There are yet a couple more Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen interviews with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman which delve into the world of the Star Trek: Something Something sequel. And in one case, a name pops up again as a possible new Khan.
The great debate continues
An interview with Canada’s Sun Media, discusses the great debate vexing Orci and Kurtzman regarding the Star Trek sequel.
At issue: do they create a fresh plot with never-before-seen characters and scenarios or — because young Kirk and Spock are now part of an alternate timeline where the past has been altered — do they introduce 2.0 versions of such popular villains as the Klingons or Khan? Orci recognizes each approach has its own merits.
Rebooting familiar elements appeals instantly to fans and attracts the attention of "the media-sphere," as he calls it.
Meaning that if you cast, say, Javier Bardem as the new Khan opposite Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, you’ve automatically excited fans and attracted the attention of the moviegoing public.
"But on the other hand," he adds, "who doesn’t love an original story?"
Taking a break and listening to the fans
In an interview from last week with our friend Jordan Hoffman of UGO, Bob and Alex talked a little bit of the next Trek, including the input of the fans.
Jordan Hoffman: Okay, so sequel to Star Trek. You haven’t even begun the script, yes?
Roberto Orci: Little vacation in July then we hit the ground running.
Jordan Hoffman: And everyone is giving you their two cents on what they want to see in the movie. Have you ever experienced this, where people have so many opinions on a script you haven’t even written yet?
Alex Kurtzman: That is unique to Star Trek. That’s what is so remarkable out it – the fans. The fan fiction, the community, the familiarity with the material.
More at UGO, including discussing if Michael Bay is a Romulan or a Cardassian.
Bardem as Khan?
This is not the first time the name of Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) has been suggested for Khan. In fact Orci first brought up the name in a comments section here at TrekMovie in January. In May Orci and Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof talked to ComingSoon about the possibility
CS: I’m on a one-man mission to plant the seed now. If you decide to revisit the character of Khan, two words: Javier Bardem.
Kurtzman: Oh my God!
Orci: Did you know we’ve actually mentioned that out loud as a possibility? What a great idea.
Lindelof: Come on. That’s a no-brainer. That would be the most amazing thing ever. Who would even what to see these [new] guys then? That’s the problem. You would just watch them for scenery.
If they do choose to go with a new Khan, the ‘who will be the new Khan?’ buzz will certainly be a hot topic for the geek and entertainment press, something that could only help the movie.
Ricardo Montalban in TOS "Space Seed" and Bardem in "No Country for Old Men"
Transformers passes Star Trek
In other Transformers/Trek news, Bob and Alex’s new Transformers movie continues to make money at astounding rates. As predicted in our last ST09 Tidbits, Star Trek has dropped to 11th place in the domestic box office since two movies opened up on July 1st (Ice Age 3 & Public Enemies). But Transformers has returned to the number 1 spot and on Thursday and Friday Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen passed Star Trek and then Up to become the top grossing film of the year domestically (with $268.7M). Transformers 2 was already the top performer globally, having earned a total of over $508M so far. Although Star Trek is out of the top 10, it should still finish the weekend by crossing the $250M domestic and $375M global marks (if not by Sunday, then by Monday).