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