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Ever since the Star Trek reboot dropped in theaters back in 2009, fans have been clamoring for more. More Chris Pine as Kirk, more Zachary Quinto as Spock, more of everything. The problem, though, is that the people behind the film haven’t exactly been slacking off. Director J.J. Abrams has been working on dozens of projects, including the soon-to-be-released Super 8; and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have filled their schedules with projects like Welcome To People (which Kurtzman is also directing), television shows like Fringe and Hawaii Five-0, this summer’s Cowboys & Aliens. It was an issue that Orci talked about today while doing roundtables interviews at WonderCon promoting Cowboys & Aliens, at which I was fortunate enough to be present.
According to Orci, time has been the biggest issue in terms of getting the project ready, but, in some ways it has also been a benefit. In the time that the writer/producer has spent away from the Star Trek universe he says he has gained perspective.
” If I spend two days thinking about Star Trek instead of [C&A], when I come back to this movie, it’s like I’ve been gone two weeks, and it allows me to come back fresher, so it surprisingly helps each other.”Another thing that has been especially beneficial towards the process has been reading fan criticism of the first film. While both critical and fan reaction was largely positive, the movie is not without its issues, which Orci says the sequel will address. Giving an example, he remarked that some fans were upset that Kirk became a captain so fast. He then hypothesized a scene in which a character walks up to Kirk and says, “You sure became Captain fast!”
”I do see what fans think online, very much in Star Trek, it is a sequel that you can genuinely say that the fans are consultants on. Now they’re caught up with us, they know exactly what the first movie was, and any one of them could go out now and generate a couple of story ideas for what this could be. So it’s a fun guessing game, and you do get to incorporate some of the complaints; you cannot just answer them, but voice them in the movie. I enjoy that – I enjoy seeing what people say, even if it’s super nasty.”Talking a bit about the direction of the sequel, Orci says that one aspect that they have been “more daring with” is theme. Acknowledging the limitations of telling an origin story – needing to put all of the characters where they need to be – the sequel will approach something that they weren’t able to explore before: family.
“The first one had to be an origin story – or we felt it had to be an origin story; it was kind of Star Trek Zero – how did it all start? So to do that organically, you had to get each character in his or her place. Now, they’re all together from the beginning, and so now they’re all going to face I think a theme that is different and potentially more challenging than just they met and they’re kind of facing this force of nature in Nero. So the theme of their family is going to be something great to explore that you don’t get in the first movie.”With Star Trek: The Second still on schedule to be released on June 29, 2012 and the script completed, all we can do now is wait for more details to come out about the plot (and especially the villain). At the very least we can take to heart that Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, who has joined the writing team this time around, have taken time to write the best script they can.