Star Trek 2 Update: Script Progress and Possible Villain Reveal
05.24.11 by Ryan
In early April, Star Trek co-screenwriter Roberto Orci revealed that he and his fellow co-screenwriters
Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof were "in the middle of writing" the script for the Star Trek 2 (working title).
Star Trek director J.J. Abrams, who has been busy preparing this summer's Super 8, recently confirmed to Fox News that the script for Star Trek 2 was still in development.
We are working hard on that script and we're, you know, finger’s crossed, we are going to be able to make an announcement on that soon.
While the script has had a long road towards its completion (Orci originally revealed that the sequel script could be finished in "eight months" back in October of 2009), Orci told Trek Web what exactly is taking so long.
Just been waiting for JJ to be free to really decide if he likes the story and hear his suggestions before we finish the script. Once he says go, we’ll have it in no time. Meanwhile, our outline is detailed enough (70+ pages!) to do some prep.
Orci further explained that Abrams has been an integral part of the script-writing process.
In the meetings we’ve had with JJ, he’s already given us amazing input and ideas, and that’s been while he’s been up to his eyeballs in Super 8.
Paramount has already set a June 29, 2012, release date for the sequel, and shooting is reportedly starting sometime this fall, though a script would need to be finished first.
The other mystery surrounding Star Trek 2 is what the story is about, and who the villain might be. Orci and Kurtzman revealed last year that the sequel's villain would be decided after the story was set. "Starting at a premise of what you want to see and then working a story around it is not how we do it," said Kurtzman at the time. Cast member Zoe Saldana may have slipped and revealed who the villain might be.
While speaking to Empire, Saldana mentioned the Romulans when revealing what she wanted to see in the sequel.
I can tell you for what I'd like to see happen [which is] for Spock and Uhura to really hook up, and for Uhura to kick some Romulan butt.
Whether Saldana was talking merely as a Star Trek fan or an actress with inside information is unknown, though the mention of the adversarial alien race is sure to whet the appetite of fans. The Romulans have caused problems for the crew of the Enterprise since they first appeared in a 1966 episode of the original Star Trek series.
Of course, Saldana could also have been deliberately revealing the wrong Star Trek 2 villain on purpose.