Star Trek 2 co-writers and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers), along with the cast of the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek have been talking all things about the follow-up, but keeping their cards very close to their chest.
To those keen on discovering the title to what is currently billed on IMDb as “Untitled Star Trek Sequel”, well there’s no answer yet. In an interview with Digital Spy, newcomer to the franchise Noel Clarke (Kidulthood) says he knows, but he’s not telling, but he’s not even sure if he’s made the final cut.
A man who should know is aforementioned co-writer, Roberto Orci, but all he’s saying according to TrekMovie.com is that “there’s a 75% chance the title would contain the words Star Trek”. So in short, Noel Clarke knows the title which is 75% likely to have Star Trek in, helpful.
Modern day Captain Kirk has been talking recently too. Ain’t It Cool News interviewed actor Chris Pine and Orci’s partner in crime Alex Kurtzman about the movie People Like Us, needless to say, Star Trek got a mention. Essentially Chris Pine is excited and talked up the 3D, the action sequences and the chemistry of the crew, saying:
“I’m going to give the safe answer, but it’s true, but it is relentless. The movie is relentless, and for the visually inclined people who want to see major sequences, there are a couple specifically that I think… I’m not a huge 3-D fan, but I think will be incredible. But what I’m more excited about and what I think they did so well is that really the story is that much better, and the journey that these guys go on is that much more, and what they always talked about is that even though they’re a crew from what we know about the original team, the fun of getting there is following that journey to where they become that tight-knit crew. It’s no fun if they’re already a tight-knit crew. So suffice it to say, they’re still learning how to get along.”
While co-writer Kurtzman, in rather self-congratulatory fashion talked about how the original 2009 movie made some bold choices and this one will too, adding:
“They only really came together as a team at the end of the first movie as a function of story. But the bridge crew from the original series, they aren’t those people yet, neither in age nor in experience. So I think the worst mistake that we could have made was to assume that they were there already at the top of the movie and skip that stuff. And the other thing I’ll say without revealing too much is that in the first TREK, we made choices–in our invention of the story–that were extremely controversial. Blowing up Vulcan, hugely controversial choice, and we knew that die hard Trekkers were either going to skewer us or accept it based on the emotional architecture around that choice. I think for us, TREK is at its best when it is making hugely bold moves like that, and there will be hugely bold moves in this one.”
Pine also gave an interview to MTV, where he talked of how another British newcomer to the franchise, Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Khan, forces Kirk to grow and is part of the evolution of Kirk’s character.
So some tidbits there, though the film isn’t release until 17th May 2013. Writers Orzi and Kurtzman are again joined by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Lost) in the writer’s room with J.J. Abrams again set to direct.
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