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Have money woes between Paramount and CBS doomed J.J. Abrams future involvement with Star Trek?

May. 17, 2013by: Alex Maidy

We have all heard that J.J. Abrams could not pass up the opportunity to direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII despite originally declining the offer due to his commitment to STAR TREK. With STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS now hitting theaters and the possibility of Abrams directing the sequel to STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS in doubt, we may now be getting the real reason why things have ended up the way they have.

According to The Wrap, Abrams became frustrated at not being able to develop STAR TREK television series to further the plots and characters that just didn't fit into the feature films, something that Disney and Lucasfilm are planning for STAR WARS.

CBS and Paramount were both owned by Viacom until 2006 when CBS left the parent company. Paramount retained rights to features while CBS kept the rights to television series. CBS has continued to market Original Series memorabilia which has caused major issues between CBS, Paramount, and Bad Robot. A source told The Wrap this:

"J.J. just threw up his hands. The message was, 'Why set up all this when we'll just be competing against ourselves?' The studio wanted to please Bad Robot, but it was allowing CBS to say yay or nay when it came to what was happening with the 'Star Trek' products."

STAR TREK has always been a niche franchise that finally opened up to a larger fanbase with Abrams reboot in 2009. Since then, Bad Robot has built up major buzz for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, but we have not seen a television series since the cancellation of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. Bryan Singer and Brian Fuller both had ideas for very unique series that never came to fruition, but you can imagine what J.J. Abrams has been pondering all these years since reinventing the story of Kirk and crew.

While we may never hear this as the official reason why J.J. went from TREK to WARS, it does seem to make sense. As a fan of both series, this makes me both happy and sad. Either way, we are getting more from both series and that is a good thing.

Source: The Wrap

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9:22AM on 05/28/2013
"...Star Trek products..."

Twats.
"...Star Trek products..."

Twats.
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5:44AM on 05/18/2013

An original star trek movie

I don't see why writers can't mine 50 years of Star Trek comics, cartoons and novels or else come up with a completely original story. I liked Star Trek 2 but I got the feeling that Abrams only knows Star Trek from watching the movies.
I don't see why writers can't mine 50 years of Star Trek comics, cartoons and novels or else come up with a completely original story. I liked Star Trek 2 but I got the feeling that Abrams only knows Star Trek from watching the movies.
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11:52PM on 05/17/2013
"Either way, we are getting more from both series and that is a good thing." At the end of the day, I couldn't agree more. The purists will say what they will, but JJ Abrams resurrected Star Trek. He made it accessible, cool, popular and sexy again, and Paramount owes a lot to him. He's certainly left some very big shoes to fill, as I left the theatre a film critic told me he didn't know how anyone would top Star Trek Into Darkness. But I guess he will remain as producer.
"Either way, we are getting more from both series and that is a good thing." At the end of the day, I couldn't agree more. The purists will say what they will, but JJ Abrams resurrected Star Trek. He made it accessible, cool, popular and sexy again, and Paramount owes a lot to him. He's certainly left some very big shoes to fill, as I left the theatre a film critic told me he didn't know how anyone would top Star Trek Into Darkness. But I guess he will remain as producer.
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9:50PM on 05/17/2013
If someone else were to direct the Star Trek Sequel, that great look from both films will be gone. I really love the look JJ brought to the movies. He shouldn't have agreed to do Star Wars. That's just my opinion.
If someone else were to direct the Star Trek Sequel, that great look from both films will be gone. I really love the look JJ brought to the movies. He shouldn't have agreed to do Star Wars. That's just my opinion.
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7:10PM on 05/17/2013
They should dump the reboot movies, pretend it never happened, and go back to tell stories about the Original series.. make a series following the events of Deep Space 9 and Voyager. That's what the REAL fans of Star Trek want to see.
They should dump the reboot movies, pretend it never happened, and go back to tell stories about the Original series.. make a series following the events of Deep Space 9 and Voyager. That's what the REAL fans of Star Trek want to see.
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6:38PM on 05/17/2013
Abrams did an interview with Howard Stern last week where, when asked if he would direct another Star Trek, he basically alluded to the studio not wanting to wait for him. That they considered the four year gap between the first and second movie to be too long. If they were smart they'd wait for him. Abrams essentially made Star Trek popular again.
Abrams did an interview with Howard Stern last week where, when asked if he would direct another Star Trek, he basically alluded to the studio not wanting to wait for him. That they considered the four year gap between the first and second movie to be too long. If they were smart they'd wait for him. Abrams essentially made Star Trek popular again.
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4:48PM on 05/17/2013

If JJ doesn't return for a third film...

It's like Bryan Singer leaving X-MEN to direct Superman Returns all over again. That didn't work out to well for either of those franchises, so lets hope history doesn't repeat itself with the STAR TREK/WARS franchises.
It's like Bryan Singer leaving X-MEN to direct Superman Returns all over again. That didn't work out to well for either of those franchises, so lets hope history doesn't repeat itself with the STAR TREK/WARS franchises.
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4:06PM on 05/17/2013
This is great news! Hopefully we can get someone new for Star Trek 3.
This is great news! Hopefully we can get someone new for Star Trek 3.
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3:39PM on 05/17/2013
All I'm saying is that if Abrams doesn't come back to finish the Star Trek trilogy then I'll be very disappointed and upset. This is his franchise and I would hate to see someone come in and replace him and deliver us a sub par Star Trek film.
All I'm saying is that if Abrams doesn't come back to finish the Star Trek trilogy then I'll be very disappointed and upset. This is his franchise and I would hate to see someone come in and replace him and deliver us a sub par Star Trek film.
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3:59PM on 05/17/2013
As a fan of the third Iron Man movie, which had a different director than the first two (who helped establish that franchise), would you accept a change if the writer/director was Shane Black caliber? I know, that film has many detractors, because of the Mandarin twist, but it is considered a good movie by many, including you. So, in a situation where the director who replaces JJ Abrams has the talent to bring his own vision while still continuing the saga Abrams started, perhaps with some
As a fan of the third Iron Man movie, which had a different director than the first two (who helped establish that franchise), would you accept a change if the writer/director was Shane Black caliber? I know, that film has many detractors, because of the Mandarin twist, but it is considered a good movie by many, including you. So, in a situation where the director who replaces JJ Abrams has the talent to bring his own vision while still continuing the saga Abrams started, perhaps with some input of him as producer, would you give that film a chance? Keep in mind, the alternate reality storyline opened the door to many new stories, of which any writer or director, not only JJ Abrams, can take advantage.
4:54PM on 05/17/2013
I love Iron Man 3 and it is my favorite of the trilogy and Shane Black was a BIG reason why. It's just that Favreau is no Abrams and I had no problem with Favreau stepping aside for Shane Black to take over the reigns. I'm sure Favreau would have given us a very good third Iron Man film, but I was already a huge fan of Black from the Lethal Weapon films and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and so when I heard he was directing instead of Favreau I was fine with it. And also it helped that Favreau was
I love Iron Man 3 and it is my favorite of the trilogy and Shane Black was a BIG reason why. It's just that Favreau is no Abrams and I had no problem with Favreau stepping aside for Shane Black to take over the reigns. I'm sure Favreau would have given us a very good third Iron Man film, but I was already a huge fan of Black from the Lethal Weapon films and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and so when I heard he was directing instead of Favreau I was fine with it. And also it helped that Favreau was producing it and also starring in it. So it's not like there was any bad blood between anyone.

When it comes to Star Trek, I think at this point only Abrams could deliver us another great Star Trek film. I'm not saying that there aren't other directors capable of delivering us a Star Trek film, I'm saying there aren't alot directors out there able to deliver the type of caliber and quality of a Star Trek film that Abrams has given us twice already. Plus, there's the whole continuity aspect and everything that he has already established.
6:24PM on 05/17/2013
Kinda like Shane Black fucked up Iron Man?
Kinda like Shane Black fucked up Iron Man?
3:31PM on 05/17/2013

Niche

STAR TREK has not "always been a niche franchise that finally opened up to a larger fanbase with Abrams reboot in 2009."

While the original series never had big ratings during its run (until the year after its cancellation when the methods of ratings changed, and NBC learned that TREK was in fact one of the highest rated shows amongst the coveted demographic of young males), it became so popular in the 1970s due to re-runs that a new television series was put into development. However, after
STAR TREK has not "always been a niche franchise that finally opened up to a larger fanbase with Abrams reboot in 2009."

While the original series never had big ratings during its run (until the year after its cancellation when the methods of ratings changed, and NBC learned that TREK was in fact one of the highest rated shows amongst the coveted demographic of young males), it became so popular in the 1970s due to re-runs that a new television series was put into development. However, after the success of STAR WARS, the pilot was developed for the big screen and became STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. STAR TREK went from a low-ratings television show to a massively successful blockbuster franchise that thrived throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, keeping Paramount afloat when other properties faltered. THE NEXT GENERATION came in 1987 and was a massive Emmy-winning hit.

STAR TREK did not become a "niche" until the late 90s when TNG ended, DS9 and VOYAGER hit the airwaves, and the later weaker TNG films came along.

Just because you may remember TREK as being a niche and a punchline previous to Abrams' terrific reboot doesn't mean it always was. A little research on this site amongst its writers would be nice.
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3:27PM on 05/17/2013
I feel like anyone STILL buying memorabilia based on the original Star Trek, will continue buying OG memorabilia no matter what.

That said, is JJ Abrams pitching a Star Trek tv show with the current cast? I feel like Pine and Zoe are fairly well sought after that they won't be available. Pegg and Yelchin stay busy, and Urban is about to start a new show on Fox.
I feel like anyone STILL buying memorabilia based on the original Star Trek, will continue buying OG memorabilia no matter what.

That said, is JJ Abrams pitching a Star Trek tv show with the current cast? I feel like Pine and Zoe are fairly well sought after that they won't be available. Pegg and Yelchin stay busy, and Urban is about to start a new show on Fox.
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