Is there Khan? Are their Klingons? What is the deal with J.J. Abrams’ untitled Star Trek sequel anyway? Well, screenwriters Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci aimed to offer some insight (if you can call it that) in a recent round of press.
Let’s start with Lindelof, who spoke to Collider while out helping to promote this Friday’s release of Prometheus. First off, Lindelof talked about building a bigger, better Enterprise set for the sequel:
There’s certainly an instinct to just go bigger in the second movie and one of the things that we did was we connected all the sets, so you can just basically follow the actors off the bridge, into a turbo lift, down, walking through a plaza, into the med bay as opposed to [having to] cut every time you do that, because when we were shooting on the Paramount stages we just didn’t have the money to connect all the sets.
Speaking of money, Lindelof talked about the awesomeness of Benedict Cumberbatch and watching him bring to life the film’s villain, Maybe-Khan:
Benedict Cumberbatch, I can already say with a certain degree of confidence that he is gonna give an iconic film performance and one of the best sci-fi performances that I’ve ever seen. And not even having seen the movie yet, just sitting there in video village with the headphones on. So I’m really psyched.
And in addition, for the record, Lindelof called Cumberbatch’s fellow Trek newcomer Alice Eve, “awesome.”
Moving on to another interview, Lindelof also talked to TrekMovie.com, and was asked about the rather intense secrecy around the film, and it’s his assertion that real fans don’t want to know every last detail about the film before it’s released:
We want to leave some air of mystery and intrigue surrounding the movie. Because as much as people clamor for information, I really fundamentally believe they don’t want to know. It is modulating that desire between “I know that my Christmas presents are in my parents closet and if I open it up I can see what I will get.” But, on Christmas morning when you see those same gifts under the tree, you know what’s inside and there is a part of you that wishes you hadn’t peeked. So it is up to us to lock the closet tight.
Word. But seriously, when are we going to get a real look at the film, Lindelof?
I’m not going to confirm or deny that [the trailer will be at Comic-Con]. Our feeling is, that if we can get something together that is worthy of showing on that timetable, then we will most certainly show it. But, if it is sub-par or not ready or requires more post-production, then nobody at Comic Con is going to want to hear us say “hey this is very temporary, but we wanted to show you something.” We need to put our best foot forward. We just wrapped principal photography as you know and Comic Con is in mid July so it is an aggressive timetable. If we are going to go we are going to go big or not go at all.
Aggressive timetable’s aside, I think Captain America was in production for two and half days before it appeared at Comic Con 2010.
Also at TrekMovie.com, Star Trek 2 co-writer Roberto Orci dropped by the site to answer some fan questions. Interestingly, Orci revealed that he had prior to the interview had a glass of wine while on a flight, but apparently the alcohol didn’t loosen up his lips too much because he reveal too much that’s incendiary. Here’s some highlights from Orci’s chat:
- (Maybe) confirmed that Klingons are in the sequel (then sort of backtracked)
- Did confirm Klingons (if they appear) will have ridged foreheads (like in 2009 deleted scenes)
- Title for sequel still being debated
- Hopes that first teaser will be “very soon”
- No word yet on what’s going on for San Diego Comic Con (but will know soon)
- Sequel was “harder” to write than the first Trek due to lower expectations for the first one
- Animated show still a possibility
- “More than a few” hints have already been dropped into ongoing comics
- Harry Mudd is NOT the villain in the Star Trek movie –
- No comment if Nimoy will appear
- Watched all of original Star Trek series and TOS movies to prep for sequel, took away ” a better sense of tone and where our heroes are supposed to be like once they mature out of 09″
I think it’s safe to say that we’ll see something from the film by the end of summer. Usually as we go into fall we start getting glimpses at next summer’s offerings and I’m Star Trek will be no exception. Obviously, we’ll keep you posted.