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From JJ Abrams regarding the story he has left Star Trek...

Hey folks, Harry here. My source on this isn't UNNAMED or ANONYMOUS - It is the Director in Question. I've no stock in this story - besides the fact that I grew up with the show in question - and think that JJ is theorhetically a far better choice for the material than the regime that ran STAR TREK into the ground, that thankfully isn't involved with this project. Anyway - Latino Review is apparently POSITIVE that JJ Abrams has left STAR TREK for another project that allegedly resides at Paramount. When I called and wrote JJ to respond to the alleged confirmed anonymous rumor/fact, he emailed back...

Wassup, Mr. Knowles. Latino Review is getting more bad intel... I am not off Trek! Thanks for checkin' in, hope all's good with you! JJ

SO - My recommendation is this. Blow off any rumors you're hearing about the demise of STAR TREK. Check out the fact that stages are scheduled for building and that most likely - we'll be hearing casting over the next few months... And yes, I will be running it by JJ - who I'm sure will grow to loathe my email and will junk filter me as I run bullshit rumors by him as he rolls his eyes at each. Live Long & Prosper, Knowles

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  • Feb. 7, 2007, 2:05 a.m. CST

    goodie

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    i liked MI:III

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST

    hope he can keep up the good work

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    usually any sequel after the first will just feel tired, much less the 10th sequel. I liked lost, but my life has become too busy for it. But he seems like a cool guy, so best of luck.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 2:21 a.m. CST

    OK

    by Mace Tofu

    Nice e-Mail, quick and to the point!

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 2:37 a.m. CST

    i respect him for director...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Though i wish he didn't have to reboot the series...as fucked as it was by the horse shit that were Nemesis and Enterprise... good lord.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 2:42 a.m. CST

    "Wazzup! Not off!" Now that's what I call confirmation

    by TallBoy66

    Great journalistic skills there.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Plese don't make it a prequel...

    by Rindain

    Trek isn't about Kirk or Spock, it's about exploring "the uknown possibilities of existence" as Q so eloquently put it.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST

    is he directing or producing?

    by Zardoz

    'cause I've seen other reports that he hasn't made up his mind. I just watched MI:III again last night, and I have to say, it's the best film of the series...

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Best. Email. Ever

    by LittleDudes

    but he should've added "Those Latino Reviews are dicks meng" and maybe added a nude photo.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Re: is he directing or producing?

    by xavier masterson

    I think this is where the confusion is coming from. For all intents and purposes Abrams is out of the directors chair and has decided to produce instead. Opening up the possibility that he is instead actually directing this other project that Latino Review is reporting on. We should know in the next week or two when Paramount and Abrams releases a statement saying in just what capacity Abrams is still involved with the project. Explains the vaguely coy e-mails Abrams is sending Harry and the apparent backtracking of Paramount heads in a recent Hollywood Reporter article stating that Abrams was never officially attached to direct but to produce instead.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 3:38 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with JJ...

    by raw_bean

    ...he says Latino Review can suck his TAINT.<p>...<p>I feel so dirty, but I couldn't resist. Usually I resist the urge to indulge in AICN slogans, I've even taken firsts without yelling 'FRIST!!!1!', but today I crumbled.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Latino Review Sucks Taco Balls

    by XXVIII

    Worst Rumor Mill since Aicn....

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Xavier...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... but... that's true. He said from the start that he might direct or he might produce, depending on any number of things. JJ is still the guy in charge of the franchise, the leader of whatever creative team ends up making the movie. He's working with the writers. He's developing it. <P>And that's what hasn't changed. There's no real confusion. What would make this all much funnier is if CLOVERFIELD turns out to be the STAR TREK code name.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Re: Moriarty

    by xavier masterson

    I was under the impression that he was always attached to both write and direct the new Trek. This is a snippet from variety's announcement of Abrams on the project: "Paramount is breathing life into its "Star Trek" franchise by setting "Mission: Impossible III" helmer J.J. Abrams to produce and direct the 11th "Trek" feature, aiming for a 2008 release. Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, Abrams' producing team from "Lost," also will produce the yet-to-be-titled feature." Hence his deciding not to direct being the cause of Latino Review's confusion. And this from Hollywood Reporter: Over at Paramount Pictures, for example, there is now a question whether J.J. Abrams will direct "Star Trek XI." The studio insists that the "Lost" creator was never officially attached to direct the film, only to produce it. However, in July, upon announcing Abrams' film production pact with Paramount, then-studio president Gail Berman said Abrams was on board to direct the next installment in the sci-fi franchise and that it would be his first project under the new feature deal. Therefore, whoever is feeding LR their information is simply mistaking Abrams decision to not direct as a sign he is completely off the project. All of the original announcements certainly heralded the fact that Abrams was onboard to direct. Granted, the CLOVERFIELD thing could certainly be a codename for the project.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 6:50 a.m. CST

    This project=Yawn!

    by Boba Phat

    Is anybody else not really excited about this origin story? I mean in this day of seamless CGI they should be able to put together an EPIC Star Trek film. A film that has the kind of depth,scope, and greatness as Lord of the Rings had. Are you telling me that Hollywood can't find an exciting, grand scale script based on the Star Trek universe? Especially since they decided to inject some new creative blood into the franchise. It seems to me that Paramount is missing an opportunity. Be then again these are the guys who greenlit Insurrection and Nemesis.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 6:58 a.m. CST

    JJ TO LEAVE STAR TREK

    by Fried Gold

    to take up the option to star in and direct "The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel", a long-running personal project that he's had on the backburner for some time.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Ah, ok..

    by xavier masterson

    After reading a another article from Variety it seems like Abrams started to backtrack from Paramount's original announcement declaring whether he would officially be in the directors chair or just producing. In that case, there shouldn't have been any confusion on Latino Reviews part.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST

    I say.....

    by BendersShinyAss

    ... set it on the old style enterprise with the big ball shaped helm, comandered by Robert April, with music by James Horner - ala Trek 2 & Krull - & make it a first contact with the klingons

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    I liked MI:3 too but Im not seeing

    by Phategod1

    this I just don't care enough. I too believe that there is too much potential to do something new with either New Characters or with the TNG crew. the Prequel seems like a Big Opportunity to screw up time lines and lack originality.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Fuck the past go to the future...

    by ComputerGuy68

    did Enterprise teach them nothing? TNG is too old now and having them all together is stupid - no one gets promoted? Create a whole new crew in the future, and have the Federation rebuilding after the Dominion War. Make it so the damage was so great that Starfleet has to rebuild from the ground up, the Federation is in shambles. A new Enterprise with a new crew and captain can go back to that "Final Frontier" and work on diplomatic solutions to re create the former glory of the Federation. And can kick ass when the need arises. That can give them the reboot they want without screwing up the past - like Enterprise

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Dream Head - Now Need Dream Cast

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    I like JJ. He was one of my dream choices for being involved in this project. I'm glad he is still involved. Now we need my dream cast... Kirk - Tom Cruise Spock - Keanu Reeves McCoy - George Clooney Urhura - Halle Barry Sulu - Jet Li Scotty - Ewan McGregor Yeoman Rand - Kirsten Dunst Bad Guy - Alice Cooper Bring it On!!

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST

    JJ. Abrahms And His Vision of STAR TREK

    by Lord Elric

    JJ. Abrahms is fine. Great choice. Extremely talented, and with a proven track record. The problem is, quite frankly, his "prequel" idea isn't a good one. 30-plus years of Trek Fandom is saying that no one really wants to see a young Spock and Kirk during their Academy years. Not to mention that such an idea violates Trek continuity anyway,as they met aboard the Enterprise. What are we supposed to be seeing here? A younger."angsty" Kirk? A more emotional Spock? Great, just we need. More deconstructing of our heroes. Or the term "wussifying" if you want to be vulgar. That just doesn't sound like a good direction for STAR TREK to be taking. And regarding about what's been said about bringing in people who have never seen STAR TREK. C'mon, who are you trying to fool? STAR TREK is as well known as STAR WARS. The chances of bringing in audience members who have never seen STAR TREK are extraordinarily low. Do something new, instead of just painting new colours on the past. Seriously. Someone please mothball this whole "prequel" idea. I just don't see it working out. STAR TREK needs to fly forward, not fall backwards.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I like Abrahms, but NOT for this...

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    MI3 was basically 3 Alias episodes strung together, which worked because it was spy shit. In fact, hed be good for a bond movie. But, I DO NOT care to was a Trek movie where Jean Luc is in it...BUT WAIT!! ITS NOT HIM!!! *pulls off fake skin mask*

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    MI:3

    by Neutron

    The whole face-mask angle was part of MI long before Abrams came along. I thought #3 was way better than it had any right to be.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Damon & Affleck as Kirk & Spock

    by rev_skarekroe

    In your heart, you know it's right.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 3:18 p.m. CST

    MI:III gives me hope for this film

    by pjdon

    It was incredibly well paced and had an urgency that I had never seen the likes of in an action film. It doesn't matter when the new Trek is set or who is in it as long as it has tension and makes you sit on the edge of your seat the way MI:III did.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Still not sold

    by Kronus316

    I like Lost and Alias, but this movie has me worried based on what he was planning to do with Superman.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST

    development on the edge of forever

    by imaretarded

    Before this rumor arrived, everybody knew that this week was 'the big decision' on Paramount. IF his version were greenlighted, I'm sure that his answers would be different (Paramount wouldnt scratch JJ's image telling everyone that his version was not acceptable. The real question is who will win this pissing contest: AICN or Latino review...

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Points of Clarification

    by Alan_Moore

    1) NOWHERE is it stated in Trek canon that Kirk and Spock met on the Enterprise. They already knew each other by the time of the second pilot (the first to feature both characters). That's all we know for sure. The story of their first meeting has never been given onscreen. 2) The series "Enterprise" sucked because of the lame writing of Berman & Braga, not because it was a prequel. It was improving in quantum leaps when Manny Coto took the helm in the final season, but by then the damage was done. This current Trek project shouldn't be dismissed simply because it's a prequel and we already (sort of) know the fates of these characters. Witness Batman Begins and Casino Royale. 3) For all those saying, 'Trek needs to move forward and not back!' ... uh, technically, ALL Star Trek takes place in the future!

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Clashing opinions

    by magnetoelectric

    Prequels prequels...whats a man to do. You know what my favorite star trek prequel is? Master and Commander I like the IDEA of Damon being attached..young Kirk or otherwise.Anyone who thinks Afleck could or should portray Spock has NO LOVE for anything. TNG will turn 20 years old this September.But thats not to say its time has past.If you asked "What?"Id answer "Another TNG film!"In a heartbeat..But Paramount pretty much abandoned it, so all that is wishfull thinking.Make no mistake.When it comes to Paramounts baby Trek - they make official announcements -thats that.It WILL be a prequel.JJ will be onboard.It all comes down to track record.Other studios like WB prove time and time again they get wishy washy on moving forward with a project.Paramount doesnt ever have second thoughts or change its mind when it comes to Trek.It deffinatley never retracted an official statement. Hate to say it like that but the checks in the mail..All we can do now is hope it doesnt bounce

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Pike

    by jasper Stillwell

    I want a Pike franchise dammit. Failing that, one with Alan Ruck as the inept captain from Generations with Jeanette Goldstein CGI-d back to her 1990 prime. Or failing that, Yeoman Rand - Chained Heat. I do remain sceptical about Abrams though.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST

    agreed: Kirk and Spock Academy years = dumb

    by datachasm

    first off: a return to the TOS time line is all i want from Trek... that said, the idea of Kirk and Spock in the Academy together is terrible and not the way to go. Spock is much older than Kirk for starters. its established that Spock was SO on Enterprise while Pike was in command. it makes sense to me that Kirk was in the Academy while Spock was already an Officer. really there is no good reason to use Kirk and Spock when you could use Pike... Pike is part of the lore and easily replaceable since he was only in 2 original episodes. Khan was huge and he was only in 1. granted, Khan was the same actor... the Academy idea is just silly and hopefully its all just a rumor.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    SPOCK GOTTA EAT !!!!

    by Chief Redcock

    ...tribbles.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    If not Pike, then give us...

    by NoHubris

    ...Captain Roe (a promoted Ensign Roe) with Michelle Forbes.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 9:13 p.m. CST

    the "regime that ran Star Trek into the ground"...

    by werideatdusk

    also gave us the last four seasons of The Next Generation and all of Deep Space Nine, not to mention "First Contact." Let's not forget that before the franchise kind of ran off its rails around 1998 (I'm looking at you, "Insurrection" and "Voyager"), the Berman/Braga/Moore/Behr/Taylor crew gave us some of the best sci-fi TV shows and movies since the original "Trek." Better, IMO.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    and as for the story...

    by werideatdusk

    It would be pretty retarded if Abrams ignored canon. I have a feeling it'll be set in the TOS years but we'll see an Enterprise redesigned from the ground up, with new costumes, and, knowing Abrams, new character flaws. By the same token, the LAST thing this bloated franchise needs is an over-the-top fanboy exercise involving four or more captains and alternate universes. What Star Trek needs is good storytelling, which is what defined it before VOY, ENT, and even TNG became repositories for recycled "space anomaly" stories that weren't even interesting the first time they were used. yeah, i'm pissed at the old Trek regime too, but I have to remind myself how much I love DS9 and a lot of TNG and First Contact.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    If its gonna be as dumb as Lost

    by bioforge

    Then we have a huge success . Trek is gonna be back dumber and lamer then ever ,possibly based on more future magic cause scifi is dead as we know it.

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I have it on good authority...

    by Bronx Cheer

    that the following casting announcement will be coming soon: <p>Dave Coulier as Kirk, Bob Saget as Spock, John Stamos as Chekov, and Hugh Laurie as Doctor McCoy. The working title: Star Trek: Full House.</p> <p>You read it here first.</p>

  • Feb. 7, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with JJ Abrams

    by Bronx Cheer

    and he told me he gets off watching "Star Trek." <p>Catch phrase fever...catch it!</p>

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 2:31 a.m. CST

    CHECK THIS OUT!!!

    by thelastwal

    Here is an interseting website regarding CLOVERFIELD. It seems that is was an airfield that built Military Aircraft. Given that the new film is about Star Fleet this may be the codename for StarTrek XI. What do you think? www.militarymuseum.org/CloverField.html

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Interseting

    by thelastwal

    Please replace interseting with interesting and then interesting with boring!

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Wow, this eMail sure as hell

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    was fake. Period.

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 2:42 a.m. CST

    DS9 movie could have been a great addition to franchise

    by LeviDTinker

    It such a shame that we will never see a DS9 feature film,out of all the incarnations of Trek, DS9 which i initally wasnt a huge fan of. Went on to become one of the best television series ever produced. Featuring Great Actors, terrific storylines,and the best series finale for any of the trek series.

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 6 a.m. CST

    now there can be no doubt-

    by dr.bulber

    hes definitely off trek.

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Fuck Off!

    by darquelyte

    How did this happen?

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with MCMLXXVI

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    he says that his Optimus Prime Tear-Free shampoo makes excellent lube for when he jerks it in the shower before crying himself to sleep while pondering his sad, meaningless, lonely existence.

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 7:21 a.m. CST

    JJ Sucks....

    by grendel69

    Does anyone remember his ideas for a Superman reboot? Trek is dead.

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Should be epic

    by calle-76

    Enough pansy pacifist story lines. We need an epic all out galactic war. Take a gander at battlestar galactica. Come to think of it, id rather see a bsg movie.

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    MCMLXXVI speaks the truth

    by hif4life

    fuck you michael bay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Why is Jeffrey Jacob still attached to this?

    by Darksider

    Why does a writer/director of shitty chick shows and non-sensical serials get the helm of one of the biggest sci-fi franchises? Why are we going to the past after the failure of Enterprise? You can't replace the original actors. Period. Does this mean in 20 years we get a Next Generation remake? Jesus. How about this, dickheads? Get serious people on Trek and make something new. It's about the FUTURE for fucks sake. Quit rehashing old shit. It takes a lot of talent re-use others ideas. Idiots. BTW, Cruise didn't kill MI:3, Abrams did. It was like a fucking retarded amalgamation of Felicity and Alias but with a guy. Bravo, fuckhead. And Lost? Well, I've never seen a more accurate name for a show. Hey Jeffrey Jacob, have you written the rest of the show yet or are you still just making it up a season at a time still?

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    he's working on Wonder Woman instead!

    by lynxpro

    Yeah, that's the ticket. Seriously, what would this guy do to the Trek mythos? Would the planet Vulcan be simmering to explode over the course of a film trilogy? Would Spock be the heir apparent to the "throne" of Vulcan with his evil brother plotting to kill him? Would Spock have grown up in the same Midwestern town as Kirk with a lovely childless couple? Would Spock hide glaring animosity behind his cold logic over Kirk having tapped his adopted mother? Behold, the Peters and Abrams Star Trek experience! Seriously, get JMS, Manny Coto, or RDM to write the flick instead.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:43 a.m. CST

    What I'd like to see...and will never happen

    by bib fortuna

    Is something like the Dominion War arc on DS9. That was great TV and the larger aspects of a huge war could be great on screen with better effects. And why not have some new characters that are only in the movie universe? Make a film every few years, make it huge, and avoid the current TV show burnout.