This may not exactly be what William Shatner expected, but a ‘Star Trek’ themed TV project is returning to TV in the form of ‘Redshirts’ based on the book by John Scalzi. The term “redshirts” has become a sci-fi in joke as the dude in the red shirt whose name you may or may not know, that beamed down with Kirk and other established crew members were always the ones that didn’t come back from their various missions. J.J. Abrams even paid tribute in his ‘Star Trek’ movie, when a redshirt died a spectacular death as Kirk and Sulu beamed down to the energy platform.
Jon Shestack ”Open Grave’ and Ken Kwapis ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ are developing the novel into a limited series for FX. Kwapis directed the last episode of ‘The Office’ and will also direct the pilot for this series.
Courtesy of Amazon, here is a description of the original novel:
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, with the chance to serve on “Away Missions” alongside the starship’s famous senior officers.
Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to realize that 1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship’s senior officers always survive these confrontations, and 3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs.
Then Andrew stumbles on information that transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.
Are you interested in seeing a comedic take on ‘Star Trek’? Should it tie into the current movie series? Would you like to see any of those characters cross over?