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Abrams Talks Star Trek Sequel

Published September 16, 2009 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount, LA Times
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One of my favorite films of 2009 is without a doubt Star Trek. I'm geeked on a franchise that I used to only like for Wrath of Khan (and a soft spot in my heart for the antics in Voyage Home). I have also been a die-hard fan of J.J. Abrams since before Lost -- okay, maybe not die hard until Lost -- and am happy to see that both these entities are sticking together for any possible sequel.

Star Trek Sequel Talk

LA Times caught up to JJ Abrams and Roberto Orci to discuss the current happenings for a possible Star Trek sequel. Abrams reminds us that he won't make another movie just to cash in on a sequel, and is looking for the next angle they'd like to approach.

[JJ Abrams]
"The ambition for a sequel to 'Star Trek' is to make a movie that's worthy of the audience and not just another movie, you know, just a second movie that feels tacked on. The first movie was so concerned with just setting up the characters -- their meeting each and galvanizing that family -- that in many ways a sequel will have a very different mission. it needs to do what [the late 'Trek' creator Gene] Roddenberry did so well, which is allegory. It needs to tell a story that has connection to what is familiar and what is relevant. It also needs to tell it in a spectacular way that hides the machinery and in a primarily entertaining and hopefully moving story. There needs to be relevance, yes, and that doesn't mean it should be pretentious. If there are simple truths -- truths connected to what we live -- that elevates any story -- that's true with any story."

"We’ve literally had two meetings now. We haven’t decided anything but we’re starting to circle around some ideas. We got a lot of fan response from the first one and a considerable amount of critical response and one of the things we heard was, ‘Make sure the next one deals with modern-day issues.’ We’re trying to keep it as up-to-date and as reflective of what’s going on today as possible. So that’s one thing, to make it reflect the things that we are all dealing with today.

I hope they don't push too hard for modern issues. I swear - If I see Kirk state that he wishes he had better socialized health care, I'll walk out of the theater.
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