Writers Kurtzman and Orci Talk Star Trek Sequel

In an interview with Hero Complex, prolific movie writers/TV producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talked about their approach to the second entry in their “Star Trek” reboot, which is expected sometime in 2012 with J.J. Abrams back behind the director’s chair. Of course, Abrams isn’t officially confirmed to direct yet, but it’s expected that he will be back. Probably.

Alex Kurtzman: Well, we have broken the story, which is very exciting. I think one of the weird challenges that we’re facing on this one is that in many ways, with the first movie, I don’t think people knew what to expect, so when we were in the writing process, Bob and I really spent our time going to things that we loved about “Trek” and it was a very unfiltered process. It felt intimate and small. There weren’t a lot of voices other than [producer] Damon [Lindelof], J.J. and [executive producer] Bryan Burke. Now, that first movie has come up and did well and everyone wants to know what happens next. We didn’t have that pressure, exactly, on the first one. That said, part of what we have to do is listen to it all, ask a lot of questions about what people’s expectations are — and then let all of that go when we sit down to write. We need to find our way back to the same kind of vibe that we had when we wrote the first one: What do we want to see here? What moved us about “Trek”? Where can we go from where we left off?

Robert Orci: One of the big challenges is all of the characters are together now. A prequel is a pain in the butt, but one of the nice little advantages was that you get to meet the characters as you go through the story and they get to meet each other. That’s fun. We don’t that luxury of not having the entire family there together at the start of the story. So now you want the character stories to be good for everybody but also not just be there to be stories but also fit into the plot and be organic. We’re looking at a lot of the old episodes for inspiration, still. Whereas the last movie was all about breaking free from “Star Trek” and its canon, now that we can do whatever we want, we still want it to feel like good ol’ “Star Trek” even though it’s a new story.

Read the rest of their thoughts over at HC.

I have to admit, when I was watching the first “Star Trek”, I had mixed feelings. I’m by no means a Trekkie. I mean, I don’t own any Star Trek merchandise whatsoever, and in fact, the only thing I do own that has “Star Trek” on it is a couple of documentaries on the culture of Trekkies called “Trekkies”.

But it didn’t take me long to warm up to the first reboot, especially when I accepted that once they opened the whole thing with a time travel angle, everything else that followed was essentially a “parallel world” storyline. And if you’ve watched any amount of “Star Trek”, you know that parallel universes, alternate dimensions, etc are a mainstay of the show. So, approached in that regard — that this “rebooted universe” is a completely different universe, and not the “original universe” of Trek that you’re used to from all the TV shows and other movies — Abrams’ “Star Trek” is pretty good, wild entertainment.

Having said that, expect Trek back in 2012.