Harlan Ellison Wants To Help Make Star Trek 2
If you don’t already know who Harlan Ellison is feel free to attach the label of “crazy old man” and click on to something else. He’s a revered science fiction writer with a penchant for cranky peculiarity. He also once wrote an episode of the original Star Trek and he’s been pissed about it ever since. His episode, “City on the Edge of Forever” (pictured right), is widely regarded as one of the best. Except by him that is. He’s pissed because Trek head honcho Gene Roddenberry made a few changes before bringing his story to air. For instance, Roddenberry wasn’t that keen to turn the Enterprise crew into murderous drug dealers.
Now though, Harlan Ellison wants back in to the Trek universe. Speaking out on his blog (seemingly transported onto the internet direct from the year 1992) he says, “I would jump at the chance to work with the inordinately-talented J.J. Abrams on a new STAR TREK film.” Of course he wouldn’t really want to continue in the direction they’ve been going. Says Ellison, “Yes, I would likely try to steer him toward the original film idea I was asked to pitch, by the late Gene Roddenberry and a production exec whose name I have blissfully flensed from memory (but he had been, if I recall, a hairdresser or clothing designer or ex-boyfriend of someone or other, and he kept trying to press me to include the Mayan Calendar).” But he’s not tied to ruining the franchise in order to stroke his own ego. He concedes, “If the very smart Abrams didn't want to go that way, I would be wide-open to rethinking such a film from the git-go.”
Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure Abrams would never have anything to do with this guy. Actually this is only really news because it’s so ironic. Early in 2009 here it was Harlan Ellison who sued Paramount Pictures to stop Abrams new Star Trek movie from being show. The cranky old bastard was so against it he took legal action to try and ruin the movie. Now that it’s made a ton of money and everyone loves it, Ellison wants in. Yep. That’s Harlan Ellison.
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