J.J. Abrams directs Star Trek movie

Star Trek is being revved up for another big-screen treatment, slated to appear in 2008. According to Variety, the new film will be directed by Lost creator and Mission: Impossible III director J.J. Abrams.

The new film will focus on the origins of the characters James T. Kirk and Spock, made famous in the original series and films by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, respectively. The script will be written by Abrams and MI3 writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

The film will feature the first meeting between the two characters, when they are cadets at Starfleet Academy, as a futuristic version of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" plays on the soundtrack. The cadets embark on their first adventure together, a space mission wherein Kirk does his first sideways jump-kick. Presumably, younger actors will be cast in the roles.

The deal with Paramount comes only weeks before the release of the company's mega-budget summer action picture, MI3, starring Tom Cruise, which is also based on a popular '60s TV show.

Abrams is the creative force behind the hit shows Alias and Lost. The spy show Alias will wrap in May after five seasons of solid performance. Sophomore show Lost is one of TV's top hits, routinely placing in the Nielsen top 10.

Star Trek is one of the most profitable entertainment franchises in history, having produced five series, 700-plus TV episodes, and more than $1 billion in theatrical revenues.

The original Trek premiered on NBC in 1966 to mediocre ratings. The show was canceled after three seasons, even though the storyline was that of the Starship Enterprise on a "five-year mission." In 1979, Paramount launched a big-budget film franchise, eventually making six films with the original cast. The highest grossing of the original six was 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which saw the crew head back in time to modern-day San Francisco to find whales and learn "colorful metaphors" like "double dumb-ass on you." The film earned almost $110 million at the box office.

A Saturday-morning animated series premiered in 1973 and ran for two seasons. The show featured the voices of original cast members Shatner, Nimoy, DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy, James Doohan as engineer Scotty, Nichelle Nicols as communications officer Lt. Uhura, George Takei as navigator Lt. Sulu, and Majel Barrett as Nurse Chapel.

In 1987, a second series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, aired in syndication and ran for seven seasons. The series was set 95 years after the first and featured a new Enterprise, a new crew, and souped-up special effects. ST:TNG was responsible for working the word "wormhole" into the cultural lexicon. Four movies were made with the Next Generation cast, the most successful being 1996's First Contact, about the inventor of the warp drive and the origin of the hive-like villains the Borg. The film grossed $92 million.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiered in 1993 and ran for seven seasons. This series chronicled the inhabitants of a space outpost, Deep Space 9, that sat at the edge of a wormhole. Michael Dorn, who played the Klingon Worf in Next Generation, joined DS9 in season four.

Star Trek: Voyager premiered in 1995, also running for seven seasons. The show told the story of the Starship Voyager and its crew, led by Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway. While in pursuit of an enemy ship, the Voyager was thrown through a wormhole and ended up lost in uncharted space. This series featured the return of the condescending Vulcan, in the form of Tuvok.

In 2001, Star Trek: Enterprise premiered, telling the story of the Federation before the events of the first series. The show never generated much love from fans, partially due to a cheesy theme song that was reminiscent of Bon Jovi. It folded after four seasons.

The last Next Generation movie, Nemesis, landed in theaters in 2002 and grossed a meager $43 million. Industry insiders concluded that Star Trek was suffering from a newly discovered malady known as "franchise fatigue."

Lost and Star Trek have at least one thing in common. Both shows have inspired legions of fanatical fans--Star Trek has Trekkies or Trekkers, and Lost has Losties. Paramount hopes Abrams can get the two together at the box office.

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hey paramount ! i like the idea of the origins of star fleet and the enterprise . hopefully you will make a good movie out of it . but i must say after following star trek for a number of years that you as paramount should also allow the star trek world to grow further . create a new series further along the star trek timeline . most people would like to see riker commanding a new enterprise . have picard being an admiral or something . include worf and data also along with the rest of the cast of tng . you could play along the storyline that the new enterprise along with voyager start out protecting a updated deep space nine from a new hostile alien species from destroying the installation and from there have worf being the captain of a new excelsior class ship . have them organize a fleet of new federation ships like no fan has ever seen as far as look and technology and head out into the delta quadrant in pursuit of the hostile species . they get into a heavy engagement with the hostile aliens and lose many ships except of course the enterprise , excelsior , and voyager . then upon escaping the hostile encounter , Q appears and tells riker that earth is in grave danger and that the 3 ships must race back to federation space because the alien species is mobilizing a gigantic front to invade and destroy every planet in federation space . riker , worf , and janeway must team their efforts to save the day . at the same time , the klingons and all other species encountered near federation territory have to mobilize a counterattack to overtake the hostile aliens . have the aliens destroy the borg in the beginning leaving seven of nine being the only link to the borg exsitance . also give the federation a ground force . star trek has always been about the ships . why not try something new like showing a federation army doing battle with the aliens in a ground assault on different worlds . as a final note , leave the ending open so the star trek universe can continue to go further along in the timeline . this is really the only series that potentially has the capability to go on and on but the creators has to continue to shape the star trek universe in new ways and ideas . i am a big fan and personally i liked tng the best out of all the different tv series followed by voyager . i do not care for enterprise i think that show sucks . take the federation forward after this movie . do not end the star trek world or continue previous timelines . the universe is vast and as long as you take the series forward and keep new , fresh ideas in the fold , star trek can go on for many more years to come .
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C'mon guys it's only a movie. Not to be taken too seriously!

Any American who says they're a Star Trek Fan is a hypocrite. The original series had to be taken off air because no American watched the thing!

Whereas in the UK and the rest of the world it was very popular which was why The first movie was made. God knows how the franchise kept going after that terrible film. Probably because they were much simpler days and people weren't expecting too much.

BTW In my humble opinion it wasn't Enterprise which killed the franchise or even Nemesis but the turgid Female led soap opera that was Voyager. It's no wonder that both Rick Berman and Brannon Braga have been booted out of the Star Trek world. They just love Soaps instead of action adventure stories.
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These ideas everybody are posting are great.

I'd like to see some sort of post-Voyager, post-"Nemesis" movie, that's somewhat darker; maybe on the verge of a galactic civil war. Nothing I'd like to see better than The Enterprise-E & Voyager (Captained by Chakotay or Tuvok, since Janeway's an Admiral, unless she didn't a Kirk-type takeover), defending Federation space near DS9.

Although, I'm sure that a three-series crossover would be almost impossible, and cost tons of money... wishful thinking, I suppose.

I look forward to this movie, too. I can't wait to see what J.J. Abrams does with Roddenberry's great creation.
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Are fans coming back to this are we done with this franchise.More prequels.
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I would go with DS9 for an new film.Have Cassidy Yates spawn the "new Sisko",as we see the final battle between the Prophets and the P'ah Wraiths take place.I don't think it would be too difficult to elongate a story plot that already seems run.
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Okay, here’s another thought on what they should do: Pick it up in the future, past Voyager’s return. Think about it: Janeway from the future (Endgame) said that Starfleet had pretty much abandoned the prime directive, so it would open up many possibilities for forces within Starfleet to get into trouble by messing with the natural progression of technology. It would need a new cast…except for one…Seven of Nine. She’s young enough that she could even be in command of a starship in the future! Image that!...a Borg in the big chair. Bold, beautiful, and logical…what more could you want! Personally, I'd like to see it as a series...leave the movie plots to filling in some of the gaps in the series' timelines. How about doing something with Enterprise C. One movie could cover everything in it's later history leading up to it's destruction. ...Just a thought.
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If you're slightly obsessed with J.J. Abrams like I am, then you keep track of all of his interviews and tv appearances. He was interviewed yesterday about his "return" to lost, after being absent for a year while working on Mission Impossible 3. He says he will be returning to direct an episode later this season (in addition to tonight's premiere episode which he directed). Check out the interview: www.mediavillage.com. Post any others you find too!
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I liked the idea about making a Star Trek movie that detailed how the federation came to be and the idea of having an all out war between Earth and the Romulans would certainly have been very cool. I think this a better idea than the one that is now apparently going forward inside Paramount. Too bad there was a regime change and that project got killed.



I also think that another way to go for the Star Trek franchise is to then go way forward in the future---in such a story--I would make it darker like the way the revamped new version of Battlestar Gallactica has become-there is some great story telling taking place in that new series.



I would have Star Fleet having finally incorporating the incredible technologies the TNG Enterprise crew picked up when they visited the race that turned Reg into a living super computer. (sorry--forgot the episode and the name of that species)



Additionally--since that new technology would allow new ships to travel to new places--a federation star ship on a mission discovered a new species--the most deadly yet encountered--



The story would pick up in the midst of the clash or our civilization--and by that I mean a grand alliance between the Federation, the Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians and the Dominion and even the Borg join in to fight this new menace--- for this new race is so different from anything ever encountered and that race is intent on at the very least enslaving all of "us" and at worst-total annihilation of all these civilizations.



This conflict would not be all neatly wrapped up in one film---it could be done on an arc basis over the course of a number of years---and at the worst point--it would look as though our kind is doomed---



If we had not made use of the techonolgy provided by that species from that TNG episode and formed this great alliance--we would have been done for----



In the aftermath of this conflict--it makes for a stronger Federation Just an idea--anyone at Paramount listening out there????
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I don't know what to say about this at this point. I only hope that the movie won't at all be anything like Nemesis, or any of the other bad stories that were made up....
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I have always said a series based at star fleet academy would be great. Talk about weird roommates.. You could merge ideas from every college based tv series and put star trek characters in them. A gardner like Ray Walston as the resident "sage". "Required reading at the academy" is it still in book form?
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On the one hand, I like Abrams and Star Trek, but...

It never really works out when they try to get new actors to play long-beloved characters and if this movie is to focus on a young Kirk and Spock, that's what they will have to do. DS9 really deserved a movie. That show may have been a little slow in the beginning, but it really became something special.
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What they should do is create a new cast/crew on a new vessel and make a whole new series of films. Create an ongoing story line in movie format, not rehash old characters and tired plot-lines. Make it like the old movie serials from the beginiing of film...
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Get some new characters, James T is only any good if William Shatner is playing him and we all know that a cameo at best is what we'll get.
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This is the first time in FIVE Star Trek Movies that we've seen one featuring crew from Star Trek The Origional Series. This should be interesting.
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Won't be worth watching without McCoy. Other than that, Abrams is a perfect choice, especially for a movie that relies on flashbacks. (Presuming that it does rely on flashbacks. Maybe they'll use scenes of much older Spock).
My choice would be Benjamin MacKenzie as a young Kirk and Adam Brody as Spock. If that's not believable, I don't know what is.
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i think that abrams would be great, he really knows how to entertain people and doesn't try to dumb things down. im hoping he'll make a star trek movie that'll put star trek into the 21th century or beyond!
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Better have a low budget cuz this won't do sh!t at the box office.
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"The show never generated much love from fans, partially due to a cheesy theme song that was reminiscent of Bon Jovi."


Who writes this crap?
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A Star Trek movie is always cool, but I do hope they make one from the recent spin-offs like TNG or Voyager.
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I agree with those who believe Star Trek needs to move forward and not back. I also have had the desire to see what becomes of the Federation after TNG, DS9 & Voyager.

Going forward another 100 years would allow for even better technology and shifts in politics. Revisit the delta quadrant or some other fantastic journey.

Or... bring together TNG & Voyager. Yes! Picard & Janeway. We love those characters and NEED a Voyager film. Reward those actors who endured 7 years of long days & tight schedules.

Forget Enterprise & TOS. They are both DEAD in the water.

Everyone knows it will be the FANS who will allow any Star Trek film to break even or make money. Don't dissapoint us with a hack of an idea created by someone who doesn't know what the FANS really want.
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Are we gonna see any members from The Next Generation, DS9 and Voyager?
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I agree 100% with the vast majority that have taken the time to voice their concerns with going backwards instead of forwards. Nobody enjoys watching a movie or a series for that matter where the outcome is pretty much already known. Please jump forward and introduce new techno-babble and relationships. I know...how about jumping to the time of Riker commanding the new Enterprise in "All Good Things"...that was one of the highlights of the entire TNG series when he came in out of stealth warp and blew a Klingon warship apart!!! Hey, there's one possible plot right there. Touch on the rift between the Federation and the Klingons.

The most important thing is that the timeline would work...plus, you could still use some of the older cast members if you so desired. Bring on epic space battles and interstellar threats...Go that route and the fans will follow...I know I would. Give me a reason to spend my $10 per...going back in time does not a happy Trekkie make.

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What happened to Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. They received the Star Trek mantle from Roddenberry himself. I know bringing in fresh talent has worked in the past (Wrath of Kahn) but think Berman/Braga should get another chance (with Ronald D. Moore's assistance please!) As for Kirk/Spock. Agree that they should be brought back in but not in a motion picture. A sixth series would be better. It would link the technology found in Enterprise with TOS (which looks hoplessly dated by today's SFX standards.) Other actors CAN AND SHOULD play Kirk & Spock. Kirk and Spock are characters that should be explored further. Enterprise was cancelled way too early and should have lasted another two seasons given the creative ground covered in season four. If TOS was re-imagined with the original series I think it would be a monster hit (the last two years of the original five year mission!) Common Paramount NO ONE WANTS TO SEE STARFLEET ACADEMY...BORING!)
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JJ Abrams is a nice choice to revive the franchise... but another prequel? I thought Star Trek was about going forwards, not backwards.
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This could easily be the coolest thing to happen to Star Trek in 10 years.
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I can hardly wait. I never was able to get inot the last Star Trek venture, but with J.J. Abrams directing it should be good. As long as they go younger on the casting they shuld reel in another generation of faithful follwers!!
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Come on!!!
I thought we were going to have a movie taking place between Archer & Kirk's timelines.
The Romulan War would have been great...I could see it already, awesome CGI space battles. If they have new actors playing younger originals, that would be terrible. Maybe we'll see a CGI Kirk & Spock, throw Jar Jar Binks in there if they really want to kill the franchise...
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Will William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, be cast in their roles as Kirk and Spock?
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I really don't get it.
Pretty much everywhere I check there is a big majority (~80%) who loves the idea of J.J. Abrams at the helm, but hates the concept of yet another prequel. Nobody likes this - why in the world do the Paramount executives push for this Starfleet Academy plot; it had been rejected many times in the past and now all of a sudden it's the big savior? Get the story back into the STar Trek present for gods sake!

P.S.: The only good thing about this whole idea is the possibility that T'Pol could still be around.
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Let the Star Trek series die a natural death. Quit trying to revive it. Please.
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JJ and Trek. I was excited until I heard it was another prequal.

Well, if anyone can pull it off, its JJ.

However, I still wanted a Mirror film. He could have done A LOT with that.
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I think this is a very bad plot for a Star Trek film. To be honest I haven't been a fan of most of the films even though I am a ST series devotee.

I agree they should move forward of change focus not just rehash popular characters. I was actually a fan of Enterprise the last two seasons of that were top notch in my book. I enjoyed the fresh perspectives of what we thought were old characters and races.

A good thematic story for a film that could launch a new series would be one of the USS timeships we have seen in the future trek travelling back to enlist help from some of our favourite characters, this would have the link of the old good 'uns and a new breed, hey some of these guys could possibly even choose to stay in the future. e.g. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III, Data, and the Doctor would be great candidates for this as they are dead in their own timelines or can have duplicates throughout time in the Doctors case. I know the time trip has been done before but, just collect the personnel then leap forward to a whole new time and threat, they never REALLY finished with the Temporal Cold War did they. Hey seemed to work for Stargate: Atlantis.
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Two words, 'holy' and 'frell'...
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This news is clearly 20 Days to late...
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Sounds very good. Can't wait to see how this turns out.
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Hmm... so far I can't find anything to make me want to watch this. I wasn't much of a Star Trek fan and I'm not so fond of Lost.
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It's all about TOS. Bring on the prequel film!
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God I hope they come to their senses before they make this FLOP. I agree with several of the previous comments. Look forward, I don't think any but the most die-hard of fans really care about Kirk and Spocks meeting.
Voyager/Enterprise combo might be cool. But I would like to jump forward again, with a new series, then a new movie after a couple of seasons. New tech., new chara., new enemies. equals NEW interest, going back only interests a small minority, the DIE-HARD geeks (with a few exceptions I'm sure) ;-)
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Abrams is a good writer. It remains to be seen whether this team has turned out a solid movie in Mission: Impossible III or not. But starting with a good writer is a good sign.

I guess I'm willing to wait and see how this develops before calling it good or bad.
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I love any of JJ Abrams movies/shows! I swear the guy is a creative genius.

but....how can you do an "Original" Star Trek movie without the original actors...and even if you could get most of them, what would Star Trek be without James Doohan??

I wish he'd move on and do a DS9 or Voyager movie!
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If they go along with the ridiculous plot of a younger kirk (bah,I can already see a cameo for archer) then at least I4m very glad that JJ got the job, he'll turn it into something extraordinary!
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I agree with quite a few of these points, I'm torn between being happy there will be a new film and being unhappy the where moving backwards again.

The next generation I think is over, Data is gone: deal with it. It might be nice to see a sort of operning bit of Star Trek: Generations thing done for the TNG crew before moving on to DS9 which needs to be finished.

Voyager was I think a series in itself it started, it ended. That's it. There is room for more, there always is and the post Voyager books are proof that there is still a lot of interesting stuff to be told - it's not about the journey home anymore, it's about the crew and what they're doing.

I don't think it's a case of 'franchise fatigue' because there are new Trek books coming out all the time, I don't have time to read nearly as many as I like but the ones I have are great. There are still stories, even room for a new crew (but they would need a whole new plot, not just exploration for that to work).

Star Trek is going downhill because of all the old people!! Rick Berman is out of ideas and Brannon Braga cannot get anything right (Threshold is an example of this) Star Trek needs to new talent. You all saw how much better Enterprise go when Manney Coto (Odyssey 5 Creator) started writting for it. Hopefuly J.J. Abrams will bring new ideas and new depth to the story. If the film does badley however, I think that will be it for Star Trek, apart fromt the books. At least for 5-10 years, someone is bound to try a revival at some point if the new film sucks.

I won't be negative though, there's new talent so fingers crossed it pays off and it'l take off again.
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I don't like this, i've never liked TOS and the idea of revisiting that era doesn't appeal to me. I would rather have the 11th movie be a reunion of the Voyager cast(DS9 was my first choice but that would have been incredibly difficult based on what happened in the final episode).
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Abrams and Star Trek would be wonderful .. we all know that Abrams has the ability to tell great stories but even if it sounds really cool I really have reasonable doubts that this information is true. What source is there besides variety.com? I don't think that we can trust variety, hm?

But if it really is the real deal, I'm going to be very excited. :D
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this would be so cool
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I have been waiting for a new Star Trek Movie or TV Series since Enterprise ended, at last it has come but I got to wait few more years :(
Hopefully it will be good, Abrams has created few good shows hopefully he can make a nice Star Trek Movie.
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I am so torn over this. I am a huge fan of Alias and Lost (despite the latter show's regular testing my patience and attention this season), and have been a Trek fan since childhood. I am THRILLED in bringing Abrams aboard Trek because he is concerned with developing deep, rich, and complex characters in his stories. What bothers me is the idea of going back to show Kirk and Spock's beginnings. This is not a story we need to see. We need to flash forward 100 years or so after TNG, DS9, and Voyager to a whole new crew with a whole new threat to the Federation. I came up with a Star Trek series idea with that very set up that is serialized just like the first season of Alias was and I wish that would be Abrams' take on Trek. I guess we can at least be happy that if Paramount goes ahead with a new series of Trek films they will be serialized and not be stand alone stories like the TNG movies were.
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I'm getting so tired or pre-queles. It would be great to see another TNG movie or one involving the Voyager crew. For that matter, DS9 left a lot of questions taht a movie could answer. Didn't Star Trek learn its lesson with Enterprise that they need to move forward, not backword?
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Wow finally a good news.
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Yeah I'd love to see one more with Picard, Janeway, and a mix of those two crews. Then they could move on with a Next Next Generation series.
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