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Sunday, Apr. 23, 2006 01:35 AM

Paramount apparently has plans to relaunch its battered Star Trek franchise, as rumors circulate of a theatrical release slated for 2008, helmed by the creator of the television series Lost.

When Enterprise, the latest entry in the once-powerful franchise sailed off into cancellation after only four seasons, producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga chose to blame the fans, rather than take responsibility for tired retreads of plots involving time-travel and a coldly logical female crewmember wearing an assortment of curve-hugging jumpsuits.

Yet Paramount seems to be banking on the recent trend of prequel films and series, such as Batman Begins, Superman Returns, and Battlestar Galactica, trusting that the franchise can be restored to its former glory.

As a Trek fan, I have to say I am skeptical at best.

Talk of a younger James Kirk and crew is also reminiscent of producer Harve Bennett's proposal for a film set during Kirk's academy days.

Fans hated the idea.

Paramount needs to go the extra mile to win back the loyalty of a fan base that will likely remain unreceptive.

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