We are still awaiting official announcements regarding the Star Trek sequel, but in a new interview co-writer/producer Roberto Orci gave a brief update on work being done currently. Orci and Star Trek comics writer also talked about how the new IDW series will tie into the sequel. Details below.
Orci: Scouting for sequel underway
In an interview focusing on the new Star Trek series of comics, Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Bob Orci also gave a quick update on the film’s progress and confirmed reports that JJ Abrams will be directing:
Orci: The cast is excited. We have a director. We’ve started scouting locations. The second time around the crew is already together from the start, so we can jump right into the adventure.
New Comics series to tie into Star Trek sequel
Orci and Star Trek comics writer Mike Johnson also talked about how the new ongoing "Star Trek" comics will both retell TOS stories and tie into the upcoming sequel:
Johnson: As we get closer to the next movie, the stories will begin to foreshadow the events of the movie, such as possibly introducing new characters we will see onscreen… pun very much intended.
Each episode will be told in two issues, so in issue #3 and #4 we will revisit the events of “The Galileo Seven.” I’m excited about this one because it’s a Spock-centric story that explores his brief experience as a commanding officer and how he was affected by losing command of the Enterprise to Kirk in the last movie. I can’t spoil which episodes come after that, but I can say that events will deviate more and more from the TOS versions as the new timeline evolves.
Orci: Re-visiting original episodes in the new timeline is great for two reasons. First, we can do things we can’t do in the movies, simply because we don’t have the time to explore so many different adventures in the course of one film. And second, it’s so much fun to revisit the classic stories. Imagine being invited to jam with your favorite band. The classic songs will never change, but you get to play them in a new way.
For more from Johnson and Orci visit the official Star Trek site.