Alex Kurtzman has been busy promoting his directorial debut "People Like Us" (purchase your tickets HERE) alongside star Chris Pine but in the midst of discussing their emotionally evocative dramedy Pine and Kurtzman were also tasked with providing some updates on director J.J. Abrams upcoming "Star Trek 2".
Kurtzman is, of course, one of the screenwriters behind the highly anticipated sequel and Pine stars as none other than the fearless leader of the Enterprise crew, Captain Kirk.
Screen Rant has amassed some of the key tidbits that the pair have offered. Take a look at what they've revealed to say to the various ourlets below:
Chris Pine to MTV on Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain:
“['Star Trek 2'] is structured so that the antagonist brings out all of the qualities in Kirk that need to happen in order for Kirk to grow. As you know from Benedict, just watching him, vocally, he’s fascinating. He’s got this deep resonate voice. He has a fascinating face. He’s a lovely guy and just super smart. You want to see something firing in his brain, so he’s not just a blood-dripping-from-the-fangs bad guy. Benedict brings those kinds of smarts.”
On the Enterprise set after years of being away to Collider:
“The first day going back to work we did all the bridge stuff, and that’s always… Even if you’re not a fan, and I was never a fan of the series… you cannot help but step on that bridge and feel kind of overwhelmed. It’s just the set, [but] you’re like, ‘God, I gotta fly this thing.'"
Kurtzman said the following about the focus of the sequel in an interview with Screen Crush:
"It’s bigger. It’s even bigger and more insane than the first. We delayed the production for a year because we were all so thoughtful on what we wanted to do on the first one. And we really spent the time to feel like if we were going to take this thing on it needed to be right. And what we didn’t want to do was let a mandate rush us through the next one. We really felt like we wanted to be protective of it. So we delayed to make sure that we had a story that we all loved and that we had the time to shoot it. I think that what we didn’t want to do is assume that just because the bridge crew had been brought together that they were the bridge crew that you remember from the original series. That was a crew that had been operating together for a very long time. At the end of our movie they’re setting out on their first collective mission really and we didn’t want to jump past that. Kirk is still learning what it means to be a Captain that has to lead men and women to their deaths potentially and that crew is still learning how to function as a unit. When you’re thinking about tone, sometimes I think you have to look at what the title is saying and ask if the title asking the audience to take you really seriously or if the tile saying we want to have some fun. And I think you make your decision accordingly."