If there was a club for Star Trek directors, you would see the likes of Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy and even Stuart Baird there.
But how about if that club moved to a galaxy far, far, away, and it was led by two of the Star Trek franchises most popular directors?
Jonathan Frakes, who played Cmdr. William T. Riker in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and directed two films (“Star Trek: First Contact” and “Star Trek: Insurrection”) said he would be very interested in following current Trek director J.J. Abrams over to the new Star Wars movie.
And not because Star Wars tends to come out huge at the box office, but because Frakes has admired what Abrams has done with the Star Trek franchise in the 21st century.
“I think J.J. has been brilliant with the reboot,” the actor and director recently told Examiner.com. “His work is astounding. I love the first movie, and I’m really excited about the second one, and I can tell from the trailer it’s going to be spectacular.”
Since leaving Star Trek after 2002’s “Star Trek: Nemesis,” Frakes has been busy with a number of projects, mostly doing voice work in series like “Adventure Time” and “The Super Hero Squad Show.” He’s also made uncredited appearances in a number of shows including TNT’s former series “Leverage” as well as ABC’s “Castle.”
Of course, there tends to be conflicts between Star Trek and Star Wars fans, but Frakes himself is not worried about that. It seems Star Trek was a proving ground that Abrams could do space opera, and do it well.
“I’m a big J.J. fan,” Frakes said. “I think the franchise is in good hands, and I think Star Wars is lucky to have him as well.”
So far, only Leonard Nimoy from the previous lifespan of Star Trek has made its way into the recent movies, but can there be room for the TNG cast?
“The idea of ‘Next Gen’ working its way into his franchise is hard to imagine, but not impossible,” Frakes said. “I’m certainly hopeful that at least one of us will show up in his movies.”
“Star Trek: Into Darkness,” the latest film in the franchise, premieres May 17.