Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Sneaking in a NON-Oscar post...Star TREK News

No More Trek Claims Insider And PA For Rick Berman
Source SciFi Pulse
By Ian M. Cullen
At present you cannot help but notice the lack of tangible news relating to Star Trek these days. Granted you do have the actors giving their opinions on whether or not there is a future for a re-launch of the TV franchise and any news on the movie franchise has been up in the air for quite some time, but according to Doug Mirabello who is the personal assistant to Rick Berman there isn’t likely to be any Star Trek in movie theatres or on Television for quite some time.

Dreamwatch magazine reported that the PA to Rick Berman had made a post at ‘The Awful Forums’, which pretty much kyboshed, all recent rumours about the next movie.

Mirabello reported that the Erik Jendresen script had been scrapped, he also kyboshed the Tom Hanks connection claiming that Hanks was only mentioned because of his connection to Jendresen who had worked on the TV mini series ‘Band Of Brothers’.

He also says that to his knowledge there are no plans for using Patrick Stewart in any forthcoming movie projects.

It’s more likely that some executive had a casual conversation with him and brought up some hypotheticals which he ran with when some reporter asked him about Star Trek…. [But] there’s a chance that someone else at Paramount is planning something huge and keeping us out of the loop. From what I’ve heard, Patrick wouldn’t do another Trek movie unless they paid him Professor X money…”

Mirabello also revealed that taking the title Star Trek out of Enterprise was UPN’s idea and had little to do with the producers. He also pointed out that neither Berman and Braga had really fought the Network about this so they still accept a degree of the blame. He added that UPN didn’t want some lame niche Sci Fi Show that was part of the reason for such a radical face-lift. He was also more than happy to talk about some of the problems, which had plagued Enterprise.

They had a hit show in the 1980’s… they never really evolved with the times. People generally knew when an [Enterprise] episode was bad. We even had one director go to the producers and tell them he was ashamed to direct the episode where our crew turned into lizard people. The finale was one of those where you’d go down to the stage and see people shaking their heads while reading the script.” EDITOR'S NOTE: NICE TO KNOW IT WASN'T JUST US SHAKING OUR HEADS? (I NEVER DID WATCH THE "ENTERPRISE" FINALE. SOMEWHAT SHEEPISH CONFESSION, I GUESS. ONCE I HEARD THAT TRIP DIED, I DECIDED I DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY ANYMORE).

As to if there is a future for any new Star Trek on television in the next few years. Mirabello is not optimistic, and is less so now that the merger between UPN and WB is in full swing.

The TV side is now technically in control of the franchise’s future, and Les Moonves hates all things Sci – Fi. However, I think this is actually for the best – the public needs to want to see Star Trek again. The best way to achieve this is to take it away for a few years and then bring it back and do it right. The franchise needs a totally new creative team, some time off, and a cool new approach.” EDITOR'S NOTE: A TOTALLY NEW CREATIVE TEAM IS RIGHT ON!


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