'First Contact' Director Jonathan Frakes Wants a Shot at 'Star Trek 3'
Just before last weekend, we learned that Star Trek reboot franchise producer and writer Roberto Orci would no longer make his directorial debut on the Paramount Pictures sequel Star Trek 3. The studio is currently trying to wrangle a new director with names like Edgar Wright on a shortlist of potential replacements, but Trekkies have a different idea as to who they'd like to see get behind the camera. Komo News (via Empire) spoke with Jonathan Frakes about a Twitter trend using the hashtag #BringInRiker to get the star and director of various Star Trek series episodes and film's the vacant position. More below!
Here's what Frakes said about directing the movie:
"I would love that job. I'm trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it's such a long shot. But there's nothing I would like better."
For those who don't know, Riker is the name of the character Frakes played in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" series and the corresponding films. But his experience goes well beyond just starring in the franchise since he's directed various episodes not only in "Next Generation" but also "Voyager" and "Deep Space Nine." And thankfully, he also has big screen experience by being at the helm of Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. But what's even more appealing for fans is his close work with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry before he passed away, almost like a protege.
Honestly, this doesn't seem like a terrible idea. Star Trek: First Contact is largely considered one of the best films in the entire Star Trek film franchise, though Insurrection wasn't quite as well received. Frakes is also an efficient director, known for having the nickname "two-takes Frakes" due to how quickly he's done with setups on set (hint: usually it's two takes). He's also economical since he's been directing a variety of sci-fi TV shows like "Falling Skies" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Of course, that could just as easily be a shortcoming since films, by definition, are much bigger and more cinematic than television. Anyway, Paramount is working quickly to lock down a new director so stay tuned for more.