More ‘Star Trek 2′ Plot & Villain Hints Surface

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Possible directions for Star Trek 2 More Star Trek 2 Plot & Villain Hints Surface

J.J. Abrams is notorious for being secretive about any in-development project with which he is associated and the Star Trek followup, Star Trek 2, looks to be no exception.

Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, and Robert Orci are currently in the midst of scripting Stark Trek 2, which begins pre-production in January 2011.  Abrams has so far been tight-lipped about the direction that the Star Trek sequel will take, though he did share the following nugget of food for thought with SFX magazine for their upcoming 200th issue:

The universe that [original 'Star Trek' creator Gene] 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.”

The 2009 Star Trek movie used the plot device of time travel – which itself could be considered a staple of the Star Trek franchise at this point – in order to (literally) reboot the timeline of the original series.  While a number of longtime Trekkies would like characters such as the Klingons or Khan Noonien Singh to play a prominent role in future installments, Abrams and his crew have a lot of freedom with respect to the worlds and creatures they could factor into Star Trek 2 and beyond.

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What foe will the Enterprise battle next?

Both Kurtzman and Orci were also interviewed by SFX and addressed their issues relating to who the villain of Star Trek 2 would actually be.  Kurztman specifically brought up Khan’s name in his interview and mentioned the following:

“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.”

Orci echoed his co-worker’s concerns and had this to offer as well:

“Introducing a new villain in the sequel is tempting because we now have this incredible new sandbox to play in… The trick is not to do something that’s been seen before just because you think it will be a short cut to likeability.”

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Lindelof compared Star Trek 2 to The Dark Knight a few weeks ago, which left a number of fans concerned that the sci-fi sequel would strike an uncharacteristically gritty and dark tone.  Kurtz and Orci assured SFX this was not the case and that the Star Trek sequel – which Orci confirmed will feature more of funnyman Simon Pegg as Scotty – will be similar in tone to its predecessor.

J.J. Abram’s Star Trek was well regarded for striking a balance between effects-driven action sequences and character/plot-oriented scenes – not to mention the fact that it avoid the 2 1/2 hour + running time of entries from other blockbuster franchises such as Transformers or Pirates of the Caribbean.  The Star Trek sequel will hopefully be able to repeat that act and then some.

Star Trek 2 is scheduled for release on June 29th, 2012.

Source: SFX (via TrekMovie)

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  1. “Star Trek 2, The Search for Vulcan”

    and future Kirk,,,?

    Its just gonna get worse folks,, 8-)
    Let’s not forget who’s writing this epoc,,,

  2. You have to wonder if any of the actors walked on to the engineering set and thought they were being punked?

    Scotty would have been dead if that really happend. Come on!!!!

  3. If Abrams had written out the CGI effects budget for the scene where Scotty flys through the water tubes like Daffy Duck, he could have use the money to design a better Engineering deck.

    I bet they totally redo that in the sequel and Scotty walks out and says somthing corney like, “I threatened to sue, if they didn’t approve my upgrades,,, yuk yuk,,,”

  4. Tell us more about the villian (?) of the 12th movie (2nd reboot movie).
    Will it be Captain Garth? I think he should be used, a couple of times.
    There are so many enemies that, have not been used in a movie, yet!

  5. If it hadn’t been for Abrams, we wouldn’t have had Alias.
    And the previous movie (reboot #1/ The Future Begins) might have been worse. Sure, parts of it were disappointing, but I did like it, other wise. Saw several times!

  6. @John, “If it hadn’t been for Abrams, we wouldn’t have had Alias.”

    And your serious about that one?

    Alias,,,???

    That lame show that shouldnt have been greenlit in the first place. 8-)

    Ah I’m just breaking your ballz John,,,
    ;-)

    • Yes, I am. Rent season one, and read all the credits, including the op ening ones.

  7. Yea looking forward to Dc online as well Anthony. It’s supposed to launch in December so marry Christmas Anthony.

    Also since your a fellow Fallout fan in 2012 it’s gonna have an Mmo ad well.

    Star Trek online kept the spirit of the shows pretty well but the story line is pretty non existant sadly it’s just an entire story being told in a paragraph followed by you blowing up a ship or two beaming to a planet shooting twenty bad guys and back to the ship. Dull repetitive and no depth in story telling. If you play the game your better off crafting your own story around the gameplay. Ship combat is decent but very simplistic and ground combat is simply awful. Also no lasting appeal upgrades and leveling up is not handled well and feel shallow.

    The good parts are that quests are called Episodes and expansions are called seasons. Also you get to advance in rank but it doesn’t make any sense that you have your own ship as an ensign. The good stuff is really only superficial. The community is nice though very friendly and all are fans of Trek which was nice. Sadly you know a game is flawed when you’d rather talk to other players rather than play the game.

    If you want a good Star Trek game I strongly suggest you try and find Star Trek Bridge Commander. It’s the greatest Trek game ever made and really makes you feel like your a captain. Good story to.

    • oo a Fallout MMO? Fallout 3 is the reason why my 360 crapped out on me after almost 5 years. ive logged well over 250 hours on that game alone, still searching for all the skill books too lol, im such a big nerd when it comes to that game, i avent played the expansions yet either. looking forward to New Vegas when it comes out :)

  8. What if Kahn was discovered by another race and was successful in building an empire to challenge the federation or the Klingons. Because Kahn is human that could generate conflict for Earth. So many possibilities.

  9. John while I loved the 2009 Trek I would consider never having Alias a good thing. Other than Trek I’ve hated every thing Abrams has touched despite how great Felicity was (sarcasm)

  10. Yea I wasted my life on Fallout 3 as well that game was a life killer lol the expansions were fun but best if you were like me and started the game with them. New Vegas is going to make me lose 3 months of my life.

    • Daniel, that HARDEST weapon for me to get was Vengeance in the Deathclaw caves, talk about multiple needed saves lol.

  11. Why don’t they use the Gorm (lizard men) in the movie?

    Since that one classic episode, Star Trek forgot about the Gorm Empire they introduced. With today’s CGI & Make-up effects, that would kick butt.

  12. @santa,,,
    Its Gorn,,,

  13. The Gorn? That should be interesting! I hope they eventually use Captain Garth, and some of the others.

    • In the ‘Enterprise’ mirror universe eps Captain Archer had to fight a Gorn who stowed away onboard (and the Tholians). I won’t spoil how he took him out, but gravity comes into it. And the Tholians were pretty cool – very ‘alien’ for an a Star Trek alien.

      • Agreed on both counts.

        ~Doc

  14. i have headache..”bones a hypo-spray please!” lol!

    • Hope you get better, soon, Roguex!

      • “Doctor gave me a pill and made me all better!!” :D

        • Doctor gave me a pill and I grew a new kidney! (Fully functional? Fully functional!)

  15. The Gorn as the main villains would be a step in the right direction of taking the new Trek to areas not fully explored in the old Trek. Hopefully if they do it, they don’t make them too velociraptor-like, but less Sleestac-like.

    I’m still hoping for a good Klingon story, though. :)

  16. @zpm, Through the Mirror Darkly the best 2 parter of Enterpirse.

    This was the way Archer should have been played. Reckless and somewhat cunning.

    • Yes, and the most memorable!
      Tell me, 790, what became of 1 through 789?

    • We’re in complete agreement.

  17. Ruthless carrot probes…

    That’s all I’m saying John,,,

    8-)

  18. They could answer a distress call, and find Captain Garth in a shuttle. He tells a tale of how his crew mutinied and set him adrift, and that he needs Kirk’s help in hunting them down.

    By the time his story begins to fall apart, he has already had the opportunity to plant numerous bombs throughout the ship and proceeds to take the Enterprise hostage. This could work.

    I would also love to see the Gorn homeworld. I envision it as a lush Jurassic rain forest planet where the age of reptiles never ended, the Gorn would also have a lot of interesting “pets”.

    The important thing to remember about the Gorn is they are not just scary, slow moving lizards. They are intelligent, adaptable, resourceful, and highly advanced technologically. You can make them the Bad Guys, but you have to give them motivation and character.

    They are a fan favorite and I’m sure we will see them again, I just hope, as do all of you, that it is done right.

  19. As a lifelong “Trekkie”, I truly hope that the Klingon/Federation war and eventual union(precarious even well into the Next Gen days) is explored.
    They were such excellent enemies of Kirk; and after the Undiscovered Country the next we heard from them was Bruce Dern’s part on the Enterprise D.
    From Kirk to Worf…the Unexplored Country!
    On to the future!!! Engage!

    • Had to make me go there, didn’t you. Again with the Klingons

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfzuRMthMzk

      It’s pretty much mandatory that the E goes a round with them, hopefully they will dispense with the tiresome PC notion of Klingon “honor” and bring back the brutal and treacherous fudge-faced goons the good lord meant them to be.

      We still need to re-capture the sense of wonder that audiences in the ’60′s felt when they first saw Trek and there was nothing else like it, something that I thought this last film did quite well. That means decisively resolving conflicts with old familiar foes and moving into uncharted territory.

      Spock Prime is an excellent device for doing so, as he brings with him not only the formula for Red Matter, but also Admiral Janeway’s 25th Century technology treasure trove.

      I see weaponized Red Matter as a great way of taking down Space Amoebas, Doomesday Machines, Nomad and V’ger probes, just to name a few. Naturally the Klingons and Romulans, after seeing these examples, will apply for Federation membership.

      Then we can move up to the big leagues; the Metrons, the Organians, the Trelanes, the Q….

  20. That, and the Romulan/Federation war, Captain Garth (as he was before the prison planet) and some time travel.

  21. @Ralphster/John, the writers on Abrams Star Trek, couldn’t adapt the Klingon/Federation/Romulan wars,,,

    That would be like asking a 10 year old to write an essay on carbon nanotubes.
    ;-)

  22. They could do it. It would just be a matter of coming up with a new view point or vantage point (?) of it, perhaps a changing of details. Why not try to do it? Movies 11 and 12 are supposed to be reboots, after all.

  23. @Brighteyes,,,
    I fear that Abrams will stray away from the Federation and how its codes and way of life shaped Roddenberry’s series.
    Star Trek 2009, had a lazy unstructed Mtv-ish attitide. It almost seemed like all the adults were killed off and the kids were in charge. ^
    @John,,,
    Like I mentioned before, I don’t think this current Abrams writing staff can produce a real good sript that would satisfy the hardcore novel reading trek fans.

  24. Hey Screen Rant, you didn’t say Gravatar.com would require signing up for another account.

    • Hi John,

      Well since I don’t own Gravatar.com – yeah. FYI, tons and tons of sites use Gravatar so your avatar will show up on lots of sites where you leave comments if you sign up.

      You don’t HAVE to sign up to comment here. :)

      Vic

  25. Sorry for all the mispellings I’m tired and don’t care at this time of the day.
    ^
    The Original series was born out of the cold war. Kirk and Co were the good American cops in space, taking on the bad russians(Klingons), and the chinese(Romulans).
    What we have now is a video game menu for a bridge and a crew of children representing Earth.
    The relationship between Pike and Kirk was never a father and son relationship in TOS.
    No this Abrams trak is written for kids. Sorry but I call um like I see um,,,

    No matter what Orci, kurtsman and the other guy put out it will never be an adult serious trek. It will always have the stupid scenes and lazy script.

    Hey prove me wrong,,, I doubt they will,,,

    • I’m with you on a lot of what you said. Say what you will about the Shat, he was cheesy, over-the-top, and hard to work with, but his Kirk had GRAVITAS.

      With over a hundred mil invested, I’m sure the studio was afraid to do anything other than a summertime blockbuster popcorn movie. This has and will plague all big-screen Trek adaptations.

      That said, I still enjoyed the movie, and I liked the new kids better than I thought I would.

      Maybe after a decade of seasoning John Cho will be ready for the Captain’s chair. Trek can return to the small screen (and riskier, more cerebral scripts) with Star Trek: Excelsior.

      I would set it after Tuvok’s departure, of course. His replacement? “Commander Savvik, please report to the bridge.”

      • I prefer something more like the Uss Titan crew we see in the books through, much more diverse an interesting characters an alien species it actually feels like the federation is run by 153 races rather just humans an a occasional vulcan.

        • But… Riker.

          • Riker an Troi could easily be written out, .

  26. I hear ya BrightEyes, but I can’t get behind the new trek/film if its going down that road,,,

    Lifes too short, and its pretty sad when cinema sinks to this level of pandering to a demographic. It shows me that the suits in Parmoubt don’t really get the show, and have its best interests at heart. I don’t support that logic.

    • When have the suits at Paramount EVER known what to do with Star Trek?

      All they know is that it makes them money, but they can never figure out why.

      The more things change, the more they stay the same.

      • And if it didn’t make money, they wouldn’t make more movies. Star Trek that only appeals to hardcore Trekkies doesn’t make enough money in the theaters. Star Trek IV had the best balance of a modern movie with appeal to large audiences. Star Trek II was glorious, but it was a lot of wow for the then-spectacular (and still pretty amazing) special effects. They’ve never done a nebula as amazing at the Mutara was, IMHO. But that aside, I liked the recent film, and I’ll be standing in line to see the sequel. That’s not true about very many movies for me, anymore.

      • “When have the suits at Paramount EVER known what to do with Star Trek?”

        Indeed…same can be said for networks; when Roddenberry & Co. were shopping Classic Trek around, they had a meeting with CBS, who listened to their ideas, then said words to the effect of “Well, no thanks…we already HAVE a science-fiction show; it’s called Lost In Space”

        Hard to believe factoid: The connection between Lost In Space and E.T., The Extraterrestrial…

        The theme to LIS was written by one “Johnny Williams”; Williams would later change to the more-mature-sounding “John” and meet with the director of a film called “Jaws”…

  27. LOL,,,Bright Eyes totally agree!
    8-)

  28. @Doc,
    I’m sure Nolan went up against guys like you when he pitched, “Batman Begins”….

    790~

    • There is a different 790, Batman Begins had a descent storyline, well written script, had all the things that made batman batman an still did something new original with the universe an the characters.

      An anyway the batman universe is completly different to the star trek universe, there already been many different versions of Batman, the first character did have a gun after all.

      Nolan also kept his story straight, he was creating his version of the universe.
      Star trek 2009 kept in changing there story so much it seem like they did not even know there own script.

  29. Don’t be too hard on Star Trek 12, which as a reboot is really Star Trek 2.
    Movies are like chapters of a book- the first few are seldom as good, as the later chapters.

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