By Dave Campbell | June 29, 2009
With Paramount eager to get the next installment of Star Trek underway, executives and fans alike are already curious as to what is happening in regards to the proposed sequel to Star Trek (2009).
It just so happens that director/producer J.J. Abrams as well as writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were recently interviewed on two separate occasions by the crew over at Collider who managed to get a little info from both creative angles.
When asked about returning to the director’s chair, Abrams had this to say, “We just started talking about ideas… we’ve just begun this process so it’s so early that it’s insane to, you know – I have no idea; but I would say that it’s that kind of feeling that as we’re talking about stories you start to salivate, like ‘oh my God I can’t wait to do that!’ and so that feels good and my guess is that as we continue it will become clearer how we will plan out what will happen. But it’s been really fun – even the cursory discussions we’ve had so far…I won’t be walking away from “Trek” in any way in the next film and if we’re lucky enough to get that made and, you know, maybe do another one I think there is a sense of ownership… I love that world. I love the characters and we were so lucky to get the cast we got so I just feel like – I feel too lucky to be a part of this thing to say goodbye to it.”
On the topic of the story for Star Trek 2, writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are discussing where to take the franchise and how to position a story free of the typical villain with a face formula…“the exploration sci-fi plot where the unknown and nature itself is somehow an adversary or the villain model. That’s an active discussion we’re having right now.”
Orci and Kurtzman also mention interest in creating ongoing plot threads that would stretch into ongoing installments reminiscent of how the “Star Trek Trilogy” of The Wrath of Khan, The Search For Spock and The Voyage Home all tied together.
“In terms of thinking about more than one movie, we want the movie to be self-contained in a way, but we’re discussing the idea of having a couple of threads where if the second movie works, you could pick up into a cohesive whole. No thread more exciting and shocking for me when in “Star Trek III” you realize that Spock grabbed Bones and downloaded his Katra into him. When I saw “Star Trek II” I was like, “What’s going on here?” and two years later, you’re watching it and you’re like “They’re geniuses! They’re geniuses!” So we’re trying to think is there a version of that but again, “Star Trek II” does not rely on that thread, even though it turns out to be a thread. So we’re thinking in those terms.”
The goal is to have a draft of the script completed by the end of 2009, so the scheduling can begin.
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