As he does every so often. Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Roberto Orci dropped by the TrekMovie.com comments section tonight and started answering questions posed by the fans. Orci talked about the first teaser trailer, the title for the film, how he prepped and more. See below for highlights and a full transcript, with possibly some minor spoilers.
Orci fan Q&A at TrekMovie.com + talks sequel title, first teaser & more
Star Trek scribe Roberto Orci has spend much of the last couple of months in New Orleans where he is working on his big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel “Ender’s Game.” On Sunday night he found himself on a plane with some time to kill and posted the following message in the thread about the 5 Star Trek captains photo.
boborci: On an airplane with a glass of wine in my hand. Good time to try and trick me into revealing something.
This soon developed into another impromptu Bob Orci/TrekMovie.com fan Q&A session where Bob actually dropped some new information about the 2013 Star Trek sequel.
Here are some highlights from Bob’s chat:
- (Maybe) confirmed that Klingons are in the sequel (then sort of backtracked)
- Did confirm Klingons (if they appear) will have ridged foreheads (like in 2009 deleted scenes)
- Title for sequel still being debated
- Hopes that first teaser will be "very soon"
- No word yet on what’s going on for San Diego Comic Con (but will know soon)
- Sequel was "harder" to write than the first Trek due to lower expectations for the first one
- Animated show still a possibility
- "More than a few" hints have already been dropped into ongoing comics
- Harry Mudd is NOT the villain in the Star Trek movie –
- No comment if Nimoy will appear
- Watched all of original Star Trek series and TOS movies to prep for sequel, took away " a better sense of tone and where our heroes are supposed to be like once they mature out of 09"
Full transcript (of the questions Orci answered) in standard Q&A format:
Amish Electrician: Is Tom Hanks in the movie?
boborci: No. And he wont be until he gets his JFK history straight!
Markus: Any thoughts about a Alien/Star Trek crossover? Kirk vs. the Alien Queen? Pretty please :)
boborci: Actually a cool idea.
drapera: How about the new trek film title please sir…?
boborci: We are debating the title as we speak. U still have time to opine!
Ahmed: Good to have you here with us again, are you going to comic con this year & if yes, will we see something regarding Star Trek ?
boborci: I’m actually on a plane headed back home after months in New Orleans. I will find out this week what the consensus is regarding comic-con. I truly have no idea what we might do there.
Millie: Do you have any idea when the first teaser trailer will be released?
boborci: No exact date, but super soon!
Nick Sterling: I have a question for Bob. Given your experience with both movies now, which was more difficult: Working on the first film and having to establish the characters or the sequel?
boborci: Good question. The first movie came to us more effortlessly, but we also had the benefit of low expectations. The sequel was harder to get behind and figure out.
TBB: Bob. Could you tell us who the villain is…or at least who it isn’t…
boborci: Sure. Harry Mudd is not the villain.
VZX: Bob, you think you screwed yourself about the sequel title with just calling the 09 movie just “Star Trek?”
boborci: Hahaha! Maybe!
jesustrek: hey Bob and Leonard Nimoy participates in the Movie ??? say Yes please
boborci: Not drunk enough to answer that. Flight attendant!
Walter Kozlowski: Hey Boborci, do the Klingons have ridges?
VZX: Klingon ridges? So that confirms that Klingons are in the film!
boborci: They had ridges in the 09 version as evidenced by their helmets!
boborci: So in our universe, they still have ridges, whether they are in the sequel or not;)
VZX: Bob, did you have any input to the theme park in Spain?
boborci: No, knew nothing about Spain, but I do have a hand in crazy similar thing that will be revealed soon.
follettcraig: Bob, how much time did you spend on the set during shooting?
boborci: Much less then I would’ve liked. That crew knew what they were doing after already having done 09.
Chief Engineer: Bob does Scotty have more to do in this movie?
boborci: You bet your a$$;)
Chief Engineer: Is that why Simon Pegg always looks so happy?
Steve-o: Bob-If the Star Trek is bound for television after J.J. is finished with it would you have an interest in lending your talents to it’s production or do you think
after these films wrap up for good you will have had enough?
boborci: Can never get enough Trek.
JJ-R: Bob, now the groundwork has been laid for the new universe, is the new film more politically and socially relevant than the first? I know JJ said he wanted to do this way back before the script was written.
boborci: I think it will be more obviously relevant, though I still feel the 09 version was quite relevant with echoes of 9/11 and Bush vs. Obama.
JJ-R: Oh, and how’s that animated series idea coming along. ;)
boborci: Could happen.
Sunfell: Hey, Bob- how many wicked little hints about the movie are already hiding in the comic book series? I’m really enjoying it- the art and writing are top-notch. Loved the Vulcan two-parter.
boborci: More than a few.
VZX: Bob, will the Trek sequel be the “dark” chapter of the trilogy?
boborci: Difficult to answer in that 09 showed destruction of Vulcan and Spock’s mother, yet not exactly considered dark.
VZX: Good point, but ST09 is the hero’s journey, Joe Campbell-esque, establishing of characters and set-up. Even Star Wars had the death of Obi Wan and Alderaan, but Empire is considered the darker one.
boborci: It certainly could end up as a second chapter, but we like to make sure that you get your money’s worth with each movie. The story must stand alone, in our humble opinion.
rm10019: Any update on a Trek Animated project? Or the PS3 game?
boborci: Will have updates on game asap.
VZX: Bob, how’s the science in the sequel? Do you think it will be as questioned as ST09?
boborci: No, because time travel invites a different level of scrutiny.
JJ-R: Are you just looking to TOS for your world-building, or to the 24th century shows and Enterprise too? There’s obviously no obligation to do so and original stories are the way to go, but the references to Cardassians, Archer, etc, in the first film were fun and heartening. I’d love for the new film to continue tipping its hat to all prior Trek eras, or perhaps do more than that.
boborci: Cant unsee what I have seen of all the shows, but we are mindful of being within the technological means of our world.
Seb: Bob, do u have any ideas for Star Trek 3 ?
boborci: No, so good time to weigh in;)
Blake Powers: Do we get to experience the Enterprise as “home” in this one? Last movie I didn’t really get to bond with the ship like I’d like to..
boborci: Good question. Yeah, you get a great sense of Big E this time. See Damon’s comments about how grand the set is this time.
Spock Grokker: Then tell us, what will happen with Spock and Uhura this time around? Still going strong? Or will Spock feel he needs to help, um, help repopulate the Vulcans?
boborci: Another good question which was debated!
Nony: Is McCoy actually *in* this movie, and is he awesome? Mr. Urban’s been awfully camera-shy and was the only one who never turned up in *any* pap/leaked photos, I’ve been a bit worried.
boborci: Bones LIVES!
rm10019: Did you revisit TOS and watch any again prior to sitting down and fleshing this treatment/script?
boborci: Watched all of TOS again before setting course.
rm10019: Bob, that is impressive really, what did you take away from the shows this time through? Does that include ST II ;)
boborci: Yeah, watched TOS movies, too. I took away a better sense of tone and where our heroes are supposed to be like once they mature out of 09.
Ahmed: In Star Trek (2009), I loved that scene where Captain Pike tell Kirk, “I dare you to do better.”
I hope that we will see similar character moments in the sequel.
boborci: Thank you! Hope you will like!
Blake Powers: bob,
do you watch any of the happenings going on with (spacex, nasa)? Do you ever feel “maybe this could motivate future explorers”? (at least in retrospect, I’m sure your main goal is to make a great product)
boborci: I met Elon Musk who advised me for Ender’s Game!
And soon after that Bob had to wrap things up saying…
boborci: Plane now going into initial descent. Thanks, guys and gals, for keeping me company. Folks on this site are the best, starting with you, Anthony. Never want to disappoint any of you. We’ll chat again soon!
Right back at you Bob. And thanks for dropping by and chatting with the fans.