'First Contact' Director Jonathan Frakes Wants a Shot at 'Star Trek 3'

December 11, 2014
Source: Empire

Jonathan Frakes

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.

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  • Bill
    Oh God no.... please no.
  • dbucks
    Two words: Hell no.
  • CoosCoos
    He's a decent director, and a nice guy, but this is just too much movie for him to handle.
  • Tester
    "please-no Frakes"
  • Nielsen700
  • Jon Odishaw
    They should give him a role in the movie though.
  • OfficialJab
    With comments here so far it looks like this isn't a popular idea. Did he start the hashtag trend himself with dummy Twitter accounts?
  • Steven
    I would give him the job. First Contact is a favourite of mine and Insurrection fell short for being more a family film. Currently the film's got no direction and with the hype of Star Wars building Trek will fall to the wayside. These needs to get sorted ASAP.
    • MLTC
      Same here!
  • Brian Sleider
    Oh god please yes!!
  • Maxx
    Frakes does primarily television shows but that means that he is familiar with being smart with the budget for an episode. And he usually is. His work on Star Trek episodes has proven that. Star Trek 2's budget was about 140 million dollars more than First Contacts was. I would like to see what Frakes can do with that money.
  • NotMyGOP
    Either him or Nicholas Meyer. At least both of them understand just what the heck Star Trek is. Insurrection wasn't that great, but the rest of his work in the genre has been pretty solid.
    Make. It. So.
  • ion677
    Hell yeeeees!!!
  • Jim Dawkins
    Make it so, number one...
  • Avi
    noooooooooooopoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is a bad idea! Frakes get another job!
  • Bill
    After doing such a wonderful job on Thunderbirds... oh wait...




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