Nichols Warming Up For 'Snow Dogs 2'By Caillan
March 16, 2002 - 6:42 PM
Disney's family comedy 'Snow Dogs' was only released in January, but actress Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) says they're already gearing up to make a sequel.
"It so happens that 'Snow Dogs' was such a big hit that Disney is considering right now the sequel to it which will be shot in New York City," Nichols said during an online chat at StarTrek.com. "The writers are busy rewriting the new script and working on it which they liked very much."
The original film starred Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Ted, a Florida dentist who inherits a team of snow dogs. Nichols featured as Ted's adoptive mother Amelia in a cast that included Joanna Bacalso and Oscar winner James Coburn.
Nichols couldn't be more pleased about the news. "If you liked 'Snow Dogs' you'll love 'Snow Dogs 2,'" she said. "I can't tell you the plot or I'd have to kill you. But it's hysterically funny and wonderful, and again a wonderful part for Amelia, the role I play. The exciting thing about it that I think is cool, not only will it take place in New York next winter but it's going to come out approximately the same time — same time next year - I think that's kind of exciting. This time the dogs will talk I'm told! I don't know if the dogs are going to speak only in Cuba's - Teddy's - mind, or [if] the dogs really talk. Either way I think it's hysterical, but talk about adventure."
The actress also recently completed her new novel 'Saturna's Quest,' a sequel to 'Saturn's Child,' which Nichols will be promoting during her upcoming convention appearances. The sci-fi stories follow the adventures of Saturna, born of a forbidden interspecies relationship, as she seeks to discover her identity.
Asked if there were any plans to turn the novels into a film, Nichols said she'd love to see them make the transition to the big screen. "From the first time I started and got into it I knew it'd make a great movie. I also knew that 'Saturn's Child' had to be expository to set the story up - to establish the characters and set the story up. I knew it also had to be exciting. Then once that happened and I began to write 'Saturna's Quest' I knew that the two books would make a tremendous movie."
The full transcript of the chat, in which Nichols covered a variety of topics including her NASA work and favourite Trek memories, can be found here at StarTrek.com.