Berman Talks More Trek XBy Christian
March 25, 2000 - 12:24 AM
Jack Witzig at the Flagship has put up a synopsis of an interview with Rick Berman, which appeared in the new issue of the Star Trek Communicator. In the interview, Berman starts out by talking about rumours, which he says are launched on the internet, then make their way to the regular press via tabloids, seemingly legitimising them while in reality the news has just come full-circle.
About Star Trek X, Berman mentions he's had a half-dozen meetings on the film, all in the last four months. He's met with Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker) and Brent Spiner (Data), as well as "a writer, a non-Trek writer." The film will probably focus on the TNG characters, and the release date will likely be "Christmas of 2001 at the earliest." Despite these several meetings, Berman did say no real decisions have yet been made about the film, though general story directions have been discussed. The development of the film has not been slowed down by Series V development.
Looking back, Berman feels that going in a different direction with 'Star Trek: Insurrection' (after the dark 'First Contact') was a good idea, though the lack of 'greater stakes' may have hurt both Insurrection and Generations. He also feels that the complaints about the movies being just two-hour episodes shown on a movie screen are nonsense.
The original report can be found on the Flagship's Star Trek X Page.