The Grand Slam Sci-Fi Summit is over. The TrekMovie.com Q&A with Star Trek co-writer and exec. producer Bob Orci was well received. The audience was impressed with Orci’s level of geekdom and respect for Trek. Much of the Q&A covered ground that is well known to TrekMovie.com regulars, but there were a few new items, highlighted below.
Quick highlights from Bob:
- The whole project began with a phone call from a Paramount exec to Orci in 2005 (while he, Kurtzman and Abrams were working on Mission: Impossible:III), asking if he had any ideas for Star Trek
- JJ was convinced to direct Star Trek by his wife Katie (who felt the film had strong female characters) and by director Steven Spielberg who was impressed with the script
- Spielberg also visited the set during shooting scenes on the Enterprise and helped JJ Abrams work out a scene to help ‘with the action’
- Ben Stiller visited the set as well (and confirmed previously reported visits from: Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, and Tom Cruise)
- Targeting PG-13 rating
- Orci on the endless fanboy debate on Star Trek vs. Star Wars: “Star Trek was first” (got big applause for that)
- Film will have lots of action, but is still mostly about ‘relationships’ and not just about ‘swords with lights on them’ (referring back to earlier Star Trek v Star Wars discussion)
- Star Trek will make the Trek universe ‘feel real in a way it never has before’
- Enterprise having components being built on earth doesn’t preclude it being assembled in space, in fact it ‘probably will be’
- Using the ‘supreme court’ constitutional analogy, your view on if the film ‘fits’ within canon will depend on if you are a ‘strict constructionist’ or believe in the ‘spirit of the law’
- Any changes would be done after much consideration and ‘no differences will be from ignorance’ of Trek lore.
- Of all the female characters, Uhura (Zoe Saldana) is the ‘female lead’ of the film and does a lot more than just ‘answer the space phone’
- Nimoy was the ‘key’ to the script: he was the only way to ‘resolve continuity issues’ of the story and to have an ‘appropriate transfer of the soul’
- Took a risk with the script so reliant on Nimoy after only one preliminary meeting and before he was officially signed on
- Hardest character to cast was Kirk (Chris Pine), easiest was Spock (Zach Quinto)
- Orci and Kurtzman were released from ‘Michael Bay Jail’ (which turns out to be a luxury hotel on the Pacific Coast) on Friday, after finishing the first draft for Transformers 2
- There is at least one Star Trek reference in Transformers 2
TrekMovie.com will have more from the two appearance of the Spocks (Quinto and Nimoy) and a video interview with Bob coming up tomorrow.