Rumors of a Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Wednesday (July 1) as reports claimed that producers confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 02/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 32 years since Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired?! (32 years, 9 months, 4 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did Star Trek: The Next Generation end?
When Star Trek: The Next Generation came to an end after 7 years in May 1994, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion disappoint people?
Star Trek: The Next Generation aired from 1987-1994 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Frakes said he's not sure if Star Trek: The Next Generation would work today. “I don't want to see old Commander William Riker,” he told a journalist (Frakes turned 67 in August). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a Star Trek: The Next Generation movie?
In a recent interview, Gates McFadden (who played Doctor Beverly Crusher) said she can't imagine a Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Denise Crosby (who played Tasha Yar) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a Star Trek: The Next Generation movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a Star Trek: The Next Generation film, Diana Muldaur stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a Star Trek: The Next Generation reboot?
Recasting Star Trek: The Next Generation for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion, a Star Trek: The Next Generation movie, or a Star Trek: The Next Generation reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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