Saturday, January 23, 2010

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman Say Star Trek XII Will Not be a Remake posted excerpts of a transcript of a Q&A session with Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman after a showing of the 2009 Star Trek movie at the WGA theater in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night. Here are few excerpts, courtesy of TrekMovie :

On the setting of the sequel:

Orci: We would never do a will be some time in the five year mission. But that is a question. Should we pick them up immediately the next day or should it be later, we are still discussing that.

On how villains are more important in second films than first franchise films

Kurtzman: I think our idea on this is that the first of any series is about them coming together or the formation. I couldn't really tell you what Jeff Bridges was doing in Iron Man, but it doesn't matter at all because it is all about Iron Man becoming Iron Man. Whereas I think sequels are very much about the villain. Because while [in the first one] the villain serves to bring the crew together, the second one I think has to be a true challenging of what that family is about. That is why Wrath of Khan was so amazing. Khan tested each one of them and ultimately asked for the ultimately sacrifice, and that is why that movie held up so well.

On the pressure of the sequel versus the first film:

Orci: Frankly I fee more pressure because we were so confident when we came up with the idea of how to bridge canon, and yet free ourselves from canon. Now we have no excuses for anything, now we are free. Now we don't have the benefit of low expectations.

Kurtzman: It is true, I feel much more pressure.

Much more from Orci and Kurtzman can be found at TrekMovie