Following the announcement that Robert Orci would replace JJ Abrams, to direct the third of the new Star Trek films, Robert Orci was interviewed by Geoff Boucher, on a podcast from Humans from Earth.
Unlike his predecessor, Robert Orci doesn’t seem to have the same penchant for secrecy, about the new film, revealing details about the story and what he hopes to achieve. Obviously, with the next film not due for release until 2016, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Star Trek, things are likely to change.
“In Into Darkness they set out finally where the original series started. The 2009 Star Trek was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie. So, in this movie, they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space.”
“Because this is an alternative universe I think we can choose, whether to revisit alien species, or develop newer ones. I don’t feel the pressure to revisit anyone or not. We are lucky that way, but we have the ability to cherry pick what has become before. It will depend on what serves the story best. We have discussed the challenges of creature design and the advantage we have is there is new technology available. Even though I am a fan, and I know JJ Abrams is a fan, of as much practical sets and creature design you can do, we can also augment it with the technology that exists today, CGI. So in a way we have a freedom that is a little bit unexplored. I hope to do that in the next Star Trek.”
“In the first film, Kirk is like a college guy, finds himself in a dorm, lights come on and she’s green! In the second film he finds himself with humanoid felines. In the third film he is a little bit more of an adult.”
“As for secrecy, surrounding the story, I think it is going to be more of a mix. On the one hand you want the story to have surprises. Otherwise why even go to the movie? On the other hand you want to share enough of it to let people know what they are going to get and what they can expect and what the experience is going to feel like. In terms of behind the scenes, audiences are now so savvy, I think it is kind of fun to be more transparent. You can see behind the scenes without knowing what the context of the scene is or what the story is,” – Robert Orci
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