With nothing more than speculation for a release date on Star Trek 2 (which is confusing because technically it’s the 12th movie so how about we just say the next Star Trek,) what are trekkies to do to fill the void?
Read comic books.
Roberto Orci, one of the film’s screenwriters, is also acting as the creative director for the IDW comic books set in the alternate timeline spawned by 2009’s Star Trek. Usually comic book tie-ins have little to nothing to do with the canon a film series creates, but apparently with Orci on board, the books will dovetail nicely with the upcoming film. The books writer, Mike Johnson explains:
It’s fantastic to have Bob’s input, because he can steer us clear of story elements that might conflict with what’s coming up in the next movie, and we can lay in subtle clues to what’s coming up so that once you see the new movie you can go back and see how it evolved in the comics….Bob and I have discussed the major beats of the next movie, which is a great help in laying clues in the comic. We have very few secrets, that I know of anyway.
He actually goes so far as to say the comics may even directly lead into the next Trek film.
As we get closer to the next movie, the stories will begin to foreshadow the events of the movie, such as possibly introducing new characters we will see onscreen… pun very much intended.
Re-imaging classic episodes, retooling original characters to fit the new timeline… is it to early to scream out Kahhhhhhhhn?
As for the film itself, Orci had this to say via the official Star Trek webpage.
The cast is excited. We have a director. We’ve started scouting locations. The second time around the crew is already together from the start, so we can jump right into the adventure.