New Star Trek 3 writers on the 'different possibilities' for sequel's plot

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Nov 20, 2019, 6:51 PM EST (Updated)

When Roberto Orci takes the reins from J.J. Abrams on the next installment of Star Trek, he’ll be directing a script written by a couple of legit Trekkies. So, what do they want to see in their sequel?

Trek Core has conduced an extensive interview with new Star Trek 3 writers Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, where they touch on their love of the franchise and previous experience (which mostly consists of some unproduced scripts). 

But the really interesting stuff came when they were asked about what they’d like to see from a sequel, and if a non-big-baddie type of film could work in the modern era. You know, less “trying to kill Khan” and more of a “Hey, lets save the whales” type of storyline.

Check out some choice excerpts below:

McKay: “You know, people always talk up "Wrath of Khan! Wrath of Khan!" – and while I love Star Trek II, and I've seen it so many times, I also REALLY love Star Trek III and Star Trek IV. Those are movies that have a little bit more of the character relationships and the humor and some more of the speculative sci-fi elements. And sure, there are certainly a lot of problems you can point to in The Motion Picture, but I love that movie too. I think it's a cool movie, and it's totally Star Trek.

There are big, ambitious, complex movies that also have a huge audience. Take The Dark Knight – certainly, that's a very villain-centric movie, but that's also very ambitious movie. Inception – does that one even have a villain? That's such a complex picture, and that ended up doing like $800 Million worldwide. There's a lot of ways to do it.”

Payne: “Yeah, and that's one of the things that I think is so wonderful about Star Trek. It's a universe in which there are a lot of different possibilities in terms of what make a good story.

I look back at some of those Next Generation episodes where you have these shows that are as big and crazy as "Yesterday's Enterprise," "The Best of Both Worlds," "Chain of Command,” or "All Good Things," but there are also these intimate episodes like "Tapestry" and "The Inner Light” – or “Data’s Day,” where you have Data just hanging around with his cat!

Star Trek can do so many different things and do it well, that you have just so many colors on that palette to paint with – and I think that for us, in terms of what we're thinking for the next one, nothing's really off the table.”

It’s nice to see the franchise is in the hands of a few guys who have a clear love of it. But we’re still fairly anxious to see how the script turns out. Do the comments here put you at ease?

What would you like to see from Star Trek 3?

(Via Trek Core)