Following the recent announcement of the Kalinda Vazquez Star Trek project, TrekMovie has now learned that another Star Trek film was pitched to Paramount. This pitch was developed by none other than the director of the iconic Wrath of Khan Star Trek film himself, Nicholas Meyer.
Who is Nicholas Meyer?
Nicholas Meyer is a writer and director, best known for essentially reviving the then-dying Star Trek franchise following the commercial failure of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Meyer was hired to direct the second Star Trek film, titled Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, despite never having seen the first film. Nevertheless, Wrath of Khan ended up being hugely successful for Paramount.
Even though Meyer vowed to work on another Star Trek project again after Wrath of Khan due to the fact that he was hesitant to “specialize,” Meyer ended up co-writing the screenplay of the fourth Star Trek film, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home with producer Harve Bennett. For The Voyage Home, Bennett wrote the first and third acts, which occur in the 23rd century, with Meyer writing the second act which occurs in 1986 San Francisco. Just like with Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home proved to be successful financially too.
Meyer worked for the Star Trek franchise again for the sixth film in the series, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The story of the film was developed by Meyer together with Spock actor Leonard Nimoy. Meyer also co-wrote the screenplay with assistant Denny Flinn. The film was directed by Meyer, which was the final film to feature the entire classic Star Trek cast. Like its predecessors, this film was successful financially.
What Was This Pitch About?
Talking to TrekMovie, Meyer stated that he wrote a very treatment and plan for a Star Trek feature film together with his partner, Steven-Charles Jaffe. This feature film pitch was first presented to Alex Kurtzman, Subsequently, J.J. Abrams, and finally, Emma Watts at Paramount. You can view the original quote below:
My partner Steven-Charles Jaffe and I wrote a whole treatment and plan for a Star Trek feature film. We didn’t write a whole script. We wrote a very detailed treatment and a whole pitch doc with illustrations. It’s very comprehensive thing. And we first we took it to Alex Kurtzman, then we took it to J.J. [Abrams], and then we took it to Emma Watts at Paramount.
According to TrekMovie, this pitch is not a repackaged version of his earlier Ceti Alpha V miniseries, though it could end up as a series. It looks like the project was pitched as a feature film, though it can also become a series if desired. The original quote is listed below:
It was a detailed proposal for what could have been a film, or it could have been a series, or it could have been a film leading to a series or a series leading to a film… It could be a series of films. Yeah, absolutely.
Furthermore, this project would be independent of other Star Trek projects. This would be achieved by having the story of the project be centered around holes in the continuity, allowing the project to have minimal overlap with other Star Trek projects:
This was an independent piece of the Star Trek universe based on holes in the chronology, which would allow for the insertion of original material.
Meyer also stated that this project was pitched last year, and he has not heard back from Paramount about the project.