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Following news that Bryan Singer has expressed an interest in directing a Star Trek movie and one of the two poison producers jumping ship, comes news from Teletext that Patrick Stewart has indicated that the Star Trek Next Generation franchise may not be completely dead after all.
While promoting his new TV show, Stewart mentioned that he was recently called into meetings with the executives at Paramount who are apparently seriously considering reviving The Next Generation for one more trip around the galaxy.
Stewart says; "There are weighty people in Hollywood who are very interested in one more run around the holodeck. There are serious plans. I was told this may happen two or three years down the road, by which time I'll be able to sit again in the captain's chair, but then again, it's not all that far away and if I'm in good shape I'd love to do it".
This is quite an about turn for the man who had originally hinted that he wasn't really sorry to see the back of Trek amid rumours of clashes between himself and the show's producers. However with Braga now off the team and Paramount not particularly enamoured by Rick Berman's last proposed Trek project, perhaps these are changes which have lured Stewart back. How does this news impact the project that Erik Jenderson was supposedly writing for Paramount? Was that the prequel that Paramount canned?
And the even bigger question is, in light of recent news... have any of these meetings involved a certain Mr Singer??? If you think about it too much, the plans fit. Stewart indicated that the project would be at least 2 years away. Singer is fully booked for the next 2 years, finishing Superman Returns and doing the Logan's Run remake and Stewart just signed a 16 month theatre contract. Could they be pencilling in an idea to come together in 2007/2008 to create a new Bryan Singer Star Trek movie?
Sure it could be all rampant conjecture and fanboy dreams, but it could also finally give Star Trek the movie it's been lacking for the last 14 years.