Orci And Kurtzman Discuss Star Trek 2 Setting And Villain

The Star Trek and ROTF(we are letting them away with that one!) writing team mentioned the new direction the Trek sequel will take, and although they don't come out and reveal the villain, they do, once again, name check a certain Shatner botherer from an earlier movie..KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!...

In a Q&A session in Beverly Hills, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman gave a few more hints about their take on a Trek sequel, and reveal it will have a villain as its main focus. On the setting for the story, Orci explained..

"We would never do a remake....it will be some time in the five-year mission. But that is a question. Should we pick them up immediately the next day or should it be later, we are still discussing that."

And Kurtzman says the villain will be hugely significant in the follow-up..

"I think our idea on this is that the first of any series is about them coming together or the formation. I couldn't really tell you what Jeff Bridges was doing in Iron Man, but it doesn't matter at all because it is all about Iron Man becoming Iron Man.

"Whereas I think sequels are very much about the villain. Because while [in the first one] the villain serves to bring the crew together, the second one I think has to be a true challenging of what that family is about. That is why Wrath of Khan was so amazing. Khan tested each one of them and ultimately asked for the ultimately sacrifice, and that is why that movie held up so well."



Apparently both writers are feeling the pressure of delivering a sequel that lives up to expectations after the very well received first movie. Orci said..

"Frankly I feel more pressure because we were so confident when we came up with the idea of how to bridge canon, and yet free ourselves from canon. Now we have no excuses for anything, now we are free. Now we don't have the benefit of low expectations."

As for dream projects, Kurtzman said: "I would like to take a run at Indiana Jones, but that is a pretty closed door, so not sure that is ever going to happen." Orci joked that they would like to remake Star Wars(lets not even joke about that one boys!)

Fans have been pretty divided over whether they want to see Khan(previously played by the late Ricardo Montalbán, he first appeared in the 1967 TV episode Space Seed and returned in the 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) return or go with a completely new character never seen in either the series or the movies. Personally I think that since its supposed to be a new time line that a new version of Khan would be great..although I do understand the desire to see something brand new too. What do you folks think?

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