Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Star Trek XI is keeping it simple

The Movie's Star Trek. Period.

Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, who are writing the 11th Star Trek movie, revealed a few key points about the top-secret script in an interview with MTV.com. Among the revelations: The movie will be titled, simply, Star Trek; it will take place aboard a starship; and they're OK with Matt Damon playing Capt. James T. Kirk.

Not that the writers confirmed that Damon had been cast, as rumored. "I'm the hugest Matt Damon fan ever," Kurtzman told the site. "If he became [Kirk], great."

Paramount has given a green light to Star Trek, with Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams directing, with an eye to a Christmas 2008 release.As for the title, Orci said: It's Star Trek. "That's the intended title," he said. "I don't think we want to put any colons or anything on it.

"The writers wouldn't discuss details of the story, other than to say it is a reimagining of the franchise that will remain true to its history, but aim for the broadest audience possible. Kurtzman promised: "There will be more action in this movie than any Trek that's preceded it."

Orci added: "I don't know how you make Star Trek without a starship. You have to trek through the stars, so you need a ship for that. There, you got something out of us!"

More from Infuze Magazine:

Just call it Star Trek

In a hot-off-the-presses interview with MTV.com, the writers behind JJ Abrams' upcoming Star Trek movie have dropped the first bonafide hints as to what the movie will be about. Among the revelations from screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci: expect lots more action than past Trek films; the movie will have a bigger budget than past Treks, in a bid to attract a broader, more mainstream audience; and perhaps the biggest bombshell of all -- the movie will be a "reimagining of the franchise," and not based on Kirk and Spock's first meeting at Starfleet Academy. It will be a starship-bound recreation of the franchise, which sounds to these ears a whole lot like what J. Michael Straczynski proposed a while back, for a new Trek tv show. And don't expect a subtitle for this one. Even though it's officially the eleventh film outing, Kurtzman and Orci expect their reboot to be titled simply Star Trek.posted by robin at 01:26 PM


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