81M

    Old Crew: $133M per movie (not counting TMP since that's kind of unfair)
    New Crew: Not a single movie that hit's the old crew's average though First Contact only missed the average by $22M. FC did commendably beat out the Undiscovered Country.

    Now that's not even adjusting for ticket prices that have outpaced inflation so the older movies will probably have even more of an edge is you adjust for that too. I just used an inflation calculator.
  • Re:Desperation (Score:4, Informative)

    by farrellj (563) on Friday April 21, 2006 @09:42AM (#15173266) Homepage Journal
    It was just a Babylon 5 rip off...read the history!

    ttyl
              Farrell
  • Re:You know .... (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 21, 2006 @10:10AM (#15173592)
    According to the movie "Wrath of Kahn" and the book-version of that movie they were together at the academy.

    In the beginning of the movie it is mentioned that the Academy test involving the no-winnable combat scenario was beaten only once: by Kirk.
    He could win, because he changed the rules: He had his second in command reprogram the combat simulator.
    If memory serves (I saw a rerun a few months ago) it is suggested, but not actually said in the movie that that second in command was Spock.
    The book version is more clear and explicitly says that it was Spock.

    I'm not that much of a Trekkie, but somehow these details stuck.
  • Re:I like this idea (Score:3, Informative)

    by Hawthorne01 (575586) on Friday April 21, 2006 @01:29PM (#15175660)
    Dear God, what a bad idea that was. Let's just compare the writing of Jonathan Hales to the other Star Wars co-writer, Lawrence Kasden.

    From IMDB.com:
    # Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
    # The Scorpion King (2002) (story)
    # The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence (1999) (V)
    # The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Spring Break Adventure (1999) (V)
    # Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father (1996) (TV)
    # Kazan (1995/I) (TV)
    # Baree (1994) (TV)
    # Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies (1994) (TV)
    # "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"
    # "Dempsey & Makepeace" (1985) TV Series (writer)
    # Loophole (1981)
    # The Mirror Crack'd (1980) (screenplay)
    # "Dallas" (1978) TV Series (writer) (! -ed)
    # "The Guardians" (1971) TV Series (writer)
    # "Manhunt" (1969) TV Series (writer)

    Lawrence Kasden

    # The Risk Pool (2006) (announced) (screenplay)
    # Dreamcatcher (2003) (screenplay))
    # Mumford (1999) (written by)
    # Wyatt Earp (1994) (written by)
    # The Bodyguard (1992) (written by)
    # Grand Canyon (1991) (written by)
    # Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989) (V)
    # The Accidental Tourist (1988) (screenplay)
    # Silverado (1985) (written by)
    # The Big Chill (1983) (written by)
    # Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    # Continental Divide (1981)
    # Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    # Body Heat (1981)
    # Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    Okay, there's some stinkers on Kasden's resume, but compared to Hale, he's friggin' Will Shakespeare.

    I think we've found the difference in quality between the two sets of movies...
  • Re:Desperation (Score:2, Informative)

    by Kippesoep (712796) on Friday April 21, 2006 @01:53PM (#15175919) Homepage
    It was actually Gul Madred, played by David Warner [imdb.com].

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