The “Star Trek” franchise has never been in a better place than it is this very moment. With J.J. Abrams’ insanely fun reboot earning respectable box-office dollars, and proving to be one of the most rewatchable DVDs in recent memory, it feels like the first time in cinema history that the collective mainstream movie-going populace is actually excited to see where trusty ol’ NCC-1701 warps to next. (Hefty earnings aside, I somehow doubt many 1979 ticket-buyers were chomping at the bit for a follow-up to “The Motion Picture.”)
Well, according to Mr. Spock alter ego Zachary Quinto’s Twitter profile, we’ve got some seriously torturous waiting to do before Kirk and crew can boldly go where no “Star Trek” sequel has gone before.
Indeed, my dear Trekkers/Trekkies/Trekkadoodles, Paramount has scribbled director J.J. Abrams’ next Dilithium-powered space adventure in for the almost painfully far-off stardate of June 29th, 2012 — in the plum pre-Fourth of July weekend slot, no less. That’s a major sign of confidence from the studio and an indication that they’re justly expecting the follow-up to be an even bigger blockbuster smash.
With the first film’s beyond-brilliantly chosen cast all slated to return (thank Lord Xenu for iron-clad contracts!), I’m almost embarrassingly giddy to see where the franchise goes next. While Abrams has cheekily teased the possibility of Kirk’s arch-nemesis Khan popping up, my fingers are crossed that, if he is planning to use the bare-chested wonder, he at least waits until the third film. The new “Trek” universe has so much rich new ground to explore, why already fall back on rehashing the greatest hits?
But then, I’m pretty certain that the wunderkind director is just playing around and is already a dozen or more steps ahead of all of us mere peons. Hopefully, with all the re-introduction/set-up stuff out of the way, he’ll finally be able to deliver a truly spectacular, three-dimensional adversary — a sad rarity in “Trek” films — for the Enterprise’s valiant team to clash with.
Though I’m sure that I’ll end up writing an “About That” on this project at some point in the future, right now I’d like to know who you’d like to see prominently featured in the next “Trek”: Klingons? The Borg? The Ferengi? The Gorn? Tribbles? Please bombard our comments section with veritable volleys of your own verbalized views!
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Click here for a pair of deleted scenes from “Star Trek.”
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