In the last week we have heard a lot from Star Trek co-writer Roberto Orci, but now in a new audio interview at Voices From Krypton we hear from Orci’s other half Alex Kurtzman. Kurtzman noted that over the years many writers have contributed to the character of Trek but that the show was "very much Roddenberry’s and it always has maintained a optimistic and hopeful universe about exploration and ultimately also about friendship and family." He spoke about how much he and Roberto have been influenced by the many people involved in Trek’s past…
It is an honor to be part of it now and to inherit that mantle, but I feel like we couldn’t have really been doing that without the instruction that everyone else has given us and the road map that has been laid out for us.
Not a BSG style reboot
Kurtzman specifically said that the new Star Trek would not involve radical changes like the new Battlestar Galactica and pointed out that the 40 year history provided ‘a sort of guard rail’ for what they could and could not do. In addition he noted that due to the mix of fandom withing the film makers there were checks and balances to help the film with both fans and a general audience. Apparently producer Damon Lindelof and co-writer Roberto Orci represent the more ‘rabid fan’ wing ensuring that things will work for the Trek fans who he described as "intelligent and incredibly passionate about what they feel is true to Star Trek."
[Tony says: After everything said by the writers in the last weeks, hopefully those who are fretting about about canon and reboots should have their fears put to rest.]
Alex [HEARTS] TOS
Kurtzman is known to be more of a fan of TOS, and talked in detail about how he views the show…
The thing that strikes you when you watch it [TOS] is how unbelievably sophisticated those shows were for the time. They didn’t pander to anybody and in a way you had to catch up with a lot of the technology that was happening at the time. It also managed to entertain and also managed to have this very relevant social parable behind the whole thing. There is real substance there. It is making a comment on basic human relations and politics and everything that you could want or think or feel and that is what makes a Trek. That is what makes it unique, I think that shows that can do that are a miracle. You look for things like that for inspiration. You certainly couldn’t imagine doing Trek without taking that into account.
If you haven’t had enough from co-writer Roberto Orci, then there is another interview with him at Dark Horizons. Here is the best quote about the new Star Trek film.
If you’re a fan, you’re going to see one kind of movie and if you have never seen it, you’re going to be introduced to it in a different kind of a way. That’s the goal.
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