With the #BringInRiker social media campaign still seeing enthusiastic support from many Star Trek fans on Twitter, Jonathan Frakes himself has responded to the idea of directing the third new film in the relaunched Star Trek universe.
In an interview with local Seattle, Washington radio station KOMO, Frakes not only yelled “Hashtag, BringInRiker!” into the phone when the subject came up, he also talked about how his enthusiasm is active rather than passive. According to the man himself, he has already put feelers out to producer J.J. Abrams while his agent has contacted Paramount Pictures. This is definitely a far more complete and enthusiastic response than is typical from most directors who are a little less willing to offer their hopes or aspirations for a possible job opportunity. Frakes’ enthusiasm is very easy to hear when listening to the interview, and even when reading his statements on the matter.
While fans and Frakes himself continue to clamor for the former Commander Riker to get the job, the actor-director acknowledges in the interview that it would be difficult, since Paramount has positioned Star Trek as an A-list blockbuster franchise ever since the first Abrams film released in 2009. He also notes, though, that stranger things have occurred in show business, and given his extensive 25-year experience as a director of film and television with a solid reputation for getting the work done (they don’t call him “two-takes Frakes” for nothing), Paramount should seriously consider him for the job, especially considering that they want to release the film in time for the Star Trek franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2016.
“I’m all over it. I’m all over it. I would love that job. I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it. I’m trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it’s such a long shot. But there’s nothing I would like better.
When the reporter interviewing Frakes tells him that he’s already envisioning Frakes as the film’s direcor, Fakes responded candidly: “I am, too.”
Be sure to listen to the actual interview at KOMO, and for more on #BringInRiker and Star Trek 3 as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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