Star Trek has been around for nearly half a century now and in that time, it’s managed to cross into practically every medium, from television and movies to books and video games. And over the course of the franchise’s long and sometimes tumultuous history, there have been a lot of different incarnations, with some of them garnering much more praise from fans than others (Star Trek: Generations just never seems to get as much love as The Wrath of Khan). With Star Trek: Discovery now on TV and a few different movies in the pipeline it seems like a great time to take a look back and some of the proposed Star Trek projects that never made it out of the space port.
12. Star Trek: The Beginning
Set four years after the Enterprise TV series, Star Trek: The Beginning would have been the 11th movie in the franchise and was supposed to bridge the gap between Enterprise and the original 1966 series. The film would focus on Tiberius Chase, a Starfleet pilot and ancestor of Kirk who gets involved in the events of a Human/Romulan war. After the Romulans hit Earth with a sneak attack, they demand the complete surrender of all Earthlings including the Vulcan inhabitants. As Starfleet tries to combat the Romulans attacking Earth, Chase and a group of rebels disobey orders and hijack a starship to take the fight to Romulus.
Band of Brothers writer Erik Jendresen was reportedly writing the screenplay before Paramount changed presidents and decided to go with the Abrams film. With Jendresen lending his style to an all out Human/Romulan war, The Beginning had the potential to be a much bleaker and deeper story than many of the previous Star Trek films.