The U.K. publication SFX Magazine recently had a chance to speak with Star Trek director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman about the highly-anticipated sequel Star Trek 2. The sequel is still being written by Orci and Kurtzman and J.J. Abrams talked about the challenges of sifting through the entire franchise:
J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman talk Star Trek 2
"The universe that Roddenberry created was so vast. And so it's hard to say there's one particular thing that stands out as what the sequel must be. Which is on the one hand, a great opportunity. On the other hand it's the greatest challenge - where do you go? What do you focus on? But I'm incredibly excited about the prospects."
Roberto Orci talked about the possibilities of seeing Khan as the villain in the sequel, although it still isn't clear who the villain will be:
"Starting at a premise of what you want to see and then working a story around it is not how we do it. You have to start with what is the right story. And that if you can say "That's a story that Khan fits into", that's how you get to that. Not deciding on a menu list of items and then seeing if you can't string them all together."
Alex Kurtzman also discussed the sequel's villain and the chance that we could see the Klingon's as well:
"Introducing a new villain in the sequel is tempting because we now have this incredible new sandbox to play in. On the other hand, some fans really want to see Klingons and it's hard not to listen to that. The trick is not to do something that's been seen before just because you think it will be a short cut to likeability."
Roberto Orci also mentioned that Star Trek 2 would try to match the tone of the first Star Trek, finding a balance of humor and drama:
"Humor is part of the franchise and I think it's critical, certainly to the Bones-Spock relationship. It's definitely a big part of the Bones-Kirk relationship. So, I don't see any world where humor doesn't play a part."
We reported back in June that Star Trek 2 would start shooting in January and we'll be sure to keep you posted with any further details on this sequel as soon as we have more information.
Star Trek Into Darkness was released May 17th, 2013 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.