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STAR TREK Writers Talk Sequel

Orci and Kurtzman Update on Star Trek 2 thoughts.

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 12, 2009
Source: Scott Huver, ComingSoon

With Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman planning to turn their Star Trek sequel script into Paramount Pictures sometime around this Christmas, the two writers---who seem to have their names thrown around Hollywood quite a lot these days---sat down with ComingSoon to discuss their thoughts on the next Enterprise adventure.

They also touched upon working on Cowboys & Aliens alongside director Jon Favreau and their reasons for leaving the planned third installment of the Transformers franchise.

Here's a brief bit.

On the possibility of doing "Star Trek 2" and "3" back-to-back:
Kurtzman: I think we tend to look at this as it's very, very important to us to make sure that each movie is good. It's not "Hey, let's do as many as possible." But rather "Let's make sure that they are good." I think that we feel like we've inherited this incredible honor, in this mantle of "Star Trek" and the most important thing is to make sure that we are protecting that first. So, if the studio wants more than one, then great, but our thinking is going to be very much about the story.
Orci: The story.
Kurtzman: Whether the story prescribes there will be more than one. Part of what is great about '"Star Trek"' is that it's a continuing adventure so you naturally think that there will be many, hopefully. But we only focus on what comes next and then build off of that. So, right now we are not thinking specifically about making two and three. It may come up but it's not where our heads are right now.

On adding an allegorical element to the plot of the second film – including an Internet-rumored Guantanamo Bay metaphor:
Orci: The Gitmo thing was just a for instance. We're not doing a story that is going to be about Guantanamo Bay. Now that we've established the characters we can have a more philosophical allegory where what is happening in the future represents, like the best versions in the '60s did it – represented women's rights, racial equality, and progressive issues. We're still just brainstorming internally and going to get together soon and bust our riffs out, see what happens, and start putting it together.

To read their thoughts on the Khan rumors and much more, click here.

The Star Trek sequel is planned for a Summer 2011 release.

Your thoughts? Sound off below!


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Chopsaki 10/12/2009 4:14:58 AM

I'd stay way from the giant alien robot ships with angry whale songs, and Kahn is just asking for a full fledged Trekkie revolt. When in doubt, go Klingon!

WhiteKnight 10/12/2009 5:28:43 AM

There was a fairly large Trekker revolt because of the first film to begin with. I was part of said revolt, and while there were things that still bothered me I will relent and say the reboot was on the whole a good film.

That being said, Paramount, JJ Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman have taken the pains to establish a continuity seperate from the original series. Why in the name of Jesus H. Christmas would you then decide to make a film that is essentially a remake of Wrath of Khan?

rgtchtiger 10/12/2009 5:57:08 AM

 I think it's funny how there are at least some Trek fans who want to see Khan remade for this new franchise, but people HATE the idea of having Lex Luthor and/or Zod used in any potential Superman sequel.  That's a bit of a double standard, wouldn't you say?

Doing Khan in this franchise would be damn near impossible anyways, since Space Seed told his backstory and set the stage for the movie.  Using his entire story in a single film would condense too much story and not be nearly as effective.  I'd much rather see an entirely new villain used for the sequel instead of reusing other Trek villains as fan services.

Hobbs 10/12/2009 6:18:44 AM

I love how they talk about the "story" being so important and how much care they want to give it.  You mean like the care you gave the first movie?  Come on, give me a break. The first movie was a brainless action movie plain and simple. They didn't give any care to the story or there wouldn't have been the numerous plot holes and problems with the overall story.  So many its been covered in Mania time and time again.

StarlightGuard 10/12/2009 6:59:53 AM

preach it Brother Hobbs :)

seriously, Brannon Braga (blech) looks like Shakespeare when compared to these two

SgtTechCom 10/12/2009 7:04:03 AM

Klingon's vs Kirt simple enough said. Space battle galore.

Calibur454 10/12/2009 7:07:15 AM

This doesn't surprise me in the least . I wouldn't be surprised if a tv show spun off from this as well

HudsonTaco 10/12/2009 7:25:32 AM

While I agree these two are not as good as the jobs they seem to be getting, Loved Trek best movie in a long time, but they should stay away from Khan, at least the "wrath of" , however I do think "space seed" could be redone to fit into a movie but still not my first choice. I'd like to see a different take on "The Doomsday Machine" probably my favorite single episode of the original series. Also for the love of god don't use the borg, we already have a kickass movie with them, and Voyager used them so much I find them boring now. Someone new please.

Transformers 2 was fine, story was not the selling point, and the movie was just a bit too long, glad to see another screen writer take over.

Wiseguy 10/12/2009 7:27:41 AM

This is a different time line so having Khan in the film doesn't mean that it's going to be the same story. I'd wager that they'll change the storyline plenty so as not to make it a remake but rather an alternate version

myklspader 10/12/2009 7:39:55 AM

I would say the reason they are leaving Transformers series is because: Giant Robot Balls was not in the script. They are smart to leave that failing franchise in the wind. I kind of like to think they most likely handed in a smarter script that Bay and his goons doctored into the crap that was what we saw. 

As much as I am not a Trek fan I did like what they did for the series and will come back around for the next one if they are going to go with not remaking Khan. I also wonder what they have planned for “Fringe” and as part of the “Lost” team what is coming there too.

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