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Star Trek (2009)

Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana
Directed by: J.J. Abrams

U.S. Opening Date: May 8, 2009



Lost creators-writers-producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk are bringing an 11th instalment of the popular Star Trek franchise to the big screen. Burk, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will executive produce.

This movie will be a complete reboot of the franchise, going back to the original 1960s television shows with “new” actors such as Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) playing old, familiar characters such as Scotty.

Leonard Nimoy is back however, which means that he’d probably play an older Spock and that the story would perhaps be told in flashback mode, chronicling how Spock and Kirk met and their very first adventure together.

Either that or the Internet rumors are right that the secretly guarded plot actually involves an older Spock who travels back in time to prevent a group of Romulans (led by Nero, played by Bana) from interfering in the past and irreparably damaging the timeline in the process. To do so he must enlist the help of his younger self (Zachary Quinto, psycho bad guy Sylar from Heroes).


After a gazillion Star Trek movies and TV shows (not to mention the shows which unashamedly stole from Trek such as Babylon 5 and StarGate - Atlantis) the question remains: will Lost / Alias supremo J.J. Abrams have anything new to add to Gene Roddenberry’s universe? Time will tell, but considering what Abrams brought to Mission: Impossible with number III in that franchise, we’re not all that excited here to be honest . . .

The movie also has an impossible task: to attract newbies to cinemas without alienating long-time trekkies who are already grumbling about that first trailer. The upcoming movie, long-time fans say, seems to ask the pressing question what if James T. Kirk was more like Anakin Skywalker?

The point is that the box office success of this Trek excursion will probably determine the fate of the entire franchise . . .





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