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Star Trek XI: Split infinitives and torn shirts.

28 March, 2007

It seems that Gene Rodenberry’s original Star Trek is getting a face lift. Paramount Pictures have told the new Executive Producers for the next franchised movie “Star Trek XI” that they have an unlimited budget for its production.

Robert Orici and Alex Kurtzman the exec producers, also its writers, have admitted they want to reimagine the original series, the storyline is expected to focus on the young James T Kirk’s Starfleet Academy days and his first meeting with Spock, including their first ever space mission together.

I’m of the age where I personally can’t imagine anyone other than William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in those respective roles, interestingly enough, both actors are also said to be reprising their roles as older versions of themselves.

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Hollywood gossip is mumbling that superstar and all round hunk Matt Damon is tipped to play the young Kirk, Adrien Brody the young Spock and Gary Sinise as a younger Dr “Bones” McCoy. If I close my eyes real tight, I can picture all of them in their uniforms in my head, I think the closest match is definitely Mr Sinise.

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Spock, Kirk & McCoy

The writers are keen to keep the original look for the show, but make it very much of the now. No hi-tech – low-tech. The styling of the new movie will be very much original 23rd Century Star Trek. The original, gold, red and teal costumes will be very much kept, but brought up to date.

If Matt Damon does accept the role of JTK, I’d really like to see him in those figure hugging black trousers of Captain Kirk!

Mark Simpson, in an article for Salon.com, talks about the effect of those costumes on viewing them at an exhibition a few years ago “the cool, intellectual blue of Spock’s tunic, with his trusty tricorder handbag slung over the shoulder; here the feisty red of Lt. Uhura’s costume, breasts surging forward like rockets, with streamlined waist, miniskirt tailfins spouting a plume of long, long tights, and knee-length pointy black boots. Ahem. Anyway, “Star Trek” was very … pointy. In addition to the boots, and Kirk’s package, there were pointy sideburns, pointy breasts, pointy ears, pointy Federation logos, pointy lettering in the credits, and also the pointedly pointy mission statement: “To boldly go where no man has gone before,” he goes on to say “Star Trek” uniforms remain timeless classics, ones that seem to have directly inspired ’70s glam rock — Ziggy Stardust, for instance, looked as though he would have fit in on the Enterprise. Certainly Kirk would have shagged him.”

As with all TV to movie transfers, the writers are keen to pen a storyline that will be a welcoming return for the old fans and also an introduction to the characters for new ones also.

I can understand why they would want to appeal to “the next generation” of fans, but after the debacle over the cancelling of the last spin off series Enterprise and its appalling final episode. I think the fans deserve their treat a whole lot more.

The fans want something new, but something comfortingly familiar, something they can sit back and watch and know that those long lost friends are once again right by their sides and activley engaged in new adventures, seeking out new life and new civilisations…but not quite going where no man has gone before.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 10 September, 2009 12:58 PM

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  2. 14 March, 2009 12:36 PM

    I have to say, I can not agree with you in 100%, but it’s just my IMHO, which indeed could be wrong.
    p.s. You have a very good template . Where have you got it from?

  3. Erica permalink
    14 January, 2009 6:58 AM

    Actually, it’s not 24th Century Star Trek. James T. Kirk is long dead by the time the early 24th Century comes into place. The Original Series takes places in the 23rd Century.

    The 24th Century isn’t used as a setting until ST:Generations and TNG.

    Mike Says:- Noted and amended, Thank you.

  4. Jamie permalink
    19 November, 2007 10:40 PM

    As much as i would love to see those guys in those roles i have to agree the ages aren’t right. I have also recently read that the roles have been filled by others.

    Mike Says:- See later posts!!

  5. 18 October, 2007 8:22 PM

    The big problem with that lineup is the ages. This is supposedly supposed to be them fresh from the academy and only Adrien looks like he could maybe fill that role. The people they have finally now announced (http://www.startrek.com) are pretty young and I emphasize pretty.

    Mike says:-Yeah, early speculation always ends up being wrong, but I still maintain that Gary Sinise looks like a young Deforest Kelly.

  6. Dima permalink
    26 July, 2007 11:10 PM

    I looooooooooooooooove Matt Damon

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