Published by Jeff Leins – NewsInFilm.com
At a press event to promote the upcoming DVD release of Star Trek on November 17, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci opened up about their developing plans for the sequel.
According to Collider, the big status update is they are still brainstorming the story idea for the science fiction follow-up, and haven’t decided on the basic plot. Kurtzman and Orci stressed the importance of a stand-alone installment and Abrams intends to make it for general audiences not just Trekkies (like the first). Though there may end up being references for the fans, and the writers haven’t decided on whether or not the foe will be the return of Khan.
“There’s Empire Strikes Back, Superman 2, Aliens, Terminator 2, Star Trek 2. What do all those movies have in common? Well, they’re amazing stories, all on their own,” Kurtzman said.
Orci stressed that the allegorical philosophy is just that, and the eventual plot won’t be a heavy-handed reference to Guantanamo Bay or any other “modern issues.”
Abrams was asked about possibly shooting the film in 3-D to which he replied, “I’m open to looking at it ’cause now I feel a little bit more comfortable. And, if I, in fact, direct the Star Trek sequel, 3-D could be really fun, so I’m open to it. What I’ve seen of Avatar makes me want to do it because it’s so crazy-cool looking.” The release, like the first, will probably end up on the IMAX screen, so I’d rather Abrams shoot using IMAX cameras than dive into stereoscopic 3-D, but we’ll see which direction Paramount wants to go with gimmicky film making.
As for non-Trek related movies, Abrams said they’re still formulating the story and script for Mission: Impossible 4 and Kurtzman/Orci are doing Western research for Cowboys & Aliens. “Fringe” writer Brad Kane is finishing the script for the View-Master adaptation (Kurtzman/Orci are producing) that’s based on an idea he came up with before they agreed to collaborate on a toy movie for Universal.