Director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman recently talked about some of their plans for the sequel to Star Trek. Of course like always they have a lot to say without giving us any real details. But this time around they reveal that there is a possibility of a new villain being introduced to the franchise. A villain that they will create.
The interview comes from SFX magazine, and here are a few things that the Star Trek creative team had to say about the film:
Abrams: The universe that Roddenberry created was so vast. And so it's hard to say there's one particular thing that stands out as what the sequel must be. Which is on the one hand, a great opportunity. On the other hand it's the greatest challenge - where do you go? What do you focus on? But I'm incredibly excited about the prospects.
Orci: Introducing a new villain in the sequel is tempting because we now have this incredible new sandbox to play in. On the other hand, some fans really want to see Klingons and it's hard not to listen to that. The trick is not to do something that's been seen before just because you think it will be a short cut to likeability.
Kurtzman: Starting at a premise of what you want to see and then working a story around it is not how we do it. You have to start with what is the right story. And that if you can say "That's a story that Khan fits into", that's how you get to that. Not deciding on a menu list of items and then seeing if you can't string them all together.
Orci then goes on to explain that the next film will have a good amount of humor in it, which is pretty much what I expected in the film anyway. The first film had just the right amount of humor.
Orci: Humor is part of the franchise and I think it's critical, certainly to the Bones-Spock relationship. It's definitely a big part of the Bones-Kirk relationship. So, I don't see any world where humor doesn't play a part.
I think it would be pretty interesting and cool to see what kind of original villain these guys can come up with in the universe. I'm not sure if a lot of Star Trek fans would agree.
What do you all think of the prospect of a newly created villain? or would you rather see a villain we've already seen before?