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Abrams Talks STAR TREK 2

Director J.J. Abrams also open to Mission: Impossible 4

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 16, 2009
Source: Los Angeles Times

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.

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Hobbs 9/16/2009 5:18:19 PM

Can they really call it Star Trek 2?  I think thats kind of an insult to name it Star Trek 2 and not have the Wrath Of Khan follow it.

This article should make the faithful Trek fans happy...a lot of you complained the first one was just a dumb action popcorn movie.  Sounds like the 2nd one will be more Star Trek-ish.  I think most of us can agree this reboot needed a lot of work in the story department...which has been covered far too many times on this site to repeat.

FerretJohn 9/16/2009 5:48:23 PM

For the love of god, at the very least make Kirk old enough to at least shave.  I don't want to see a 23 year old commanding a Starship!

StarlightGuard 9/16/2009 6:01:36 PM

oh sure now he figures it out

too little too late Abrams....

Miner49er 9/16/2009 6:20:52 PM

Star Trek 2 is gonna... *gets interrupted by Kanye West* "Miner49er, I'm really happy for you and I know you're typing this up and imma let you finish, but Kanye owns every message board for the next week!"

...as I was saying, I'm looking forward to Trek 2, or is that Trek 12?

spiderhero 9/16/2009 7:02:15 PM

Modern day issues huh?

Spock: Homosexuality is illogical. It would lead to the extinction of a species.

Kirk: Illogical? Kiss me Spock & see if you still think it's illogical.

Bones: %$#@ it Spock you green blooded Republican. Have you no heart?

Hmmm...Maybe I'll skip the next movie.

SONYMANswallows 9/16/2009 7:34:18 PM

Rewriting established storylines with a pathetic time travel tale is not respectful of the fans. And even with the lame time travel scenario this will still be Star Trek 12 not Star Trek 2.

Now I will say it was well filmed, shot and acted. The writing was great and not over the top. But the story line was lazy as people who sample music and dont give credit.


Orci blows and JJ Abrams is in denial

Whiskeymovie 9/16/2009 7:35:20 PM

I am totally on board with a sequal. I loved the first one, well, reboot. I could care less if they call it Star Trek II. Yeas, Wrath of Kahn was a great movie, but come on, it's a brand new day. I would also be psyched to see Abrhams direct MI 4. I thought the third one was the best.

spence34 9/16/2009 7:36:48 PM

They heard ‘Make sure the next one deals with modern-day issues.’ ???


Where?  People wanted more plot, but the #2 'thank god' I heard from pretty much the entire theater was that it wasn't beating to death eco nut BS or gay/les or any of the other 99 agendas Follywood is ramming down our throats all the time. 

GR could onject things into his stories and still have a fun show.  Follywood can't do that anymore because they figure the audiance is too stupid to catch it. 


Arrrggghhh... I liked the new Trek and now they are going to completely sink it with a bunch of heavy handed preaching. 

Well most sequel suck, and it looks like Trek #2 is going to follow the rest into the crapper...

TKay42one 9/16/2009 7:42:03 PM

Kind of interesting that THAT's the first place you go, spiderhero, when you hear the words "Modern Day Issues"...speaks volumes about you, let me tell ya.

And Hobbs, I doubt they actually name it Star Trek 2...I agree with you, I don't want to hear "Star Trek 2" without "Wrath of Khan" following it...that's still my favorite one of the originals.

For those of you who not only disliked the new movie, but also chose to nitpick it all to hell, check out this link.



SONYMANswallows 9/16/2009 7:44:37 PM

Spock a Republican? Um where is the logic in that? Logic would say provide proof of weapons of mass destruction and not lie to protect Cheney's oil thieves. Prove what a pig in lipstick is before you lie about being called one. Let people read and don't get paid to scare people into thinking death camps await the uninsured would be logical.


Oh and Nero's ship was a blatant copy of VGER when it opened and closed. 

David Mamet should write Star Trek cause takes brass balls to command a starship.

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