The Star Trek franchise has a new director, and he seems set to boldly go where J.J. Abrams didn't.
Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer Robert Orci is now officially in the captain's chair for the third installment of the new Trek continuity. His leadership in and of itself has been enough to generate plenty of fan debate, but what about the actual story direction of Star Trek 3? Where will Orci and company take Kirk and his crew after the apparent fresh start they had a chance for at the end of Into Darkness? A Klingon war has been teased as a possible plot point in the past, but on a recent episode of the Humans From Earth podcast, Orci revealed that he's thinking more about deep-space exploration than war. For him, it seems the first two films were about setting the crew up for the "five-year mission" of the original series, and now they're ready to enjoy said mission.
"In [Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films – especially the 2009 [Star Trek] – was an origin story," Orci said. "It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie. So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space."
Sending the Enterprise crew out into often previously unexplored deep space opens up a lot of story possibilities for the films going forward, and Orci's self-professed Trek nerddom also likely provides him with plenty of inspiration on that front. As for what creatures the crew might encounter as they venture out into the unknown, Orci didn't offer any very specific teases, but he did jokingly offer the possibility of brand-new alien species joining the franchise.
"The Horta is actually the villain in the next one – no – they are in deep space now, so let's see what’s out there," he said.
For all its flaws, Into Darkness did feature an ending that sets the stage for lots of new possibilities going forward, and Orci seems poised to exploit that right now. We don't yet know if he actually will, but for now we can hope for a Star Trek 3 that will take the characters in a more classic, exploration-driven direction.
(Via Badass Digest)