Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Writers talk Star Trek 2 villain and express interest in Indiana Jones

STAR TREK writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have given a few more clues about their ideas for the sequel.

They talk about the massive pressure to build on the success of the first film and reveal it will have a villain as its main focus.

In a Q&A session in Beverly Hills, the duo mention the classic adversary Khan, previously played by the late Ricardo Montalbán. The character first appeared in the 1967 TV episode Space Seed and returned in the 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

On the setting for the story, Orci explained: "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."

And Kurtzman says the villain will be hugely significant in the follow-up: "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."

Many fans have been speculating that Khan will be brought back while others want fresh challenges for the Enterprise crew that have not been seen before on the big or small screen.

Both writers say there is much more pressure to deliver this time round. Orci said: "Frankly I feel 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."

As for dream projects, Kurtzman said: "I would like to take a run at Indiana Jones, but that is a pretty closed door, so not sure that is ever going to happen." Orci joked that they would like to remake Star Wars.

The duo were speaking after a screening of the film for the Writers' Guild of America (WGA), reports Trekmovie.

Star Trek is the first movie in the franchise to be nominated for a WGA award; it's one of five nominees in the adapted screenplay category. The awards are being presented on February 20 and you can find a full list of nominees at the WGA Awards website.