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You want some Star Trek sequel talk? Well, here's some tibits from Abrams, Orci, and Kurtzman

09.14.2010

I'm always up for any STAR TREK news. Sadly, everything has sort of been hush-hush from all parties involved. The most any of the actors will give you, or can give you is that they are signed on for the next installment.

At this point, it's nice to get any talk. It doesn't have to be too revealing-- it's a process, I get that. So it was nice to get some words from J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman who spoke with SFX magazine about the sequel.

Abrams was all about keeping the "mystery of the project" going, so he just mentioned the available possibilities, "The universe that Roddenberry created was so vast. And so itís hard to say thereís one particular thing that stands out as what the sequel must be. Which is on the one hand, a great opportunity. On the other hand itís the greatest challenge Ė where do you go? What do you focus on? But Iím incredibly excited about the prospects."

Orci and Kurtzman also get on the topic of Khan and Klingons. Kurtzman starts out with the talk of bringing in Khan, "Starting at a premise of what you want to see and then working a story around it is not how we do it. You have to start with what is the right story. And that if you can say "Thatís a story that Khan fits into", thatís how you get to that. Not deciding on a menu list of items and then seeing if you canít string them all together." Then Orci gets into the issue of whether or not the Klingons come into the picture, "Introducing a new villain in the sequel is tempting because we now have this incredible new sandbox to play in. On the other hand, some fans really want to see Klingons and itís hard not to listen to that. The trick is not to do something thatís been seen before just because you think it will be a short cut to likeability."

There's also been talk that the sequel will be "darker", so to speak. "The first one had dark elements, but was ultimately very warm. Weíd hope to strike a similar balance [in the sequel]," said Kurtzman. The last bit of info comes from Orci with a confirmation of Simon Pegg in the second installment as well as the humor factor, "Humor is part of the franchise and I think itís critical, certainly to the Bones-Spock relationship. Itís definitely a big part of the Bones-Kirk relationship. So, I donít see any world where humor doesnít play a part."

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Extra Tidbit: More deets will be in the 200th issue of SFX. I'm kind of excited about the "200 Secrets of Science Fiction".

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