Monday, July 16, 2012

Roberto Orci on Sequel Characters, Title, Trailer

In an interview with TrekMovie, Star Trek sequel writer/producer Roberto Orci shared a few tidbits about the upcoming movie. While not confirming anything specific, he did give an update on quest for a title, debunking Urban's Gary Mitchell rumor, and more. The two part interview is here and here, highlights below.

- Said would never lie when said in another interview a few weeks ago that Gary Mitchell is not in the movie.
- Fall is likely date for 1st teaser trailer.
- Have final list for official movie title but short list does contain two without "Star Trek"
- Canon characters: Alive Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch roles
- New characters: Noel Clark, Nanzeen Contractor, Peter Weller, Joseph Gatt roles
- First rough cut in about a month, still plenty to do with editing, visual effects, special effects, music, etc.
- Orci said that Paramount (Trek movie rights), CBS (Trek TV rights), and current Trek Supreme Court (Abrams, Orci, Kurtzman, etc.) have discussed (through intermediaries) the possibilities of a new Star Trek TV series depending on how ST2 does and plans for ST3. An animated TV show is a possibility. [Or to sum: lets talk next year if the film makes big bank.]
- For now, anything the ST Court works on can be considered canon but reserving the right to over ride it in the movies. So for now all comics, books, etc set in the 2.0 universe is all one universe. [So nothing really changes as Orci and co understand continuity anyway but might mean slightly more careful consideration in how things might connect when telling stories.] So how long will we not know who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing? How long will you guys try to not talk about it?
Roberto Orci: For as long as we can because of our belief that one of the fun things about Star Trek that distinguishes it from other franchises is that the story turns. It isn’t just the spectacle of Star Trek, not just the explosions and the battles, it is the plot. That is why we are so protective of plot and character with this particular franchise. In others that isn’t the case but in this one we can preserve the experience for some people of not knowing exactly until we get there. Will we succeed in keeping it under wraps? Probably not, but we will try it.

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