It seems like every time you turn around, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been hired to write another feature film or television show. It’s almost hard to remember at this point that they got their start writing for that old Kevin Sorbo Hercules TV series.
Yesterday, Kurtzman and Orci gave an interview where they talked, amongst other things, about Star Trek into Darkness, which has only recently become the number one priority for the writing duo, Damon Lindelof, and the now-confirmed director J.J. Abrams.
We’ve copied the more interesting sections of the Kurtzman/Orici interview, courtesy of Collider.
On the pressures of writing a Star Trek film, Orci said:
Roberto Orci: It keeps your subconscious working on it even when you are sleeping. I really think it does take that place in our minds sometimes no matter how many other things we are doing. I think it keeps the pressure up in a good way. That is why we are not going to do it unless if we have the greatest story that we have ever thought of.
On the process of writing the Star Treks:
Orci: We are such a part of a team on Trek in terms of how it’s a development that we share with J.J., Damon, and Bryan Burk. So, yeah, you do have to keep notes and remember your stuff because it’s a band and when you get together to practice you want everyone to have done their homework a little bit as opposed to when it is just me and Alex in an office every day usually.
Alex Kurtzman: It is different in the sense that when we wrote the first movie, J.J. was only a producer and he wasn’t going to direct the movie. We were writing to get J.J. Our secret goal was to get him to do it. But he hadn’t committed to the movie so we weren’t…
Orci: We weren’t recording together in a way.
Kurtzman: [...] When we were first approached about doing the first one we said “No.” and it took us a year to say “Yes.” for all of the same reasons. We just did not want to mess it up. I think we feel the same responsibility on 2. Now even more so actually because expectations were low on 1. No one really knew what it was going to be. Now everybody is waiting for it to match what they felt about the first one. So there is that added pressure.
Their opinion of 3D:
Orci: It gives me a headache unless if it is animated. That is all I am going to say.
Kurtzman: I think it’s great when you have time to design your story thinking around it. I think if it’s just a matter of throwing more things at the camera I tend to personally not be much of a fan.
On whether or not Star Trek 2 will utilize 3D:
Kurtzman: I don’t think we are thinking about 3D at this point. At least I am not. I am just thinking about the story.
Orci: Yeah. We are not. I’m sure it will be budgeted both ways probably and we will be able to make an assessment there, but we actually haven’t discussed that with our band mates. I actually don’t know what they think about it.
Kurtzman: If there is a great reason to do it then it’s certainly a conversation. But we are not thinking around 3D right now.
On whether or not they can actually finish Star Trek 2 in time for a release next summer:
Kurtzman: I think we are still having that conversation. That is the truth.[…] I think anything is possible. Transformers 2 was done in post strike in 3 months from the beginning of the script to the first day of shooting. So anything is possible. But, again, we have to take into account the spirit of wanting to do it right. So time is going to be a factor.
Indeed, Star Trek 2 has already been delayed from next June to an as yet undecided date.
So there’s not a whole lot of Star Trek 2 plot information or anything to be derived here, but it’s good to know that Orci and Kurtzman aren’t keen on 3D for the sake of 3D or rushing the sequel to completion.
Star Trek 2, directed by J.J. Abrams, hits theaters sometime late next year at the earliest. Check out the latest film penned by Kurtzman and Orci – Cowboys & Aliens — this weekend.
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