Monday, June 22, 2009

Orci & Kurtzman shares plans for the Next STAR TREK

At the Press Junket for Transformers 2, Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub of was able to get some seriously geeky good info from the film's co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman who were also the screenwriters behind this summer's successful STAR TREK movie.

The answers, in detail, are all found in Weintraub's video blog (found here). But if you choose to just get to the point here are just the highlights:

* They don’t know if J.J. is directing the sequel - he’s still undecided
* They want to finish the sequel script by Christmas
* Paramount wants to make the film as soon as possible
* They’ve been reading what the fans have been saying online

And here’s the big info:

With regards to what kind of villain we’d get in the sequel, Weintraub asked if they’d set anything up in part two that might pay off in another film. They say they’re debating between “the exploration sci-fi plot where the unknown and nature itself is somehow an adversary or the villain model. That’s an active discussion we’re having right now. In terms of thinking about more than one movie, we want the movie to be self-contained in a way, but we’re discussing the idea of having a couple of threads where if the second movie works, you could pick up into a cohesive whole. No thread more exciting and shocking for me when in “Star Trek III” you realize that Spock grabbed Bones and downloaded his Katra into him. When I saw “Star Trek II” I was like, “What’s going on here?” and two years later, you’re watching it and you’re like “They’re geniuses! They’re geniuses!” So we’re trying to think is there a version of that but again, “Star Trek II” does not rely on that thread, even though it turns out to be a thread. So we’re thinking in those terms.”


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