According to Deadline, Paramount is currently developing a television version of the best Star Trek movie that wasn’t a Star Trek movie ever made – Galaxy Quest.
Galaxy Quest screenwriter Robert Gordon is expected to write the adaptation, and original director Dean Parisot and producer Mark Johnson are on board as well. No word on the original cast being involved, but Tim Allen and Daryl Mitchell are really the only affordable actors in that film for a TV budget… and they both have shows right now.
I’m not sure if I think this is a great idea. Galaxy Quest is kind of a perfect film, and any sort of continuation is going to seem tacked on. I don’t think it’ll hurt the legacy of the film, but I don’t see the brilliant meta-commentary holding up week to week.
All of this is early stages of course, and the show may never make it to air. I mean, it could actually be good. I love Galaxy Quest and there are much worse properties to turn into a TV series. I mean, they could be trying to adapt Uncle Buck for TV a second time or something…
…oh wait, they are? Well, that settles it – there is no god.
Star Trek: Renegades has chugged along with production since then, and just today released a full length Trailer for the project featuring actual footage from the 90 minute pilot. Here it is:
Honestly? While I can get behind the concept, parts of the trailer (which is arguably supposed to show the best bits) seem a little cheesy — like they’re straight out of 90s Science Fiction shows that didn’t have Star Trek in the title. I know the creators have high hopes for the series to get picked up by CBS, but the fan film origins bleed through too many of the shots for me to believe they’d ever take it seriously.
I expect Renegades to be an enjoyable fan film, but never anything more.
So I go take the weekend off from the internet, and immediately come back to find out that the internet was rife with rumors of a new Star Trek TV series. I was excited for about five seconds, until I started to actually read the articles.
It all goes back to a Latino Review article – which pretty much just says Paramount is thinking about a Star Trek series — and then drags up a bunch of old rumors and out of date information to justify and explain what’s happening.
But here’s the thing – it’s not.
I mean, sure – Paramount and CBS are probably always thinking about tossing the money making franchise back on the air, but that doesn’t mean they are willing to commit money to it. Or people. Or are willing to hire any of the people listed in the Latino Review article. The site io9 has a great breakdown too.
The third Abramsverse (we need a better name for that) Star Trek film, or as we call it around here “Star Trek 3ish,” has had an interesting road to production — the incredible drama involving Robert Orci most notably. Because of that, we felt like reporting on a rumor that, frankly, cheers me up insanely.
Variety is now reporting that Idris Elba is in early talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3ish.
Now this may end up meaning nothing – early talks could fall through and this may not happen. But for this brief moment, we can imagine the wonderfulness that is Idris Elba appearing in a Star Trek film. We can fantasize about his gravitas being brought to the next major villain in the franchise. There is a light shining in the darkness.
Well, several — Simon Pegg is writing the script after all. Frankly, since Orci’s ousting prospects have actually looked pretty good for this film.
So yes, there’s a chance we’ll get to see Idris Elba in another franchise.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we visit the DC Carnival of Sadness with news that Supergirl will be a procedural and that Zack Snyder wants a dark, gritty Green Lantern (oh, and there’s some Brainiac stuff in there too). We look forward to Community‘s season 6 premiere date, contemplate the return of The X-Files, and sing for joy at Simon Pegg co-writing the next Star Trek.
Trae also went to Nezumi Con, and talks about his experiences.
According to Deadline, Justin Lin has been tapped to direct the third Abramsverse Star Trek film. Lin is best known to the general public as the director of the third through sixth installments of The Fast and the Furious franchise. Of course, I knew his name instantly because he directed several key first season episodes of Community — most importantly, the infamous “Modern Warfare” paintball episode.
So the guy has at least a little nerd cred.
It’s a very different choice than Orci (who was originally slated to direct), but as long as the script is decent, Lin’s not a bad choice. He’s very talented at making whatever he’s given visually interesting – it all depends on whether or not the writing is worthy of his skill.
There’s been a lot of speculation about why Robert Orci is out as director of the third Abramsverse Star Trek film. According to Badass Digest Orci left the film due to disagreements about the film’s tone — as apparently Paramount wanted the film to more closely mimic a fairly successful space opera from earlier this year.
That would, of course, be Guardians of the Galaxy.
This could be either a good idea or a terrible idea. I mean, sure Star Trek IV shares a lot of qualities with Guardians of the Galaxy, but its humor felt organic. The last time the studio tried to demand that same tone out of the franchise… we got Star Trek V.
No one wants another Star Trek V.
This whole thing could end up being a tremendous mess, and frankly has me a bit concerned. It’s an obvious temptation for Paramount to demand that they ape the successful Marvel film, but the largest problem the revised film series has had is the loss of Trek’s signature tone that it spent decades building. It worked out fine in the first Abramsverse film (as it was an origin story), but it caused the second to suffer.
Does Trek need to change tones? Yes. But not necessarily to that of a competing franchise.