With the DVD set to arrive shortly for this summer's blockbuster Star Trek, there's been a few updates this week from screenwriter Roberto Orci and director J.J. Abrams on what they're currently planning for the sequel.
The Los Angeles Times sat down with the scribe and director to discuss possible Star Trek II scenarios and both parties have indicated they're looking to submerse the next plot into modern day allegories, something Gene Roddenberry is well known for in regards to the plot for his classic series.
J.J. Abrams says:
"The ambition for a sequel to 'Star Trek' is to make a movie that's worthy of the audience and not just another movie, you know, just a second movie that feels tacked on. The first movie was so concerned with just setting up the characters -- their meeting each and galvanizing that family -- that in many ways a sequel will have a very different mission. it needs to do what [the late 'Trek' creator Gene] Roddenberry did so well, which is allegory. It needs to tell a story that has connection to what is familiar and what is relevant. It also needs to tell it in a spectacular way that hides the machinery and in a primarily entertaining and hopefully moving story. There needs to be relevance, yes, and that doesn't mean it should be pretentious. If there are simple truths -- truths connected to what we live -- that elevates any story -- that's true with any story."
Screenwriter Orci confirmed the director's thoughts.
"We’ve literally had two meetings now. We haven’t decided anything but we’re starting to circle around some ideas. We got a lot of fan response from the first one and a considerable amount of critical response and one of the things we heard was, ‘Make sure the next one deals with modern-day issues.’ We’re trying to keep it as up-to-date and as reflective of what’s going on today as possible. So that’s one thing, to make it reflect the things that we are all dealing with today.
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Abrams has also indicated to SCI FI Wire that he's open to helming Mission: Impossible IV if the script is right. Check it out here.
Paramount Pictures has both films, Star Trek II & Mission: Impossible IV, currently scheduled for 2011 releases.