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Orci: Star Trek Sequel Scouting Underway + Comics To ‘Foreshadow’ Sequel September 30, 2011

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We are still awaiting official announcements regarding the Star Trek sequel, but in a new interview co-writer/producer Roberto Orci gave a brief update on work being done currently. Orci and Star Trek comics writer also talked about how the new IDW series will tie into the sequel. Details below.


Orci: Scouting for sequel underway

In an interview focusing on the new Star Trek series of comics, Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Bob Orci also gave a quick update on the film’s progress and confirmed reports that JJ Abrams will be directing:

Orci: The cast is excited. We have a director. We’ve started scouting locations. The second time around the crew is already together from the start, so we can jump right into the adventure.

New Comics series to tie into Star Trek sequel

Orci and Star Trek comics writer Mike Johnson also talked about how the new ongoing "Star Trek" comics will both retell TOS stories and tie into the upcoming sequel:

Johnson: As we get closer to the next movie, the stories will begin to foreshadow the events of the movie, such as possibly introducing new characters we will see onscreen… pun very much intended.

Each episode will be told in two issues, so in issue #3 and #4 we will revisit the events of “The Galileo Seven.” I’m excited about this one because it’s a Spock-centric story that explores his brief experience as a commanding officer and how he was affected by losing command of the Enterprise to Kirk in the last movie. I can’t spoil which episodes come after that, but I can say that events will deviate more and more from the TOS versions as the new timeline evolves.

Orci: Re-visiting original episodes in the new timeline is great for two reasons. First, we can do things we can’t do in the movies, simply because we don’t have the time to explore so many different adventures in the course of one film. And second, it’s so much fun to revisit the classic stories. Imagine being invited to jam with your favorite band. The classic songs will never change, but you get to play them in a new way.

For more from Johnson and Orci visit the official Star Trek site.


1. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - September 30, 2011

Hey Trek Movie Staff. I did not now you were waiting for an announment RETARDING Star Trek. Lol.
Ok. Let’s just get this thing going and get into production and get us a Real Release Date. Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - September 30, 2011

Some Story’s I really want to see in the comicks is Doomsday Machine and Amok Time. Also. Tomorrow is Yesterday will be great. But. You guys must do City on the Edge of Forever.

3. Sebastian S. - September 30, 2011

Just hoping that the new ST movie is not just a new collection of ‘classic songs’ (as Orci refers to the comic book episode do-overs).
I want a new album of NEW songs, not a tribute concert….

4. claypool2011 - September 30, 2011

It’s a shame that this (so far excellent) Comic series isn’t being done as a TV series that could tie into the movies. Trek belongs on the small screen.

That said, the first issue was very very good and I look forward to the rest of it.

5. Hugh Hoyland - September 30, 2011

Damn I have got to find this comic! I cant believe I live in a large urban area and yet theres no comic book stores close at hand.

And B&N doesnt seem to carry it here, although it does in some other cities.

Any way to order em online?

6. Chadwick - September 30, 2011

Great, they are scouting locations (sarcasm intended.) One small step for Trek…..uh…..one giant leap for for getting this movie underway? “Humph”

7. Craiger - September 30, 2011

I am split on this. Current fans like me could think oh no they are doing the Klingons, Romulans, Borg or Khan again can’t they come up with something new? However new fans the the movie got would have never seen the Klingons, Romulans, Borg or Khan and might think these villians are cool. Would it still be interesting to see how the new cast takes on old TOS villians?

8. Jonboc - September 30, 2011

Cool…will be fun to try and second guess what events might be tied to the sequel as the comics progress.

9. Craiger - September 30, 2011

What I said above would only apply if the sequel is done like the these new comics.

10. Vultan - September 30, 2011

If new fans want to see Trek’s classic adventures—well, there are these things called DVDs. Pretty sure the young ‘uns have access to ’em.

New universe.
New adventures, please.

11. Chadwick - September 30, 2011

Looking forward to the new comic series. After the countdown comic I was awaiting a series in the new universe. Also can’t wait for the PS3 Star Trek game coming in 2012, finally a decent looking console Star Trek game.

To a certain degree I do want something new but then again the Klingons have been “done” twice in the grand scheme of things, the original series version and then from the Motion Picture to the present. I would LOVE to see how the new supreme court presents the Klingons, I think it would be so badass!

Whenever I watch the new movie, I always go back and watch the scenes which were cut, because there was some good stuff there especially the only scene with Klingon characters.

P.S. Bob lets make sure we get some new editors for the movie, there were some pivotal scenes cut which would have enhanced the story if kept in. In my opinion and only my opinion, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey have no idea what the hell they were doing, and should not be editing the next movie.

The Rura Penthe scene was awesome, Klingons are the classic adversaries of the original series and should be in either the upcoming movie or the one after that. Baby Spock was also a pivotal scene and it was cut. So we get baby Kirk but not baby Spock, not cool.

12. Richard C. - September 30, 2011

I wonder how they will handle the topic of Nazis, Mobsters, and Cowboys living in space?

13. BitterTrekkie - September 30, 2011

I hate cover versions of classic songs.

14. jas_montreal - September 30, 2011

hmmm… The more i hear about this, the less i believe this sequel is going to be a “fresh” story. Sequel based on a old story? Or a new story? Khan?

15. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - September 30, 2011

Hey Richard. You forgot Hippies. Yeah Brother!
I reach!!!

16. Chadwick - September 30, 2011

4. claypool2011 AGREED! Star Trek movies are a treat but Star Trek is meant for the small screen, those eagerly awaited weekly adventures, and not years apart. But I guess CBS Paramount are hesitant to put Star Trek on the small screen again after the lack of viewers with Enterprise which was really the UPN debacle (at least in the US). Here in Canada it was on the Space channel where it belonged. After the (cross fingers) success of the next movie, along with the sales of The Next Generation HD Blu-ray, CBS Paramount might start to consider a new TV series.

5. Hugh Hoyland That blows! I live in a city with 500,000 peeps, we have three comic book stores. A large urban area should have at least……what…5 comic book stores! I am sure you will be able to purchase them online.

10. Vultan But yea…..going back and watching those are still not Orci and JJ’s version of Klingons, or should I say Neville Page version of Klingons. New universe does not always mean new ideas are best, your logic is flawed. It all depends on how the ideas are executed.

Older Trek Movie article regarding Neville Page and the approach to creating Klingons for the new universe, and personal I find it refreshing. Rehashing an old ideas is not a negative thing if its done right.


17. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire. - September 30, 2011

Kirk to Scotty.
Youg Minds fresh ideas be Tollerant!.

18. The Great Bird of the Galaxy - September 30, 2011

This is encouraging to say the least. Now all the fine parts are oiled up, and this production should be smooth sailing from here.

Mr. Bob Orci. I must express the need for the franchise to return to It’s television roots. Please express my opinion to Mr. JJ Abrams, along with my advanced blessings for a prosperous new Star Trek film.

19. Dee - lvs moon' surface - September 30, 2011

…yes……………….still waiting “the announcement”..

… but Mr. Bob Orci said something…. a bit but something… LOL

:-) :-)

20. VulcanFilmCritic - September 30, 2011

Hmmmmm…”Galileo Seven.” Interesting choice, guys! I liked the story back in the day, even though the monsters were pretty corny. As an adult I found it an interesting metaphor on faith. It’s kind of poignant today because we have had two space shuttle disasters since the show aired. You wonder what the Columbia and Challenger astronauts thought or said to each other as they faced certain death, burning up in a decaying orbit or blowing up on liftoff. I hadn’t seen the show in years, and viewing it as an adult I was almost in tears. You can’t look at “Galileo Seven” today without remembering our own real astronauts.

But in the Star Trek world, the crew are going to die and their commanding officer is basically an atheist (“I for one do not believe in angels.”) He has no words of consolation for any of the crew, but it is ironically the atheist who engages in the leap of faith at the end.

It’s strange but Mr. Nimoy always felt that this one was a bit of a flop for him. I would beg to differ, especially compared to the type of Spock we’ve gotten from Mr. Quinto, who is barely in control of himself. In “Galileo Seven,” Nimoy’s Spock is probably closest to the somewhat emotional and unstable Spock we’ve come to know from Mr. Quinto. Nimoy was practically hysterical as he limped aboard the shuttle reprimanding the crew for rescuing him and screaming, “Get us off, Scott!” Most people fail to notice that Nimoy went subtly back and forth between “Vulcan” and “human” in many episodes. That’s what gave the character snap, crackle and pop. I can’t wait to see how Mr. Quinto would handle his first command.

I would love to see this episode get the Star Treatment! And as there are many flawed episodes of Star Trek, there must be lots of undiscovered nuggets of story ideas to mine. The classic episodes can therefore, stay classic. Fiendishly clever!

21. trekker 5 - September 30, 2011

:) This bit of news can do nothing but make me smile!! It’s good to know that everybody else is ready now,because I’ve been ready for a long time!!

22. VOODOO - September 30, 2011

The first comic was boring. It was far too similar to the original episode.

23. dmduncan - September 30, 2011

So do we need to read the comics to fully appreciate the progression that’s going to take place from ST.09 to the sequel?

24. JamfoFL - September 30, 2011

Commodore Mike…

As much as I agree that a “reimagining” of City on the Edge of Forever would make for a very intriguing comic, I doubt it will ever happen.

Harlan Ellison has been notoriously litigious with anything that is based on or is derivative of his works, so I could only imagine any comic that spins off of that story would grab his attentions… and that of his lawyers.

Unless they can get him to sign off on the comic, I think they will probably want to stay as far away from that story as possible!

25. Craiger - September 30, 2011

#23 It sounds to me like the comics and the new Star Trek video game will be tied to the new movie. If so I wonder if they plan on just redoing the TOS series for the sequels with the new cast? I wonder if Paramount saw it would be cheaping redoing TOS on the big screen then on TV and we wont see a new Trek series for a long time?

26. Craiger - September 30, 2011

Sorry i meant to say cheaper redoing TOS.

27. The Great Bird of the Galaxy - September 30, 2011


“Harlan Ellison has been notoriously litigious with anything that is based on or is derivative of his works”

Mister Ellison, has stated publicly, and on countless occasions, that all he asked for was proper credit where it was due. And payment of course. Even though ‘City’ was subject to rewrite, as is most episodic television, Harlan gave birth to the idea, and was never fully compensated for his contribution…
But never, was he opposed to going down ‘that’ road If he was given due credit.

28. Vultan - September 30, 2011


Did I say anything about not using their version of Klingons and other races? As far as I’m concerned, they can throw whatever alien races they want at us, but if they’re going to just use the same plots as the classic TOS episodes, then what’s the point in even rebooting Trek?

29. Kevin Hou - September 30, 2011

I hope our supreme court tells Giacchino to somehow incorporate Guile’s theme http://youtu.be/R5izsjeLCQ4

30. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 30, 2011

We have had the most important announcement and that is that JJ Abrams is directing the Star Trek sequel. It is officially in pre-production phase. Bob Orci has just confirmed this, saying also that the cast is excited. We do not need to know anything more at this stage. Having knowledge of a new release date will not make it come any faster nor is knowing the movie’s title (if it is to have one) important or relevant at this stage.

@ Bob – Have any of the cast seen the script yet? I am asking this because I am assuming that would be the reason they are excited. I hope that Chris Pine is learning and improving on his “Kirk moves” and likes his young beagle mascot? Remember – my suggestion for a lovely cameo with Scott Bakula and/or Bruce Greenwood in a scene where Kirk is given the young beagle. The movie also needs some whimsy…:)

Better still, some really great moments of unforgettable and wonderful cheesiness…hehehe. (Afterall, cheese is high in protein, calcium and fat soluble vitamins and not bad tasting either…) For anyone who has a problem with cheese, see my clenched fist and watch the second finger raising itself higher and higher…:)!

31. Dee - lvs moon' surface - September 30, 2011

#30. Keachick…

…I think you are wanting to know much at this stage… just keeds…:-) :-)

32. Dee - lvs moon' surface - September 30, 2011

##30. Keachick…

And CP still hot, tanned and thin… I’m wondering if it’s he who is “scouting locations” for the film?… LOL

:-) :-)

33. Red Dead Ryan - September 30, 2011

Good to know that preproduction will begin soon……I think……I hope!

Also good to know the comics will tie in with the movie. But I think I’d prefer to see original stories instead of rehashin old TOS episodes. thumbed through the recent comic reimagining of “Where No Man Has Gone Before” and apart from the visuals, it was a frame by frame remake.
I thought to myself “What’s the point of this?”

Anyway, I don’t mind if elements of TOS, like Klingons, Tholians, Gorn etc are used but I’d prefer some NEW story ideas. It’s a new timeline/universe, so let’s BOLDLY GO WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE!

34. Marvin the Martian - September 30, 2011

#7: Hey, maybe the new villain will be Khan Borgulan!

35. Chadwick - September 30, 2011

The Iconian race is such a mystery in Star Trek lore, it would be interesting if the Iconians or some other legend were explored in the new movies somehow. But then again that would be dealing with an aspect of TNG and some people might be up in arms about that. Do we stick with TOS guidelines in the new movie series or is all Trek lore fair game in this new universe.

36. FusionVok - September 30, 2011

Khan = “onscreen” pun? As in Kirk and Khan were never face to face in person in ST2?

37. Red Dead Ryan - September 30, 2011

Yeah, I didn’t notice any pun either.

38. K-7 - September 30, 2011

Don’t really dig the comics. Just start making the damn movie and stop trying to drag things out guys. Maybe if these comics had started coming out a year and a half ago I would feel differently. But this comes across to me like a lame attempt to pacify the fans given the continuing delays.

39. moauvian waoul- aka: seymour hiney - September 30, 2011

So some time will have passed between movies. I’m wondering now how much, and hoping it’s not measured in years.

40. Tanner Waterbury - September 30, 2011

You know what would be REALLY wicked…. is if they adapted the comics to be a digital “Moving” comic…. with voice actors and moving people.

41. Keachick (rose pinenut) - September 30, 2011

#33 – “Good to know that preproduction will begin soon……I think……I hope!”

Pre-production has already begun. No doubt scouting for location is another part of that process. On IMDb, The Untitled Star Trek sequel’s status changed from “Announced” to “Pre-production” at least a fortnight ago and the film’s status has also changed on all the seven actors homepages as well.

Peter Jackson is in the middle of filming the Hobbit movies and yet three months ago, a helicopter was scouting for suitable locations for the next stage of filming the Hobbit to take place…

42. NuKirk - September 30, 2011

@35: I think all lore should be fair game. The Iconians might be very good, but if done wrong it could come off looking like a ripoff of Stargate SG-1, despite that the Iconian Gateways were devised BEFORE Stargate.

I do agree that they need to be all-inclusive and fluid and incorporate elements from ALL Treks.. The Borg for example NEED to be dealt with, as it was hinted that V’Ger was a Borg of a type in various places and in the Nero comics was implied that V’Ger was twisted into the Narada somehow. Also: The Borg are due to attack Guinan’s home world within 30 years or so circa the 2009 movie’s era.

But they need to also incorporate Enterprise elements more since that was 22nd Century…they should intermix echoes of The Suliban, The Xindi, Denobulans, if elder T’Pol made it off Vulcan before it blew… they already mentioned Archer and his penchant for beagles in the 2009 film…

As for TNG onwards, maybe a run-in with the Q, I remember a TNG novel called Q-Squared that said Trelane was a Q…so thats possible…

Also the Cardassians should be worked in somehow, and perhaps a pre-Occupation Bajor…and maybe The Prophets and/or The Dominion…

As for Voyager, it’d be tough to work in many elements, but with the new, faster warp drive in the new film series (7 minutes at warp to get to Vulcan?) it might be possible to work in some Delta Quadrant races such as the Hirogen and possibly that dinosaur species that’s a ripoff on the Doctor Who Silurians, called the Voth…

They might even tap the new-era novels and get the Caeliar from the Destiny Trilogy involved… who knows…

43. K-7 - September 30, 2011

@40 “You know what would be REALLY wicked…. is if they adapted the comics to be a digital “Moving” comic…. with voice actors and moving people.”


44. boborci - September 30, 2011

23. No. But it might add to the experiance.

45. NuKirk - September 30, 2011

@43 Sarcasm notwithstandin #43, #40 was referring to motion comics, such as was done with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comics.

46. boborci - September 30, 2011


47. K-7 - September 30, 2011

@45. OK, thanks. What’s next then, Trek puppet shows?

48. NuKirk - September 30, 2011

#47 YOUR sarcasm notwithstanding, I don’t know. HOWEVER, done right, a motion comic could provide a good add-on experience at a low budget.

49. K-7 - September 30, 2011

If you say so. :-)

50. Harry Ballz - September 30, 2011


Bob, are you saying we learn experience from our mistakes?

Gawd, I love teasing the heck out of you!

51. chrisfawkes.com - September 30, 2011

I’m getting excited again.

Last time i picked up some spock ears and decided to embarrass some friends at the theatre by wearing them as we picked up tickets.

They are very awkward to get on so i spent some time in front of a mirror practicing until eventually i could slip them on in seconds, I would have been the spock ear quick draw champion had there been such a thing at the time.

I then wrote down every possible thing my friends might say when they realized i was wearing them and worked out a come back to every line they could throw at me.

The day came, i shuffled in behind my small crowd and within seconds i was set. The girl serving burst out laughing, squealing in fact. My friend turned, looked…

and just looked, then one said “you didn’t”. No attempt at witty insults, i was stumped.

The response of the girl selling tickets made it worth while though.

Now i have to work out what to do for the next one.

Any chance of a Sydney premier again?

52. Jay - October 1, 2011

We’d like a release date for the new Star Trek movie, so we all can circle it in our calendars and have a countdown ;)

the ST09 Klingons (from the set pics, reports and deleted scenes) looked bad@ss, freightening and cool.

Hope we’ll get to see them soon as I think they are a huge upgrade over the the “old” Klingon versions.

53. Chris_of_ODU - October 1, 2011

#42. The only “hint” involving a tenuous Borg connection to V’Ger came from the mouth of Gene Roddenberry – after he had been essentially promoted out of virtually all decision making.

V’Ger was repaired by a planet of *living machines* not cybernetic lifeforms. The Borg, even a century later are no where close to being advanced enough to do the things that V’Ger was capable of doing. It isn’t even their modus operandi unless you’re willing to ignore exactly who the Borg are.

The same goes for that sloppy Trelane/Q book. Yes, the young Q need machines to control their actions… Exactly like “Junior” in Voyager. Except “Junior” didn’t need “machines” to do his bidding and Trelane’s tricks were more like an advanced holographic program. Of course the book goes at great lengths to explain all of this, but when you have to put that much effort into storytelling to sell the gimmick, you’ve already lost.

I do appreciate connections weaved throughout Trek lore, some even extremely tenuous – but I simply don’t get the lengths that some fans will go to make *everything* connect together.

54. Pauln6 - October 1, 2011

I don’t think they will feel the need to re-tell every single TOS story but about a third of them were really worthwhile and if they intersperse them with original stories that add to and build on the retellings, that will be realy cool. What I’d like to see is the introduction of some more alien crew (particularly the founding members of the Federation and the races from TMP), re-use of the interesting guest characters (including Riley, Rand, Chapel, Noel, Mulhall and possibly even a young Decker and Ilia), and just more women generally!

55. captainkirk - October 1, 2011

What I find more interesting about this story is that they are scouting locations. Does this mean that the script is finally finished?

56. John - October 1, 2011

Captains Log!

57. jamesingeneva - October 1, 2011

lmao @ Captains Log! @Boborci, good to see you hanging around again! Sure hope Anthony is ok, seems like forever now since we heard from him.

58. denny cranium - October 1, 2011

Its great to see the comics again.
I read that the Trek crew are selling TV pilots.
Trek TV Bob?
What was great about Trek on TV was/is-
If one episode was a bit of a clunker you just said to yourself- “Well there’s next week”
And when an episode was great you were excited for the next week.
If you sell the pilot I’ll write for the series

59. Janice - October 1, 2011

Glad to know they’re scouting for locations.
Moving along, slowly but surely.

Of course, I’m waiting for the big news that will make this movie for me—-the news that PIKE will be there.

60. JimJ - October 1, 2011

I am one who dislikes “remakes” of an original, but then again, I like the sound of this little twist being done in the comics…with the universe deviating further and further from the original. It may be fun to revisit some things, but in a whole different way or perspective.

The BIG question is, if they go that route, can they pull it off to the point that it impresses at least the majority of the old fan bse as well as all of the new fans who were welcomed aboard with the last movie? I, for one, loved the last movie and am going to go see it in IMAX this weekend (see Anthony’s earlier article). They basically did the exact same thing in that movie and it was a huge success overall.

Think about it, people. All of you who are on the bandwagon to bring back Pike (and I am one of those)…you are able to ask for this BECAUSE of the new universe/reality/timeline that they have created. This just may give them and any future writers the freedom to flavor the new Star Trek movies with some fun takes on characters we already know PLUS leave room for new and exciting characters & events to unfold.

61. Kevin A Melbourne Australia - October 1, 2011

New Idea “City on the Edge of Forever”- What if Edith Keilor did not die? There’s a whole new adventure.

62. Buzz Cagney - October 1, 2011

oh Bob, ‘jam with your favourite band’ just sounds like you don’t have any tune’s of your own my friend.
I dare you to prove me wrong, matey. ;)

63. moauvian waoul- aka: seymour hiney - October 1, 2011

At least on the big screen, I hope these tromps down memory lane are relegated to references and not re-worked as the plot. More stories – New stories!

64. Will - October 1, 2011

I don’t really WANT to play them in a new way, though.

65. pock speared - October 1, 2011

“bot-a-nee-bay. botany bay! shit! we’ve got to get out of here!”

66. dep1701 - October 1, 2011

Please… do NOT remake “Space Seed” or “Wrath Of Khan”. Frankly, “Space Seed” was a fair to middling episode whose status in the pantheon has been elevated by it’s far more exciting sequel movie. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy “Space Seed” okay, but it really was not a standout episode, and IMHO, would make a underwhelming movie ( especially since the Marla MacGivers “oh-your-biceps-are-wonderful-of-course-i’ll-help-you-take-over-the-ship” plot device would just not fly in this day and age ).

67. Harry Ballz - October 1, 2011


Yeah, you’re right, gals nowadays NEVER fall for the “bad boy”! :>)

68. Odkin - October 1, 2011

It was (and would be again) a huge mistake to hold back critical story element from the movie and require that fans read comics, novels, websites and play games and watch deleted scenes to understand everything that is going on.

All the ancillary media should stand ON IT’s OWN, as should the movies. I am not going to buy into an entire multimedia experience just to enjoy one movie. I want a comic to be a comic – not an appendix.

When there are so many “bolt-on products” I feel like the movie is cheating me – like selling me a steak but trying to sell the seasoning and sauces separately.

69. Dee - lvs moon' surface - October 1, 2011


:-) :-)

70. Harry Ballz - October 1, 2011

Thanks, Dee, I’m glad to see SOMEBODY gets my humour! :>)

71. Dee - lvs moon' surface - October 1, 2011


“Good to know that preproduction will begin soon……I think……I hope!”

Well… JJAbrams said to Collider… in early August, 2011…

“….. “Let’s get the important things figured out,” then all the pre-production stuff will come. But, I just want to make sure that we’re putting the story and the characters, the cast and the crew, and most importantly the audience, first before we start talking about exactly which locations we’re going to be shooting at and what the wardrobe and visual effects budgets are. It just seems important that we get the important stuff right first. ”

source: http://collider.com/jj-abrams-star-trek-2-mission-impossible-4-interview/107464/

now Bob Orci talked to startrek.com:

“The cast is excited. We have a director. We’ve started scouting locations. The second time around the crew is already together from the start, so we can jump right into the adventure.”

….about “locations”……..then I presume they are in pre-production, right?…or maybe not… LOL….

Perhaps Mr. Bob Orci could clarify if indeed an official “announcement” will happen at some point!…… Mr. Bob Orci???

:-) :-)

72. T'Cal - October 1, 2011

I missed it; did the script get approved??

73. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 1, 2011

The basic storyline got approved in February this year. The holdup has been due to JJ Abrams and Alex Kurtzman, in particular, having to fulfill the requirements of other contracts made with other film companies before they could focus entirely on making this sequel. Paramount allowed for that. Paramount can – it owns the film rights to the Star Trek franchise.

74. Suellen from Savannah - October 1, 2011

Glad to see things moving ahead. This movie season has been less than fantastic. Looking forward to the new movie.

75. Lostrod - October 1, 2011


Regarding the Harlan Ellison issue – perhaps they should simply license his unaired version of “City”. Might fit better in the alt verse.


76. Adolescent Nightmare - October 1, 2011

Some of the complainers do not appear to have actually read it. Which does not surprise me.

77. Harry Ballz - October 1, 2011

Bob Orci

based on your quote, “Imagine being invited to jam with your favorite band”….

Would those sessions, being Trek in nature, come to be known as CAPTAIN’S LOG JAM?

(runs and hides)

78. dmduncan - October 1, 2011

He’s here Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, folks. Also, Mondays through Wednesdays, and Sundays. A round of applause for Mr. Harry Ballz!

79. Harry Ballz - October 1, 2011

Thank, thank you, ladies and germs! I’m here ’til Thursday, and try the veal!

80. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 1, 2011

#59 Janice – I am doing my best to ensure that Pike (Bruce Greenwood) gets a few lines, at the VERY LEAST, in the new movie.

Are you getting this, Bob Orci?
Good man…

81. Bugs nixon - October 1, 2011

Harlan Ellison is not litigious. Rather, the corporations he has been employed by are unfairly exploitative. He has behaved as any writer should with regards to his livelihood.

82. boborci - October 1, 2011

80. Yup.

83. Harry Ballz - October 1, 2011

Greenwood was one of the very best things about the last movie!

Of course they’ll include him!

84. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 1, 2011

#82 Thank you. Does “Yup” mean that you have got my message and/or Bruce Greenwood will appear in the movie?

85. Harry Ballz - October 2, 2011

Oh, Keachick, Keachick, Keachick………you NEVER ask Bob Orci a DIRECT question.

It’s just not done. He’ll only answer a comment that comes in from left field, with a bit of a spin on it, where it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with what you’re hinting at………….

Here, fishy, fishy………..

86. James - October 2, 2011

Hey Bob Orci, is there any chance you guys will end up making Star Trek 3 and a hypothetical Star Trek 4 back to back? Or a Star Trek 4 and 5 back to back? I figured Paramount wanted this cast for more than 3 movies.

87. P Technobabble - October 2, 2011

85, Harry
So is it veal or flounder? You really oughta push the plomeek soup…

88. captainkirk - October 2, 2011

83: Forget putting him in the movie, they could make a whole series about Pike.

89. Janice - October 2, 2011

#80 Keachick–Thank you. I know you’ll do your best.
But–A few lines for Pike!! I want a heck of a lot more than that!! I’ve been waiting FOREVER!! I hope boborci meant that “yup–Pike is there”.

#83 Harry Baltz–Absolutely agree. Bruce Greenwood is the reason I just loved the 2009 Star Trek.

#87 captainkirk– I’m all for a series or movie about Pike—but I still want to see him in the sequel.

I know Bruce Greenwood is filming the TV series The River and also has other projects lined up. Work It Out!!

90. Hugh Hoyland - October 2, 2011

“Imagine being invited to jam with your favorite band”….

That quote from Bob says it all…this movie will indeed have SPACE HIPPIES! I reach you man. :]

91. Buzz Cagney - October 2, 2011

What exactly did Pike do that got people so excited? Got some eel thing shoved down his throat and, er, um……
No, I like Bruce just fine but he isn’t desperately needed, beyond a few line’s, next time out.

92. Harry Ballz - October 2, 2011


Buzz, my take on it is that, as a salute to TOS with Shatner, they cast another charismatic Canadian actor (Bruce Greenwood) as the veteran Captain in the movie. Nice touch!

93. Dom - October 2, 2011

11. Chadwick

Believe me, speaking as an editor, editors do not have the power to remove scenes from a movie. The job is highly creative, but the decisions to remove scenes are in the hands of the director, producer or studio execs. In terms of editing, the film was very nicely put together. That said, I wish the Klingon scenes had been kept in. However, the editors would have been told to remove them by Mr Abrams. Not hiring them again because they did their job is a bit mean, quite frankly!

94. boborci - October 2, 2011

84. Yup.

95. Harry Ballz - October 2, 2011


Hey, what the…..!! Why, you ol’ wordmeister, you!!

Bob, you’re slicker than whalesh*t on an ice flow!

(uh, that’s a compliment by the way)


96. Hugh Hoyland - October 2, 2011

#93 Bob

Yup, as in did you get her message and/or Bruce Greenwood will appear in the movie? :]

97. dmduncan - October 2, 2011

Oh surely he means both! He’s not gonna just throw away the character of Pike after Bruce Greenwood made him so good. “Your mission, James, should you decide to accept it…”

98. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 2, 2011

@ Bob Orci –

OK – start again, for clarity’s sake. The answers are either Yup or Nah.

Did you get my message at post #80? Yup or Nah

Will Bruce Greenwood be appearing in the next movie as Admiral Christopher Pike? Yup or Nah

Will Pike have a significant role to play in the next movie? Yup or Nah

Will Pike have only a few lines in one or two small scenes in the movie? Yup or Nah

Has the beagle been cast yet? Yup or Nah
(It would be a shame to halt a nice tradition begun by Captain Archer before it even takes off. This is an alt. universe…)

@ Janice – Please bear in mind that there may be not be much for Pike (Bruce Greenwood). He is a member of the super 8 though. Each of those eight characters want/need a *moment* to do their thing and shine, but the lead character is Captain James T Kirk with his *accomplices* Spock and friend and personal physician, Dr Bones McCoy.

99. Khan 2.0 - October 2, 2011

looks like the new Twilight Zone movie is going ahead

hey JJ…JJ?…where are you going? come back…

100. Craiger - October 2, 2011

Bob since the comics are revisiting old TOS episodes does that mean the sequel will also do that? Or will it be an all new villian?

101. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 2, 2011

#98 What on earth has your link got to do with JJ? I assume you mean JJ Abrams. Somehow I doubt that right now Paramount is letting any of the Bad Robot team out of their sight until they get the Star Trek movie done.

102. jrandomuser - October 2, 2011

I know the purists might hemmorage when I say this, but…

One of my favorite things about “alternate universe” episodes was always the cool variations on the uniforms. Why not really change up the uniforms for the next film? I always preferred the look of the TWOK uniforms over anything else they ever designed for the franchise. Why not move the JJverse gang into something that looks a little more naval and a little less “Spaceman Spiff”?

Just my opinion. I may be wrong.

103. Joel - October 2, 2011

Regardless of how the haters feel, it’s neat that the comics are taking classic episodes and making them part of the new universe. It’s quite conceivable that the same crew, even in a new universe, because of their skills, would be sent on the same missions as the prime timeline crew.

Excited to see how things “deviate” from the original episodes and bring us closer to the new movie. Between comics and next year’s video game, maybe the wait won’t be as bad as it seems…

104. N - October 2, 2011

What is the New ST comic called. It so hard to search for the new Trek because it has no subtitle.

105. Pauln6 - October 2, 2011

If the Galileo 7 is going to deviate from the original more than WNMHGB this could give us an indication on where future stories might lead. It will also give them the chance to see how the popularity of similar retellings and deviant retellings play out. Personally, I’d like to see them build on the original stories so we might get to see origin stories for Kang, Kor, and Koloth, fall-out from Nero’s actions with the Romulan Empire, allusions to what Spock Prime might be up to, more Sarek, T’Pau, and T’Pring (I think the latter stands a good chance of showing up in the sequel even though Spock’s Pon Farr isn’t due yet), and hopefully an expanding cast of recurring ‘guest’ characters to fill some niches that the main crew don’t fill (especially a few aliens from the familar races).

106. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 2, 2011

#102 I like the TOS style uniforms and the uniforms in this alternate universe are just fine. I never really liked the TNG and the subsequent TV series uniforms as much as the original. And frankly, I don’t want to be reminded of the Navy or any other armed forces. The Enterprise has weaponry and is able to defend itself if necessary, but that was not its main focus and I hope it won’t be in the sequel.

I hope you are getting this as well, Bob…:) I have said this from the beginning…

Good man!

107. Dee - lvs moon' surface - October 2, 2011

OMG!!!……………….Yup…:-) :-)

108. Khan 2.0 - October 3, 2011

@101 – joke…JJA has frequently stated TZ is is absolute favourite tv show…

@102@ – i agree about uniform changes, itd give the movie a new fresh look like TWOK had from TMP, plus change stuff like phasers/commuincators/ship design etc – freshen it all up like they kind of did with Shatner and Co movie to movie…
especially after 4 year wait…(both in our time and hopefully movie timeline)

109. Janice - October 3, 2011

#98 Keachick.

Oh I know it’ll be all about Kirk. It’s a new ST now and to me, Pike is the 8th cast member and should be on just as much as Uhura.

Anyway, it will make my day when I read officially that Pike will be there.

110. captain_neill - October 3, 2011

Why must Kirk not win a fight in t he last movie and why in the comic does he not even win a game of tri dimensional chess.

I got the first comic out of curiousity and as I thought it was completely unoriginal, some interesting takes but very inferior to the original episode.

111. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 3, 2011

Because Kirk will win a fight in the next movie. I have it on order…:) In the next movie, it will be Kirk’s chance to win at tri-dimensional chess against Spock. It is Spock he has to beat. Gary Mitchell is neither here nor there…

Are you getting this, Bob?
Good man!
No being obtuse or vague or obscure with your answers. I see you and I are going to need to have a little chat…hmmm

112. The Great Bird of the Galaxy - October 3, 2011


That’s a Trektabulous idea!

113. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - October 3, 2011

106 you do realize that starfleet was modeled after the Navy right?
right down to the officers ranks.
And you do realize that the Navy also has scientific expeditions as well right? not just warfare.

For example I served, because I wanted to a career in meteorological sciences.
The Navy isnt just about war.

114. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 3, 2011

#113 Good for the Navy. Yes, maybe Gene Roddenberry did use the Navy as a model, but Starfleet is NOT the Navy nor any other armed forces that we know of today. There is nothing wrong with the uniforms worn in Star Trek 09. I was quite pissed off when they made the uniforms more militaristic looking in TWOK.

I don’t want to see that kind of thing repeated.

115. Jim Nightshade - October 4, 2011

I liked the naval maritime tradition touches like uniforms,bells etc–they had to base it on something semi militrish but i see your point as well-not what gr intended to be at all–even trek09 describes starfleet as a peace keeping armada–kinda like giant shrimp huh or mikitary intelligence haaa

116. Jim Nightshade - October 4, 2011

uhh military intelligence shhsh typos

117. Pauln6 - October 4, 2011

Heroes are more interesting when they are flawed and this is not the same version of Kirk as the original timeline. He has the same DNA but studies e.g. of the psychopath gene are beginning to show that 50% of who we are comes from our DNA and 50% comes from our upbringing. Since Kirk was portrayed as q teenage delinquent instead of the bookworm from TOS so maybe he should be a bit better at fighting but quite poor at chess. It makes sense. They may use an improving performance in chess as a euphamism for Kirk becoming more tactical and comfortable in his role as a leader.

118. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 4, 2011

How could I have been so remiss? NZ has some wonderful locations for filming. Ask Peter Jackson. I thought I should mention this as they are scouting for suitable filming locations for the Star Trek sequel. Plus when you come to film in January next year, it will be summer here…I can but try. Isn’t that right, Bob Orci?

(I really must submit an invoice to the NZ Tourism Board for my advertising and encouragement to those in the northern hemisphere to come to these pleasant islands down under, film our lovely country and throw a little money our way in the process. Someday…)

119. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - October 5, 2011

114 wow way to show disrespect for the NAVY with that comment of yours. “YAY for the Navy”
Again starfleet is Modeled after the Navy, and is as much as you dont want to admit it Starfleet is a miltary operation, and just like the navy they do so scientific research when called into action take part in war when needed.

even the rank system of the officers in starfleet is identical to that of the Navy.
what else did you think starfleet was if not a branch of the military.

120. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - October 5, 2011

wow way to show disrespect for the NAVY with that sarcastic comment of yours. “YAY for the Navy.
Again starfleet is Modeled after the Navy, and is as much as you dont want to admit it Starfleet is a miltary operation, and just like the navy they do so scientific research when called into action take part in war when needed.

even the rank system of the officers in starfleet is identical to that of the Navy.
what else did you think starfleet was if not a branch of the military

121. Daniel craigs my wookie bitch now - October 5, 2011

118 thats nice now youre even trying to take our entertainment industry jobs away from us here in L.A. as well. keep it up.

I will be very disapointed if a good portion of Trek XII is not filmed at Paramount

122. big joe - October 5, 2011

I would love to see the new Enterprise crew get another crack at the Doomsday Machine, or vice-versa. Or, this Spock would love to get a shot at teh Romulans after what they, through Nero, did to his homeworld. He might agree with Styles that the ROmulans need to be attacked instead of ignored or contained.

123. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 5, 2011

#120, 121 Perhaps I don’t feel the same kind of awe and worship for the military as you obviously have, however I do respect the courage and hard work performed by many military personnel. I certainly respect the efforts of our military personnel. BTW, another of our (NZ) own SAS man got killed a few days ago fighting in Afghanistan, which many people, here and overseas, believe is more of an American war than anybody else’s, yet our guys still DIE.

Star Trek is about global (even galactic) interaction and co-operation. There is no reason why some of the movie could not be shot in a place other than the USA, should the requirements of any script deem shooting in another country deem the overall look and feel of the movie better. The fact is that a good part, if not most, of Star Trek will be shot in Paramount studios because that is where the sets for the Enterprise, other star ships, space stations, model of planets etc have been built. It’s a no-brainer.

The reality is that quite a lot of US made films get shot in part off US soil. The proposal was/is to film a lot of the Jack Ryan movie in Eastern Europe, Romania I think. The US movie industry makes films which have worldwide distribution and quite a lot of their revenue comes from the INTERNATIONAL film going public, so frankly I do not see why some films could not be shot outside the US, including parts of Star Trek. Some might call it, “Give a little, take a little”.

Also, some of the people working in LA on any movie would be going to the location spot, whether inside or outside the USA, to organise the work done by local employees and to maintain production standards demanded by the studio. It’s called a team effort.

124. Jack - October 9, 2011

I’m kind of hoping to see Occupy Star Fleet protests in the next one… since, presumably, banks, capitalism and for-profit health care no longer exist. The military’s an easy target.

125. shadow - October 9, 2011

I just finished with the first issue of the comics and I am not pleased. I thought it was a cool idea to re-imagine episodes from the original series with the new cast and ship, but I just found it to be painful and an atrocious smear on a beloved history. The story (thus far) has been full of cheap short cuts and left me feeling displeased. I was looking forward to seeing Dr. Dehner in the new continuity and [spoilers] she was written out because Bones some how slept with her and made her recall her transfer [end spoiler]. I guess I was more expecting to see the crew try and correct the errors in the timeline that Spock Prime said the universe was doing in the movie. But I guess that wouldn’t make for an interesting read. I’m looking forward to issues 3 and 4 so I can compare it to an episode where the crew is pretty standard in both timelines. That is if I keep reading them.

126. Jack - October 10, 2011

The thing is, how can they correct errors in the timeline? How would they know how things are supposed to turn out (yes, yes, Spock could give them a detailed list — on Stardate x I had oatmeal for breakfast). And why would that matter anymore? It’s their present — they’re as unsure of the future as the prime crew was when they were having their versions of these adventures. They figured it out without help in the Prime universe, they’ll figure it out here (or die horribly).

127. Razorburn - November 16, 2011

It will be interesting to see how the alternate timeline stories deal with stories that were depicted in TOS. It will certainly be more entertaining than the Starship Farragut episodes and the prima donnas who run that entire production.

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