Screenwriter Roberto Orci Updates Star Trek 2
Posted 04.04.11 by Ryan
This weekend's WonderCon was a terrific warm-up for this summer's ComicCon,and provided plenty of information in this summer's upcoming "blood bath" of sequels, comic book movies, and tentpole productions.
Not opening this summer is the sequel Star Trek 2 (working title), but screenwriter
Roberto Orci, in attendance to promote the upcoming Cowboys and Aliens, told Collider that, despite reports in mid-February that the script from Orci and co-screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof was going to be delivered in "six weeks or so," the screenwriter revealed that the script is still being written.
I’ve heard that they wanna shoot in the fall. We’ll be ready if they want to. We’re in the middle of writing it and hopefully we’ll be shooting in a few months.
So with the script still in process, when will it be finished? Orci's answer was "never."
We’re never done it with. You know, you’re never done. You’re not done until it’s projecting in the theater.
As for what the script will be about, Orci, along with Kurtzman, revealed last December that the sequel will be about "this family that's together," and during the Cowboys and Aliens panel at WonderCon (via ScreenRant), Orci admitted that fans played a part in determining what will be in the sequel script.
Because I do see what fans think online, very much in [2009's] Star Trek, it is a sequel that you can genuinely say that the fans are consultants on. Now they’re caught up with us, they know exactly what the first movie was, and any one of them could go out now and generate a couple of story ideas for what this could be. So it’s a fun guessing game, and you do get to incorporate some of the complaints — you cannot just answer them, but voice them in the movie. I enjoy that — I enjoy seeing what people say, even if it’s super nasty.
Orci gave a brief, possibly spoiler-ish, example of how fans influenced the script.
Yes. Well, some people thought Kirk (Chris Pine), did he become Captain too fast? It’s easy to think of, well, we’ll look through a place in the story — without giving anything in the story away — where someone can look at him sideways and go, "you sure became Captain fast!" And for anyone to say that, whether we do or not, that’s just an example. I’m not saying if for sure we’ll do that, you can do those kinds of things and suddenly your criticism is part of the movie, and it’s kind of fun if you’re a fan to see that incorporated.
Star Trek 2 already has a release date for next summer, and will reportedly start production in the fall. Director J.J. Abrams has yet to commit to the sequel, though Orci dared Abrams to return during his Collider interview.
I dare J.J. to come back. I dare you J.J. You hear me? Star Trek!
Next Showing: Star Trek 2
is scheduled to open on June 29, 2012