Over the weekend I went out looking for some action. And I found it, in my Blu-ray collection, in both Iron Man and Star Trek. For me, these two recent summer wonders are comfort food for an otherwise bored Reject who is tired of watching back-to-back-to-back episodes of Seinfeld. And when the attention turned to Star Trek, J.J. Abrams’ masterful reinvention of one of the few franchises of which I would ever admit to being a “big fan,” I was reminded that I — like many of you — would like to see a sequel in the near future.
It reminded me of the fact that I had just been talking with Karl Urban, who plays Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the film, about the possibility of his role evolving, and the timing of the sequel. “I’m really looking forward to getting on board that one and I feel now we’ve introduced all these great characters,” he said from the set of his upcoming movie Red. “It’s going to be really interesting to see where we can take it.”
When asked about the timing of the sequel — a project that has been rumored to be gearing up for shooting as early as October of this year — Urban said that he thinks “it will start to shoot at the beginning of next year.”
Urban was clearly excited about the prospect of another Star Trek film (or two), happily confirming that he’s signed on for two more films. As he explains, beyond that is still up in the air, but where the is a will, there will certainly be a way: “That is entirely dependent. It’s like anything – if you’re in a long running TV show or a play. If you’re running out of new territory, then sure, that could get potentially stagnant. The thing specifically about Trek is that you have to look at who is involved. J.J. [Abrams] and Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, they’re all incredibly onto it creatively so I’ve got faith in them. If it goes beyond three, then I’d go for it.”
Sounds good, Mr. Urban. We’d go for a few more rounds of Star Trek, as well.