In celebration of today’s release of Star Trek on Blu-ray and DVD, Paramount held a special event in Los Angeles last night in which director J.J. Abrams and various members of the cast were on hand to present some of the cool special features to a group of fans and journalists. Luckily, our friends at Coming Soon were there with questions ready — questions about a potential sequel.
Overall, mum seems to be the word as a Trek follow-up is currently in the script stage, with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (along with producer Damon Lindelof) working up ideas for where to take the USS Enterprise next. However, the crew on hand for the event did have some fun with the onslaught of questions about another film.
Director J.J. Abrams explained that even though he’s not 100% committed to the project, he can’t see someone else directing:
“The truth is, the idea of anyone else directing the next Star Trek film breaks my heart. I had the most fun ever with these people. But, it’s impossible to know when the script is done. That’s the time to look at it and ask, “is this the right thing for the movie? Is it the right thing for me? My family?” and all that stuff. It’s so hard to know a year out with no script in existence if I should direct the movie.”
Actor John Cho, who played Sulu, only made mention in joke-form about wanting to see Khan make an appearance in the second film (I can’t even believe this was reported as news):
“He is the baddest of them all in my opinion and the coolest hair cut. I’m ready to bring that cut back for my own self.”
And finally, Spock Prime himself, Leonard Nimoy said that he isn’t expecting a call from Abrams for another go around:
“They have Zachary Quinto. I was useful to make the bridge between the original and the new and that’s done,” Nimoy said. “This cast of characters is in great shape. They’re a wonderful, talented bunch of people and the chemistry between them is appropriate. They’ve got it! They know how to do it. They’ve done it well in this movie and they’ll do it again well in the future movies. I think I served a purpose and I’m happy that I was in it … It’s not a question of whether I’d want to be [in the movie]. If I get a phone call I’ll answer the phone, but I’m not expecting that call to come.”
There you have it — a lot of talk with nothing really being said about another film, other than Abrams saying that they’re a year away from making any real decisions — and more importantly, they’re still far away from having a script. And even though I turned off my copy of the Blu-ray the other night and jumped up, demanding that a sequel be made immediately, we have to respect the process on this one. This Star Trek reboot was a long-time coming, and look how it turned out. Patience from the fans should reap many rewards with a second film.