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According to Roberto Orci he and his co-writers are in the middle of writing the script for the next Star Trek film, they are looking to focus on new unexplored territory, and less on any specific canon callbacks. More details below.
In a new interview with IGN, Orci chatted about using characters and races from the wider Trek canon.
On having known characters, aliens, races, in the next movie:
I think our instinct right now is to go into more uncharted territory. But again, we’re still in the middle of writing it. If the best idea is when, suddenly, it seems like the best thing ever to do, is to have the Andorians running around, doing something cool, that’s what it’ll be.
On his current mentor type relationship with J.J. Abrams:
J.J. is more than a colleague for me, he is someone who I’ve learned a lot from, just watching the trajectory of his decisions, his career. He’s been so generous with his time with me in terms of being willing to answer any questions that I have about anything. Alex [Kurtzman] and I, he’s always been like an older brother for us. He’s been like our business mentor/older brother. He’s one of the people I’ve been relying on going forward. I do feel comfortable enough, when I have a question about anything in this business, I feel like I can call him, and he’ll give me some pretty good advice.