In a new in-depth interview, Star Trek co-writers and executive producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman talk more in depth about the new movie, including a bit of detail on the setting, canon and how they want to bring a bit of Star Wars into Star Trek.
On the setting and canon
The pair were asked what their Star Trek was about…
Orci: It’s about how the original crew came together, which was never covered in its entirety by either the show or any of the movies. No one has ever told the story of how the Enterprise set sail.
Kurtzman: There are details in canon where the characters refer to their past but there are wide areas of interpretations and sort of blank spots where you go, "Wait, I understand this, but how did they get from here to there before they got to that point?" And that’s where you have some room.
Wired.com: While staying consistent….
Kurtzman: You have to remain consistent. You cannot break one rule of anything’s that’s gone before.
When asked about how fans will react to the film, they returned to the subject of canon.
Orci: There’s going to be a debate when this movie comes out whether or not it’s consistent with canon. We argue that it is. But there’s literally nothing we can say about this movie. Even if we think it’s not controversial, people will say, "Oh, that’s convenient, they’re covering a story that’s never been covered before instead of dealing with canon."
Wired.com: It’s a pretty intense legacy.
Kurtzman: The questions we’re most attracted to are, "What are the rules of these characters and the rules of that universe and the rules of what makes Star Trek works?" If we don’t tap into that, no matter how consistent the movie is with anything that came before, who cares? If you tap into that and come up with something that embodies the spirit of what we felt when we first saw it, then hopefully we have Star Trek.
A little Star Wars in Star Trek
Wired also asked the pair about how JJ Abrams has mentioned he is more of a Star Wars fan, but they are more Star Trek fans. While Orci agreed that they and Damon Lindelof were big Trek fans, he also agreed with Alex that they "have to bring more Star Wars into Star Trek" but noting specifically "original Star Wars" (not the prequels). But they feel it needs to be a mix:
Orci: Original Star Wars. I want to feel the space, I want to feel speed and I want to feel all the things that can become a little bit lost when Star Trek becomes very stately — which I love about it , but….
Kurtzman: Star Trek is often the space equivalent of sub battles, which is what makes it unique and different from Star Wars, so you can’t blow that away, either.
Orci: It’s somewhere between that the truth lies.
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