Coto Looks Forward To Founding the Federation

By Michelle
September 3, 2004 - 7:00 PM

Viewers will see the early development of the United Federation of Planets this season on Star Trek: Enterprise, executive producer Manny Coto promised.

Speaking to SFX Magazine, Coto said that this season's episodes "will all tie together at the end, where we will see either the actual forming or the beginning of the forming." Due to time constraints, Coto was uncertain whether the final stages of the Federation's creation would be televised, but "thatís where the seasonís heading."

Because of a potential movie incorporating the Romulan Wars, Coto noted that he was uncertain how much the Romulans might be involved in Enterprise stories. "Itís too early to tell whether we can go in that direction yet," he said, adding that if he received permission to work on Romulan Wars storylines, "I would start developing it right away!"

If a long-discussed guest appearance by William Shatner were to materialize, said Coto, he imagined that Shatner's longtime novel collaborators and new Enterprise writers Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens "would write a good chunk of it." He said that the writers already had a solid idea for a storyline incorporating Shatner, but whether and when it may happen depends on "money and contracts, thatís really all it is."

More details from Coto will be available in SFX issue 123, on sale October 1st. These excerpts came from the magazine's site here.

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