Monday, April 4, 2011

Orci Talks Sequel Script Plans

While at Wondercon, Star Trek 2 writer Roberto Orci fielded a few questions about the script for the sequel that he and his writing partner Alex Kurtzman has been working on. He mentions listening to fan feedback that could be incorporated into the script, thoughts on some of the critism and more. It depends on the article but it seems the script is still being worked on, not sure if that means a draft has been turned in or not. Below are the key highlights:

From Coming Soon:
"Everyone said [Kirk] is too young to become Captain," he explains, "So maybe in the next movie, somebody goes, 'Man, you sure became Captain young and fast.' You start to incorporate people's opinions... If it's organic to the story and you find someone who doesn't think too highly of Kirk because he maybe skipped a few steps, that's maybe a fun thing to consider. That comes from a fan reaction and maybe gives you a story point."

"[Fans] wanted more character time with everybody," he adds, "and, because that was an origin story for 'Star Trek,' everyone had to come in at a certain point. Now everyone is going to be there from the beginning, so they're going to get that. Everyone sure hated engineering. They thought it looked like a brewery, which it was. I'll pass that on to J.J. [Abrams] and see what he says."

"We'll be working and tweaking that story through shooting," he says, "This time we don't have a strike, so we'll actually be able to change things on the set. On the last movie, we handed in the script and that was it. You couldn't change a word. This one feels like we've got all the time in the world."
From CinemaBlend:
”I do see what fans think online, very much in Star Trek, it is a sequel that you can genuinely say that the fans are consultants on. Now they’re caught up with us, they know exactly what the first movie was, and any one of them could go out now and generate a couple of story ideas for what this could be. So it’s a fun guessing game, and you do get to incorporate some of the complaints; you cannot just answer them, but voice them in the movie. I enjoy that – I enjoy seeing what people say, even if it’s super nasty.”

“The first one had to be an origin story – or we felt it had to be an origin story; it was kind of Star Trek Zero – how did it all start? So to do that organically, you had to get each character in his or her place. Now, they’re all together from the beginning, and so now they’re all going to face I think a theme that is different and potentially more challenging than just they met and they’re kind of facing this force of nature in Nero. So the theme of their family is going to be something great to explore that you don’t get in the first movie.”
From Box Office Magazine:
How tough is it to compartmentalize finishing Cowboys & Aliens while you're also presumably working on other projects like the script for the next Star Trek?
The hardest part is time. But in terms of your mind, it's actually nice to get away from stuff you're doing; you get a little bit of perspective and time gets elongated when you're thinking about something else. If I spend two days thinking about Star Trek instead of this movie, when I come back to this movie, it's like I've been gone two weeks, and it allows me to come back fresher, so it surprisingly helps each other.

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