Veteran Star Trek actor and director Jonathan Frakes, known for his role as Cmdr. William Riker in Star Trek The Next Generation from 1987 through 1994, says he is willing to step in and direct the next Star Trek film from Paramount Pictures.
Last weekend, it was revealed that self-proclaimed Trekkie, Roberto Orci, had exited the project, which he had previously been attached to direct. He is still involved with the project, however, staying on as a producer.
Now, Paramount Pictures has additional pressure on them, the first piece being plans to release [Star Trek 3](movie:817262) in 2016, which would mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic sci-fi franchise.
Frakes told KOMO News he has been in contact with J.J. Abrams, and his agent has reached out to Paramount Pictures. He stated:
I would love that job. I say, unabashedly, I'd be great at it and would love to do it.
Frakes acknowledges that it's an uphill battle, but stranger things have happened in Hollywood.
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.
Frakes has already directed two very strong Star Trek feature films, namely Star Trek First Contact and Star Trek Insurrection, so, he's already got experience helming films within that universe. Plus, you can't tell us you can't see him sitting behind the camera calling the shots and helping get this film back on its feet - he is #1 after all, he will make it so!
(Source: KOMO News)