star trek xi announced
July 22, 2006
Today at the San Diego Comic-Con, Paramount officially announced the eleventh in the series of Star Trek films, to be produced by Lost and Alias creator J. J. Abrams and for release sometime in 2008. Previous rumors have suggested that Abrams will also direct the film, and from the art above it seems likely that the producers have indeed decided to create a “prequel” to established Trek lore. This may involve a Starfleet Academy story featuring a young Kirk–played by Matt Damon, if rumors can be believed–and Spock, though there have been no official announcements to that effect. In any case, I’m far too much of a Trek fan to sit this one out. We must hope that the “curse” that has plagued the odd-numbered Trek films thus far is no longer in effect.
Update 7/23: TrekWeb has information about several recent interviews with Abrams in which he talks about his enthusiasm for the franchise and the “incredible story” he’s putting together. Not much in the way of new information, though.
–D. S. W.