Paramount has announced the next Star Trek movie (number XI, for those of you counting Roman-style) will premiere on Christmas Day 2008, no doubt delighting many Jewish Trekkers, as going to the movies on December 25 is almost as popular among Jews as going out for Chinese food.
Eleven is being helmed by fan favorite director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, etc.) and speculation has already started as to what actors will be chosen to play younger versions of James Kirk, Mr. Spock and so forth, since the screenplay from M:I 3 writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci is said to follow those familiar characters during their Starfleet Academy years and into their first space mission. If Abrams & co. are smart, they’ll go with unknowns. If they’re smarter they’ll hold and publicize open auditions.
Meanwhile, Saw IV director Darren Lynn Bousman is said to be remaking Scanners, scripted by another fan favorite and sometimes comic writer, David Goyer. That should be coming out right around the same time.