Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Patrick Stewart reveals a fifth Star Trek: Next Generation film was planned

Actor Patrick Stewart has revealed that a fifth Star Trek film, based on the Next Generation characters, was planned. In the Star Trek film franchise four films involving the Next Generation characters were produced; Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis. However, Patrick Stewart - who played Jean-Luc Picard - has revealed in a recent interview with a fifth film was planned which would have been a proper "farewell" for the characters.

While we were filming Nemesis an idea was being developed by John Logan, the screenwriter of Nemesis, and Brent Spiner for a fifth and final movie. It was a very exciting idea for a screenplay. It would have been a real farewell to Next Generation, but it would have involved other historic aspects of Star Trek as well. I can't go into details because the project wasn't mine. When that didn't happen, the studio announced in its own inimitable way that we were suffering from franchise fatigue and that there was to be no more, and I am absolutely content with that. I remain very proud of the work that we did, very proud of the series and the movies, but I do not wish to return to it. - Patrick Stewart quoted on Blastr

The proposed fifth Next Generation filmed never happened though with the franchise going into limbo following the disappointing box office performance of 2002's Star Trek Nemesis. When Star Trek: Enterprise was cancelled in 2005 because of low ratings it was decided to rest the franchise before rebooting it. In 2009 that re-boot came in the form of a new Star Trek movie produced by J.J Abrams and written by Roberto Orci and Alex Roddenberry. The re-boot took the franchise back to the Academy days of the 'original series' characters such as Kirk and Spock. Amongst the cast of the film were Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Leonard Nimroy.