Will Star Trek 2 Go Where No One Has Gone Before?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 5:11 pm,

star trek enterprise1 Will Star Trek 2 Go Where No One Has Gone Before?

Speculation at one point was that Star Trek might not make enough money to warrant a sequel. Well those fears have been quashed with Star Trek pulling in $231 million domestically, making it the highest grossing film so far in 2009. It might be able to hold on to that title if it manages to fend off the upcoming Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (doubtful). Either way, script writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kutzman are in the limelight because they co-wrote both movies.

Orci and Kutzman sat down recently with SciFiWire to discuss their thoughts on Star Trek’s success, where they might take the franchise down the road and what type of story the sequel might follow. Both writers act like they have their heads together and have the same thought for the franchise: DON’T LET IT SUCK! They seem to understand the fine line they are walking between all new original stories based in the Trek universe and the re-telling of old Trek stories to keep the original fan base happy.

There is nothing set in stone as far as they are concerned and they haven’t even started working on a script yet (unless you count agreeing to do another movie as working). Orci said during the interview:

“We’re going to start thinking about it any second now. But we’re still just having a mental sorbet before we jump back in. And, you know, just seeing all the reactions to the movie. We want to make sure we take it all in and really figure out what worked and what didn’t and proceed from there. But now that we have … an open canvas, … anything can happen.”

Orci and Kutzman appear to truly understand what it takes to keep a franchise running (in theory anyway). They appreciate how much better their version of Trek performed at the box office over its Trek predecessors and aren’t taking that lightly. They went for a broad market share demographic and by all accounts they reached it. The true test will be how they handle a sequel – and we’ll get a chance to check that out with later this month when Transformers 2 opens.

If the story for TF2 is better then TF1 then my hopes (and others I’m sure) will be high that Star Trek 2 will be as good as or better than Star Trek 1. But it all starts with the story and if they don’t pick the right one to tell in Star Trek 2 then the whole franchise will fail before it really ever gets started.  I think Orci has a grasp of that concept though:

“[you] just can’t use old things willy-nilly,… there’s still an internal logic that has to be followed. … We could still cross some lines [if] we think, “Oh, we can do anything now.” And a savvy fan will go, “Well, technically, [you can’t].”

Well he’s absolutely, 100 percent correct on the last statement. There have been lengthy and heated discussions here on Screen Rant about that topic. Some plot points and questions about physics are to be expected; it is, after all, a science fiction movie about traveling through space with aliens while moving faster than the speed of light.

As far as the story goes, Orci and Kutzman aren’t sure if they will follow a new original concept that stays within the parameters of the Trek universe, re-tell another modified story from the show or mash the two ideas together. I wouldn’t plan on hearing anything about the script either until after TF2 starts winding down and they have time to regroup their thoughts.

On personal note, I wouldn’t mind seeing a good tribble story, but I don’t think it’s meaty enough to sustain a two hour movie.

Do you have confidence that Roberto Orci and Alex Kutzman have what it takes to keep the Star Trek franchise hot?

Read the rest of the interview over at SciFi Wire.

Star Trek is currently playing in theaters.

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  1. As for the last question of the article? Yes.

  2. They can keep it going. Just stay away from the humor and they should be fine.

  3. It’s funny; right before I read your tribble comment, I was thinking they could bring in tribbles for comic relief, not an entire movie about them, but have them on the ship during a mission and then get rid of them later.

  4. Yes they can.

    I vote for a mash-up of the old and new. With that I will once again suggest . . .The Doomsday Machine!

    And the humor in the movie was well done; I hope more is in store in the sequel.

  5. On the humor: in Star Trek I enjoyed it because it was really well done. In Transformers it was dreadful.

    I can’t wait for the next film.

  6. Paul, I disagree with your comments that they have to re-tell the old stories to keep the original fans happy.

  7. kepp the humor and focus on the characters and it will be fine.

  8. KEEP the humor and focus on the characters and it will be fine.

  9. It’ll be nice if they battle an enemy whose power is more in line with their own.

  10. Haven’t seen the new Trek yet… **GASP**..jus theven’t had the time..

  11. just haven’t had the time..SHEEEEEEESH!!!!!!

  12. @greenknight

    Well, get on that then! Quit your job, if you have to.

  13. Greenknight, I have not seen Trek either but from what I have read on this site is that the majority like it…right? But what you guys are forgetting is that Lindleloff played a hand in helping these two idiots!
    yes, I do not like them!

    Think about it, when these two morons have assistance, you get Star Trek. When left of their own, you get Transformers. Bumblebee pissing, that is not a spur of the moment thing. It had to be written in so that ILM can animate it.

  14. @ Psyko

    but I like my job…

  15. Personally wan never a fan of either transformers or trek and had never seen anything on them up until the movies and I just want to say that transfromers was a good movie but trek was an incredible movie. I was really shocked that I enjoyed a Star Trek movie. The humor was very well done and was NOT overdone by any means; that part of the movie clearly worked, you dont want a movie that is too dry. I feel that the second one has a a lot of potential and lots and lots of things to explore as many things are fair game in the star trek world…

  16. Well, since no one’s mentioned it yet: how ’bout Kirk and company handling the fallout of the Eugenics War? Kahn, anyone? He’s out there, floating around the cosmos in the Botany Bay, waiting to be woken up… Bump into him, a la Space Seed.

  17. I’d like to see the Doomsday machine on the big screen. There’s no bigger thrill for me then seeing all of the galaxy unit in fighting off a giant mechanical planet killer. I thought that the revamped version of the original series episode did the doomsday machine good justice… Now if only on the big screen…