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Borg In Star Trek XII? "We Would Think About It" Says Roberto Orci

Possbile Borg In Star Trek XII? "We Would Think About It" Says Robert Orci

As reported by, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are hot commodities right now.  Not only are they responsible for our beloved franchise, but they seem to be writing just about everything else in Hollywood. 

So, sat down with the duo and asked some questions specifically about Star Trek XII.  Did they get specific answers?  You be the judge.

On the things on their "Star Trek" wish list that didn't make it into the first film that might be revisited in the second:

Orci: You know, we had a few characters in early drafts. [Christine] Chapel – maybe some of the friends in the Academy. But in terms of big concepts? No, nothing that was like "Oh, not going to be able to fit that in."
Kurtzman: Right. We kind of threw it all in the first one!

On the possibility of introducing concepts from the various "Star Trek" sequel series - like The Borg, for example - into the relaunched franchise:

Orci: I think we would think about it, because we do love "The Next Generation."

Do they have a priority or any particular element of those sequel series that they most would like to put into the movie?

Kurtzman: I think our instinct would be to first look at the original series before we would consider that, but all of that would be on the table for us, it is on the table.

On the possibility of doing "Star Trek 2" and "3" back-to-back:

Kurtzman: I think we tend to look at this as it's very, very important to us to make sure that each movie is good. It's not "Hey, let's do as many as possible." But rather "Let's make sure that they are good." I think that we feel like we've inherited this incredible honor, in this mantle of "Star Trek" and the most important thing is to make sure that we are protecting that first. So, if the studio wants more than one, then great, but our thinking is going to be very much about the story.
Orci: The story.
Kurtzman: Whether the story prescribes there will be more than one. Part of what is great about '"Star Trek"' is that it's a continuing adventure so you naturally think that there will be many, hopefully. But we only focus on what comes next and then build off of that. So, right now we are not thinking specifically about making two and three. It may come up but it's not where our heads are right now.

On adding an allegorical element to the plot of the second film – including an Internet-rumored Guantanamo Bay metaphor:

Orci: The Gitmo thing was just a for instance. We're not doing a story that is going to be about Guantanamo Bay. Now that we've established the characters we can have a more philosophical allegory where what is happening in the future represents, like the best versions in the '60s did it – represented women's rights, racial equality, and progressive issues. We're still just brainstorming internally and going to get together soon and bust our riffs out, see what happens, and start putting it together.

On whether the success of the first film will influence their storytelling decisions on the sequel:

Orci: I think it's the exact same pressure as the first one. Great, I'm glad we had a nice victory but now we have to do it again. Same amount of trepidation and reverence for "Trek."
Kurtzman: But the excitement of knowing that we have everything in place. Going into the first movie we had no idea of what the actors were even going to look like, so now knowing what the feeling was, and who is playing the parts, will definitely be helpful.

On the potential for adding pre-established "Star Trek" elements, such as Khan Noonian Singh – into the sequel storyline:

Kurtzman: Where we are starting is "Okay, where are our characters now and what are interesting complications that we can put in their lives? What feels like an organic emotional place for them to get to? How do we want to test them?" Then you look at everything. You look everything and start asking "Who would be the best foe."
Orci: There are mental exercises we play with them – in fact ,we even at one point had one conversation I think was all about the first movie. It could have ended on "…and then the Botany Bay floats by." You can't be fans of this and not sit around one night and go "What if we…?" So we've gone through probably whatever you've gone through in your minds.
Kurtzman: The short answer is that we haven't landed on anybody yet. (source

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