In addition to talking to TrekMovie.com, Roberto Orci also talked to other members of the geekosphere at the Transformers event. The Star Trek co-writer opened up on Trek a bit more to IESB saying that he and writing partner Alex Kurtzman were ready to write the film because they "been researching that [Trek] all our lives…we read the novels, we just had it down cold." Regarding which series were favorites he said that he was partial to TNG and that Kurtzman favored TOS. The co-writer and executive producer also said that they wrote the script with a ‘big’ budget in mind. However Orci said they are not yet set on having big named stars and felt that you do not need them…:
I don’t think so, because the star of the movie is Star Trek, you know,so another way to think of it is we feel confident in what the material is and what the paradigm of the movie is that we’re not trying to shove an Academy Award winner down your throat to sell it. Which doesn’t mean that we might not end up there but its not our first place to go there with that.
more excerpts from IESB, IGN and SciFi Wire below…
from IESB.net interview
Q: What’s your feeling about all the fans going on about Kirk and Spock and just everyone not being able to accept that it’s going to be a reboot and is there any frustration on your end?
Orci: Hmm, no, I understand it’s just like I understand everyone thinks Transformers is going to be a toy commercial and its not until they see it. Know that its factored into our thinking that people are afraid of whatever its going to be and that whatever the criticisms are without confirming or denying anything, we are, we’re aware of them and they are part of the fabric of the story, its all I can say.
Q: So as life long fans, I’m going back to ‘Trek’, what was it like to get the keys to the kingdom?
Orci: Insane, I mean it like getting a Lamborghini, its crazy. It was insane, terrifying, but safety in numbers too. We’re doing it with J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof both the creators of Lost and we knew that if the four of us, the five of us couldn’t do it, then that was it.
Q: How involved was Damon in the process?
Orci: He was very involved, we read the story with him very early on and he’s a gigantic fan as well. In fact, he said that the inspiration for "Lost" was "Trek".
Q: And can I ask you what the tone for the "Star Trek" that you are creating, is it more, are you looking to keep it on the same tone as the previous ones or are you looking to take it to that more darker, raw aspect of the way Batman Begins went…
Orci: No, I don’t know about darker but definitely to update the tone.
Q: Are you guys going to be day to day involved in Trek or are you also working on other projects?
Orci: We’re working on multiple things but we’re going to be day to day working on ‘Trek’, we’re also executive producing it.
Q: I have to ask about, you just mentioned about the script, did the experience of Transformers with the early script reviews getting up there, is that effecting the way you guys are guarding the Star Trek script?
Orci: You bet your ass. [laughter] You bet, especially since Star Trek is much more dependent on the story being fresh. You know, Transformers we knew that even if it leaked you were not going to be able to imagine Transformers until you saw it. The spectacle does buy us a little bit of leeway in terms of it you know what’s going to happen. Trek does not have that gimmie, Trek’s been around, people have seen it, so it’s infinitely more important that the story be new when you get to it because it does matter.
Question: So how do you guard it nowadays with the internet, with all the leaks?
Orci: We have encryption programs, we have a trusted made man (?) flying everywhere. He’s like the mob boss in "Casino," with the handcuff, you know it’s…
Orci is not joking about the man with the script. During the Transformers junket John Voight talked about how the man with the script came to his office and waited outside for him to read it. So for those wondering why there isn’t more news about the film, it is clear that the film makers want to keep their secrets all the way up to opening day if possible. We do expect to know some of the casting soon (as indicated above). TrekMovie.com has been reporting that Comic-Con in July will have a Star Trek event (probably including a casting announcement). We plan on being there and bringing it to you as live as possible.
Full IESB interview here
UPDATE: some kind of Kirk?
More from SciFi Wire…Orci is quoted as saying (regarding casting): "Some kind of Kirk. … We literally haven’t cast them yet. It’s actually one of the challenges, and so we’re hoping to have something by Comic-Con [in San Diego in July], but we’ll see." Not exactly sure what the ‘some kind of’ part means yet…but hopefully we can find out soon. Regarding whether the movie will turn into a TV show Orci stated "I’m sure CBS is thinking about that,…that’s not [something] we’re thinking about. We’re just thinking about the movie. Certainly, I don’t know how they could not think about that."
UPDATE 2: For fans and non fans, story fills gaps in Starfleet history
Even more from Orci at IGN…
We’ve sworn an oath to not really divulge anything,…but if you’re a fan who’s been tracking a lot of questions about people’s histories and about the history of Starfleet, there’s various gaps in the canon that if you were to get online and sample what people would want to see, you’d see some overlap in terms of what any fan who knows Trek would see. But the flipside of it is we want to make sure that this movie is absolutely for nonfans as well. In a way it’s going to be two different movies — if you’re a fan, you’re going to see a different movie. If you’re a fan, you’re seeing the black stripes of the zebra, and if you’re not a fan you’re going to see the white stripes. That was actually an amazing challenge, to see if that was even possible, and I think, hope, pray that we did it.
On the realism
Since the white stripes of it are an introduction to a broad audience, we absolutely want to sell the reality of it. That’s again partly through some of the things you’re saying in terms of the technology. We love the technobabble, but again it comes through meeting the characters in an appropriate way such that you start to discover what the universe is by the time they’ve already won you over. That I think gets you farther to feeling it’s real than those explanations, even though we have plenty," he added with a laugh.
…on if they wrote it ‘for’ JJ Abrams
Well, Trek we didn’t know that J.J. [Abrams] was going to direct it. He was only going to produce it, so we wrote it just kind of with what we would want to see. J.J. has a very similar sensibility just in terms of how we approach material, so in a way we knew we didn’t have to try and tailor it to him. If it was something that we truly loved, we hoped that he would too, and it turned out that way. We weren’t writing it for him specifically, even though we were hoping he would direct it; we made sure there was enough stuff in there to lure him in [laughs].