Star Trek 3 writer drops the first intriguing clues about the next movie's plot

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Dec 21, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

Star Trek 3 co-writer J.D. Payne has dropped the very first intriguing tidbits, hints, clues (you name 'em) in regards to the Enterprise's next adventure.

Speaking to the LDS Film Festival back in February, Payne talked about the pressure that comes with having to release the third entry in the J.J. Abrams rebooted sci-fi franchise coming up in 2016 — which also happens to be Star Trek’s big 50th anniversary (nope, no pressure there at all)!

Talking to the audience, Payne revealed a bit of what they are envisioning for the third Trek film, providing a few hints along the way as to what may be the movie's plot and talking script development.

Payne said:

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 sides 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.

Whew! That’s a lot of words to basically say, "We're exploring moral gray areas," isn't it?

Have a look:

(via io9)