Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
In a previous video blog, we discussed the possibilities for the future of the Star Trek film franchise. One thing both Steve and I agreed on was that we’d like to see something completely new and different in the sequel, and not just a remake or reinvention of past storylines or events from the films/tv shows. Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman haven’t yet started writing the sequel (they will be joined by Damon Lindelof, and have to hand in a draft by year’s end), but that won’t stop them from talking about the possibilities.
SciFiWire asked the duo if they were thinking of retelling an old story in a new way or planning to create a completely original story. Orci responded:
Well, that is the debate, literally. And that is going to be one of the first conversations that we have. But that’s exactly the question.
But whats more telling is that Orci says the “major lesson” they learned on the first film was that “fans were willing to accept differences and surprises, provided that they were somehow echoes or inspired by canon.”
We still have to be true to Star Trek the next time around, but we’ve also been blessed with being able to be unpredictable. And that doesn’t mean we can just be shocking for no good reason and just throw everything away. … It still has to echo everything that Star Trek has been.
Dicuss: Do you think the next Star Trek film should tell an entirely new adventure, or a reinvention of an old storyline (Khan and the Borg seem to be the most popular ideas)?