Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen screenwriter Roberto Orci recently sat down to discuss Star Trek 2. Orci was questioned on whether J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct the sequel (he hasn’t yet), when filming will begin, and what tone they are aiming for with the next outing.
IGN: J.J. Abrams is about to shoot Super 8. After that, has he decided if he’s going to direct the Star Trek sequel or not?
Orci: You know him. Until he reads the script and gets super excited he’s not going to commit to anything. God Bless him. Just like the first movie.
IGN: Is the next Star Trek still looking to shoot around the middle of next year?
Orci: We’ll work backwards from 2012. So you know, you can do the math. We’ve got to probably turn it in by Christmas and get a pretty good draft by then. And then kind of get it up and running.
IGN: Second movies, including Wrath of Khan, are often the dark chapter. Things often get pretty intense. Are you going to go in that direction?
Orci: Well, it’s weird. We got kind of a mixed review in terms of the darkness or not in the first one. There was genocide of an entire planet, Spock’s freaking mother died, Kirk’s dad died… But it’s like, “Well, it wasn’t very dark!”
So I think maybe thematically, because we don’t have the burden of an origin story, we can play a little bit more with the theme and it can be a little bit more complicated. But I still think we like fun. Star Trek has always been funny. Even Wrath of Khan has got some great great, great fun in it. I think it will be equally confusing for some, but I do think we get to jump right into it now.
Orci also spoke about Jon Favreau’s sci-fi western Cowboys and Aliens which is currently filming with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in New Mexico. Click here to read the full interview!
Paramount has set a June 29th 2012 release date for Star Trek 2.