Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman recently said they have more time to hand in their Star Trek sequel, so things are still in that deep thinking stage. In a new interview, producer JJ Abrams talked about what direction he sees the next Trek is going, and how he wants it to be ‘deeper’. JJ also talked about what to call the sequel. Details below plus photos of Abrams presenting an award to Zoe Saldana.
Going Deeper & Meaningful
As recently reported, the Star Trek team have more time now to work out the sequel to this year’s hit movie, with the script now to be done in eight months. So they are still at the ‘broad strokes’ stage. In a phone interview with MTV, JJ Abrams noted that the first film was to "bring the family together", and act as a "bridge between what came before and the star trek of now." Regarding the sequel, Abrams stated:
The second one has an obligation to go deeper and maintain the fun and adventure in the sense of optimism and scale that [‘Trek’ originator Gene] Roddenberry created. But I do think it has to evolve and not become some polemic over-the-top, on-the-nose allegory. It needs to be something that is not just about the characters meeting each other and having their first adventure; it needs to be about having their most meaningful one.
You can listen to Abrams below.
Not ‘Star Trek 2’
Although some in the media have started referring to the sequel as ‘Star Trek 2’, Abrams told MTV that is not the plan noting "I think we can’t really do that, right?". Of course there already has been Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, so that seems like a no-brainer. Back in June Abrams noted "it would have a subtitle instead of a number" which is why TrekMovie sometime refers to the sequel as Star Trek: Something Something. An alternative would be to not have Star Trek in the title at all (like ‘The Dark Knight‘).
JJ hands Zoe ELLE Award
In other JJ Star Trek news, on Monday Abrams presented Zoe Saldana (the new Uhura) with the Calvin Klein Collection Spotlight Award at the 16th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Tribute. Here are some pics from the event.
JJ presents his Uhura
Zoe gives her acceptance speech
By the way, Alec Baldwin hosted the event and EOnline reports the actor’s jokes led the "laugh-filled" event. When it came to Zoe, here is what Baldwin quipped:
In the movie she actually chooses Mr. Spock over Captain Kirk.
That’s probably the main reason,” he continued, “she was named woman of the year by the Society of Grown Men Who Still Live in Their Parents’ Basements
Zoe and Alec
JJ on Hemsworth
Finally, a separate article on MTV has comments from JJ Abrams on Chris Hemsworth, who played George Kirk Sr. in the dramatic opening sequence of Star Trek. The young Australian actor is now headed to the big time, starring in the upcoming Thor movie. Abrams talked about Hemsworth’s career and even his hair, noting:
He’s so crazy handsome and he’s so strapping with the classic leading man look. I sort of wish I had dirtied him up a little bit, messed his hair up a little bit.
Hemsworth in Star Trek
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