Orci, Kurtzman and Abrams Talk 'Star Trek' Sequel

During a press day for the upcoming Star Trek DVD (in stores on November 17) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DVD (in stores on October 20), writers Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman and director J.J. Abrams chatted up the planned Star Trek sequel, looping us in as to where they are right now in the process of bringing the whole gang back for round two after pumping out the most successful Star Trek movie of all time this past summer.

Abrams did confirm that he's not directing the sequel yet, but that if he does direct he's open to it being in 3D. On whether he'll wipe the slate clean moving forward or reference old Star Trek characters and storylines, Abrams said: "The fun of this movie series is that we will have the opportunity, given its alternate timeline, to cross paths with any of the experiences, places and characters that existed in the original series. We have to be really careful, obviously, doing that. I don't want to do something that is so inside that only die-hard fans will appreciate."
Meanwhile, Trek writers Kurtzman and Orci (both of whom will return to pen the Trek sequel, but not Transformers 3) claim that they're "still just brainstorming, internally" when it comes to how far along they are, script-wise. Orci added, "We're going to get together soon and see what happens, and start putting it together."
Other rumors had suggested that the character Khan (played by Ricardo Montalban in the 1982 film Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan) would return as the villain in the second Trek movie. So will he? Kurtzman says, "Where we're starting is, okay, where are our characters now? What are interesting complications that we can put in their lives? What feels like an organic emotional place for us to get to? How do we want to test them? And then, you look at everything and start asking who would be the best foe? But the short answer is that we haven't landed on anybody yet." Read more of these interviews over at Collider and SciFi Squad.
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