Update: Trek Movie has gone ahead and debunked the entire story about Chris Pine speaking out on the Star Trek 2 script. Writer Bob Orci has confirmed that it’s not done yet. Apologies for the error.
With all the recent talk about JJ Abram’s upcoming summer movie Super 8, what its trailer reveals, what its viral marketing is hinting at, and what those twenty minutes of footage some people got to see contains, I had kind of forgotten that Abrams made a Star Trek movie that a lot of people really liked: a Star Trek movie that will be demanding at least a couple sequels. But one person who hasn’t forgotten about Star Trek 2 is the first film’s star Chris Pine. His career probably depends on it.
Details about JJ Abrams projects are notoriously kept under the tightest of wraps, so up until now the amount of prep work that was or was not being done for a Trek sequel remained a mystery known by only the selectest few. Lucky for us, Pine spilled some beans to MTV and let them know that he has read a script, “After a thousand questions regarding the Star Trek sequel I can finally say I am holding the draft script in my hand,” Pine continued, “I can also now tell you I have a love interest and it’s all looking very exciting. Sorry, but I can’t give you a date for filming yet, but you guys are going to love it!”
While it’s good to know that pre-production on another Star Trek is under way, Pine is an insane person if he thinks anyone on the Internet is taking his assurances that we will love it. That’s not what we do. What we do is speculate and dissect. So instead of cheering joyously that another Trek film is on the way, it’s time to start debating who exactly this love interest for Captain Kirk is going to be, who is going to play her, and whether the romance is going to be an awful or awesome addition to the new mythos. Kirk banged so much bumper in the original series that if they’re sticking to a character we’re already familiar with, the possibilities are already near endless. Personally, I’m hoping for a retelling of that story where Kirk fell in love with Joan Collins and then she had to die for the sake of humanity. What emotion!