Roberto Orci Talks ‘Star Trek 2′ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

Writer/producer Roberto Orci is excited for his upcoming projects. Along with many of the fans, he remains confident in the production of Cowboys & Aliens and development of Star Trek 2.

Orci’s connection to the fans is the most impressive aspect of his creative process. Rarely do you hear filmmakers so openly refer to the fans for advice and direction with upcoming projects.

This interview with IGN shed some light on the progress of Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, putting the writer/producer’s passion on display.

“We’re about to shoot. Man, I can’t believe it. We’re going to be in New Mexico. So we are going to shoot it in a great, real location, which is awesome. We’re still working on the script. The script is getting better and better, I hope.”

Orci also mentions the unfinished casting call, which already features Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde and Paul Dano.

The most mysterious aspect of Cowboys & Aliens is the tone. As we’re still unsure as to whether it’ll be a light-hearted extraterrestrial romp or a seriously dark Western? The writers are confronting the issue as we speak:

“We started the movie and the first draft was very kind of jokey and broad and then it went very serious. You kind of swing back and forth between the two extremes and the tone until you find the exact right point where a Western and a sci-fi movie can really shake hands without it seeming unnatural.”

He went on to call the film a combination of Unforgiven and Aliens, which sounds about right given the comic book origin.

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Alongside his colleague Robert Kurtzman, Orci is one of the only links that audiences have to the cryptic mind of J.J. Abrams. When it comes to Star Trek 2, the production team is still in the development stage.

Details are scarce, but Orci opened up a bit about possibilities that include a re-imagined Khan.

As far as the script process is concerned, Orci expects to be given a due date of this Christmas. The film is scheduled to release in 2012, but the team will “work backwards from 2012″ as they prepare.

Apparently, fans are requesting Lost star Nestor Carbonell as Khan in the sequel. When IGN asked Orci if he takes those suggesting into account, he was gracious as always.

“I bring it up. Any cool suggestion I read from the fans I’ll bring up in our meetings. And I’ll say, ‘One of the fans suggested this.’ So this has always been an experiment in fan consultation for us. They really are consultants on the movie.”

IGN went on to point out that many sequels take on a darker tone. While this is generally true, Star Trek was generally pretty light – even though a number of death find their way into the story.

Star Trek was exciting and fun, as opposed to serious and moody.

“I think maybe thematically, because we don’t have the burden of an origin story, we can play a little bit more with the theme and it can be a little bit more complicated. But I still think we like fun. Star Trek has always been funny. Even Wrath of Khan has got some great great, great fun in it. “

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Personally, I think a Star Trek sequel would find more success in maintaining the tone of the first film. There are plenty of dark action films right now, with The Dark Knight leading a quasi-revolution. I wish studios would recognize that not every film should follow the style of The Dark Knight.

Iron Man and Star Trek were two blockbuster action films that found a niche in clean fun for everybody – even with a good chunk of destruction.

What do you think of the potential for both Cowboys & Aliens and Star Trek 2? Are Roberto Orci and Co. on the right track? Sound off int he comments section below.

Cowboys & Aliens lands in theaters on July 29th, 2011.

Star Trek 2 is set to beam up in the summer of 2012.

Source: IGN

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  1. Um, was this supposed to be a news story? There was nothing here that constitutes actual news.

  2. i liked the first star trek mainly because it told the origans of how the crew came all together, rehashing the Khan saga, juat doesnt cut it for me this time. wouild rather see more advenrtures of the youthful cast before the tv shows stories came together

    • Exactly! Kahn was great, but doing it again would be a pointless re-tread.

      Besides, there are so other bad guys that could be explored; General Kang for instance, the Gorn, or how bout a psycho Andorian mystic?!

      The whole point of a reboot is to go in a new direction. Why go backwards?!

  3. Robert just forget about Kahn!!! Do anything else. Please!!!!!
    Looking forward to Cowboys and Aliens just based on the casting,,,, love it!

    Go Orci!!!!

  4. Comparing the tone….. C & A with an Alien and Unforgiven feel??!!Please Mr. Orci,….make it so!

    PS No Tribbles….No Kahn

  5. I don’t know, Khan might be able to work in the new movie. Maybe they could be found by the Romulans instead of the Federation. You could have some great battles between Kirk and a Romulan commander that turns out to be Khan. They could also have young Spock fuse (mentally) with future Spock before he dies and have all of his memories. Spock could then inform Kirk to destroy the Botany Bay when they find it; he could also warn Kirk to not beam any Tribbles on board, or to make sure they have a Klauma (Tribble predator) on board.

    In any event, no more of that stupid red matter and no more warehouses on the Enterprise, please!

  6. I’d really rather see new villains and subject matter in the Star Trek ‘reboots’, not Khan, not humpback whales, not Veger, and definitely no ‘god needs a spaceship’ storylines.

    do something new, please. Star Trek was a fantastic start – keep it going.

    • i agree with you panda, the Khan stories are wrapped up as far as im concerned

  7. Dark Knight re-imagined a stapled villain…who is to say Star Trek can’t do the same for Khan?

    • because NO one could play Khan better than ricardo mantalban

      • and i didnt think the dark knight was all that anyway, i hate sequels that get ruined because of recasting issues

  8. oh my g**. please, Mr. Orci, i’m begging you, no more Khan.
    PLEASE do something new!

  9. This is wishful thinking but what if a BETTER made ST-TMP was filmed. ST-TMP was BOLD in vision but lacked the character dialogue and wit that Treks 2 through 4 had. The idea of exploring a god-like intelligence without it revealing to be GOD like Trek 5, would be very interesting; with Klingons and Gorn mixed into this TRIP for the action parts. Wouldn’t that be fascinating? :D

    Markus McLaughlin
    @linuxglobe on twitter
    Hudson, MA, USA

  10. I like the idea of having old Spock in the sequel; even melding his memories with young Spock. This could preserve, at least in part, the time line that all Trekkie’s like myself know and love. As for Khan: Not for me. I love Space Seed and The Wrath of Khan but its already been done. Plus Enterprise focused too much on the genetic enhancement stuff. I want an original story and please GOD without time travel!

    • yo u listen now i know we want an origonl story but its an alternet reality people from the show need to be metiond arnt you at least curios? also now i know spock died in the origonl but we arnt talking about same story line like lets say we start it jj s way . lets do this for ricardo mantalban sorry if i spelt it wrong not good at speling

  11. Please do not retread the Khan story. Use the Triangle…a war between the Romulans and Klingons. The Klingons will not sit still after 47 of their cruisers were destroyed by a clearly Romulan ship. The enterprise and crew could be pulled into the action to keep the war from spilling into Federation space…or as a result of the war spilling into Federation space. They could redesign Romulan and Klingon ships…we could see Andorian and Lyran crewmen etc. If they had their act together they would reference the excellent FASA designs from the Star Trek combat simulation game. This was a table top miniatures game and the as I said earlier the designs for the ships were excellent. They need to do a no holds barred space battle with boarding parties…hell I could write it…

  12. listen khan could fit it would be intresting i mean like i dont want genisis in this but ya know . anywas why dont william shatner be in this one . or at least metiond. now listen kling. could be in the 3 one so i think ive made my opinion about the new movie but whoevers readin this khan the origanl will never be replaced but this is a alternet reality do you really think khan shouldent be metiond?