Writer Harlan Ellison thinks highly of J.J. Abrams and wouldn’t hesitate to get involved with the Star Trek XI sequel if he were contacted.
Paramount lawsuit or not, Ellison would answer the phone if Abrams called. “I would jump at the chance to work with the inordinately-talented J.J. Abrams on a new Star Trek film,” Abrams told his blog readers.
Ellison went on to explain what he would pitch, given the chance. “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 it would be OK too if Abrams wasn’t keen on Ellison’s idea. “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,” said Ellison.
When it comes to Paramount though, Ellison would want things to be done properly from the start, like being paid for his valuable time. “Paramount would, of course, have to pay me from the first meet git-go; but I have absolutely no attitude that would prevent me from jumping in to work with such a clever fellah.”
Ellison went on to praise Abrams. “What the hell are you guys…nuts?,” he asked his readers, some of whom didn’t think Ellison would want to work with Abrams, Paramount or on Star Trek again. “Where’s the ‘downside’ to getting topside the radar of J.J. Abrams? This guy ain’t Roddenberry! He also ain’t the ex-hairdresser with the jones for Mayan calendars! He’s a writer I respect, whose work has frequently blown the lid off my box of surpriseability. But, then, he already KNOWS that. It isn’t as if I’d kept my admiration chained in the darkest cell of the basement of Bedlam.”
In case anyone doubted that Ellison was serious, he asked Abrams or those involved to feel free to get in touch with him. “If anyone out there thinks this melding has legs, let Abrams or anyone else with the chops to get in touch with me directly,” he said. “I am without full-time film-agent representation, by choice, at the moment; so if the job presents itself, I will work for pay.”