Star Trek writer reveals he 'argued against' Khan as Into Darkness villain

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May 28, 2013

Khan or not Khan? Seems the writers were at odds about using one of Star Trek’s most beloved and iconic villains for their second Trek outing with Into Darkness.

This is what Roberto Orci revealed in a fascinating and lengthy interview with Star

Orci says that his co-writer (and co-producer) Damon Lindelof lobbied to have Khan from the very get-go, while Orci argued against it.

Here's what Orci said:

OK, I’ll do a deep dive with you. In a way, (fellow co-writer and co-producer) Damon (Lindelof) and I were the biggest debaters about this. He argued for Khan from the beginning and I argued against it. The compromise that we came to was, let us devise a story that is not reliant on any history of Star Trek. So, what’s the story? Well, we have a story where our crew is who they are and they’re coming together as a family. Then, suddenly, this villain arrives and his motivations are based on what happens in the movie. They’re not based on history. They’re not based on Star Trek. They’re not based on anything that came before. They’re based on his used by a corrupted system of power that held the things he held dear against him and tried to manipulate him. That story stands alone with or without Star Trek history. That’s how we approached it, and God bless Damon for going down that road.
So, once we had that, that’s when Damon came back and reared his ugly head and said, “OK, now that we have that, is there any reason why we cannot bring Star Trek history into this?” And he was right. So we ended up sort of reverse engineering it. We started with, “What’s a good movie? What’s a good villain? What’s a good motivation? We cannot rely on what’s happened before. Now that we have that, can we tailor this villain into something that relates to Star Trek history?” And that’s what we did. So, step one was “Don’t rely on Star Trek.” Then, step two was “Rely on Star Trek.”

What do you think the writers' way of dealing with the big, whopping “do we get Khan on board the second film or not” question?

(via Star

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