I loved the new Star Trek directed by J.J. Abrams. It’s a successful film even for film goers not familiar with the series and the many Star Trek films that varied from good to awful. But J.J. Abrams got it right. Maybe because he wasn’t a fan he felt free to play with Star Trek, giving the characters room to breath, to have a lot more life in them than could ever be expected after so many years of films and reruns.
At the Saturn Awards red carpet Abrams talked sequel. It isn’t a surprise that a sequel would be on the horizon. How could it not be? The film made money and was well received by critics and fans alike. Steve “Frosty” Weintraub of Collider talked to the director and was told that a sequel is in the early stages. Abrams also didn’t dismiss the idea that he would return as director and I think that’s good news for anyone who liked the film.
Abrams told Weintraub: “I love the characters and we were so lucky to get the cast we got so I just feel like – I feel too lucky to be a part of this thing to say goodbye to it.”
Referencing an interview with Star Trek writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, Weintraub told Abrams the writers were contemplating not having a typical villain, perhaps going with an idea of Nature gone bad. In response the idea Abrams replied: “I think in a story it’s important to personify, somehow, what you’re up against so it’s a tricky one to figure out how to, like, fight evil wind!”
Watching the interview — which can be seen via the embed below — I would say Abrams certainly has the desire to make another Star Trek. Now we have to wait and see where the Enterprise is headed.
Where would you like to see the Enterprise go? What kind of villain would you like to see? Old favorites such as Klingons? Borgs? Or something completely new?