Wrath Of Khan.
Wrath Of Khan.
Wrath Of Khan.
Trekkies always seem to refer the idea of “Best Star Trek Movie” ever to Wrath Of Khan.
People can like what they like, but for my money, it was the William Shatner vs. a former-villian-of-the-week camp fest. To me, the best Star Trek film was always Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. It seemed more team focused, less centered around just Kirk, Spock and McCoy and an alien who for all intents and purposes was merely trying to find out what happened to the humpback whales of earth. You can hit me with the “Wrath Of Khan” saved the Star Trek movie franchise; this would be unforunately true.
After the critical and commerical failure of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with the box office only coming in at $139 million dollars, Paramount decide to go forth with cheaper sequels for the next two entries to get bigger returns (Wrath Of Khan was made for $11 million and Search For Spock was made for $16 million). With the promise of a familar villian and the then controversial move to kill off Spock, the box office returns came in at $97 million for Wrath Of Khan.
Getting off 1980s Trek for a minute, let’s talk a bit about the status of the big-budgeted alternate Kelvin time-line of the original Star Trek. At present, progress of production of Star Trek 4 which would be a sequel to Star Trek Beyond has been halted due to the walking out of Chris Pine (who plays the Kelvin Kirk) and Chris Hensworth (Kelvin Kirk Sr) who would play intergal parts in the next movie with a possible plotline where both Kelvin Kirk, Sr and his son actually meet. Everyone in the current cast, with the exception of Anton Yelchin as Kelvin Chekov who died from a car accident after production completed on Star Trek Beyond, is set to return if production moves forward.
New reports however suggest that the fourth Kelvin timeline entry has been shelved and its’ would be director, SJ Clarkson (who would have been the first female director for the Star Trek franchise ever) has moved on to direct and executive produce the new Game Of Thrones prequel pilot for HBO. Replacing a director in this franchise wouldn’t be difficult; finding a new Kirk would be the bigger deal.
Although Paramount could move the Star Trek Kelvin franchise to a later timeline where the characters, Kirk included, get older to justify the need to cast an older actor, this isn’t Doctor Who. The Guardians of a franchise like this are cruical to its success as well as its failure. Like it or not, Chris Pine has cemented himself within Star Trek history with his own take on James T. Kirk. To remove him would not only cause Star Trek Kelvin fans to bail, but it would throw a wrecking ball into the core relationships between the Kelvin edition of Kirk, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and McCoy (Karl Urban).
I feel like with Star Trek 4 not moving forward, it would make more sense to put the energy and focus towards Star Trek Discovery, which went through its own growing pains during its first year on CBS All Access. Coupled with the fact that this would be the second time in the franchises history that an African-American would lead the role, CBS nuturing that show would be all the more important as some Trek fans always felt that because of it’s unique lead casting of Avery Brooks rather than another white lead, that the powers that be at the time looked at DS9 as a red-headed stepchild.
I’m sure fans of the current Kelvin timeline would disagree with me and feel that another movie featuring the current cast is on the horizon. Tell me thou, did you really enjoy Star Trek Beyond that much and felt there were no directions it could go? Watching it I felt that splitting up the cast and having them act out like they were a Fast and Furious movie showed they didn’t really have anywhere else to go with the current team.
Those of who you have an invested emotional tie to Pine and company, I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments below.