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Postby Seibertron » Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:22 am

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I'm not sure which list I signed up for with Paramount to get general press releases from them. I thought the Star Trek press release might be of interest to some of you so I thought I'd share it with you guys. Sounds like they're revamping the Star Trek franchise. I'm looking forward to it!


Paramount wrote:J.J. ABRAMS TO DIRECT STAR TREK FEATURE FILM FOR
PARAMOUNT PICTURES
IN THEATERS CHRISTMAS DAY 2008


HOLLYWOOD, CA, February 26, 2007 – “Star Trek," one of the most popular and successful franchises in the history of movies and television, returns to the big screen under the creative vision of J.J. Abrams, the force behind “Lost," “Alias” and “Mission Impossible III” for Paramount Pictures.

The team behind the film will include Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (‘Mission Impossible III”) who wrote the screenplay and will executive produce with Bryan Burk. JJ Abrams and “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof will produce. The film will begin shooting this fall for a Christmas Day 2008 release.

One of the most popular film and television franchises of all time, “Star Trek” has encompassed 726 total episodes for television in six different series, beginning with the original 1966-1969 series created by Gene Roddenberry. The 10 “Star Trek” films have grossed in excess of $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The original characters have been named among the 50 greatest TV characters of all time and the Enterprise has lent its name to two proposed spacecrafts.

"If there's something I'm dying to see, it's the brilliance and optimism of Roddenberry's world brought back to the big screen," said Abrams. “Alex and Bob wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone -- life-long fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek."

Brad Grey, chairman and CEO, Paramount Pictures, said, “We could not be more thrilled to be back in business with J.J. Abrams. The revival of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise is an important part of Paramount’s turnaround."


About Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading entertainment content company with prominent and respected brands including Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks. The company’s labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, DreamWorks, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studios, and Worldwide Television Distribution.


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“Star Trek” is one of the most popular film and television franchises of all time:
- 726 total episodes for television spanning six television series
- Original series, created by Gene Roddenberry, aired on NBC from 1966-1969
- 10 movies, grossing in total over $1 billion at the worldwide box office
- Hundreds of novels
- $3.5 billion in consumer products
- 3 million visitors of Las Vegas’s “Star Trek: The Experience” since 1998
- Over 60 interactive software products since 1991; games in production for current and next generation game platforms

J.J. Abrams is a talent widely admired by audiences and critics alike:
- Winner of two Emmy Awards for “Lost”
- 17 million viewers each week for “Lost”; a top-ten show
- Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most exhilarating storytellers in television”
- Director of “Mission: Impossible III”
- Creator of “Alias” and “Felicity”

“Star Trek” has influenced the culture:
- NASA’s first test shuttle was named “Enterprise”
- The first commercial passenger carrier into space, Virgin Galactic, has announced that the first spacecraft of the line will be named V. S. S. Enterprise
- An episode of the original “Star Trek” featured television’s first interracial kiss
- Spock, portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, was named one of TV’s “50 Greatest Characters Ever” by TV Guide



Paramount wrote:ACADEMY AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR MARTIN SCORSESE TO TEAM UP WITH ROCK AND ROLL ICON MICK JAGGER TO DIRECT AND PRODUCE ”THE LONG PLAY” FOR PARAMOUNT PICTURES

PROJECT WILL RE-TEAM SCORSESE WITH THE ACADEMY AWARD WINNER BILL MONAHAN WHO WILL WRITE THE SCREENPLAY


Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese will team up with Rock and Roll icon Mick Jagger to direct “THE LONG PLAY," a film set in the world of the music business spanning over three decades. Project will re-team Scorsese with Academy Award winning writer for “The Departed," Bill Monahan.

Martin Scorsese will direct. Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman will produce. Film is based on an original idea of Mick Jagger’s which he and Pearman’s Jagged Films took to Scorsese several years ago. Together they developed the project and brought it to Paramount.

Scorsese recently entered into a four-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures to direct and produce entertainment across all platforms including feature films, made-for-DVD, digital content and television for Paramount Pictures and Paramount Vantage. His latest film, “The Departed," was nominated for five Academy Awards® and won Best Picture.

Scorsese has directed more than 40 films, including current box office hit “THE DEPARTED," “THE AVIATOR," “GANGS OF NEW YORK," “RAGING BULL," “TAXI DRIVER," and “GOODFELLAS." He is one of the most honored filmmakers in Hollywood, with six each Academy Award nominations and Directors Guild of America nominations.

In 2005, he directed and produced the Emmy and Grammy Award-winning documentary “NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN."

A music legend for over 30 years, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, whose albums have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, formed his production company with Victoria Pearman and are currently prepping the remake of The Women; written and to be directed by Diane English, and teamed with Luc Besson’s Europa to produce an animated feature called RUBY TUESDAY. Jagged Films produced the award-winning ENIGMA and recently completed a documentary on President Clinton’s Global Initiative and they are Executive Producers on ABC’s Knights of Prosperity.

Jagger and Scorsese recently collaborated on a Rolling Stones feature length concert documentary shot at The Beacon Theater in New York to be released in the Fall.


Scorsese is represented by Endeavor, Rick Yorn of The Firm and Jake Bloom of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal & LaViolette LLP. Jagger and Pearman are repped by ICM’s Jeff Berg and Ken Kleinberg. Monahan is also repped by Endeavor and David Fox.


About Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading entertainment content company with prominent and respected brands including Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks. The company’s labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, DreamWorks, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studios, and Worldwide Television Distribution.
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Postby Emperor Primacron the 1st » Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:28 am

So long as neither Bermen or Braga are not allowed anywhere near this, all should be well. :-?
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Postby Senor Hugo » Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:06 am

JJ Abrams huh?

So, the new Star Trek movie will not only not advance any sort of plot for atleast 3 hours, but will bring up more questions that anyone cares to bother thinking about, involve polar bears, and star Tom Cruise as Capt. Tom Cruise of the U.S.S. Xenu.

Sounds like a hoot.
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Postby Air Commander Starscream » Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:50 am

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Hey this is fantastic news! I am a Treky and I want to see more.
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Postby Cyberstrike » Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:28 am

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As long as it's not another prequel (which some rumors says it will be) then I'll be happy.
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Postby AutobotGeneral » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:30 am

Wow, um, I could call this old news. Because it is. But I'll let it slide because its Trek. :grin:

The movie is Strongly Rumored to be the Early Kirk/Spock Era, pre-TOS post-ENT. Which could mean more rewritten history.
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Postby LuckytheWonderLlama » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:46 am

IGN.com reports that Matt Damon, Adrien Brody and Gary Sinise are the current front runners to play the "Big 3", Kirk, Spock, and McCoy respectively.

Article here.


Star Trek XI Casting Scoop!
IGN has heard who may play the Big Three.
by Stax
February 26, 2007 - IGN Movies has learned from studio sources which actors may play the Big Three in Paramount's Star Trek XI. By the "Big Three," we mean, of course, Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy.

Confirming rumors that have been making the rounds for some months now, IGN has learned that Oscar winner Matt Damon is indeed in talks with Paramount about playing the role of Jim Kirk, previously immortalized onscreen by Emmy winner William Shatner.

Damon brings star power and an acting pedigree to the role that should convince audiences that this is a serious reboot of the beloved franchise.

For the part of Kirk's Vulcan first officer Mr. Spock, IGN has been told that none other than Oscar winner Adrien Brody (King Kong, The Pianist) is in talks with Paramount to play the role. If cast, Brody would succeed Leonard Nimoy in a role that forever marked Nimoy's career. But with a Best Actor award already under his belt and an eclectic mix of films on his resume, Brody wouldn't have as much to lose by taking on the iconic role as Nimoy had.

IGN has also been told that Oscar nominee Gary Sinise -- currently seen on the small screen in CSI: NY -- is in talks for the role of Dr. McCoy, the ornery and politically incorrect ship's physician aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. McCoy's prickly relationship with Spock was the basis of much of the humor and humanity of the original 1960s series. The late DeForrest Kelley played "Bones" on TV.

Golden Globe and Emmy winner Sinise is no stranger to films about space flight, having previously appeared in Apollo 13 and Mission to Mars.

Those are the three actors that our studio insider advised us were the closest to being cast, with Damon's talks said to be further along than the rest. We have also heard of an actor being eyed for the role of Enterprise helmsman Lt. Sulu: Daniel Dae Kim ("Jin Kwon" on Lost). Sulu was played on the classic TV series by George Takei, who can now be seen on Heroes. We should stress, however, that Kim's possible casting is at a far earlier stage than that of the aforementioned three.

Lost, of course, was created and is executive produced by J.J. Abrams, who has just signed on to direct and produce Star Trek XI.

Sources also advised IGN that Scottish thesp James McAvoy may indeed be in the mix to play chief engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the film.

Neither Damon's reps at Endeavor nor Brody and Sinise's respective reps at CAA had responded to our inquiries for comment at time of publish.
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Postby Roadbuster » Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:33 am

I just can't see this doing well. Star Trek doesn't need to go back in time. You already know what's going to happen by doing that. Star Trek needs to progress forward to flesh out the galaxy further as Rodenberry wanted. The trekkies know this, the various cast members know this, but it seems Paramount are the only ones who don't get it.
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Postby Bun-Bun » Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:56 am

Roadbuster wrote:I just can't see this doing well. Star Trek doesn't need to go back in time. You already know what's going to happen by doing that. Star Trek needs to progress forward to flesh out the galaxy further as Rodenberry wanted. The trekkies know this, the various cast members know this, but it seems Paramount are the only ones who don't get it.


It's amazing how often this happens in life.

The people that enjoy something, that really want it to be great, are the ones that would probably do the right things to make something better.

Unfortunatly the ones in control want only what they feel will be the most profitable and what is best for them. Also they generally will put their 'yes-men' into postions of power within their organization and remove anybody who disagrees with them.

It's true with the movie industry and many other.... places.
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Postby Insurgent » Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:10 pm

I heard it was gonna be Kirk at the acadamy. How he met Spock and all that. Personally, I'm fine with it. I'll go and see it at the cinema. I doubt I will get it when it comes out on DVD though. The only problem I have with this is Matt Damon as Kirk. I really don't like his acting. It's more wooden that Shats. :P
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Postby Wheeljack35 » Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:08 pm

I've known for a while about this new Star Trek movie.As I have said on the other boards I attend

Let Star Trek be there isn't enough fan interest give it a few more years.
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Postby Phategod1 » Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:49 pm

why oh why did Nemisis have to be the end of TNG. Were left MongoloData. Now they want a reboot Well MI:3 was pretty good but Alias is a little Under my butt, and Lost has Officialy jumped the shark. ST does not need a reboot and as corny as Shattner is there is only one Kirk and one Spock.
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Postby Supreme Convoy » Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:24 pm

Senor Hugo wrote:JJ Abrams huh?

So, the new Star Trek movie will not only not advance any sort of plot for atleast 3 hours, but will bring up more questions that anyone cares to bother thinking about, involve polar bears, and star Tom Cruise as Capt. Tom Cruise of the U.S.S. Xenu.

Sounds like a hoot.


:BOT: LoL... I suppose I'm the only one that gets it :)

I don't care how crazy Tom Cruise is, he's still a great actor.

I was talking about Abram's Star Trek at work today. I'm not a Trekkie but I'd see this new one because I love JJ Abram's stuff. :CON:
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Postby Jaw Crusher » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:15 am

Frankly, I'm not excited about this.

They should have waited about five years, then maybe draw in younger viewers with an animated series that jumps FORWARD another 100 years (25th century).
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Postby NOBODY LOVES WHEELIE » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:07 pm

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Ugh I hate the idea of a prequel set in Kirk's academy days for a few reasons.

1) I have no want to see a pre Classic Trek flick.
Trek seems obsessed with taking us back to the original formula of one ship, one crew, on the edge of the Final Frontier. Well like it or not the franchise has expanded well beyond that, and going backwards in formula didn't work for the 7 seasons of Voyager that LIMPED ratings wise to that last season. Nor did it work for Enterprise which couldn't even limp that far.

2)Enterprise was revisionist history.
The other reason why Enterprise failed was because it was a load of crap. Trust me I have been a Trek fan since the mid 80's and NOWHERE ever was there even hinted to be an NX-1701. You can not simply go have 30 years of shows and movies where the 1701 Classic was the first starship named Enterprise, and then go and change it. What did you expect? People were bound to reject it. Trek fans are a pretty territorial bunch, we'll except new ideas and shows, but you can not mess with what has been established fact since day one, and that is where a prequel Trek is gonna go.

3)I hate to break this to Paramount Kirk met Spock when he took command of The Enterprise. Spock was already aboard as Pike's Science Officer. As for the much older McCoy he would have graduated years before Kirk. It's possible Sulu, Chekov, and Uhura may have went to the Academy with Kirk but being Checkov is an ensign when Kirk is a captian I doubt it if anything Chekov was just started when Kirk finished his academy days, and Uhura was communications I doubt he would have interacted much with her either. Sulu is the closest possibility. Kirk would have undoubtedly had helm classes, if I recall correctly he was a helm officer on his first posting, Sulu although he was first a botonist under Pike and then Kirk became a helm officer (I'm presuming it was his secondary class being he was a botonist 1st) Scotty might have attended class with Kirk, but again Scotty strikes me as older than Kirk, and by his extensive knowledge of the Enterprise by the time Kirk takes command, he's clearly been on a starship esspecially in the engine room longer than Kirk.


I'll go see this movie, but I'm already not liking where they're taking us.

Trek needs a rest.

When it's done it needs some fresh ideas.

10 films
3 seasons of Original
2 Seasons Cartoon
7 TNG
7 DS9
7 Voy
4 ENT

Most of that in the last twenty years.

Clearly Trek has exhuasted itself, what was once a vast open galaxy of possibilities has been explored to death.

I love Trek I really do, but stop for god sake stop, even Lucas knew he had to take a few decades off before milking his Star Wars Cash Cow again.
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Postby Roadbuster » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:33 pm

Jaw Crusher wrote:Frankly, I'm not excited about this.

They should have waited about five years, then maybe draw in younger viewers with an animated series that jumps FORWARD another 100 years (25th century).


Umm you might wanna take a raincheck on an animated series. That's been done already and it was crap. It needs a new young audience. TNG came out when I was 5-6 years old though I first got into Star Trek through reruns of TOS at night. I remember the attention TNG got right before it's premire. All Star Trek needs is time. Another generation will pick up the torch with new ideas and give a new crew a fresh start. However it needs to pick up in the 25th century.
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