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April 22, 2006

Trek Noir

Frank Miller's "Dark Knight" has long been credited for reinventing comics (and some are unhappy with the result). Miller's approach was to re-imagine Batman in gritty, noir-ish terms in stark contrast with the high-camp cartoon it had become (Kapow!). The Dark Knight concept reached beyond comics - or the more grown-up sounding "graphic novels" - and onto the silver screen with the film "Batman Returns." A darker sensibility was meant to offer greater realism, greater emotional and artistic impact and greater box-office returns for the flagging franchise. Forthcoming "Superman" and "James Bond" vehicles are heading down the same road; one also travelled by the "naturalistic science fiction" of Ron Moore's epic new Battlestar Galactica.

Next up for the Dark Knight treatment: Star Trek. Out with the Rick Berman and Brannon Braga series conventions and in with the J.J. Abrams off-kilter sensibility.

Abrams, who's highly buzzed M:I-III [Mission Impossible III - Ed.] marks his feature directing debut, is most famous for creating and producing such hit series as "Lost", "Alias" and "Felicity". Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, Abrams' producing team from "Lost," also will produce the yet-to-be-titled feature.

The project, to be penned by Abrams and "Alias"/M:I-III scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, looks like it'll be a prequel of the franchise with the story set in the early days of original series characters James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock - including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and first outer space mission.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 22, 2006 10:07 AM

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