Irascible, litigious SF author Harlan Ellison, who wrote one of the most beloved Star Trek episodes of all time, has let it be known he's eager to work with Trek rebooter J.J. Abrams on the upcoming sequel film.
Writing on his Web bulletin board, Ellison was effusive in his praise of Abrams (not so much Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) and made plain his availability to provide services:
"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). ...
"If the very smart Abrams didn't want to go that way, I would be wide-open to rethinking such a film from the git-go."
Ellison, of course, wrote the original series episode "City on the Edge of Forever," which featured the time-travel portal the Guardian of Forever, once rumored to be part of Abrams' first Trek movie (it wasn't).
As much as we love "Unca Harlan"—"I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" still chills us, and Ellison once personally chewed us a new one on the telephone—if we were Abrams, we'd run as fast as we could the other way. Who needs to begin a relationship with a guy who would just as soon sue you for 20 years as kiss you on the cheek?
But that's just us. Maybe J.J. is more accommodating.
Do you think Abrams should hire Harlan to come up with the next Trek?