Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof have yet to dive into the script for the sequel to the Star Trek movie (aka "Star Trek: Something Something"), but they have until Christmas to deliver it. Before they do, they are still taking stock of the first one. In a new interview, Bob and Alex talk about the lessons learned from Star Trek and the big question for the second.
Full interview is available at SciFiWire, here are some excerpts:
Lessons from first Star Trek
Orci and Kurtzman said that initial tracking for Star Trek looked like it may fall short of expectations, but that at the last minute there was a surge that Paramount attributed to world of mouth. And Orci feels that fans helped fuel that word of mouth to make Star Trek the hit:
Orci: It was the first time we had seen word of mouth in action, so that was fascinating. And we’re so grateful that most of the fan base was open about it, and that new people were willing to risk being in a room with people who speak Klingon.
Orci also talked about some lessons they have learned::
Orci: I think the major lesson we learned is that fans were willing to accept differences and surprises, provided that they were somehow echoes or inspired by canon. We still have to be true to Star Trek the next time around, but we’ve also been blessed with being able to be unpredictable. And that doesn’t mean we can just be shocking for no good reason and just throw everything away. … It still has to echo everything that Star Trek has been.
The big question regarding the sequel
As for the next movie, Orci agreed that they are having the same debate that the fans are having
SFW: In thinking of a story, the inclination for a fan would be to see a new version of a story that’s been told in some fashion. Or to pick up tropes from one of the TV episodes or the films and maybe combine them. Or is your inclination to do a completely original story this time?
Orci: Well, that is the debate, literally. And that is going to be one of the first conversations that we have. But that’s exactly the question.
That question is at the core of what to do next. This weekend TrekMovie will be running an editorial on this issue, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below and in the current poll (right sidebar).