Legendary SF short story and scriptwriter Harlan Ellison has offered to pen the new Star Trek movie, production on which is expected to start late next year for release in 2012. Ellison has some impressive form, having previously penned The City on the Edge of Forever, sometimes cited as the best episode of Star Trek ever.
This news is surprising, as Ellison has long been unhappy with the way Gene Roddenberry altered his original script and only recently settled a lawsuit with Paramount over payment issues from the 42-year-old episode. Ellison is a huge fan of JJ Abrams, director of the latest Star Trek movie, and is apparently keen to work with him.
No word on a response from Abrams or Paramount. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are still slated to work on the second Star Trek, movie, despite recently bailing on the third Transformers film.