Adam Wills of the Jewish Journal recently interviewed Star Trek 2008 writer Alex Kurtzman and has put up part an interesting Star Trek tidbit from that interview on their GeekHeeb Blog. Kurtzman says that for their new Star Trek they drew inspiration and hoped to replicate the experience the classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
For the “Trek” script a lot of it was what “Trek” meant to us as kids. We’ve been enormous fans of “Trek” since we were little kids. And what it felt like to be in the theater and watch “Wrath of Khan” for the first time was what we wanted people to experience … [want to recapture] that kind of an emotional ride. An incredibly great bad guy against an incredibly high-stakes story that’s just emotional. “Trek” for us is about family and friendship.
A bad guy and maybe Carol Marcus?
This is the first time we have had any reference to the film’s villain. Kurtzman seems to confirm that it will be a ‘bad guy’ like Khan so it looks like it won’t be an ‘entity’ like we have had in some other Trek films. That is probably a good thing since it is a lot easier to have good character drama with a person instead of a ‘probe’ of some sort. Kurtzman wouldn’t specifically answer a question on if the film was a ‘reboot’ or not, but when asked if the Trek II parallels may mean that Carol Marcus might show up he didn’t deny it and just said "you’ll have to see."
Adam was kind enough to send over the audio, so take a listen and see if you think he is hinting that Marcus may show up:[audio:kurtzstxistii.mp3]
Full Transcript at GeekHeeb.
More from the writers:
Of course there are even more interviews with the Trek writers out there today. Nothing major but here a couple of highlights
- reboot is in the ‘eye of the beholder’
- considered many actors for the roles
- hope to have actor announcement at comic-con
- script reflects current issues, Orci "I don’t know how you do Star Trek without it somehow reflect the society you are living in"
- Originally approached to do Trek a year before ‘it went down’ (presumably 2005)
- Been ‘doing homework all their lives’ for Star Trek
- Between 5 producers (Abrams, Orci, Lindelof, Kurtzman, Burk) they ‘probably did watch everything [in trek] again’ to prepare
- Have researcher ‘on call’ for Trek facts
NOTE: when I talked to Orci and Kurtzman last week they said that they use the Okuda Trek books and Memory Alpha regularly for their research.
I like the notion of trying to recapture the spirit and adventure and experience of Star Trek II. I think the team really want Trek to do for kids today what it did for them (and many of us) when we were kids. I think the inclusion of Carol Marcus is interesting. She was a very strong female character and we know that these writers (of Alias and MI3) like strong female characters. Even if Marcus is not in the film I do expect there to be some love connection. Regarding the villain I think this again is a smart move. General audiences will probably like a bad guy and not a nebulous entity. From what I know about these guys I think the comments about a ‘ high-stakes story’ are quite possibly to to do with personal high stakes for the characters and not just a ‘save the world’ kind of thing. Getting back to Star Trek II I do not read the above to imagine they are ‘copying’ STII (like Nemesis did in a way), but trying to recreate experience, the event of STII and what it did for the franchise…and that is a good thing.