JJ Abrams is looking to replace William Shatner as the commander of geekdom. Well, not exactly, but with a television show like LOST and an upcoming movie by the little name of Star Trek XI and he is definitely a sci-fi nut's wet dream.
Abrams Talks Star Trek XI
TV Guide recently caught up to JJ Abrams and drilled him with a few questions on the next Star Trek installment. Like LOST, Abrams says the franchise is shrouded in secrecy.
TV Guide: How exciting is it to find yourself in charge of resuscitating the Trek franchise? Abrams: It's sort of surreal but wonderful. I'm producing and may direct.
TV Guide: Do you own Star Trek DVDs? Abrams: Oh, yeah. [Laughs] I have every DVD of every Star Trek episode from every series. I haven't seen every episode of every series, but I certainly know it well enough to be working on the movie.
TV Guide: It's been reported that the film will focus on Kirk and Spock's early days and include their meeting at Starfleet Academy. You've said that was not entirely accurate. What parts are? Abrams: I think we have an incredible story, but we've sort of promised each other we wouldn't talk about the specifics yet. But I can say that we're actively working on it, we're in the middle of breaking the story, and it's coming along great. I'd be happy to start sooner than Paramount thinks, but not a moment before it's ready.
TV Guide: Why the shroud of secrecy? Abrams: It's way premature. Anything I say, people will read into it and make assumptions. But we have an incredible beginning of a really dramatic story, and it very much honors the canon of Star Trek. On the other hand, it won't be like anything you've seen before.
Check out the entire interview with JJ Abrams on LOST and Star Trek XI over at TV Guide.