To borrow the immortal words of Blade, some motherfu*kers are always trying to ice skate uphill. After setting sail with the most overemotional, unprofessional, and unlikeable crew in the galaxy in Star Trek: Discovery they destroyed a beloved character in Star Trek: Picard. Will they ever stop? Not while there is a dead horse to flog!
According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the latest monkey-see, monkey-do antics of that unoriginal town involve Star Trek looking at Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and thinking:
“We can do that!”
The little franchise that couldn’t is going to keep churning, whether we like it or not. Paramount Chairman and CEO Brian Robbins and franchise death spiral pilot Alex Kurtzman think that what Star Trek really needs is an animated family movie.
Star Trek: Prodigy launched, and the airwaves are full of quotes!
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still one of the best movies over the past decade, animated or not. It’s just an unbelievable piece of artistry. I went with my whole family and another family and we all sat there with our jaws on the floor.
Ultimately, ‘Star Trek’ is about family, it’s about these giant universal themes. Getting to tell a story like that, especially given the level of cinema we’ve already brought to the television show, is a wonderful opportunity. It would thrill me to do that.”
The big cheese Robbins did talk about Trek’s big-screen future, after a nearly six year hiatus:
“Where we go with the franchise next theatrically is crucial to the health of the overall franchise. There’s no doubt that big theatrical movies are the beacon that ignites franchises. We’re in it and I don’t really have anything to say because I’m waiting for the development to be delivered. I can’t wait to get going on it; we’re not there yet, but we need to get there soon.”
When asked if J.J. Abrams would be involved he responded:
“We don’t know enough yet.”
Clearly referencing the struggles to come up with a way forward, through several abandoned efforts, including Quentin Tarantino and Noah Hawley projects, he spoke of the need for a big plan:
“The idea is what do we do next for the franchise that’s going to work for the next five and ten years, not just one movie at a time like Alex has talked about. That’s what we really have to figure out.”
Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Prodigy, Star Trek: Discovery, and Star Trek: Picard are all there or coming, to keep a dedicated Trek fan busy until they sort themselves out.