In an interview with Digital Spy, Ronald D. Moore believes TV is the true home and heart for Star Trek. Digital Spy also asked about his possible involvement in any future revival. Here’s what he had to say:
“I think its home and its heart is really in television. That’s really what Star Trek is – the core concept is really a TV show.”
“I think the features are good and I really admire what JJ Abrams has done with the last two films – I think it’s great – but the heart and soul of that franchise demands a return to television.”
“The kinds of stories that you’ll tell in the features space are not the kinds of stories that made that show so popular. The features all have to be action-oriented.”
“They all have to have enormous stakes – the Earth or the Federation or the universe has to be in jeopardy – and the features always have to surround the Captain… and maybe one other character.”
“The TV shows were morality plays, they were more thematic, they were examining society in different ways. Sometimes the stakes were just one crew member’s life, sometimes the stakes were just one alien world or the Enterprise.”
“You could do a story that was just about Data (Brent Spiner) or a story that was just about McCoy (DeForest Kelley) or about the characters who lived below decks on the Enterprise.”
“The TV show is really what Star Trek is to me. I think the features are great, but I think it has to return to TV if it’s going to remain an ongoing franchise.”
Moore went on to admit that he would “love” to bring Trek back to television, so is a TV revival for Gene Roddenberry’s great space odyssey just around the corner? Well… not quite.
“I’d love to do Star Trek again, in all honesty,” Moore said. “But I also don’t have a great new Star Trek idea.”
“I’m not saying I know exactly how to do a new TV show – I don’t. Maybe I shouldn’t do it until I have that great epiphany!”
Ronald D. Moore would be one of the best choices to bring Star Trek back to TV, after having written and produced for The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.
Interview Digital Spy