Abrams New Trek Scheduled for X-Mas 08

Paramount has announced that the JJ Abrams- directed Star Trek film - the 11th in the franchise - will be released for Christmas 2008.

So sayeth the Hollywood Reporter:

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who wrote "Mission: Impossible III" for Abrams and Paramount last year, have penned the screenplay and will executive produce along with Bryan Burk and Damon Lindelof, the co-creator with Abrams of ABC's "Lost." The screenplay is said to revolve around James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock during their Starfleet Academy years and into their first space mission.

According to Memory Alpha, the Star Trek reference wiki, the most recent rumors over casting for the film suggest that Matt Damon is in talks to play Kirk. And according to SciFi Wire, an insider says William Shatner gave his blessing on the casting.

Its also rumored that Adrien Brody and Gary Sinise are in talks to play the roles of Spock and Dr. McCoy, respectively.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams expressed hope that the film (still tentatively titled Star Trek XI) will be able to win over trek fans new and old.

''On the one hand, for people who love Star Trek, the fix that they will get will be really satisfying,'' Abrams said. ''For people who've never seen it or know it vaguely, I think they will enjoy it equally, because the movie does not require you to know anything about Star Trek. I would actually prefer [that] people don't know the series, because I feel like they will come to it with an open mind.''
We dont really know what to think about this right now, but its been a while since we've seen a good Star Trek film, so let's hope that Abrams and co. and pull this off.

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