New Star Trek talk

Gene Roddenberry's stale sci-fi franchise will soon boldly go where it's already been about a dozen times, but what can both the Trekkies and the non-Trek-care-abouters expect?

Writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman had beans about the project, and spilled a few to MTV. First of all, their flick (definitely being directed by their comrade JJ Abrams) will simply be titled STAR TREK, and will be a "re-imagining" rather than a straight prequel, an attempt to broaden the fanbase. Though it sounds like they want to have their Gagh and eat it too -- as Orci says, "We want it to feel like it's updated and of the now. That's actually the discussions we're having now: how to keep the look of the universe yet have it not look like nothing's new. It's tricky." Like that sentence.

The re-energized franchise will reportedly also have soul, technobabble, and more action than any other film entry, but other details are harder to find than a trustworthy Ferengi or a tolerable VOYAGER episode. And while casting is a ways off (despite the planned Christmas 2008 release), the writers did admit to meeting with Shatner and Nimoy, which more or less somehow validates the Kirk and Spock rumors.
Extra Tidbit: The various TREK series introduced dozens of alien species, 95% of which were humanoid with body paint and/or cranial prosthetics.
Source: MTV



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