Star Trek Writers Kurtzman and Orci on Ideas for the Sequel
It's almost too early to already be looking forward to the next Star Trek sequel, but that's how Hollywood works. Especially since screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have to turn in a finished script by the end of the year. Back in May, right after Trek hit theaters, we posted an update looking at some story ideas for a sequel - potentially involving the villain Khan or even William Shatner in some way. However, Orci insists that at this point they don't have a story or even a premise for the sequel. But at least they know where to start. SciFi Wire talked with the writers recently about how they're planning to tackle the sequel.
"I think the major lesson we learned is that fans were willing to accept differences and surprises, provided that they were somehow echoes or inspired by canon," Orci said in an exclusive interview earlier this month. He added: "We still have to be true to Star Trek the next time around, but we've also been blessed with being able to be unpredictable. And that doesn't mean we can just be shocking for no good reason and just throw everything away… It still has to echo everything that Star Trek has been."
When asked whether they would be writing another new story from the scratch this time or taking bits and pieces from a story first introduced in the TV series (or movies), Orci explained, "Well, that is the debate, literally. And that is going to be one of the first conversations that we have. But that's exactly the question." They're dead on with the idea that they can bring in in new elements to the Trek world, especially since they've established such a beloved new version of the original USS Enterprise crew. I'm excited to see where they'll take us next and I'm all for exploring new worlds and new characters that we haven't seen before.
So knowing that, where would you like to see them go with Star Trek 2? Should they write a new story from scratch again or should they bring back Khan or Shatner or other classic characters? What do you think?