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SHOCK! JJ Abrams Directing STAR TREK reboot! Really?

Hey folks, Harry here... Hollywood Reporter finally confirms that J.J. Abrams is directing the new STAR TREK project at Paramount. Naaaaaaaaaw, really? So wow... how amazing is that? So there you have it. What's happening with DARK TOWERS? Ask Quint, he's talking with Stephen King later today. Let's see what the King has to say about Roland. But for now - aren't you glad that all the rumors that I was continually telling you weren't true, weren't true? Nice to see JJ was shooting straight with us. This is an incredibly exciting project - now let's see how angry we get over the casting of Kirk and Spock. How about Russell Crowe as Kirk and Daniel Day Lewis as Spock? Oh wait, they're probably going much younger than that. Hmmmm...

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  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:28 a.m. CST

    first ?

    by Se7en


  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Oh well.. 2nd

    by robotdevil

    ... and Kirk should be Ben Stiller.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:31 a.m. CST

    I'm feeling good...


    I'm feeling good...

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by zillabeast

    THE MAN IS IN!!!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by georges garvaren

    Really. Im looking forward to whoever is going to play Kirk and Spock. It's going to be weird, and I think it will take multiple viewings before I stop laughing at the actors.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by zillabeast

    And that's that!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Let's hope Latino Review....

    by Forestal

    ...Was wrong about Shia Labeouf being in Indy IV too...

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:34 a.m. CST


    by Alen Smithee

    How about Shai LeBeaouf as Kirk and Justin Timberlake as Spock?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Sure am glad about those rumours

    by Allfather Starr

    Still am fucked off about that fucking animation.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Harry Makes an Appearance

    by grievenom

    I hardly ever see Harry breaking news or reviewing movies anymore. What's up, Dude? Get a girlfriend and you disappear from the scene?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST

    This project is doomed

    by BendersShinyAss

    they can have all the wizbang effects and cram it so full of nostalgia you bleed geek tears... but lets look deep into our hearts on this one.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1 a.m. CST

    Remember that Star Trek/X-Men comic book crossover?

    by zillabeast

    Yeah, that shit was whack.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by WillyWonky

    Just let Star Trek rest longer; and when it's time to reboot the property this isn't the way to do it. No can or will be Shatber, Nimoy et al, and nobody will accept some Muppet Babies version of these classic characters. It will, like Mega-Maid, both suck and blow because Abrams seems to want to rewrite original series history and have the core characters meet before they ever should. If your reading this JJ then get this straight...Kirk, Spock and McCoy didn't meet at the academy and have grab ass adventures in college together. These men met during their professional careers because Kirk brought them in as his senior staff because they make him a better leader...logic and emotion the core of any leaders decision process. Ultimately though I don't want to see this made because I don't care about the premise. For all of us that watched Iron Eagle did we want to see the adventures of Doug at the Air Force academy? No, we justed wanted air combat and a rockin' soundtrack! While Trek is, and should be, smarter than 80's action dreck the basic lesson should be don't push this franchise and it's most beloved characters in a direction that is both pointless and more than likely to piss off the multi-generational fan base.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1 a.m. CST

    I'm suprised this wasn't confirmed before

    by God-Man

    Didn't they put out a teaser poster last summer? Oh well, I'm not a trek fan, but if the movie looks good, I might see it.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:23 a.m. CST

    im cool with the whole idea...

    by datachasm

    but Kirk and Spock in some Academy together is a silly idea... up there with "i know! we will make Anakin a 10 year old" on the cringe worthy scale.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:25 a.m. CST



    I wish I had more time to give y'all. Honestly. However, with moving, the wedding, working on things like FANTASTIC FEST, BUTT-NUMB-A-THON, the behind the scenes stuff here at AICN, the PENTHOUSE column, the upcoming television show and my producing work... I do what I can, when i can. AICN is my first love - and I'm constantly anxious to get back to the page. It isn't just "the girlfriend", it's just that life has grown in every direction. It's all exciting and fun - usually I help Quint, Merrick, Moriarty and crew - helping when and where I can. There usually simply are not enough hours in the year. So I just balance as best I can.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Right on Harry

    by zillabeast

    Of course, we still expect you to be the first to bust out all the juicy details of who's been cast and what's in the script :P

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:31 a.m. CST

    from the Bios at (i know)...

    by datachasm

    Spock: 2252 – As cadet, assigned under Capt. Christopher Pike, U.S.S. Enterprise. Kirk: 2250 — As a first-year Academy student with ensign rank, assigned to U.S.S. Republic NCC-1371 2254 — Upon graduation, promoted to lieutenant and posted to U.S.S. Farragut under Capt. Garrovick 2264 — Promoted to captain, in command of U.S.S. Enterprise for five-year mission i guess Spock could be Kirk's upperclassmen... it would be great if Spock tormented Kirk and made him do his homework.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST

    really tho...

    by datachasm

    Kirk and Spock in Academy is just gay! to try and revitalize the franchise whats wrong with Captain Pike? he even has Spock! it just makes common sense.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:39 a.m. CST

    This is about as exciting as...

    by Frank Duckett

    something that isn't at all exciting. Did no one see Mission Impossible 3? This guy stinks as a feature film director (save your Lost Pilot arguments, that's tv folks, different medium - something this dude doesn't seem to understand).

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Reboot huh?

    by Neo Zeed

    Well if it's young Kirk and Spock Pre-Enterprise it's not exactly a reboot. Now if they do sequels with newbies posing as adult Kirk & Spock on the Enterprise and I'll probably get pissed.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:44 a.m. CST


    by T 1000 xp professional

    ....without Levar Burton that is ;)

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    so this time we got

    by demille

    a woman to play Spock, Tom Cruise to helm the ship, and they all crash onto a small island? Ah, and audience falls asleep halfway through it. Treck is for wimps.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Matt Damon is Kirk!!!

    by Mandolorian

    Matt Damon is Kirk!!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Ben Kingsley as Kirk

    by damagedinc

    Gandhi as Kirk

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST

    George Takei as Kirk

    by damagedinc

    because cosmically, it makes sense

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Jon Bon Jovi as Kirk

    by damagedinc

    keep the dream alive

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Kirk Cameron as Kirk

    by MaxCalifornia.

    You know it makes (no) sense.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:40 a.m. CST

    I am not interested, really.

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    There are so many dangling plot threads from TNG/DS9/VOY era to beexplored: <P> The Breen are still a mystery. <P> Have the Borg been destroyed? <P> What is the status between the Alpha Quadrant and the Dominion? <P> What about the aftermath of the dominion WAr? <P> Will there be further Delta quadrant exploration? <p> I would rather see a movie wih whichever 24th century character actors sign on to delve into these possibilities instead.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:41 a.m. CST

    kirk and spock?

    by ian216a

    keanu reeves & alex winter. ROCK!! Seriously though, who the hell is gonna get away with performing Shatner's mannerisms as Kirk? Can't see it. And if they don't try it, well it won't be Kirk will it?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Damn shift key.

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    Damn you to hell.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Hugo Weaving as Agent Romulan!

    by The Equalizer

    Adrian Brody as Spock. Matt Damon as Kirk. Ashton Kutcher as some dumbass in a red shirt.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Shia LeBeouf as Kirk!!!

    by 69DUDE

    After all, The Beard loves him......

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:10 a.m. CST

    new filmmaker

    by master bitchfist

    it's my life goal to direct the dark tower... if i can't i shall work on it, if only a grip, my life hangs in JJ Abrams hands...... sigh

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Hasn't this Concept been done before?

    by jegoing74

    Hello paramount? Enterprise managed to fuck up the Trekverse more than enough. Then again, this is the same film studio who the execs thougth their super franchise transformers shouldn't even talk.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:20 a.m. CST

    No need to apologize, Harry

    by LHombreSiniestro

    AICN is likely to be all of our first stops of the day online. You've earned a life of your own, for all you've given us over the years. Let us dorks adrift, you owe us nothing. Kudos to your happiness, dear Harry.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Good idea

    by CuervoJones

    Star Trek needs a reboot and more robots

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Matt Damon as Kirk and Affleck as McCoy

    by TheGoodGerman

    You were the bomb in StarTrek Yo!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Clone John Belushi

    by mrfan

    He was a hell of a Kirk on SNL.<p> Great sketch.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 5 a.m. CST

    Zachary Quinto....

    by lurk3001 Spock. He plays Sylar on "Heroes".

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Good news for Trek fans, bad news for Lost Fans

    by Ayii

    Every time Abrams takes on another project, his TV shows suffer. Season 3 of Alias was when he was prepping LOST and Season 2 of Lost was when he was working on Mission Impossible III. Trek-wise, who really wants to see a Star Trek prequel? Fuck that, but it 200 years after the last Nemesis with a new cast.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Mission Impossible 3 was terrible

    by kwisatzhaderach

    so why is everyone wetting themselves about this? star trek still hasn't recovered from the wrong team being in charge of the Next Gen movies...they were TV movies. Why didn't they come up with an amazing script, get in Q as some comic relief...could have had a blockbuster on their hands. Sadly I have no interest in seeing people impersonate Shatner and Nimoy. So, i'll pass.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by cornponious 36stdp

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Brad Pitt is Kirk! Angelina Jolie is Spock!

    by Reelheed

    You know you want it! Also Hugh Jackman is McCoy! Sean Connery is Scotty! Tyrese Gibson is Uhura! Tony Jaa is Sulu! Konstantin Khabensky is Chekov! Gary Oldman is Khan! Exclamation mark! If they can't get this right I will be quite upset. I don't want character building, captains crying and robots suffering from fear and doubt - we already know these characters. I want action, adventure and some trekking through stars. And no stinking comedy other than McCoy (Jackman) being wry now and again.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach, MI3 is AMAZING

    by Evil Hobbit

    Truly the most energetic adrenaline pumping rollercoaster spyfilm of the decade. The film is like crack, can't stop watching it good.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Jim Carrey for Kirk!

    by MrStinger

    In Living Color, "Star Trek-The Wrath of Farrakhan." You know he can channel Shatner!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:48 a.m. CST


    by livrule

    Get Q and Picard back in bed together!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:48 a.m. CST

    J.J. will do good though...

    by Power_Girl

    J.J. Abrams will direct this Star Trek film entirely in Medium shots and close ups only using six wide angle shots the entire film! Yes thats just one more wide angle shot than what MI3 had...he will really be stretching out as a director!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Lots of shaking camera and too many close ups

    by Laserbrain

    What a fucking thrill. RIP Trek...

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    That was irony right?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:02 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    You hit the nail on the head there. It will be shot like a TV movie.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Mr. Atreides... What makes you think that?

    by Flim_

    Since neither LOST nor MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3 were shot in that manner. They are both exceptional-looking, and it will be fantastic to get back to Trek in anamorphic widescreen, hopefully with good character development (like MI3 and LOST), and a proper ending (unlike MI3 and LOST).

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Mr Tumnus

    by Rolnikov

    If they are really talking to James McAvoy about playing Scotty (he said he might be interested if there was more to him than just being Scottish), I would think the actor playing Kirk is going to be pretty young too. I watched Mission Impossible III last night and I thought it was excellent. If this Star Trek film actually goes into production, I'll be looking forward to watching it more than anything since Chronicles of Riddick.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by MarkWhittington

    Sam Elliot as McCoy. Nicholas Cage as Spock. Heiro from Heroes as Sulu. Russell Crowe as Kirk.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:29 a.m. CST

    It's funny cos...

    by TheMackenzie

    In 18 months, when it's released, all you guys will be bumming the project. Singer fucked up the superman reboot, Nolan nailed Batman. Both were accomplished directors before hand, as is Abrams, so there's definately a chance that he could nail this too - as long as he doesn't make it a homo-erotic love story, cos only Singer would show up to watch it...

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:35 a.m. CST

    DJ Qualls as Bones!

    by Big Bad Clone

    And who says Spock has to be young?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    You know, Pitt and Jolie isn't a bad idea

    by FluffyUnbound

    If Starbuck can be a woman, so can Spock. And we could finally get some real slash action! But we won't get anything that good, it will probably be Abe Vigoda as Kirk and Dakota Fanning as Spock.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    It's not only Abrams, I guess its a general attack on the state of cinematography today. The art of composition seems to have been lost. I can't think of one memorable image from MI3.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Shia LaWhatever as Spock!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Justin Tumorbrain as Kirk!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    It's not only Abrams, I guess its a general attack on the state of cinematography today. The art of composition seems to have been lost. I can't think of one memorable image from MI3 though. And Abrams is overhyped. Lost is a good TV show (although not what it was) and Alias was fairly mediocre. I just don't understand why people are happy the franchise is in his hands. Why don't they get Nicholas Meyer in to make a real film?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    John Krasinski as Spock

    by gusborwig

    Jim from the Office would make a great young Spock. He rarely ever shows emotion as Jim.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Excellent news.

    by cutest_of_borg

    I have no problem with Damon playing Kirk.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Josh Lucas as Bones

    by gusborwig

    Perfect for McCoy. Especially since he can pull off that southern accent.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:09 a.m. CST

    How about the dude who plays Hiro on Heroes as Sulu?

    by cutest_of_borg

    Clever casting, I say. He can play a harder-edge character as "future Hiro" proved.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Before Nolan, I thought the Batman series was toast

    by Mutant Leader

    I mean, I was fully convinced we had another Schumacher film ahead of us, if even that. Right now the public's perception is diluted with all the mediocre TNG films and whatnot. . .but I want this movie to make me a believer again, just like BB did. It's got a real shot. BB. . .Casino Royale. . .and now. . .?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    How about the dude who plays Sylar on Heroes as Spock?

    by cutest_of_borg

    The guy has the right features to pull it off.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Is Gary Sinise too old to play McCoy?

    by cutest_of_borg

    Because the dude was born to play the role although Paramount may be going with a younger cast.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Star Trek The TV Picture

    by Darth Fart

    JJ is suited to television, he doesn't have the scope for cinema. He was wrong for M.I. I've got a bad feeling about this reboot. Behold, Star Trek: The TV Picture.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Darth Fart

    by livrule

    Agree ... MI3 was enjoyable but lacked that 'epic' feeling big movies need. Star Trek Begins ... No thanks.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST

    wow harry is getting married?

    by emeraldboy

    when and where is he moving too. Good luck dude. I have heard that Cruise was going to have a cameo in this. it will be interesting if Harry bride to exhibits signs of bridezillaness.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by jccalhoun

    I don't care is Abrams is directing or not. Remake or prequal Star Trek is stupid. This will bomb horribly. THere is nothing that is going to make people who don't like Star Trek go see a Star Trek movie. There is nothing that is going to piss off Star Trek fans more than retreding or messing up continuity. The people who care about Kirk and Spock are going to be pissed. THe people that grew up with Next Gen are going to be totally uninterested. The people that liked Enterprise, well, I hope Paramount doesn't spend that $10 all in one place....

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Here is a more important piece of news

    by emeraldboy

    Csmerons Avatar.Memorial Day Weekend. 2009. Dreamworks, you are now on notice, the king of event movies is coming back to recalim his throne.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    It's a longshot that this thing will do well...

    by rbatty024

    but I still want a decent Trek picture after the last atrocity. I believe there are still some good ideas in Gene Roddenberry's universe (after all there was enough to create three solid tv shows), we just need someone with fresh eyes. I'm not really a big Abrams fan, but if he is going to try something different then I'm interested.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Jim Carrey as Kirk....

    by UndeadXeke

    ...he did a good Kirk in Ace Ventura...hell, he could be McCoy, Spock and Scotty as well...

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    JJ Abrams??? WOW!!!

    by Spank

    Guys, here's the guy responsible for MI:3 for Paramount now getting the Trek Franchise?? I WANT HIS AGENT!! Wow! the guy who helmed Alias, that COMPLETELY fell apart after the first dozen episodes (bowing to corporate preasure to "dumb it down"), and the now foggy, near lifeless (Makes X-files seem like logical GENIUS) LOST (which is still slowly but surely falling apart- I mean wouldn't the FIRST thing you do when you crash on a beach is MAKE SURE you're even on an island in the first place??- If they had done a walk around wouldn't they have seen the second island?...DON'T try to logic this out- it just stops you from watching!), this guy get's THE money making franchise from Paramount??? "I Can't wait!!!"- LOL!!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    First Contact...

    by ldm882

    was the best Star Trek movie. And that's partly because it was the least Star-Trek-like.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    You been living under a rock, Emeralboy?

    by half vader

    Every chance he gets Harry mentions his Fiancee and whenever & wherever he can the Penthouse gig. For ages now. It's a running joke, and Harry is pretty good-natured about it. This time he mentioned both at once. It was actually in context though! I'm wondering if that was the two of them together on the This Film is Not Yet Rated dvd. Forgot to zip it back and look.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    homo erotic star trek

    by bilbox

    someone mentioned not making this movie a homo erotic something other. I disagree and therefore say, Elija Wood as Kirk and Sean Astin as Spock. "I won't leave you Mr. Kirk!" You know it would work.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Don't Make Them Too Young!

    by Real Deal

    One of my biggest gripes is that lately directors seem to casting actors too young for their roles. Superman Returns is a prime example. As clark Kent the actor looks too young to wear a suit. as Superman he looks more like Superboy. The fantasic 4. The characters are a mix of too young and too old! I realize part of this is because directors want to keep their image the same and not age for a long time. But making Kirk and Spock little kids isn't going to save this franchise. Also I'm praying this isn't " Starfleet Academy ". That won't save it either.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Have they mashed up Star Trek with Reboot?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Now that would be an interesting film.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Ando as Sulu.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Ando for Sulu. <p>Karel Roden for Chekov.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Eric Balfour for Spock!

    by blackmantis

    The guy was born to play a Vulcan!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Bai Ling as Sulu.

    by dr.bulber

    I'll be on the bridge.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    I have to agree with blackmantis..

    by fanboy71

    Eric Balfour would make a good Spock. But so would the guy who plays Skylar. And Matt Damon would be fine as Kirk. I'm on the fence as to whether he should even ........ attempt.... although it just wouldn't be Kirk without them. themannerisms..though!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    MI-3 was decent enough

    by Kaitain

    Better than Woo's silly M:I-2 (ah, but I'm not really Tom Cruise, I'm a hippo with a rubber mask on, ah, but I'm not really Dougray Scott, I'm a 70lb woman in disguise, ah but...zzzzz.....) and also better than de Palma's horribly overrated M:I with its numerous and woeful plot holes. As a popcorn movie, M:I-3 was far more competent than either of those.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Star Trek reboot: The worst concept in movie history

    by gideon9595

    You wait and see. If Star Trek was supposed to be "resting" after Enterprise. It will be fracking dead after this. They are caught up with BSG syndrome...maybe if Star Trek also rested for a couple of decades this idea might haved worked.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Review of Forbidden Siren

    by AvengingFist

    I dont know if anybody in the states seen this yet so Im just gonna do a short review of Forbidden Siren. FS is a Japanese horror flick with a touch of zombies thrown in for good measure. The title refers to a mysterious siren tower on an island. Everytime the siren wails bad things happen and things started to change. While I was watching this I realized that there is some relation to Silent Hill. In both movies, the sound of the siren signifies some sort of transformation. Sure enough with some internet research, I discover that the people behind Silent Hill game was also the people behind Forbidden Siren. Anyway the movie about a dad and his kids moving to this island to help improve the health of his kid. Right from the get go you know something is amiss. And I gave it points for not going full on horror on me, instead it invested more on the mystery while slowly inserting some asian horror weirdness ala Ju On. So despite the obvious lack of budget, I found myself stuck in my seat all the way to the end just to find out what the hell is going on! Yes, it was worth the trip. In conclusion, it has an odd quality to this that endear it to me. Its not perfect but I find the weirdness and mystery endearing. It helped that the ending was great. Well at least to me.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    My nutsack as a Tribble

    by Frank Duckett

    you know its perfect casting.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Datachasm & Ayii Make Good Points

    by NoHubris

    Pike - The acceptable “reboot” players are Pike, a young Spock, and a gorgeous Number One (as she was in The Cage and The Menagerie) as leads/stars. If young Kirk is in the movie, IMO he should be supporting cast only, possibly assigned by the Academy to serve on a Pike led mission.<P>JJ Abrams & Alias - I loved Seasons 1 & 2 of Alias. IF Abrams can do the same thing with Trek, we all have no need to worry.<P>BTW, Sulu served with Pike too as an astrophysicist or something (but TPTB can reboot that aspect) and IMHO Tony Jaa as Sulu is of the utmost importance. We need his skills to balance out the ease of Spock’s Vulcan neck pinch during the movie’s action scenes.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Katee Sackhoff as Kirk!

    by BrandonGK

    Come on, there's going to be only one Kirk. No actor will ever be good enough to please the fans. I say we do something with Pike or even April.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Who wants to bet...


    Who wants to bet that they won't totally reinvent spock? I bet spock will be very different in order to keep him from coming across as an imitation he may even be a woman...haha they probably wont go that far though, maybe just a very different character altogether. Maybe an older man or something...

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Reebot? Why not Jennifer Garner as "Jane T. Kirk?"

    by zillabeast

    C'mon, make Kirk hot and doable.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Star Trek 90210 2.0

    by BillyPilgrim

    Kirk : Jason Priestly, Spock : Luke Perry, Nurse Chapel : Jenny Garth, Bones : Brian Austen Green, Scotty : Ian Zering, Sulu : Shannon Doherty, Uhura : Gabrielle Carteris, Ensign Red Shirt : Special Guest Stars. You KNOW you want to see this. TV gold baby!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    here's an idea,

    by The Ghost of Marcus Brody


  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Jeff Golbum as both Kirk and Spock!

    by Miller Mortuary

    Come on, that's what chromakey is for, right?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Here we go!

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Brace yourself for the reality of a Justin Timberlake Kirk!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by JumpinJehosaphat

    The deaf Japanese girl from Babel as a nude, sad Spock!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Make Kirk black this time,

    by Omegaman

    and gay.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Dude, are you STILL going off on your rants about "Transformers"???

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Marcus Brody

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    When Hollywood makes new, original stories into movies, everyone goes to see fucking "Norbit." It's not Hollywood's fault entirely. There are good, original films out there to be seen, and you know it.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by JumpinJehosaphat

    What's next? A BLACK JESUS?! I think NOT! Take that, Obama! *giggles and hops off to the rainbow's end*

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:21 p.m. CST

    It's not a reboot


    The roles are being recast, but the ST canon is being kept. Also, Abrams wants Shatner + Nimoy as the older Kirk and Spock in the film.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Harry never has to apologize for not being here much

    by Biddlerama

    The site is a lot better when he's not here patting himself on the back for getting lucky on a rumor or for having a girlfriend. Also his reviews suck and his news announcements sound like the babblings of a 6 year old hopped up from licking sugar off donuts. The rest of the crew does a good job, Harry can just continue to be the clown mascot on occasion and let the real talent do their job. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the guy is stretching his 15 minutes as far as he can, good for him. Go off and produce or whatever, just keep your appearances here at a minimum it's a lot more pleasant reading.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Blackmantis/Eric Belfour

    by Biddlerama

    Blackmantis, that's actually an awesome idea, to have Eric Belfour as Spock. He'd be perfect.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Thay already made a Kirk-Spock movie

    by fitzcarraldo2

    It was called Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Correct me if I'm wrong, buuuuuut.....

    by tHeGRinGoGenTiLE

    Kirk and Spock never really knew each other, did they? I mean, weren't they just becoming well acquinted at the start of the series? Is this thing supposed to be a WHAT IF? or are the characters not going to be good friends? <p> And why do we have to do this anyway? Couldn't they come up with some better ideas about the next project? Couldn't Seven of Nine be the next Number One or something? You know...inject some new life into the project SOMEHOW instead of fucking around with the old time shit?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    Here is what they should do.

    by Ingeld

    Have Shatner and Nimoy do a cameo at the beginning of the movie. They are old men getting ready to face the end of their lives when through some event (insert alien "Q" plot device magic here) they are transformed/transported into their younger selves at the point in time right after the first five year mission. The audience realizes that this is a radically new timeline; the Federation faces a hostile but uneasy alliance between Klingons and Romulans-- Kirk and crew find themselves at a pivotal point to break the alliance by using technology and knowledge they have brought with them from their future/alternate identities. The trick is that since going back their memories of their alternate future selves are dreamlike--incomplete, fragmented and they even doubt the reality of. At the end of the movie they can't be sure how much of the alternate selves they remember or even believe. This universe with all of its alternate potential can be the fertile ground for future movies.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I thought Mission Impossible 3

    by Jimmy Jazz

    Was the greatest episode of Alias ever. Tis pity it had that smug, lunatic dwarf instead of Sydney Bristow. Other than the lead, Ithought it rocked. This, however, looks like crap. Noone wants to see Young Kirk and Spock hanging out in the frat house.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    This will only work if.... What plot will work?

    by warp11

    The movie is more character driven. The original Star Trek was all about the characters and their interactions. That is why the show has been so popular for so long. Good Characters with good stories. <p> But what plot will do a Star Trek reboot justice? Romulans? Founding of the Federation? <p> Check out the net show "Prime Directive" on goggle video. It's hillarous and it's where Warp 11 got its start! <p>

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST

    But what about his Blackberry???

    by Loosejerk

    Maybe he could pull off bringing "Q" into it.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST

    But what about his Blackberry???

    by Loosejerk

    Maybe he could pull off bringing "Q" into it.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Well, I'm excited! And they really took their time with

    by Proman1984

    an announcement

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST




  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:48 p.m. CST

    JJ optioned The Dark Tower for $19!

    by TheWumpus

    From the Stephen King panel at NY comic con: # Asked about the rumors that The Dark Tower is going to be adapted by either Frank Darabont or JJ Abrams, King said that he's said no to everybody until recently, because the chances of it being a good movie weren't that good. While he normally doesn't concern himself about film adaptations of his work, The Dark Tower is his life's work, and he feels a bit more protective about it. When the chance came to do The Dark Tower as a comic book, King said that he felt this was as good as it was going to get in terms of an adaptation of his work. King said that the adaptation of the comic, which was so well received, rekindled interest in the property in Hollywood, and he related a story about Frank Darabont calling him and asking about it. King said that he joked with Darabont that he has too much on his plate and couldn’t possibly do it all. # On the JJ Abrams rumors, King said that he trusts both Abrams and Damon Lindeloff and admires their work, and told Abrams that he could option the property for a possible film. When Abrams asked how much King wanted, he told Abrams "$19 dollars", and that's how much Abrams paid for it. Full story is over at

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Avery brooks jerry curl

    by schmoove

    I just want a film where Ben Sisko storms out of the wormhole with a badass jerry curl, gives kira the throat gagging she has always deserved, miles just tells drunk and tells everyone to 'feck off' quark scores some great deals and everyone gets in the Defiant and flies around the quandrant ruining peoples lives with quantum torpedoes. All of course with great and subtle characterisation. long live the nine all else is false idolatry.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by skydemon

    The Rest time is over, I needs me some more Trek!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    kirk and spock

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    peter sarsgaard and josh hartnet - they look like the characters at that age - in the academy - and they can act

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    peter sarsgaard and josh hartnet

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    a no-brainer

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    young kirk

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST

    young spock

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:35 p.m. CST

    They need to cast unknowns in these parts.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    To cast anyone who is well known such as Matt Damon would be a mistake. I would never be able to get past that it's Matt Damon and not Captain Kirk up on the screen and it would pull me out of the movie. When you have classic roles like these it's always best to go with faces we do not know. While I hated Superman Returns the one thing I did agree with that Singer did was cast Routh as Kent/Supes. That was a smart move. The same way Reeves was cast in that original role. Got to go with unknowns.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    except routh wasnt as good an actor as reeve

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    and he still had to wear a padded suit - superman 1978 was all reeve - no padding - i still like "returns" though - better than "no superman" or cage as superman

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Peter Sarsgaard & Josh Hartnett

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    they are probably already signed

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Agree no one can replace Reeve but the point

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    was only to say it was wise to cast an unknown in that role for Superman Returns and that the same should be done for any Trek movie that is going to use a young Kirk or Spock. Filling those shoes is going to be a tough one for whoever takes those roles to make us believe we are watching Kirk and Spock. Casting known actors will just ruin the experience IMO.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by Mr Funktastic

    you guys are gay over star trek

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    good points

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    but with superman a complete unknown was needed - i mean. its superman - its like casting jesus - how many people knew who jim caviezel was before that - he was semi famous - but no house-hold name - i think with kirk and spock - as long as theyre not mega stars - casting known actors is ok - as long as they look the part and are good actors - matt damon does not look like a young kirk - at all - i hope he isnt cast - sarsgaard and hartnett look the parts - to me anyway - and theyre pretty good actors - but the parts will more than likely go to unknowns, like you suggested

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    CGI Kirk

    by blackmantis

    Have Shatner do a performance capture and then do a CGI version. By the time the film comes out CG tech should be approaching photorealism.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    i like the old star trek

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    the original series rules - right now its one of the best things on tv - the new revamped prints are awesome - and the new fx actually fit the show

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 2:58 p.m. CST

    cg is already photo real but cg humans still look cg

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Yeah, it's official. Star Trek is now dead.

    by Darksider

    Thanks Hollywood. Fuck you Abrams.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Gary Sinise as Bones is a brilliant idea...

    by cornponious

    Bones was a bit older than most of the rest anyway. I think that's the best idea of any that i've read on this TB. Matt Damon as Kirk isn't bad, though. He... could... do-it...Spock.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    This is a prequel more than a reboot

    by Yack Backer

    It's going to be continuity-faithful as much as modern tastes can accept (ships may look different, as will interiors) but as far as the filmmakers are concerned, this is a legit chapter in the KNOWN canon of Star Trek. No hot Russian chick as Chekov, no Black Scotty.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Jack Black as Kirk!

    by The Finn

    The only overactor who could pull a Shatner.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST

    The problem is how can they get the uninitiated...

    by rbatty024

    into the theaters. A big name like Matt Damon might pull in a few. Perhaps market it as a part of the orignal shows legacy. Who knows? Alas, Trek is nerd city and no one wants go up to a theater and ask for a Trek ticket. It's a niche market. Of course, I would probably be saying similar things about most superheroes a few years back so who knows?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    If they're doing Starfleet Academy isn't Damon too old?

    by Orbots Commander

    Matt Damon isn't THAT young; the dude looks like he's in his early thirties. I don't think he can pass for a young cadet-type, although he did so briefly in The Departed.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Do it with sock puppets.

    by mrfan

    You know this is going to suck. Might as well make as cheap as possible and then prepare for another few years before someone comes along and screws up the francise. Kirk and crew are gone. Time to move foward. Have a new series a few years after the Next Generation. New cast. New writers and producers. No matter who writes this or gets cast in it there will be problems. Thanks for digging the hole deeper for ST Paramount.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    is it even confirmed...

    by datachasm

    that he wants to shoot the Academy script? maybe its not too late! HARRY!!! TALK SOME SENSE INTO THE MAN, MAKE IT A PIKE MOVIE!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Damon is older than Shatner

    by CTU Mole

    Was when he started Trek. Granted, he kind of looks younger but I don't know why everyone has such a hard on for Damon playing Kirk. I don't know, IMO the whole project is fucked. Maybe the next movie will be a reboot of TNG with Jason Statham or Vin Disel as Picard.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Tobias Menzies would be a GREAT young Spock.

    by AnnoyYou

    I always called him "Romulan Brutus" whenever he had a scene on "Rome." Heh. Can't think of anyone to play young Kirk, because no one around really resembles the very young Shatner (Twilight Zone Shatner, not TOS Shatner). James McAvoy would be a brilliantly weird Scotty, just because I love him to distraction and well, he's a Scotsman. Have no idea who could play Bones, other than he should be Southern. This is interesting at this stage, but I'm sure someone will fuck it up down the line somewhere.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Prequels: first resort of the creatively retarded

    by Laserbrain

    It must be said.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Jake JillanHall?sp as Spock

    by mistergreen

    it could work and if Jake feels like making a goofy movie.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by Gunslinger1919

    I hope Quint comes back with some decent info from King. I went to the Dark Tower Panel at the New York Comic Con today and it sucked ass. Rather than having a moderator run the thing and actually get the panelists talking (god forbid), numnut Joe Quesada decided to turn it over to the audience from the get go. One of the first questions? "Mr. King, if I give $100.00 to your favorite charity will you sign my Dark Tower book?"

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Unknowns is the only way to go

    by performingmonkey

    Shatner IS Kirk, Nimoy IS Spock. If they cast name actors in these roles it's going to ruin everything. I want Shatner and Spock to be in this movie as Kirk and Spock remembering their younger days. If Kirk was then played by Matt Damon that would suck copious amounts of ass, he needs to be an unknown actor that's like Shatner.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack.

    by dr.bulber

    I got clout fukerz.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Shawn Wayans as Kirk, Tim Blake Nelson as Spock

    by Hercules

    Verne Troyer as Scotty. Only way to go.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I stopped reading at "Dark Towers."

    by Roguewriter

    "TOWERS," Harry? Really?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Russle Crowe??? Screw that!!

    by jojo-pimp

    Most pompous ass on earth!! Matt Damon is an excellent choice, and the vast majority of the public seems to be agreeing on that.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Spock = Sylar!!!!!!!!!!!

    by jojo-pimp

    Dude, all that guy needs are the ears! i mean christ, just look at him!!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:10 p.m. CST

    i agree, Gary Sinise as bones is perfect casting

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    if there has to be a "name" actor in the cast, its him - he is a younger, bad-ass McCoy - all unknowns except him

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by The Dwayne

    I think Damon as Kirk could be cool. For some reason, based on the success of the film, I think Gaspard Ulliel would be the choice for Spock. The dude from Hanibal Rising. (that first pic doesn't look too bad, just vulcanize him).

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    i just dont see kirk when i think of matt damon...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    which is not often

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Mr Funktastic is a fucktard

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    If you don't like trek why bother reading this article and jumping on people for discussing it? You must be some simple minded shitstick to come to an area that is called a "talkback" where we are supposed to comment on said subject being reported and then call us all gay for talking about it. Go shove a Dilithium Crystal up your ass and beam yourself out of here. Was that gay enough for you there jr?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Could not agree more with ya performingmonkey

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    it's the only way to go.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:39 p.m. CST

    quit hating on LOST

    by werideatdusk

    and while you're at it, quit hating on the TNG era. Lost is an awesome show, and aside from its pilot, is not really even under Abrams' purview. So if you didn't like the pilot, I can see not wanting him to do Trek XI. But Season 2 or 3 have so little to do with him, that whether you like it or not has nothing to do with this. And another thing - Yeah, Insurrection and Nemesis were mediocre, but Star Trek has never had a 100% batting average. First Contact was confident, slick and beautifully-acted, and is easily up there with the first three even-numbered movies. It's not like the TOS movies were perfect - Talk about a TV movie? How bout "Search for Spock"? TMP is boring, abstract, and reduces most of the characters to bland nothings that stare at the viewer. And "Star Trek V" is easily the worst film of them all. Hell, if you want to get snippy, the Star Trek tv shows went off the rails around "Spock's Brain" (TOS, 1968) and then enjoyed an exceptional resurgence between "The Best of Both Worlds" (TNG, 1990) and "What You Leave Behind" (DS9, 1999). As for the new movie, it's better than nothing. Abrams will certainly be a breath of fresh air, and no matter how bad it is, what's come before cannot be touched. We've got our TOS, TNG, and DS9 DVD's, so why not let someone else try to add to the tapestry?

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Only one actor should be up for new Kirk

    by jccalhoun

    Jake Lloyd. Then he could be known for being part of the ruination of two scifi franchises. <br><br>Haley Joel Osment as Spock and Jonathan Lipnicki as Chekov.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST


    by Prossor

    MORE i need mor

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Admit it: it's going to be dumbass TEEN TREK.

    by kabong

    With a party scene where "Weiss" from "Alias" rolls his eyes like he did in "MI3" and Keri Russell gets a job from her old buddy JJ. It's dead, Jim.

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Congrats Harry

    by grievenom

    Wow, sounds like you have a full plate! I can see why we see less of you nowadays. Best of luck with all that's going on, big guy!

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 10:41 p.m. CST

    It'll be teen audience for sure

    by imaretarded

    It will be a military movie. Like Stripes, FMJ, or Sgt.Bilko on space. Then in the second half we gonna see kirk and spock kicking ass, saving an entire bunch of people, taking some chicks, space weed and getting a new ride. That's sci-fi

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Yes, is for teens

    by imaretarded

    """"Star Trek XI" revolves around a young James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, chronicling their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and their first space mission."""" citizen kane my ass

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for this film!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Finally -- a Star Trek film that is actually anticipated! :D

  • Feb. 24, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by workshed


  • Feb. 25, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST

    According to Hollywood Reporter, it's about "young"

    by kabong

    Kirk and Spock at Academy and first mission. Now, maybe they won't be teens, but it's going to be teenish.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by zacdilone

    Shields at maximum!

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 12:47 a.m. CST

    The link didn't copy and it's too late at night

    by kabong

    for me to care. I'm behind in my CSI tapes.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST

    MI3 was lame.

    by The Advance Guard

    Lost is lame.(A neverending show of deception). The first series was tantalising then you realise it pertains to a stupid formula designed to last ten seasons! Boring. This StarTrek reboot does not excite because JJ A cannot write a great narrative arc. He imbues his characters with false emotion - trying to make the víewer believe; when he should just concentrate on a good, fully formed STORY!

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 2:42 a.m. CST

    This Is Not Good News

    by Professor Krapp

    Alias was long and rambling and stupid. Lost was good for one season and then became corn-impacted fecal matter. MI3 was not good at all. Abrams is the most overrated director in the film biz. On the other hand, Star Trek as been a corn-studded turd since First Contact and DS9, so what have we got to loose? As for casting, how about Nathan Fillion as Kirk and Edward Norton as Spock?

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 3:31 a.m. CST

    KHAAAAANNNN!!!! gotta eat

    by bender7

    Sorry. But a reboot of Star Trek is pretty cool. ST seemed a bit cold after TNG

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Peter Jackson for JLA!

    by UltimaRex

    On topic, why not a fan-picked "Best of Trek" DVD box set before this rolls out? Plus, a slimmed-down buffed-up Sean Austin for Kirk.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 6:31 a.m. CST

    All you "Matt Damon as Kirk" girls

    by JAGUART

    Can go fuck yourselves, cause you have no right to be near Star Trek.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Jean Claude Van Damme as Kirk


    Inspired choice I think. If the suits had the balls and really wanted to this thing right then Capt Van Damme is the only way to do it. Superb action fights as well and we'd all love to see Kirk do some decent hand to hand for once. Brom XXX

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Darth Fart

    by Darth Fart

    I don't watch Star Trek TV shows, but I do enjoy the features - a lot. Out of the original features, Star Trek IV worked the best for the general audience because they could relate to it - it's a fun feature. I still think Star Trek 2 is the best of the lot, even though it lost some of Wise's scope - epic. What it had over Wise's film was STORY! Characters we care about. It doesn't matter if it's a prequel, what matters is GOOD STORY . JJ's film career rests on this film. Let's remember why MI 3 was subpar, not because of Cruise, who doesn't understand what MI was about, but the film lacked a good screenplay; good story! Latex masks - oh please! It's been done to death.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    I say this as a trek fan & I say this with love

    by BendersShinyAss

    SOMEONE PULL THE PLUG ON THIS INEVITABLE EMBARRASEMENT OF A FILM. It was a bad idea in 1991 & it's an even worse idea now. The Star Trek universe is too big for this trash talk of a karaoke style TOS star trek film. <p>there's only 1 way TOS Trek will work as a feature film and thats fully CGI -- put some time and money into it and you may have something.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST


    by Pageiv

    How about Kirk and Spock in High School?

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Abrams caught between a rock and hard place

    by Pete Schwette

    Just becuase Battlestar was successfully rebooted at the coaxial level, does not mean that a reboot is the fix needed for Trek. Abrams is going to get caught between a rock and a hard place on this one and here's why... If they want this movie to financialy succeed, and they're determined to plow ahead with recasting Kirk and Spock, then they need big names attached to this movie, i.e. Damon or whoever... The problem is that the best that they can hope for from big name actors is one or two films tops, if the movie does Spider-Man-type numbers at the box office (cough, cough), they might get them for three. That's what?... 2 to 6 hours of celluloid over the course of the next 9 years tops. Cast unknowns and you might get maybe 4 films (?), and who knows, you might even be able to transfer them to the coaxial screen and only lose half the cast in the process. (And you can't tell me that Paramount does not want this to somehow lead back to Trek on the small screen, because it is much more lucrative financially in the long-run). So here's the question... Can 2 to 6 hours of celluloid effectively reboot over almost 700 hours of co-axial and 20 hours of celluloid cannonicity? Recasting Kirk and Spock for 2 to 3 movies as a complete reboot might bring in a few bucks for Paramount. With big names attached, they can probably ensure that enough uninitiated go out to see it along with the fans that that will go simply out of curiosity or a sense of loyalty to the franchise. However, attempt to incorporate it into continuity and cannonicity and you are going to end up with a series of films that, in the big picture, will only split the fanbase as they debate the merits of cannon for the next 30 years (i.e. ST:TAS) So, here's Abram's options... First option: reboot and go with the big stars... Result: he makes Paramount a few bucks, but in the long run, he never completely wins over the loyalty or the gratitude of the larger fan-base. Paramount and the fans get this film and a maybe a sequel at best; Second option: Use big name actors and attempt to put this into cannonicity without the participation of the original cast... Result: Abrams alienates and pisses off the exhisiting fan base completely, who debate for years exhatly where the hell this fits into the big picture. The film also completely alienates those the non-Trekers, who don't understand what the hell is going on. The film bombs; Third option: attempt a reboot with a lesser known cast... Result nobody, fans or anybody else goes to see this peice of crap; Forth option: Carefully attempt to put this into cannonicity by book-ending the film with Shatner and Nimoy while at the same time recruiting big name stars to draw in the non-initiated, and keeping the story simple enough for them to follow... Result: Fans grudgingly accept this as cannon and throw their support behind it recognizing that this is the best that they;re going to get from Paramount. Paramount sees some bucks and fans are assured of getting two to four more hours of Trek at some point in the next 9 years.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Star Trek: The Adventures of Kock and Spirk

    by Optimus Murphy

    Should have got Michael Bay.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure this is a prequel, not a reboot.

    by rbatty024

    Everyone here keeps on saying this thing is a reboot, but everything I've heard says it's a prequel. Am I missing something?

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 2:11 p.m. CST

    It will star

    by LordTwinkie

    Freddie Prince Jr, Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Kal Penn, Jamie Kennedy, Dane Cook, and CGI Shatner

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day Lewis would've been a great Spock.

    by superninja

    That is the kind of guy they need, not some WB kid.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I dunno. I go back and forth with this.

    by superninja

    The OS is the only ST worth anything in my opinion. Damon is certainly a good enough actor that I could see it. But he's not as good looking as Shatner was. Whoever they cast as Spock cannot be an angsty-turd, they have to play it with an underlying sense of humor.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    New Bravo Series

    by superninja

    You....are not Mr. Spock.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by superninja

    You're the Spock that we want.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    If they were smart they would get theater

    by superninja

    trained actors. Like they did on the OS.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Casting is obvious(ish)

    by omarthesnake

    1. Young Kirk and Spock, find newcomers. 2. Series-era Kirk, Josh Holloway; McCoy, Sinise; Spock, Adrien Brody 3. Elderly Kirk, Shatner; Spock, Nimoy. Pay homage to McCoy but of course he can't be dead since we saw him 70-some years later in the pilot of TNG. Do a story that winds through all eras, gives Kirk a better death than Wile E Coyote falling off a cliff, and ends with young cadets at the academy inspired by his example. Cue the swelling music, fade to black. Box office gold-press latinum. God that was such a geeky thing to say.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    If Trek XI does not maintain continuity

    by kabong

    with TV series (not counting "Enterprise") and with movies (which form the Trek canon), then it is, effectively (if not intentionally), a reboot. A few inconsistencies or slip-ups can be excused. For example, the technology in the Cage/Menagerie pilots ("time barrier has been broken") are regrettable but unavoidable, given the exigencies of making TV series. However, deliberately scrapping some established canon elements while pretending fidelity to the original concept should not be excused by any genuine Trek fan. If people want a reboot, that is of course their prerogative. Just don't try lying to me about what goes.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    David Boreanaz for Spock.

    by superninja

    Yack says, Kirk, I say Spock.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    You can't polish a turd

    by Lord Elric

    The basic idea of doing a "prequel" with a young Kirk and Spock, if that's what it is, still stinks. I really don't see everyone demanding a new Kirk and Spock.

  • Feb. 25, 2007, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Star Trek Nemesis only made $43 million domestic....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ...with a $60 million budget. Could they even AFFORD Matt Damon? How viable is this franchise today? Young people today have virtually no connection to Star Trek. How much is the studio gonna shell out for this thing? It'd be more profitable to make another hiphop dance movie instead.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais

    by hooties mcboob

    I just noticed on Wikipedia that Ricky and JJ have a future project they are looking at working on together. Could it be this (Scotty?)?? More likely than Roland Of Gilead!

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    This New Series has already been done

    by Gremlin517

    By the fans at New Voyages and better than Abrams and Paramount is going to do because the fans actually understand what Star Trek is all about. If Paramount had a soul it would have long ago given George Takei the shot at a TV Series where he was at the helm.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Anyone use this joke yet?

    by itchywolf

    Roddenberry's space dust is spinning so fast, it's gonna create a black hole and swallow the planet.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Star Trek Reboot? NO!

    by Blok Narpin

    It's not a reboot. It's a prequel. JJ Abrams himself said it will respect continuity.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Paper late...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    uuuh, I'm sorry but there's no one else on the line...

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 7:12 a.m. CST

    I still say...

    by Daveydje

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Chuck Norris as Kirk!

    by Super Moo

    Harry can play the young Scotty!

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    JJ Blows

    by grendel69

    After all those shittastic ideas he had for the Superman reboot now hes doing Star Trek? JJ Abrams sucks and Paramount will regret this whole thing when this bombs.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Yack Backer: This isn't a prequel! It's a reboot!

    by gideon9595

    nd reboots suck shit. I was totally on JJs team until all this crap about going backwards. Leave it alone and come up with something new.... I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ! I hate JJ!

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    gideon, the Star Trek you knew is dead

    by just pillow talk

    Boldly go where no one has gone before, not where we've already been (ie established universe). This is crap.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 9:48 a.m. CST

    And Blok Narpin: How is it a prequel?

    by gideon9595

    What part of this is a fucking prequel you cock squealer? Has JJ Abrams "himself" actually watched TREK? If he wanted to "respect continuity"...he wouldn't rewrite the history. SPOCK....AND....KIRK.....DIDN'T.....KNOW....EACH.....FUCKING....OTHER! Now, that means it is a reboot you vaginal blood-burp!!!

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    P.S I have turrets syndrome:I'm allowed to swear!!

    by gideon9595

    Shit! Bitch! JJ Sux!

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 10 a.m. CST

    now Yack, ya gotta admit the subject matter

    by just pillow talk

    is no good. Do you really want to see a movie about the young Kirk and Spock? Why can't they introduce a new crew and have it take place right after DS9 or even jump ahead more a la TNG. Unless of course Jar Jar will show up in this too?

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    this guy as spock

    by Zeframillen perfect

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Yack - Be Kind, Rewind

    by just pillow talk

    I only throw that out there because you were already tearing it down before you saw where they would be going with it. Now, I know these two projects are by no means comparable, I just think that your blind love for everything Trek is clouding your better judgment on this. I still think they should have led off the new movie with either someone from TNG or DS9 in the first 5-10 minutes discovering 'something', which then leads to problems 100 yrs from then. The story can pick up from that point with a new crew, etc...As it is now, there is no real danger in this prequel since ya know, nothing can happen to Kirk. Not that the major characters ever really died in the movies for the most part, but that element of story is gone from a prequel. Bottom line - I want my Star Trek back.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    I think a Kirk film might be a good way...

    by rbatty024

    for the producers to realize what made the series work in the first place. A great sense of adventure mixed in with heavy sci-fi concepts as well as great characters. The great characters were especially missing from Voyager and Enterprise. Maybe this will get Paramounts feet on the ground and give them some good ideas for a TV show. Hopefully the movie is just a reminder of what people really love about Trek.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I didn't realize there was a Star Trek V...

    by just pillow talk


  • Feb. 26, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Matt Damon as James T. Kirk...

    by The Earl of March

    Chris Klein as Spock. Dominic Monaghan as Scotty. Jensen Ackles as Dr. McCoy. Beyonce Knowles as Uhura. Soundtrack album includes Barenaked Ladies, Fall Out Boy, and a special cover of the original Star Trek theme by Evanescence. God, what a terrible idea this is. Let's remake Star Wars IV-VI while we're at it, and also the Indiana Jones movies. Oh wait.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    James Purefoy (Rome's Mark Antony) as Kirk.

    by losder

    I registered just to post that. The dude is basically doing Kirk as it is, + the show is ending.

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Casting frmo IGN

    by decypher44

    From IGN "February 26, 2007 - IGN Movies has learned from studio sources which actors may play the Big Three in Paramount's Star Trek XI. By the "Big Three," we mean, of course, Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy. Confirming rumors that have been making the rounds for some months now, IGN has learned that Oscar winner Matt Damon is indeed in talks with Paramount about playing the role of Jim Kirk, previously immortalized onscreen by Emmy winner William Shatner. Damon brings star power and an acting pedigree to the role that should convince audiences that this is a serious reboot of the beloved franchise. For the part of Kirk's Vulcan first officer Mr. Spock, IGN has been told that none other than Oscar winner Adrien Brody (King Kong, The Pianist) is in talks with Paramount to play the role. If cast, Brody would succeed Leonard Nimoy in a role that forever marked Nimoy's career. But with a Best Actor award already under his belt and an eclectic mix of films on his resume, Brody wouldn't have as much to lose by taking on the iconic role as Nimoy had. IGN has also been told that Oscar nominee Gary Sinise -- currently seen on the small screen in CSI: NY -- is in talks for the role of Dr. McCoy, the ornery and politically incorrect ship's physician aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. McCoy's prickly relationship with Spock was the basis of much of the humor and humanity of the original 1960s series. The late DeForrest Kelley played "Bones" on TV. Golden Globe and Emmy winner Sinise is no stranger to films about space flight, having previously appeared in Apollo 13 and Mission to Mars. Those are the three actors that our studio insider advised us were the closest to being cast, with Damon's talks said to be further along than the rest. We have also heard of an actor being eyed for the role of Enterprise helmsman Lt. Sulu: Daniel Dae Kim ("Jin Kwon" on Lost). Sulu was played on the classic TV series by George Takei, who can now be seen on Heroes. We should stress, however, that Kim's possible casting is at a far earlier stage than that of the aforementioned three. Lost, of course, was created and is executive produced by J.J. Abrams, who has just signed on to direct and produce Star Trek XI. Sources also advised IGN that Scottish thesp James McAvoy may indeed be in the mix to play chief engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the film. Neither Damon's reps at Endeavor nor Brody and Sinise's respective reps at CAA had responded to our inquiries for comment at time of publish."

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Agree with performingmonkey too. UNKNOWNS

    by kabong

    Scrap the prequel crap. New cast for same roles as TOS. Set the story during Kirk's first five-year mission. Maintain continuity scrupulously. Develop characters so they resonate with other movies and series set later. Do not even mention "Enterprise." BOLDLY GO!

  • Feb. 26, 2007, 11:31 p.m. CST

    This could be a great thing...

    by Cannabis Holocaust 69

    Admit it. Star Trek is nothing but a joke now. When people think of Star Trek all they see are morons who go to conventions and dress up like Spock and over-weight middle-aged men living in their parent's basements. (Yes I know that's cliche, but that's my point) This movie has a chance to make people take "Star Trek" seriously and create a new generation of (hopefully more casual) fans without the stigma and title of "Trekkie". A cool reboot or prequel that disregards all the cluttered continuity crap that no one except the aformentioned gives a fuck about anyway could be great. So get over it. This movie could be the equivalent of Batman Begins for Star Trek. (Except Batman Begins only had to erase the memory of 2 shitty movies, this movie has to make people forget 20 years of crap)

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Just Pillow Talk is right!

    by gideon9595

    He states "As it is now, there is no real danger in this prequel since ya know, nothing can happen to Kirk." a thats exactly right. Why bother going back? Who cares? Give us something new...

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Cannabis - not 20 yrs of crap

    by just pillow talk

    I enjoyed Star Trek's VI and VIII, and TNG. I couldn't get into DS9, though I suppose I missed something with the Dominion. It's everything else that was no good, for me at least.<p>The above mentioned cast does sound great, but I think it would be greater if they played a crew 100 yrs in the future from TNG. Instead of Damon trying to capture what Kirk was, he could be his own captain. Captain Bourne. I mean Damon and Sinise in the same crew is pretty cool.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST

    If those IGN casting rumors are true...

    by Childe Roland

    ...then I'm even more optimistic about this reboot. Personally, I'd have rather seen them let the franchise sit until closer to 2010, but if they're going to pull it out now that's about the best cast I could imagine for it.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Ben Affleck as The Romulan Commander!

    by mbeemer

    C'mon, he can pull off the eyebrow ridges! You <b>know</b> it!

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Brody as Spock? Oh God NO.......

    by zillabeast

    I realize the importance of getting a cast planted sooner than later if they want to hit the Xmas '08 release date, but please....a little more care in these decisions.....

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised Damon is even in talks...

    by blackmantis

    Does he really want to be known as Captain Kirk the rest of his life and have to go to all those conventions and star in god knows how many movies. I would love to see it happen but will honestly be surprised if this goes all the way. Brody as Spock. Not ideal but it could work out. I'd prefer Eric Balfour or Zachary Quinto. Quinto, with a little makeup, would look startlingly close to Nimoy. Sinise is perfect, but I had assumed he was too old already.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Dayum, it's now official: NOT A REBOOT

    by zillabeast

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Brad Pitt as Kirk, Keanu Reeves as Spock.

    by The Advance Guard

    Forget these stupid suggestions of David Boreanaz: are you fucking crazy? Matt Damon? Maybe: but he's got Bourne. At least with Brad and Keanu in the respective leads: it will give Yackbacker a hard-on! Yackbacker you owe me one dude: I have given voice to your silent desires! Enjoy!

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST

    For Yackbacker...

    by The Advance Guard

    On behalf on AICN: we all here in talkback wish you the most massive erection ever, on the casting suggestion of Keanu and Brad as Spock and Kirk. Long may your blood circulation never dissapoint you: when you catch the scent of the Reeves/Pitt rectal orifice.

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Peace and goodwill to Yackbacker...

    by The Advance Guard

    It's just a joke bra! But you do like the casting idea?

  • Feb. 27, 2007, 10:02 p.m. CST

    That writer Alex Kurtzman looks like a clone of JJ.

    by kabong

    And the other writer has resemblance too. Nothing to do with Trek. I'm just pointing out how inbred Hollyweird is. "I only work with people who look like me."

  • March 7, 2007, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Tobias Menzies for Spock - could a brit play spock?

    by fauvism

    While he's British I think Tobias Menzies would be ideal for Spock. He's a subtle actor, good at comedy, and looks very Vulcan!