It’s fair to say that while JJ Abrams 2009 Star Trek reboot / prequel / alternate timeline sequel didn’t chime well with hardcore Trek fans, it did update the rather tired franchise and bring in some new fans. The movie performed well and remains watchable.
It was the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, that did all the damage. The uber-hack re-working of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan made those who knew their Trek, and still had doubts after Star Trek 2009, either roll their eyes or be flat-out done with the Kelvin timeline. The new fans didn’t really understand the significance of the big moments so it fell flat with them.
As a result a third movie that tried to stay away from simply re-working old Trek stories, Star Trek Beyond, didn’t light up the box office. Since then cinematic Trek has been dead.
Numerous attempts to try and breathe life into the franchise have been tried. Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley had one spinning up. Another was penned by The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith, based on an idea by Quentin Tarantino. These ultimately came to nothing. Even star and writer Simon Pegg said Trek was better left to TV now.
ViacomCBS seemed happy to let Trek die on the big screen while using the still twitching corpse (Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks) to bolster it’s fledgling streaming services, despite the fact that the best Star Trek show on TV was actually a spoof called The Orville at Fox. What a shameful state to let things fall into.
Well, now they are going again. Kalinda Vazquez has been set to write a new Star Trek movie for Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot (uh-oh!).
She has got Trek in the blood. She is named after Barbara Bouchet’s Kelinda from the 1960’s show by her parents who were big fans and she has grown up with Star Trek thanks to them.
She recently wrote a Michelle Yeoh-centric episode of Star Trek: Discovery and is a consulting producer on that show now.
Other credits include Fear the Walking Dead, Prison Break, Once Upon a Time, Nikita and Marvel’s Runaways. She is also working with Game Of Thrones author George RR Martin for an HBO adaption of the sci-fi novel Roadmarks.
No word yet on whether any of the Kelvin-verse will be carried over or if they will jump elsewhere in the Trek timeline.