Director & Writers Offer Updates on STAR TREK Sequel
A teaser has been released for next month's SFX Magazine which offers a taste of their Star Trek centric issue, including brief snippets of interviews with JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
In 2009, the Star Trek film franchise was revamped and revitalized. To the surprise of general audiences and long time Trek fans alike, the new film was meticulously able to honor the well established story (30 plus years in the making) while creating a new time line for the characters to continue their adventures. JJ Abrams directed the young crew of Chris Pine (James T. Kirk), Zackary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Leonard 'Bones' McCoy), Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura), Simon Pegg (Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu) and Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) in a script penned by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
The film's highly anticipated sequel is still in the early stages planning, and SFX Magazine has the scoop on where production currently stands. The mag's 200 page anniversary issue is said to provide a plethora of details about the upcoming sci-fi movie; and they have recently released a few quotes from the men who are working diligently behind the scenes to make it a reality.
JJ Abrams: "The universe that Roddenberry created was so vast. And so it’s hard to say there’s one particular thing that stands out as what the sequel must be. Which is on the one hand, a great opportunity. On the other hand it’s the greatest challenge – where do you go? What do you focus on? But I’m incredibly excited about the prospects."
Alex Kurtzman: "Starting at a premise of what you want to see and then working a story around it is not how we do it. You have to start with what is the right story. And that if you can say "That’s a story that Khan fits into", that’s how you get to that. Not deciding on a menu list of items and then seeing if you can’t string them all together.
"The first one had dark elements, but was ultimately very warm. We’d hope to strike a similar balance [in the sequel]"
Roberto Orci: "Introducing a new villain in the sequel is tempting because we now have this incredible new sandbox to play in. On the other hand, some fans really want to see Klingons and it’s hard not to listen to that. The trick is not to do something that’s been seen before just because you think it will be a short cut to likeability.
"The audience is no longer asking 'Is everything going to be the same?' They know that it isn't, and our villain, be it a person or a sci-fi concept should reflect this new universe.
"Humor is part of the franchise and I think it’s critical, certainly to the Bones-Spock relationship. It’s definitely a big part of the Bones-Kirk relationship. So, I don’t see any world where humor doesn’t play a part."
The currently untitled Stark Trek sequel has a scheduled release date of June 29th, 2012.