In yet another Wondercon snippet from Roberto Orci, the co-writer/producer says the 2012 Star Trek sequel will be "building on" the 2009 Star Trek movie, but will not require viewers to be Trek fans or even to have seen the 2009 movie. Watch the video below.
Orci: Star Trek sequel ‘builds’ on Star Trek 2009 – but don’t need to be a fan
Yet another straggler Wonderon interview with Roberto Orci has cropped up with some more comments on the Star Trek Sequel. This time from About.com. Bob confirmed again that filming is expected to start in the fall and offered the (joke) spoiler that it "would take place in space", but Orci did offer some info on how they approach the audience for the film.
Here are excerpts with Bob talking Bob Orci:
How is this next [Star Trek] going to catch the fans again?
Roberto Orci: "Well, even though it’s a sequel we want to make sure that, again, just like with the first one you don’t have to be a Trek fan to know what’s happening. It doesn’t rely on your previous knowledge of Trek or even the previous movie. It’s still building on that movie. If you watch the first movie, you’ll see where the characters have gone but every movie has to stand on its own. You can never just rely on the fact that it’s a sequel."
Is that a hard fan base to deal with?
Roberto Orci: "Yes."
How do you handle that?
Roberto Orci: "By engaging them actually, I think. Because they are one of the most long-standing, vocal fan bases around, from the very beginning when we signed on to those movies, we were interacting with them online and any time we ran into them. And literally the fans in a sense are consultants on these movies because we really do read what they have to say because I was a fan and I wouldn’t want someone ruining my Star Trek without at least my getting to complain about it directly to management. The comment box is always open."
Of course before every Star Trek film, producers going back to the 80s would talk about how their Trek film didn’t require a knowledge of Trek. However, in reality Star Trek films usually did mostly appeal to the fanbase, with some exceptions (especially Star Trek IV). The 2009 Star Trek film certainly reversed the trend of the previous two Trek features which had little mainstream appeal. Of course as fans, we want to be rewarded with nods and connections to both the 2009 film and the franchise as a whole, but if done right, Star Trek continuity can be thread into a movie without confusing general audiences.
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