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Seth McFarlane wants to reboot “Star Trek” for television

Seth McFarlane wants to reboot “Star Trek” for television (photo)

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Seth McFarlane has been bit by the remake bug. The creator of “Family Guy” and director of the upcoming live action comedy “Ted” is planning to remake the classic animated series “The Flintstones,” but he has his sights set on the stars as well. “Star Trek,” that is.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, McFarlane said his dream would be to reboot one of his favorite franchises, “Star Trek,” for television. He acknowledged that Paramount might not be interested in bringing the show back to the small screen despite the fact J.J. Abrams has turned it into a successful movie franchise.

“I don’t know who would give me the keys to that car,” he said. “But I’d love to see that franchise revived for television in the way that it was in the 1990s: very thoughtful, smartly written stories that transcend the science fiction audience.”

He’s not the only one with his eyes on that prize. David Foster, a writer best known for his failed attempt with Richard Hatch to reboot “Battlestar Galactica” in the late ’90s, also has a “Trek” reboot that he’s been pitching around Hollywood. He told TrekWeb that his series is fully developed with a five to seven year plan that will return “Star Trek” to creator Gene Roddenberry’s original vision.

That reboot takes place after “Voyager” in the “Trek” timeline, and thus wouldn’t conflict with Abrams’s “Star Trek” storyline. Foster has talked to CBS so far about bringing the series to the small screen, but he hasn’t officially pitched the series to a network yet. If McFarlane is serious about creating his own “Star Trek” TV show, now would be the time to start.

Would you want to see a “Star Trek” TV series created by McFarlane? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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The top 10 made-up movie languages

The top 10 made-up movie languages (photo)

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The “The Jazz Singer” launched the age of the “talkie” for film in 1927, and ever since then spoken language has been a part of watching movies, no matter how goofy or totally made up it may be. Today, we salute the filmmakers and actors out there who have gone to the next level and brought entirely new rules for speech and grammar to the big screen.

William Shatner gets an honorable shout-out for his work learning Esperanto for “Incubus” in 1966, but our ten favorite fictional film languages of all time get even crazier. They are funny, occasionally creepy and almost always put more pressure on their subtitles, but all of these foreign tongues defined their movies and breathed life into their elaborately imagined cultures.

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10. Martian, “Mars Attacks!” (1996)
The aliens in this Tim Burton cameo-orgy spoke with a vocabulary just slightly bigger than that of the teacher in the “Peanuts” cartoons, but their dialect of Martian was about as memorable as big-screen Earth invader speech gets. If crazy and evil have their own language, truly it is the sound of these swollen-brained beings barking at humans.


9. Cityspeak, “Blade Runner” (1982)
Edward James Olmos imagined the hyper-multiculturalization of a future Los Angeles in his role as Gaff, and blended Hungarian together with German, French and other languages. The result was a vaguely Esperanto-sounding style of speech that made his words simultaneously sound a little familiar and utterly incomprehensible.


8. The language of Timoka, “The Silence” (1963)
Ingmar Bergman used Estonian as the basis for the language spoken in his invented town of Timoka from “The Silence.” His premise was ambitious, and he created one of the creepiest scenes of his career when a little boy named Johan gets treated to a meat-puppet show performed by an old Timokan man.


7. Butchered Swedish, “De Düva: The Dove” (1968)
Both lovers and haters of foreign films can find something to laugh at in this short parody film directed by George Coe and Anthony Lover. In an effort to skewer the works of Bergman, their project (featuring Madeline Kahn, incidentally) beat the Swedish Chef to theaters by more than a decade with its gibberishy depiction of Swedish.


6. Na’vi language, “Avatar” (2009)
Director James Cameron’s Oscar-winning “Halo”/amusement-park ride hybrid featured an original language constructed for the film by real-life professor Paul Frommer. Na’vi-ish started out just large enough to encompass all of the aliens’ lines for the film, but went on to grow and include songs, syntax and plenty of material for fans to use in their own jungle LARP-ing adventures.



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J.J. Abrams finally locked down for “Star Trek 2″

J.J. Abrams finally locked down for “Star Trek 2″ (photo)

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We’ve always known that there would be a follow-up to 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot, and we’ve always assumed that director and producer J.J. Abrams would be involved with it, as integral as he was to the first film’s success. Now, we finally have confirmation that Abrams will be returning to the captain’s chair for a possible 2013 release.

“Star Trek” was a massive success both commercially and critically, garnering acclaim from seemingly everyone. But despite that, Abrams has been somewhat reluctant to officially commit to the sequel, much less set a date for it. According to New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog, however, Abrams is not only set to direct, but will begin shooting this winter.

The article cites insider reports that claim the film’s script will be done by the end of this month and that pre-production on the movie is already underway. While “Star Trek 2″ was originally planned for a 2012 release date, that window has since been given to the upcoming “G.I. Joe” sequel, with the new “Star Trek” likely moving into 2013.

The movie’s home studio, Paramount, is said to have exercised their options on the entire core cast, so you should expect returns by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and all the rest. Also returning are the writers of the original film, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who are collaborating on the new script with Damon Lindelof and Abrams himself.

Are you as excited as we are for “Star Trek 2?” The sequel practically has to have Klingons in it, right? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Will “Star Trek” return to airwaves courtesy of a guy you’ve never heard of?

Will “Star Trek” return to airwaves courtesy of a guy you’ve never heard of? (photo)

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With the massive critical and commercial success of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot in 2009, the once ubiquitous franchise has been on everyone’s mind again in recent years. And in the wake of a failed Bryan Singer pitch and a still-maybe-possible animated series, 1947 Entertainment’s David Foster is speaking out about his vision for an all-new “Star Trek.”

Thanks to Slashfilm for picking up on an interview with Foster originally conducted by Trek Web. In the piece, the owner of 1947 Entertainment talks about a desire to get back to “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry’s original vision of a “positive view of the future,” while also pointing to Joss Whedon, Ron Moore, Manny Coto and J. Michael Straczynski as his inspirations.

Foster appears extremely confident about his pitch, which would fit in with the established canon of the television series, including both “Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” as opposed to tying in with the far more successful Abrams film. Currently, the producer, writer and consultant claims that the concept is “fully developed…with a solid 5-7 year series plan, pilot script and a conceptualized finale that intends to define ‘Star Trek’ for generations, extensive character bios, costume and ship/set designs and more.'”

The name David Foster might not be familiar to you, but he and his 1947 Entertainment have had their fingers in a number of science fiction properties over the years. Most notably, he has worked on “Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming,” remembered primarily for being the “Battlestar” project between “Galactica 1980″ and Ron Moore’s 2004 reimagining “Battlestar Galactica”

That said, Foster’s take on the property does sound pretty interesting, offering new spins on classic Trek groups and races. “The Klingons are getting very restless since the Praxis incident forced them to come to the peace tables, and are tired of having to rely on the Federation for support,” Foster explained. “The Ferengi have discovered a vast new resources that has propelled them towards instant riches and power beyond anything they have previously experienced.”

What do you think about Foster’s vision for a new “Star Trek” series? Would you tune in for weekly Trek adventures, or would you prefer to just wait on the next Abrams movie? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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