J.D. Payne has one of the most high-profile screen writing jobs of the moment – co-writing the upcoming third film in Paramount’s rebooted “Star Trek” film series.
Payne appeared at the LDS Film Festival back in February and some excerpts from that lengthy interview have finally gone online in which the scribe drops the first hint at the potential premise for the next film:
“We’re trying to set up a kind of situation where you really could — and not in just an ‘everything’s relative’ sort of moral relativism — you could be a good person of any creed or philosophical background and come down on both sides of how you should respond to this opportunity that the crew has…. that also has some pitfalls to it. Where you could argue very, very, very compellingly that ‘this’ is what you should do, and if you’re advocating ‘this’ then it’s actually evil.
It’s sort of the Adam and Eve thing, where should we eat the fruit or not eat the fruit? Well, there are some very compelling reasons why they should and why they shouldn’t. So, similar kinds of things here that really give the whole movie and opportunity to sort of play with that, and have people come down on different side and wrestle with it; then come to an ending where you can walk out and say, ‘You know, I don’t know what I would do.'”
What this morally questionable ‘opportunity’ might be? We’ll have to wait and see.