When Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country ended with former Enterprise Helmsman Hikaru Sulu sailing off into the sunset as the commander of his own starship, the Excelsior, a lot of Trek fans assumed or at least hoped this was a sign of things to come. It seemed only natural that Sulu and his crew (which included Christian Slater as an eager Lieutenant) would get their own movie, or at least their own television show. It never happened, but maybe it’s not too late?
This morning George Takei took to his Facebook page to announce that at long last Captain Sulu will get his own Star Trek movie. It’s just unfortunate that he announced it today, of all days, since it’s April 1st and thus that definitely means this announcement is totally a prank.
Here’s what George had to say about Star Trek: Excelsior…
Friends, I’m thrilled to share this news with you today. As announced at Emerald City Comicon, where I’m appearing this weekend, Paramount Pictures has green-lit a new Star Trek Movie entitled “Excelsior” in which I will play the captain. This announcement is part of Paramount Studio’s 100th-year anniversary campaign. The studio has acknowledged the fan enthusiasm for this concept ever since I appeared in command of the vessel in “The Undiscovered Country.” J.J. Abrams will direct, with Robert Orci again writing the screenplay.
It’s just a shame that Takei is now far too old for this to actually happen. Maybe some day his Sulu successor, John Cho, will be lucky enough to end up as the commander of his own Excelsior in the new Trek universe.
For now though, let’s live a little longer in the reality where Star Trek: Excelsior is actually happening, and where this is the supporting cast Takei has rounded up to man the bridge on his ship…
My co-star in Allegiance, Paulo Montalban, has been cast opposite me to play the mercurial “Agha,” the grandson of Khan (played by Ricardo Montalban in the Second Star Trek Movie). Also featured are Gilbert Gottfried (playing a wily Ferengi First Officer) and Lisa Lampanelli (as a Bajoran security officer).
I’d pay just about anything to see Gilbert Gottfried as a Ferengi First Officer. Perfect.