From: Kyle Nin (SoSF Staff Reporter)
Word on the scifi street is Paramount may be getting ready to do a facelift on Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS), which stars the gang who started it all…Captain James Tiberius Kirk and crew. The rumor-mill is a-flutter over the idea that CBS Paramount has a secret plan to put it back on the small screen after it is given a big CGI makeover.
The Trek Movie Report is claiming that they have it, on the authority of a trusted insiders, that CBS Paramount will soon be offering up a HDTV enhanced version of the Original Series with new state-of-the art CGI visual effects.
At this time it is still rumor and the details are a little sketchy at best, but according to sources, the bulk of shows will be as originally shot, with the new effects limited to the space sequences and the opening credits. TrekMovie.com is also making the bold statement that some of the original musical score for the much-loved television show will be redone as well.
Of course, since this is still speculation there is no word yet on if or when the enhanced series will be available on DVD, BluRay, or HD-DVD, or when they will appear in broadcast syndication.
This interests me (for a couple of reasons). More than just the concept of updating the SFX of the original series, what I find most compelling is the thought that Paramount would be willing to go to these lengths for a 40-year old television show. Could this really be a prelude to prepare fans for the new movie? Previous “rumored reports” have stated that the new movie could be a reboot. If that were so, then why bother spending the time, talent, resources and money going back to “update” the original series if they were planing on ignoring it altogether with a reboot? If this CGI update of TOS turns out to be more than just internet hype, I’m seeing this as a possible indication that Star Trek: XI may not be a reboot and will fit into the overall established Trek storyline and canon afterall.