“With this familiar imagery, the direction of the next movie is now officially open to speculation.” So says StarTrek.com today, on the occasion of the release of the first official teaser poster for Star Trek XI — coming to a theatre near you sometime in 2008.
In contrast, the first six movies (1979-1991) took place very consciously at a point some years after that first series — with new ship designs and new uniforms, and characters worrying about getting old, etc. And after that, the last four movies (1994-2002) were directly tied to the Next Generation (1987-1994), Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) and Voyager (1995-2001) series.
No word yet on what the movie will actually be about, but it seems it will be set during or circa the original series — which means this would be the first Star Trek movie that actually takes place during the era that got this franchise started. Could be interesting to see how those cheesy 1960s designs look when filtered through 21st-century special effects and big-screen production values.
Compared to that, the last TV series, Enterprise (2001-2005), was a bit of an anomaly — if anything, it was based on the movies, particularly First Contact, but no movies were based on it.