STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Screenwriter Roberto Orci Talks J.J. Abrams And STAR WARS

With the 50th anniversary of Star Trek set to hit in 2016, common sense says that Paramount will want another movie by then. But how will director J.J. Abrams achieve such a task when he'll be busy in a galaxy far, far away? Here's what Roberto Orci had to say about exactly that...

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As you should already know, J.J. Abrams' next task after completing Star Trek Into Darkness is to reintroduce Star Wars to an audience who desperately want and need to forget the prequels released last decade. Talking to Empire Magazine, writer Roberto Orci has shared his thoughts on how he felt when he learned that the director had a new sci-fi franchise to focus on and how he believes this will all impact the release of the next instalment in the Star Trek franchise.


"First I was happy for J.J., but I definitely felt a disturbance in the Force - which, incidentally, was first felt by Spock on the original series of Star Trek: when 400 Vulcans died he felt it across space, just like Ben Kenobi, but a decade ahead...

"Anyway, we're all fans of Star Wars. Still, this is going to affect calendars and now it's two massive corporations having to vie for the right attention to each of these properties. But hopefully it will be fine.

"I don't know how much Paramount and other studios have to cooperate with each other. But I think everyone will explore every possibility fairly. And even if he goes completely Star Wars, we know now - he can't ever deny it - he is a big Star Trek fan!"


What do you guys think? Will we see Abrams back for a follow-up to Star Trek Into Darkness or is he destined to spend the next few years reinvigorating the world of Star Wars? More to the point, which would you prefer to see him take on? Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!







When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

STARRING:

Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk
Zachary Quinto as Spock
Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison
Alice Eve as Dr. Carol Marcus
Karl Urban as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura
Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov
John Cho as Hikaru Sulu
Simon Pegg as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Bruce Greenwood as Admiral Christopher Pike

RELEASE DATE: May 9th, 2013 (UK). May 17th, 2013 (US).


Source: Empire Magazine
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Shamo - 4/6/2013, 1:39 PM
never cared about either series. but i saw Star Trek on a whim and loved it so who knows maybe he can make me care for both series.
ndwwrestler2 - 4/6/2013, 1:43 PM
I think JJ is gonna stick to Star Wars. He loves Star Wars, and no matter how he does Star Wars, as long as there two times better than the prequels, then the fans will accept JJ.

JJ changed a lot of things with Star Trek. He made a great movie, and brought in some new Trekkies, but a lot of the old school fans are butthurt, because it's not the dialogue driven Star Trek with a more than difficult plot.
Wallymelon - 4/6/2013, 1:45 PM
star wars is honestly one of the best movies ever made, not because of the movie itself but because of what it has given us as fans. a lot of careers have been created and paths chosen because of star wars. its incredibly important that it happened, and i know that sounds ridiculous but it really is the catalyst for a lot of whats happening around us today. star wars is the ultimate geek/art/people film. star wars is truth man, star wars, is hope, and imagination and love. star wars is a gift.
scootaloo - 4/6/2013, 1:57 PM
JJ aint gonna comeback to Star Trek. Disneys gonna pay him 3x whatever Paramount wants to pay him. Biggest [frick] you to the fans ever.
blkyank - 4/6/2013, 2:12 PM
@ndwrestler2

Those old school fans are "butthurt" because a Star Trek story that is not dialoge driven is like a Star Wars story without Lightsabres.

At least that has been Star Trek since the Next Generation came out in 87.

The original series while talky was much more wild and wooly then Star Trek became in the 80's and 90's.

Abrams was able to return Trek back to the spirit of the original series when there didn't have to be a hard science possible explanation for everything.

We shall see how much "butthurt" comes from the Star Wars camp when JJ takes
the mandate to try to get as far away from the prequels as possible too far.

Btw,the prequels were very successful money wise so that ment a lot of regular people were just fine with Lucas' work.

In fact for most people under 20,the prequels were their introduction to Star Wars.

Since the next movie is Episode 7 and not a reboot like Star Trek,its kind of hard to make people forgot there was an Episode 1,2 and 3.
blkyank - 4/6/2013, 2:14 PM
Brad Bird seems to be Paramounts go to guy when it comes to picking up after JJ.
I can see him getting the gig with Abrams producing.
Thegeekygurl - 4/6/2013, 2:34 PM
There's nothing Abrams or Disney can do to bring Star Wars back to its pre-prequel status.

Lucas killed it. And he meticulously destroyed every character and element that made it great.

GUNSMITH - 4/6/2013, 2:47 PM


-IT IS THE VERITABLE HOLY GRAIL OF THE MOVIE INDUSTRY..WITH IT COMES THE WEIGHT OF GENERATIONS OF FANS, NOT ONLY DOES IT GIVE THE DIRECTOR ALOT OF POWER, IT GIVES HIM THE MOST PRESSURE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'LL DO..I JUST KNOW THAT THE GUY IS SMART..HE DOES GOOD WORK..BESIDES, IF YOU SCREW UP STARWARS......YOUR DOOMED..NO PRESSURE JJ, I'M SURE YOU'LL DO JUST FINE.
GUNSMITH - 4/6/2013, 2:55 PM
-HONESTLY...THIS COULD BE AN AWESOME THING..IRVIN KERSHNER DIRECTED EMPIRE STRIKES BACK... RICHARD MARQUAND DIRECTED RETURN OF THE JEDI..TO ME, THOSE WERE THE COOLEST OUT OF THE THREE..SO HONESTLY, A NEW DIRECTOR IS AWESOME.
SpiderBat209 - 4/6/2013, 3:01 PM
I want Abrams to complete his STAR TREK trilogy; maybe even find a way to mend the timeline back to bookend his trilogy, and pave the way for a Trek film with TNG or DS9 crew. Riker's ship TITAN maybe? :)

95 - 4/6/2013, 3:47 PM
What @blkyank said. I agree with him... Brad Bird is an extremely likely chose to direct Star Trek 2016. He likes 70mm IMAX too. And maybe he can deliver that "cerebral" Trek film some fans keep whining over.
95 - 4/6/2013, 3:50 PM
Plus... I think if Brad Bird takes over while keeping the same writing and production team, I think the chances of a lack-luster third film decreases. That's if we're going off how he brought new life into Mission: Impossible.
KaneRomita - 4/6/2013, 3:54 PM
Fixing the Trek timeline is easy.. Spock already knows the calculations for a time-jump (from Star Trek 4) He could very easily jump back in time and wait for Nero then blow him up. Thus restoring the timeline.

My big wish for Trek is for it to return to TV and pick up 100 years after Next Generation.. What we all like about Trek is it's a semi-realistic look into our future. NextGen went further into the future. I say keep going. SHow the adventures of the Enterprise M with a vulcan captain..
SamHell - 4/6/2013, 4:16 PM
Im hoping he concentrates only on SW now
nach1wan - 4/6/2013, 5:14 PM
@blkyank star trek wasnt "rebooted" per se, the 2009 movie creates an alternate timeline, without disregarding the old one, hence the old spock appearing
BboiBlack - 4/6/2013, 5:27 PM
BRADLY BIRD
ndwwrestler2 - 4/6/2013, 6:00 PM
@blkyank After watching a lot of the original series, I think it makes sense for JJ not to try and mimic the way they did it.

If JJ made a dialogue driven movie about the enterprise encountering a buffalo that can morph into anyone your mind pictures, then it wouldn't be a very good movie.Because the story for each episode of the original series worked for TV.

Star Trek wasn't relevant anymore before JJ stepped in. He made a movie that was fun, with excellent character development, with a simple but good plot.

I guess I can't act like Star Wars fans have never been butthurt before. The rants about the special editions prove that Star Wars fans can be butthurt.

And you make a good point. Because I think after the prequels, Disney is going to try to go as old school as possible and sort of stray away from the prequels, so a lot of fans may be happy, but a lot of fans will be angry as well.
nikgrid - 4/6/2013, 7:02 PM
JJ did a wonderful job of the "First" Star Trek, and he proved a skeptic (Me) wrong. But let's face it, Star Trek was the rebound "girl" for Abrahms, Star Wars is really the "girl" he wants to be with...his first true love.
blkyank - 4/6/2013, 9:00 PM
I think there could be alot of let down Star Wars fans when Episode 7 hits.

When JJ got the job, a lot of old school fans seemed to get it in their heads that the
plot would basically follow the expanded universe books.

I don't see this as the case.

In an attempt to get as far away from the prequels as possible.I see Abrams making a lot of changes to reflect that likely 25 to 30 years have passed since Return of the Jedi, based on the ages of returning original series actors.

What will fans think if we see new space craft replace the iconic Star Destroyers,T.I.E. fighters and X-Wings?

What will people say if Luke didn't set up a Jedi academy on Yavin 4 or serve as a mentor to the Solo Jedi children?

We have no idea where things could go.Just don't be surprised if 2 years from now,a number of people on this site don't post articles about JJ raping their childhood or how they wished Lucas was back.
blkyank - 4/6/2013, 9:23 PM
@ndwwrestler2

Disney may be making a mistake in getting too caught up thinking that the loudest voices happen to reflect the most fans.

Many of the loudest voices are old school fans who hated the prequels.

Fair enough since I'm 45 myself,saw all the originals in a theater, and thought 2 out of three prequels didn't hold a candle to the originals, but did like Sith.

The problem could be that an entire generation of Star Wars fans (my sons included)
were raised on the prequels themselves and other sources inspired by them like Clone Wars,and no matter how much their elders told them it wasn't real Star Wars, they didn't care because it was THEIR Star Wars and opened the door to this universe for them.

Don't be shocked if a backlash comes from these teens and young adults in 2015 because Abrams and Disney are more worried about the opinions of 50 something year olds over 15 to 25 year olds who grew up on a version of Star Wars everybody else(including JJ and Disney) says is crap. That is the prime audience Star Wars has to not forsake in order to move forward.

There will be the adults taking their children to see the later films in the trilogy
and spin offs the same way my generation took our kids to see the prequels.

I think a cameo of Ewen as Obi Won's ghost speaking to Luke, would be a proper
way to honor the legacy of that era of Star Wars and allow those who grew up on it to recall to their own children the joy they felt attending their first Star Wars films
the same way their parents once told them.
RedHood13 - 4/7/2013, 4:08 AM
Please make a cross-over film! It'd be so epic!
NoAssemblyReqd - 4/7/2013, 6:32 AM
Launching franchises before passing them off to trusted colleagues is what Abrams does best. TREK will be fine without him at the helm.
NoAssemblyReqd - 4/7/2013, 6:34 AM
@blkyank

You may be on to something. A quick survey of my young teen nephews showed that they and their friends prefer the Jedi-filled prequels to the originals.
riseofloganX36 - 4/7/2013, 2:56 PM
why are they makeing a guy whos rapeing star trek rape star wars? I dont care for his peace of shit garbage movie that is tween trek and im sure as hell not ganna give a shit with tween star wars.

It's time to stop the bull shit!

I true fan would boycot this garbage, and seeing how you people love tese movie tell me that none of you are. And whatching star trek on dvds that your mommy and daddys gave you dont make you people fans.

I truely think Lucas as lost his mind is he's makeing this ass hole rape his movies.

Mr lucas please dont make Abrums turn your amazing classic galctus opra into tween star wars.

Pour Gean Rodenberry is 6 feet under you are not, dont let this happend.

UNTIL next time TRUE BELIEVERS!
ndwwrestler2 - 4/7/2013, 4:12 PM
@riseofLOGANX36 What the heck did I just read?


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