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Old 02-06-2008, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by DS9TREK View Post
Trek has never been a mainstream success and nothing has happened to change that. It doesn't even have a big name star or director like a traditional mainstream blockbuster.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (AKA "The One With The Whales") was a huge mainstream success. Star Trek: The Next Generation also had mainstream appeal while it was in first run as a television series.

The 2008 Star Trek movie has a "big name" director, J.J. Abrams. He is well known to fans of the mainstream hit series Lost, among others. Plus, he directed Mission: Impossible III - a mainstream hit that made about $400 million worldwide.

Granted, Star Trek does not have a Tom Cruise caliber star, but I don't think that will be necessary for success. Though he had appeared in a lot of films, Christian Bale was not very well known to the general public when Batman Begins became a mainstream hit, for instance. For that matter, director Christopher Nolan was hardly a household name, either.

All that being said, mainstream success for a Star Trek film will certainly be a tough sell - though not impossible. Casual and non-fans have become jaded of late to the multiple incarnations of the franchise. Over-exposure is a bad thing. Will the Abrams team be able to overcome this and deliver the magic "X" factor to bring in a mainstream audience? We'll find out at the end of the year.
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