Star Trek (lost/unreleased films of sci-fi TV series; 1973-2005)
|Title card of Star Trek: The Original Series.|
Star Trek is a popular sci-fi series created by Gene Roddenberry that has run on and off since 1966. The series has developed a cult following and consists of thirteen films, six television series (five live-action plus an animated series) along with a seventh to premiere September 24, 2017, and a vast collection of comic books and novels. Several of the planned Star Trek films fell through, leading to many unreleased films in the series.
Untitled Project (circa 1973)
The first Star Trek film to be cancelled was an idea proposed by Roddenberry to Paramount Pictures in 1973. The film was to be based on the plot from Star Trek is... the first draft proposal for the television show in 1964.
Paramount was onboard with the idea. However, due to issues of negotiation and fees, the film was eventually cancelled.
Star Trek: Planet of the Titans (1976-1977)
Star Trek: Planet of the Titans was the next film to attempt to bring Star Trek back after its cancellation. Philip Kaufman was hired to direct the film, and Chris Bryant and Allan Scott wrote the initial film treatment.
Paramount accepted Bryant and Scott's work, and it was written into a screenplay. Kaufman worked on writing the screenplay, attempting to focus on Spock and a Klingon played by Toshiro Mifune. Paramount cancelled the project before Kaufman finished the script after the release of Star Wars.
Star Trek: The First Adventure (1989)
Star Trek: The First Adventure was a planned sequel to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and was to be released for the 25th anniversary of the original series in 1991.
Due to the original cast's participatory inconsistency when starting new movies, this film was planned to be a prequel to the original series, depicting Captain Kirk and Spock's meeting and the introductions of the original crew. The film was eventually cancelled due to the change of authority at Paramount 18 months before its intended release and the creative differences that followed.
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Movie (1993)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Movie was to be the first film to follow the Star Trek: The Next Generation storyline. A draft of the film was completed in 1993, but the film was never moved forward.
Star Trek: IMAX (1997-1999)
Star Trek: IMAX was a planned 40-minute IMAX film. The script was written, possibly including characters from the four live-action series released at the time (including the then-in-first-run Deep Space Nine and Voyager). However, due to business issues between Paramount and IMAX, the film was never developed and production halted.
Star Trek: Nemesis follow-up (post-2002)
Star Trek: Nemesis is the tenth Star Trek film in canon. A follow-up film was planned, likely a crossover sequel, but the plan was cancelled after Nemesis failed financially.
Star Trek: The Beginning (2005)
Star Trek: The Beginning was a planned eleventh Star Trek film idea. The film was to fit between Star Trek: Enterprise and the beginning of the original series. The idea was ultimately scrapped in favor of the plans for Star Trek (the film) directed by J.J. Abrams.
- Star Trek Wikia page about undeveloped film projects, used for most of article. Retrieved 6 Apr '16.
- Star Trek Wikia article on Planet of the Titans. Retrieved 6 Apr '16.
- Star Trek Wikia article on The First Adventure. Retrieved 6 Apr '16.
- Star Trek Wikia article on IMAX film. Retrieved 6 Apr '16.
- Star Trek Wikia article on The Beginning. Retrieved 6 Apr '16.