Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci recently spoke to Hero Complex and discussed how work on the highly anticipated sequel to Star Trek is going, moving past the prequel, whether they have plans for a trilogy and how the characters will interact in the movie.
Kurtzman on How The Sequel Is Currently Developing:
"Well, we have broken the story, which is very exciting. I think one of the weird challenges that we’re facing on this one is that in many ways, with the first movie, I don’t think people knew what to expect, so when we were in the writing process, Bob and I really spent our time going to things that we loved about 'Trek' and it was a very unfiltered process. It felt intimate and small. We need to find our way back to the same kind of vibe that we had when we wrote the first one: What do we want to see here? What moved us about 'Trek'? Where can we go from where we left off?"
Orci on Moving Past The Prequel And Their Inspiration:
"One of the big challenges is all of the characters are together now. A prequel is a pain in the butt, but one of the nice little advantages was that you get to meet the characters as you go through the story and they get to meet each other. We’re looking at a lot of the old episodes for inspiration, still. Whereas the last movie was all about breaking free from 'Star Trek' and its canon, now that we can do whatever we want, we still want it to feel like good ol’ 'Star Trek' even though it’s a new story."
Orci on Whether It's Part Of A Trilogy:
"I don’t know that we’ve ever thought of it in terms of a trilogy. We thought of the first one as, 'How do we tell how this happened the first time and how do we free it so that it can go on forever without stepping on what came before.' So, if you were thinking of this movie as a second act, yeah, you would think of it as an 'Empire Strikes Back' sort of story, but I’m not sure we’re thinking of it as a second act. I can’t speak for everybody on that, though."
Kurtzman on How The Cast Will Interact With Each Other In The Sequel:
"We spend a lot of time talking about how — now that everyone is together — they all need really clear, defined moments. Moments that are specific to their characters, specific to way they interact with each other and also build on the dynamic of those amazing, amazing actors. It’s going to be joy for us."