This week’s release of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen has kept Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman very busy doing press. As we did with our Transformers interview with the pair, everyone seems to also want to talk Trek. Below we have more snippets from Bob and Alex about their next project, the Star Trek: Something Something sequel.
The great Trek sequel debate: something old or something new?
In an interview with SciFi Wire Bob and Alex again reiterated that they were reviewing the Trek catalog while also debating the balance between old and new in the next Star Trek:
Orci: That’s what we’re kind of debating right now. We’re kind of going through everything we know and love and making sure we don’t leave any unexplored gems. And then also simultaneously trying to think of new things completely. So we’ll see. The best idea wins, original or old.
Trek is next for Bob and Alex – breaking story – no title yet
As for timing, the pair also told SFW they would start on the Trek sequel when they are finished with the the script for Cowboys and Aliens, a comic book adaptation they are also co-producing (along with Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and others). But they SuperHero Hype they will get to Trek soon after Transformers 2 is released (which just happened) and are aiming for delivering Trek by Christmas of this year. They also told MovieLine that they are not joining joining JJ Abrams on the Mission Impossible 4 project, and want to focus on Trek, noting:
Orci: People have asked us about [MI4], but we’re not doing it yet. We’re not involved with it. We’re focused on the Trek sequel, and I think we have to make sure that gets done right.
And the pair told Mania that they have to ‘figure out’ what to call the sequel, and they are just starting to think about the story:
Kurtzman: We’re just beginning to break story [for Star Trek sequel]. I wish we had more, but we’re literally laying down the basics.
Trek humor: about characters not camp
The ‘boys of Summer’ talked to io9 about the differences in humor between Star Trek and Transformers:
Kurtzman: Well, our director has a very different sensibility as far as where he’s getting his humor from. The The Transformers are generating humor from the way they talk. And the humor in Star Trek is very much about the circumstances our characters find themselves in. It’s literally the difference between cracking jokes and being in a funny situation. They’re different franchises.
Bob and Alex also told Esquire that the were not tempted to play up the ‘campiness’ of Star Trek and Transformers:
Kurtzman: None. In fact, we came out of Hercules, one of our first jobs, and [director and producer] Sam Raimi taught us an enormous amount on that show. The first lesson we learned was even if the show is perceived as campy, you can never write it as camp.
Orci: Because you just don’t have fun. Unless camp is somehow inherently part of the original DNA of the project.
Transformers 2 is HUGE – Orci & Kurtzman all over top 10 movies
Transformers 2 opened yesterday and did over $60M, which is the biggest Wednesday box office debut in history and second biggest opening day behind The Dark Knight. This means right now Bob and Alex are connected with three movies in the top 10 domestic box office, as they are also executive producers on the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy The Proposal (currently in 2nd place) and of course writers for Star Trek, which was in 8th place on Wednesday (bringing in $701,273, which is actually a tiny big more than it made last Wednesday).
As for the critics, they have not been as kind to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Currently the film has a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 38% on Metacritic. Look for the TrekMovie review of the film this weekend.