Ellison pitches for Star Trek role

Author slams Roddenberry, says he would be willing to work with franchise again.

tos_city-on-the-edgeHarlan Ellison has said that he would be willing to return to the Star Trek franchise in a post on his blog.

Ellison, the author behind the Star Trek episode The City On The Edge Of Forever, as well as a host of other science fiction novels and short stories, made the comments on Unca Harlan’s Art Deco Dining Pavilion, in which he praised JJ Abrams and set out any conditions for supposed employment.

“Yes, I would likely try to steer him toward the original film idea I was asked to pitch, by the late Gene Roddenberry and a production exec whose name I have blissfully flensed from memory (but he had been, if I recall, a hairdresser or clothing designer or ex-boyfriend of someone or other, and he kept trying to press me to include the Mayan Calendar),” said Ellison, reported by Slashfilm. The author said that he would jump at the chance to work with Abrams, highlighted in the below section when a poster questioned whether he would really want to get involved with Star Trek again.

“What the hell are you guys…nuts? Where’s the ‘downside’ to getting topside the radar of J.J. Abrams? This guy ain’t Roddenberry! He also ain’t the ex-hairdresser with the jones for Mayan calendars! He’s a writer I respect, whose work has frequently blown the lid off my box of surpriseability.”

Star Trek’s sequel is currently in development, tentatively scheduled for a 2012 release.