Talk about boldly going … Somebody call J.J. Abrams and tell him there is a new level of farfetched to be aspired to now.
IDW Comics and Boom Studios are collaborating on a crossover comic series. The Original Series cast of Star Trek will be seen with 1968 classic Planet of the Apes characters.
The project is a comic miniseries. Scott and David Tipton will write the series with artist Rachel Scott. The series will be called: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive.
The writers have reached back into the TOS lore to come up with a fresh look at how these two franchises might be able to work together.
“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr Zaius’s orangutans,” said David Tipton.
There are lots of crossovers within the Trek universe itself, even when those seem to bend the boundaries of time. They managed to make Scotty appear in the Next Generation universe. Picard got to fight alongside Kirk. But crossovers outside the canonical Star Trek universe are rare. But they have been done.
And IDW itself did a project called Infestation that saw the TOS cast mix it up with Transformers, Ghostbusters, and G.I. Joe.
But will this kind of crossover make it to the big screen? Star Trek fans are a pretty purist bunch. When they found out that J.J. Abrams was at the helm of the new Star Wars film, they fretted that he might try something clever with those two properties, especially with the rumor that Simon Pegg is hanging around the Star Wars set.
A comics crossover is one thing. It is highly unlikely that fans would tolerate anything as large-scale as a movie crossover.
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