With the welcome success of the recent Star Trek reboot (both critically and financially), you just know that talk of the sequel is inevitable. Screen Rant reported on screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s thoughts on a sequel a few days ago, and today we have some more, via a video interview with Collider.
In the interview with Collider, Kurtzman and Orci talk mainly about Star Trek (which is, let’s face it, one of the geek world’s hottest topics of discussion) but also their upcoming Cowboys and Aliens movie. The interview is in video form, but if you don’t want to watch the almost 10 minute video, here is the gist of the details they put out there:
- They don’t know if J.J. Abrams is coming back to direct the sequel – it seems it’s not absolutely definite at this point.
- They would like to have the sequel’s script finished by this Christmas.
- The studio (Paramount) wants to make the film as soon as possible.
- They’ve been paying attention to what the fans are saying online.
- They’re currently debating between have a traditional villain or having it be nature and the unknown which is the adversary.
- They want the movie to be self-contained but also have threads which could be picked up later on down the road.
If you’re one of those folks who are interested in hearing Kurtzman and Orci actually talk about Star Trek, you can check out the actual video interview with them below (courtesy of Collider):
All of what was said by Kurtzman and Orci is, of course, very early on in the game. Even if Paramount wants the Star Trek sequel to happen soon, and going by this interview the writing duo are eager to get going, we’re still a ways off from seeing the Star Trek 2 wheels start to fully turn. However, it’s certainly encouraging what these two have said, particularly when they seem to be taking the mythology and the story of this new Star Trek incarnation very seriously.
For the Star Trek sequel, I like the sound of what Kurtzman and Orci are saying about the villain possibly being nature and the unknown. We already had the classic style of villain with the first movie (not that it wasn’t good), and I’d like to see it changed at least a bit for the sequel. On top of that, I also very much like the idea brought up of having threads in the sequel which could be brought up again in a future movie (that’s if the sequel is a success, which I don’t doubt for a second). They still have to make it as a self-contained movie that can be enjoyed on it’s own, but it would be cool to have a detail or two in there that in Star Trek 4 (for example) they pick up on again.
Star Trek is a franchise, even if $$ is the first thing on the studio’s mind, that you can’t rush because the ins-and-outs of how it functions (the mechanics of time and space travel, for example) is so complicated. Fans, both of just the reboot and of the original incarnations, will easily notice if anything is rushed or glossed over. Thankfully (going by the first Star Trek) Kurtzman and Orci seem to know what they’re doing.
What do you make of what Kurtzman and Orci have said about the inevitable Star Trek sequel? Which direction would you like to see them take it?
Star Trek 2 is currently in the very early stages and doesn’t have a release date as of yet.