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Christmas Day 2008 Release for "Star Trek XI"

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Mar 2, 2007 12:56 am
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The next motion picture of the Star Trek franchise, tentatively titled “Star Trek XI,” will begin filming this fall for theatrical release on Christmas Day 2008.

The official announcement was made by Paramount Pictures. Last Friday J.J. Abrams, already announced as producer of the project, finalized a deal to also direct the movie . The screenplay, which reportedly will be a prequel revolving around a young James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, has been written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who previously collaborated with Abrams on “Mission Impossible III.” Kurtzman and Orci will executive produce with Bryan Burk, and Abrams will produce along with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.

“If there’s something I’m dying to see, it’s the brilliance and optimism of [Gene] Roddenberry’s world brought back to the big screen,” said Abrams. “Alex and Bob wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone — life-long fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek.”

Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, said, “We could not be more thrilled to be back in business with J.J. Abrams. The revival of the Star Trek franchise is an important part of Paramount’s turnaround.”

Fact Sheet

“Star Trek” is one of the most popular film and television franchises of all time:

  • 726 total episodes for television spanning six television series
  • Original series, created by Gene Roddenberry, aired on NBC from 1966-1969
  • 10 movies, grossing in total over $1 billion at the worldwide box office
  • Hundreds of novels
  • $3.5 billion in consumer products
  • 3 million visitors of Las Vegas’s “Star Trek: The Experience” since 1998
  • Over 60 interactive software products since 1991; games in production for current and next generation game platforms

J.J. Abrams is a talent widely admired by audiences and critics alike:

  • Winner of two Emmy Awards for “Lost”
  • 17 million viewers each week for “Lost”; a top-ten show
  • Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most exhilarating storytellers in television”
  • Director of “Mission: Impossible III”
  • Creator of “Alias” and “Felicity”

“Star Trek” has influenced the culture:

  • NASA’s first test shuttle was named “Enterprise”
  • The first commercial passenger carrier into space, Virgin Galactic, has announced that the first spacecraft of the line will be named V.S.S. Enterprise
  • An episode of the original “Star Trek” featured television’s first interracial kiss
  • Spock, portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, was named one of TV’s “50 Greatest Characters Ever” by TV Guide

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