To Boldly Go Again
Star Trek writer ( and probable director) Roberto Orci spills on the third rebooted Trek movie
“I’ve talked to some of the cast and told them our thinking. So far no one’s sent me a dead fish in the mail!”
When JJ Abrams jumped ship to take control of the other major movie franchise with “Star” in its name, Star Trek was left without a director. Abrams’ heir apparent would appear to be Roberto Orci, writer on the first two rebooted Trek movies and lifelong Trekker, who’s been widely reported ( but not confirmed) to be the man at the helm of part three. So what does the man himself say? “Yes, that’s my hope. Correct,” Orci teases when Red Alert catches up with him in July.
“Right now the studio does know the story,” he continues. “They haven’t read the actual script, but they got a detailed treatment from us, 50 pages from me and Patrick [ McKay, co- writer]. They felt confident enough to let us go on. So I’ve talked to some of the cast and told them some of the notions that we’re thinking [ of ]. So far no one’s sent me a dead fish in the mail!”
When we next board the USS Enterprise, it seems that some time will have passed since Khan Noonien Singh was put on ice at the end of Into Darkness. “I think I want to come in somewhere in the middle of their five- year mission,” he says. “Not three years in, but not five seconds in. I want to give them a little time. I want to meet them almost exactly where you met them in The Original Series. Where were they in that moment? They were into their five- year mission, but you didn’t quite know. So they had a little history, you knew who they were. That’s where I want to find them when we open. The first two were parts of an origin story, this time we get to live with the characters in a way that we couldn’t before.”
Since Leonard Nimoy’s Spock featured in both of the previous Trek films, could other characters from the original Star Trek universe appear in Orci’s film? Is, say, an appearance from Captain Jean- Luc Picard beyond the realm of possibility?
“Well, I want it to be consistent with the rules of what we set up,” says Orci. “Captain Picard is not born until... However, right, with time effects and cosmic anomalies, who knows, man? Never say never. Anything’s possible!”
In another movie universe, Orci’s Sneaky Shark production outfit is developing the story for a new big- screen take on a completely different sci- fi TV show – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Thor and X- Men: First Class writing partners Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are penning the script.
“Power Rangers,” Orci explains, “is one of those things where... So many friends of mine who have kids still know and love the Power Rangers. When I was first approached about this idea, and I saw that they were doing something, I was like, ‘ Hmmm, Power Rangers...’ And I literally polled all my friends’ kids. That’s my focus group these days. I was just shocked and pleasantly surprised how much they all love it. So I’m doing it for all of my friends’ kids.” The smart money is on Star Trek 3 being released in 2016, Trek’s 50th anniversary.
Will they repair it in time for part three?
Those sweaters will be back.