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Orci: Star Trek 2 Evolving Script

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Star Trek 2 Co-writer Roberto Orci explained why it took so long to get the Star Trek script finished and what type of changes will occur in the story during production.

Orci spoke, according to TrekMovie.com, to calm fans who were worried about changes happening so close to filming.

First, Orci explained the original delay in finishing the script. The reason the script wasn’t finished until recently is mostly for strategic philosophical reasons,” said Orci. “We were not willing to turn anything in until we knew for sure that we had a start date, based on J.J.’s availability. If we had written the script a year ago and it sat on the shelf, it would not have been current. Nothing messes up a script like it sitting on the shelf, because then everyone does get time to second guess and wonder, and then movies fall apart.”

Then Orci explained that evolving filming technology can cause changes in the script. “…the weirdest kind of changes comes from how J.J. wants to move the camera,” he said. “Thanks to advances in film making, we can move the camera around the ship in ways you couldn’t before — so sometimes lines will change or even who says them may change based on their position on the set relative to the coolest choreography of the camera moves. Keeps you on your toes as a writer for sure, but it is fun and worth it.”

When it comes to changes, there is nothing that should give fans reason for concern. “Finally, you should know the story hasn’t changed, the structure hasn’t changed, and the action sequences haven’t changed,” said Orci. “Most changes are minor.”

Star Trek 2 is due out in May of 2013.

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9 thoughts on “Orci: Star Trek 2 Evolving Script

  1. They’ll be able to move the camera into stunning new angles of that Apple Store Bridge and Brewery Engine Room.

  2. Scripts seldom define the shots. The director does that. So why would the script be changing other than to indicate there are some issues with it that need improving? That’s not a bad thing, just something that happens. I’ve altered scripts mid-shoot on my own projects when certain locations prove to be problematic, or something drastic happens and there is a need to patch something. It’s just part of filmmaking. What is important is that it is a good script that doesn’t have major plot holes and understands science if it is going to use science. Black holes, for instance, don’t slowly build over time. They wind space so tightly that even light can’t escape. The instant it was created, the black hole should have absorbed the Narada and the Enterprise, because it would have collapsed at the speed of light. And even if they had been prepared and already trying to escape, the ejection of the warp core–the one thing keeping them traveling faster than light– would have dropped them from warp and they’d have been instantly sucked into the black hole and ripped apart. Fix that kind of writing problem, not camera angles and 3d technology issues and it will be a LOT better.

  3. I don’t like my intelligence to be insulted by what I’m watching. K/O have absolutely zero grasp of science at all, and so far have been too lazy to even bother to learn. I find it completely idiotic when someone writing SCIENCE fiction hasn’t got even a grade-schooler’s grasp of science. They were also too lazy to try and patch it up with some babble (ie. it looks like a black hole but has some special property, or the supernova is ripping a hole in hyperspace, yadda yadda). My gods, man, even Brannon Braga could manage that.

  4. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the movie! I’m saying, it would be better if it were a little more researched/accurate to reality, that’s all.

  5. My dad say’s they’re lying to us, and my dad knows liars and he says that’s what they are.

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