Star Trek writers on sequel
Not a huge surprise that a Star Trek sequel was given the go ahead. J.J. Abrams's reboot did rather well at the box office.
The problem for the writers now is where they go from here, and they know what the main dilemma they face is.
The Star Trek (Filmstalker review) reboot proved pretty popular I think. As a non die hard Star Trek fan I really liked it. But I know some Trekkies who didn't like the new take on their favourite franchise. The two writers, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, now have the job of writing a sequel, and they'll be getting down to it soon.
We have agreed to write another one. We're going to start thinking about it any second now. But we're still just having a mental sorbet before we jump back in. And, you know, just seeing all the reactions to the movie. We want to make sure we take it all in and really figure out what worked and what didn't and proceed from there. But now that we have ... an open canvas, ... anything can happen.
An open canvas is exactly what they have. All the characters are together on the Enterprise, and pretty much anything is possible. The problem for them is whether they go forward with an original story, or take inspiration from the past.
I think the major lesson we learned is that fans were willing to accept differences and surprises, provided that they were somehow echoes or inspired by canon. We still have to be true to Star Trek the next time around, but we've also been blessed with being able to be unpredictable. And that doesn't mean we can just be shocking for no good reason and just throw everything away. ... It still has to echo everything that Star Trek has been.
They were talking to Sci Fi Wire. I guess the challenge for them is that they can do pretty much anything, I'm guessing that's a good thing for them. But I wonder how much tinkering Star Trek fans would be happy with in a sequel. I'm not a big enough fan to really care if they change things, but as we know plenty of people are.
Would you like the sequel to be an entirely original story? Or would you be happy with a previous Star Trek film providing at least some of the plot? Are there any Star Trek stories you'd like to see in the sequel?