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    Next Star Trek movie

    I found this at Cinescape. It scares me to read some of things Berman says.


    By: SCOTT COLLURA
    By: Managing Editor


    While discussing the upcoming tenth film in the STAR TREK franchise this weekend with CINESCAPE, dubbed STAR TREK: NEMESIS, executive producer and STAR TREK head honcho Rick Berman let loose that he’s certain an eleventh film in the ever-popular series will be made, regardless of how NEMESIS performs at the box office when it hits theaters on December 13th.


    “I can tell you right now we’ll be making another film,” Berman says. “There’s never been a STAR TREK movie that wasn’t profitable for Paramount. One of the things about STAR TREK movies is there’s no risk in making them because the studio knows if you spend this much money on producing the film, you’re going to make that much money, or you might make that much money. But there’s pretty much a window of the profitability of these films… unlike non-STAR TREK films which could be total wrecks and not make a dime, or could take off and make $200 million, there’s a risk involved. There’s very little risk involved in STAR TREK films, so I think we’re a long way from seeing the end.”


    Paramount’s ad campaign for NEMESIS seems to imply that this might just be the last of the NEXT GENERATION films, and while Berman is not ready to write off Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E yet, he is willing to discuss an idea that has been thrown about over the years in TREK circles: the notion of combining characters from various TREK incarnations to create a sort of smorgasbord cast for the next movie.


    “As to whether the next film will include these [TNG] characters, or a combination of these characters with other characters from other series, [or] new characters—that’s all yet to be discussed. And that won’t happen [the] Saturday morning [after NEMESIS opens] hopefully,” he laughs. “They usually will give me a couple of months to breathe.”


    The executive producer stresses that “there’s been no discussion whatsoever about the next film” on an official level, but he does believe that a mix of TREK characters is a viable option for the feature film franchise. He even has some ideas about which characters might or might not work in such a capacity.


    “I don’t know if putting [DEEP SPACE NINE’s Captain] Sisko on the screen is viable,” he says. “But in the last film we put Robert Picardo who plays The Doctor into the film, which was, I think, met with a lot of cheers, and in this film we’ve got Kate Mulgrew doing a cameo. I think there are certain characters from other [shows that would work]. Colm Meaney is a remarkable actor. Rene Auberjonois is a remarkable actor. Jeri Ryan, I can’t imagine people would not love to see her on the big screen. So there are possibilities of combining other actors. But then again, I’m not suggesting that we’re going to do that. It’s just a possibility. It’s even a possibility that we would include characters from ENTERPRISE even though they’re 200 years earlier. Anything’s possible with STAR TREK.”


    Berman also has an idea of what STAR TREK 11 should be called.


    “The next film will be STAR TREK 12—[we’re] just keeping the even numbers,” he jokes.
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    I found that surprisingly honest and balanced for the megalomaniacal Berman.

    In any event, I am patiently waiting for Nemesis, but I still think the foggy Picard, Data, and a Gil Hibben-esque knife don't make for great poster art. I am also in shock that this is the 2nd time in my lifetime that we're being threatened with "the end of Trek films" in one form or another. Personally, I can't get enough Trek.
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    JT,

    I heartily agree, more Trek is always a good thing, unless it is Voyager. I could go for the notion of combining crews, but I think that Sisko and Odo should be left out, considering the events of the DS9 finale.

    I doubt they are going to do an Enterprise movie while the show is still on, remember what happened after The X-Files movie, it never really recovered creatively from the massive output of having two seasons with movie in between. I would not mind seeing a totally new crew just for the films either.

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    I don't think audiences could warm to an entirely-new crew for the films, the films are driven by the shows and without the character depth brought by those series, most folks would see it as just another sci-fi throwaway.

    I agree with you about Odo, but it's been well over a year since Sisko said he might be back in a year, so that door is definitely open. Not sure what the character would be though, since he wouldn't be human - I suppose he could be an advisor on the Enterprise and cause turmoil that way, but he couldn't be "regular ol' Captain Ben Sisko who was non-corporeal for a few years".
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    They're hyping this Trek film as the last of the Next Generation crew. Which I can see is possible, Brent Spiner is getting a little old to play Data. And since Picard will never take a promotion- I'm interested to see what will happen to him.

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    I like all the Trek films, and whether they did a DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise movie I'd welcome it.

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    Jayspawn, they pulled the same stuff with Star Treks 3 through 6, so I'm not yet worried. Especially because the Nemesis ad says something like "the beginning of the end of a generation's journey" which is somewhat vague.
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    I think they should blow up the Enterprise in the next one.
    Lord knows they haven't flogged THAT dead horse enough times yet.
    Actually, I think the next one should pick up immediately after this one. A crew without a ship. And then a crisis arises and they are forced to use a vintage Enterprise type ship ( I say type because that jerk Kirk done blew up the original in Wrath of Khan ). It'd be a hoot to see them on a TOS Enterprise.
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    "A generation's final journey begins" is a more accurate quote. Look at ST 2 through 5, those movies are all back-to-back stories, that's 4 films all telling one story, so Nemesis could just be the first of a handful of movies bringing about the end of the TNG crew in cinema.


    I'm dang tired of them blowing up the Enterprise whenever the plot bogs down. It made sense in ST3, but ST7 it was gratuitous IMO so to do it again only a few movies later seems like they've totally exhausted all good ideas.

    BTW, Kirk blew up the Enterprise in Search For Spock, not WOK, and if he hadn't blown up the Enterprise it would have been mothballed anyway.
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    I agree that the destruction of the Enterprise-E would not be a good move, considering that the Sovereign class starship is the coolest of all time. I did agree with destroying Ent-C because it was a movie about the end of things we had grown to love over the years. The death of Kirk and the loss of the Enterprise served as a new beginning for the movies. TNG crew stars alone in First Contact with a new ship that helps serve it as possibly the best Trek movie.

    I wish this movie would lead into a great story that would unite most of the current generation's Trek characters. A war with someone....told better than the DS9 war....that would shake the Trek world and could possibly lead into a new series. I think this movie is going to set things like this up nicely. Have a show with Riker that could have a mixture of TNG, DS9 or Voyager.

    It would also be nice if this movie set up something with the Romulans that would help Spock with reunification....that story never really got off the ground as it was just a lead in to :TUC.
    Just thinking here......I'll leave now.

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