Future Star Trek Sequels Seem Dead in the Water

by | April 14, 2006 | Comments

IGN FilmForce and Sy Fy Portal bring us a little teaser on what the next Star Trek trilogy could have been like … if Paramount didn’t recently decide to stick the series into mothballs for an undetermined period of time. (But not forever. That’d be just silly.)

"It’s a grand story that could have been the next three Star Trek films: Tiberius Chase, ancestor of James T. Kirk, helps lead the charge in a bloody and violent war against the Romulans, and the United Federation of Planets — led by Earth — coalesces out of the midst of that struggle. So says Erik Jendresen, who wrote the screenplay for the first part of a Star Trek prequel trilogy last year.

"We wanted to reveal the actual cause of [the Romulan War], which was surprising to all involved at the time," Jendresen explained to Sy Fy Portal. "We simply wanted to reveal the truth behind that startling incident. …We [had] a chance here to fill in the canon, and to create a continuum ostensibly from the beginning from Enterprise all the way out to the future.

It should also be indicated that the ultimate intention here was to craft a story that would not only completely satisfy the fans, but just as importantly, bring new people into the franchise."

One of the people pushing Star Trek to re-discover its past was Paramount’s then-co-president, David DeLine; but by the time the script draft was completed, the personnel at the top of the studio had shifted. DeLine was no longer involved, and Star Trek: The Beginning was moved to "inactive" status: not officially dead, but not going anywhere either."

Click here for the rest of the story on the Trek trilogy that could have been.