As we recently reported, work on the Star Trek sequel script is finally underway. A new interview with the writing team has some more comments about the process. See excerpts below for what Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are saying about their second Trek.
Trek writers on sequel expectations, characters & Shatner
As recently reported by TrekMovie, the writing team of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof recently agreed on a story for the Star Trek sequel, allowing work of the script to start. In a new interview with NBC, the Star Trek writing team continued to offer no details about the film, but what they are saying is still very encouraging.
Damon Lindelof talked about the writing process, saying:
Lindelof: It’s a lot of fun. There’s a tremendous amount of pressure because expectations, I felt, were a little bit low the last time. Now they’re high – but that brings its own level of excitement. So, you know, I hope that we do the fans proud
Alex Kurtzman says breaking the story was" “an epic moment for us, of feeling like we finally came to something that meets our expectations.” Kurtzman also talked about dealing with all the fan input and discussions and how he copes with it, noting:
Kurtzman: It’s exciting and terrifying and wonderful, and yet I want to put my head in the sand – all at the same time. I think Bob and Damon and I have to shut the noise out. You do listen to what people are saying, and our antennae are always out for what people are saying and what people want. We take that in, we process it, we adjust it, we talk about it, we debate it, and then we shut it all out and say ‘What are we going to do here? What do we want? What feels right?’”
For his part, Roberto Orci reiterated Damon Lindelof’s recent comments about how the primary concern for the writers is the characters:
Orci: Now we have all of characters in place for the beginning of the movie, so order number one is to make sure we’re taking care of them. The first movie had the benefit of slowly introducing them – they weren’t all there from the beginning. Now they’re all there, and we want to make sure everyone gets what they deserve first before we see who else can fit in.
The article notes that it is "unlikely" that they will write William Shatner into the sequel, but Kurtzman did offer some hope to those who are wishing to see Kirk Prime saying that if they can find a way to "do it right" then they will do it but they have to firstly "protect and make sure that the integrity of Star Trek is kept alive."
[Source: NBC PopcorBiz]