Monday, October 26, 2009

Abrams on Sequel Challenges

In an interview with MTV, Star Trek director JJ Abrams discusses some of the challenges they are facing in trying to develop for the sequel to the hit movie.
"The second one has an obligation to go deeper and maintain the fun and adventure in the sense of optimism and scale that ['Trek' originator Gene] Roddenberry created," Abrams said. "But I do think it has to evolve and not become some polemic over-the-top, on-the-nose allegory. It needs to be something that is not just about the characters meeting each other and having their first adventure; it needs to be about having their most meaningful one."

These are the wide-ranging concepts that Abrams and writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are starting to explore. "We're literally just beginning discussions about the story and where we want to go," Abrams said. "We have some very broad stroke ideas that are very exciting. We're obviously going to do the best we can in terms of rewarding an audience."

One thing they likely won't do, according to Abrams, is call the sequel "Star Trek 2." Not even the second film in the original franchise — 1982's "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" — slapped a number onto its title.

"I think we can't really do that, right?" Abrams laughed. "I don't know what you'd call it. It's a good question. I'm not sure."

1 comment:

  1. I'd like to see one last Next Gen movie, set in the Prime Universe, after Romulus is destroyed.

    It could be a great "one last round-up" story, perhaps about Picard and his crew dealing with the fallout of the crippling of the Romulan Empire (it could be a theatrical sequel to the Star Trek: Countdown gn); it would be a better send-off to the Next Gen crew than Nemesis.

    I really wish something like that could be made.