After the success of this summer’s Star Trek reboot, director J.J. Abrams has been busy creating a detailed story for the follow up. With the sequel being confirmed, there are several things that the director along with the rest of the cast and crew have to live up to. The first film was liked by the majority of fans and critics, but still had a few kinks to work out. Abrams is well aware of those problems and plans on fixing them the second time around.
According to a recent article in the LATimes, he made a small mission statement regarding Star Trek and the direction he would like to take the next film into.
“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.”
It sounds like he wants to go deep into the area of social context. Anyone who’s ever watched an episode of the old series or even the earlier films, knows that was a big part of the Star Trek world. Co-writer Roberto Orci chimed in with his take on J.J’s direction and the corrections that will be made in part 2.
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.
When Trekkies speak, writers and directors listen. It seems like the creative team behind the film will take the fan suggestions to heart and incorporate them into the movie. I wish the people behind the X-Men franchise listed to their fans like that. Perhaps, one day we’ll get that type of consideration.
What do up think about the upcoming political shift that will take place in Star Trek 2?