J.J. Abrams on Star Trek sequel
J.J. Abrams has been talking about the Star Trek sequel. It still isn't confirmed that he will direct it, but he sure sounds excited about it all. The writers recently talked about how they could really go anywhere with the story, and Abrams agrees.
The villain of the next film is proving a challenge it seems. Could we see nature as the big bad villain?
Star Trek (Filmstalker review) is one of, if not the most, successful film of this year so far. A reboot of the franchise which nodded to the original, but was also a fun and exciting film on it's own. The sequel was being talked about very early on, and it's in the very early stages. Recently the writers of Star Trek, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman talked about their thoughts on the sequel. And the nice problem they had is that they could go anywhere.
Now J.J. Abrams has been asked about the sequel again. And even if he isn't confirmed as directing it yet, he's obviously still involved just now. And he is excited about the discussions they are having so far. One thing about J.J. Abrams though, when it comes to TV that is, is that he sometimes starts TV series off and then leaves. And generally they tend to go down hill after he has. He doesn't sound like he's going to pull that trick with Star Trek though:
Well, all I can tell you is movies and TV shows, it’s like, I could not feel luckier to get to do these things and on “Trek” in particular because I never really knew it… I won’t be walking away from “Trek” in any way in the next film and if we’re lucky enough to get that made and, you know, maybe do another one I think there is a sense of ownership… I love that world. I love the characters and we were so lucky to get the cast we got so I just feel like - I feel too lucky to be a part of this thing to say goodbye to it.
He was talking to Collider. So it doesn't sound like he is going anywhere fast. Which is great, considering what a great job he did on the first film. One of the main talking points of the sequel is who the new Enterprise crew will be fighting. Abrams says they have still to decide if it will be man or nature.
Well, I’m open to anything. We’ve had some really interesting discussions so far but, you know - you have to be open to everything to find the right thing so the answer is sure, I’m open to that. I think in a story it’s important to personify, somehow, what you’re up against so it’s a tricky one to figure out how to, like, fight evil wind! (evil look for emphasis).
I'm not sure I like the idea of the crew fighting the elements, as opposed to some dastardly alien race bent on destruction. What do you think? Who should be the villain in the next Star Trek film?