Frakes Talks Star Trek XBy Christian
July 22, 2000 - 12:42 AM
Issue 24 of the Cinescape Insider Newsletter, a weekly publication from Cinescape, contains a preview of an interview with Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker) that will appear on the site on Monday. In the interview, he mostly talks about the upcoming 'Roswell' season, but interviewer Steve Hockensmith also managed to slip in a few questions about Trek X. Apparently, there's a good chance Frakes will not be able to direct Star Trek X, assuming the studio would want to ask him for that, due to his upcoming film 'Clockstoppers':
"Clockstoppers is not unlike Back to the Future. It's [a co-production of] Paramount and Nickelodeon. Gale Anne Hurd is one of the producers," Frakes said. "It's being written by the guys who wrote Rugrats, and I'm on to direct, so I'm very excited....I'd like to be in pre-production by the fall and shooting by the end of the year."
Because of Paramount's projected release date for Star Trek X, a possibility exists that the new Trek film would head into production at the same time as 'Clockstoppers':
"Maybe I'm really crazy, but I think that Paramount wants a Star Trek movie for Christmas 2001, in which case, like for the last two movies, we'll work back from a release date. And that would put us in production in January, February [or] March. [...] Then I would just be an actor, I guess, in the Star Trek movie."
Look out for the full interview on Cinescape next Monday.