The Star Trek night at the LA Times Hero Complex was a double feature with Star Trek: II The Wrath of Khan and the 2009 Star Trek movie. For Star Trek there was an all-star panel with co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman along with producer Damon Lindelof, all three of which are knee-deep in writing the Star Trek sequel. The group spoke about their admiration for Star Trek II and Nick Meyer, their 2009 Star Trek movie, and the sequel. It was a very entertaining night and three out of five members of Star Trek’s new “Supreme Court” said all the kinds of things that should be encouraging about the next Star Trek.
On sequel status – 80 page script-thing & “JJ’s attention”
The panel started off with a question about the status of the Star Trek sequel script. Lindelof and Orci gave a quick update on what was recently described as a “70-page outline,” which appears to have grown in the last few weeks:
Lindelof: As of right now there is kind of a 75 or 80 page half script/half…I don’t know what it is…
Orci: It is in a state of quantum flux
The core creative team behind the 2009 Star Trek movie are Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, JJ Abrams and Bryan Burke. Now that Super 8 has come out, it’s time to get the band back together for the sequel:
Lindelof: our attitude for the sequel in order for it to be successful is that we sort of have to form that [group of all of us together] again. So we were kind of waiting and now the moment is upon us where JJ has done Super 8.
Orci: JJ and Bryan’s little side-project is over and now we can have their attention.
On sequel time setting – “some adventures” have happened
They also talked about the direction they want to go with the character arcs, talking about how there is some time between the films:
Orci: The first one was about, “Spock is pretty emotional.” Well, he is younger And “Kirk, he is not a bookworm with legs who really understands the chain of command.” Well he is not quite there yet. So you can get closer to what you know. It is all about earning what you know and learning that when we see them now they have been through a couple of adventures, but they don’t know each other either. There is still discovery, but there is also more familiarity. So, like the first one, it will feel like Trek, but it will also chart new ground.
More sequel highlights:
– In last two years Orci has gone back and rewatched every episode of the original Star Trek, plus read some Star Trek books he had missed
– Lindelof has also reviewed previous Trek episodes to see “is there anything I can steal”
– Wouldn’t say what classic Star Trek elements they will take from for the sequel, but did confirm they would not be using “Spock’s Brain” or the Mirror, Universe (noting they already have an alternative universe)