“Star Trek” writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman tell The Los Angeles Times that they’ve finally “broken the story” for the upcoming sequel.
One interesting bit of news is that this is a straight up standalone sequel, no ‘second part of a trilogy’ like so many other franchises these days. Orci says “I don’t know that we’ve ever thought of it in terms of a trilogy… if you were thinking of this movie as a second act, yeah, you would think of it as an “The Empire Strikes Back” sort of story, but I’m not sure we’re thinking of it as a second act.”
Orci admits in that despite there being more pressure now that the reboot is a success, in some ways this one is a bit easier – “Whereas the last movie was all about breaking free from “Star Trek” and its canon, now that we can do whatever we want, we still want it to feel like good ol’ “Star Trek” even though it’s a new story.”
One thing they’re definitely concentrating on is key character moments – “We spend a lot of time talking about how – now that everyone is together – they all need really clear, defined moments. Moments that are specific to their characters, specific to way they interact with each other and also build on the dynamic of those amazing, amazing actors.”