Star Trek 2 Screenwriter Promises Challenges For Captain Kirk

By Sean O'Connell 2012-06-28 08:43:20discussion comments
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Transformers writer Alex Kurtzman has been extremely busy promoting his directorial debut People Like Us, a tender drama with Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chris Pine. But because of his involvement with two anticipated sequels – namely Star Trek 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 -- he’s also been forced to address the developments of each of those properties as he talks to the media about Us.

For example, while discussing Pine’s Us performance with The Hollywood Reporter, Kurtzman also had to open up about Pine’s progress as Capt. James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel. The writer reveals that while Kirk spent most of the Trek reboot proving himself worthy of sitting in the captain’s chair, the sequel will prove he didn’t know the ramifications of the position and will pay some emotional consequences.
“The assumption that we did not want to make was that just because he’s in the chair and they’re on the bridge together that they’re the crew that you remember from the original series. They’re not -- the crew from the original series had gone on many, many journeys, they were a well-oiled machine in terms of how they function, and these characters are still figuring out who they are and who they are to each other. And I did not want to jump so far ahead that we missed a really important emotional connection to that transition for them.”

Right. Exactly. This is a process. We’ve gone back to a new kind of “Square One” for this Enterprise crew, and they are going to take time to develop. Speaking of taking time, Kurtzman reveals how important it was for Abrams to take a hard-and-fast stance with Paramount when he realized they needed more time to complete the sequel and make it as good as possible (instead of rushing to meet a pre-determined release date).
“We were supposed to be out this year in theaters, and part of why we all collectively said we really shouldn’t do this is because we put a lot of love and time and effort into making this without violating canon, and yet bring something totally new to the table when it came to Star Trek. The last thing we wanted to do was destroy that by letting a speed mandate mess up our storytelling, and we just felt we weren’t ready. So we wanted to take more time with the story to make sure that the story is as true to everything that keeps you watching one episode a night before bed.

And you can’t do that when you’re rushing and you can’t do that when you’re rushing at a production level, either; the studio wanted us to shoot in 3D which is awesome, but what you don’t want to do is rush through 3D. You want your storytelling and the sequences that you design and everything you conceptualize to be coming from a place of knowing "that’s where I’m going," and having it be totally organic to the storytelling. And when you see a movie that is like that, that gives you that whole experience, you feel it -- you always feel it. And God bless J.J. for saying ‘we need another year.’”

So we’ll have to wait until May 17, 2013 for Abrams’ as-yet-untitled Star Trek sequel. But it sounds like the creative team behind the property are taking their time and hitting the right emotional beats, delivering action through characters we’ve come to care about. We couldn’t be happier.
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