Koenig Thinks Series VI Could Be TOS RemakeBy Caillan
July 17, 2003 - 11:23 AM
Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) recently offered an unorthodox take on the future of the Star Trek franchise.
Speaking with David Bassom in the latest issue of Star Trek Monthly, Koenig said he thought the sixth live-action Star Trek television series could literally go back to where it all began.
"My sense is that the next Star Trek television series after Enterprise has run its full seven years — I'm not suggesting it's not going to — will be a remake of the original series with a whole new cast," the actor said (via Sci-Fi Pulse). "There will be new stories but they'll do them the same way we did and use the same characters — a new Kirk, a new Spock and a new Chekov."
Although this is purely Koenig's personal theory on what the future may hold — no need to start the Series VI rumour mill just yet — he described the premise as "a very logical progression" of the Star Trek franchise.
Regarding Trek's future on the big screen, the actor advocated an idea that has been mentioned by franchise head Rick Berman from time to time, namely incorporating cast members from several different series in the one movie. "I feel that something needs to be done if the [film] franchise is to persevere," he said. "I think they need to take a new approach: they need to not feel limited by the history and do something different and new. To that end, they might need to bring in a writer that has a different kind of vision."
The complete interview with Walter Koenig, in which he also reflected on his time as Chekov and talked about his new script, Illegal Alien, can be found in issue 107 of Star Trek Monthly. Alternatively, excerpts are available at Sci-Fi Pulse.