Think writers and producers never listen to fans? Well, when the sequel to 2009’s “Star Trek” comes out next year, writer Roberto Orci says some fan comments will make its way into the story.
Orci, who penned the previous “Star Trek” with writing partner Alex Kurtzman, told attendees of WonderCon in San Francisco that feedback received from fandom about the previous film from director J.J. Abrams had a little bit of influence in the writing room.
“Everyone said [Kirk] it too young to become captain,” Orci said, according to Coming Soon. “So maybe in the next movie, somebody goes, ‘Man, you sure became captain young and fast.'”
The idea would be to incorporate some of the opinions into the movie, and allow it to help develop a story for the sequel — or at the very least, some very realistic interactions with others.
“If it’s organic to the story and you find someone who doesn’t think too highly of Kirk because he maybe skipped a few steps, that’s maybe a fun thing to consider,” Orci said. “That comes from a fan reaction, and maybe gives you a story point.”
When the first movie was made, Hollywood was embroiled in a writers strike. That meant the script that Orci and Kurtzman penned had to go as-is. The typical changes that might take place in a script during filming couldn’t happen because the strike wouldn’t allow it.
But that won’t be the case when “Star Trek 12” begins production later this year.
“We’ll be working and tweaking that story through shooting,” Orci said. “This time, we don’t have a strike, so we’ll actually be able to change things on the set. On the last movie, we handed in the script and that was it. You couldn’t change a word. This one feels like we’ve got all the time in the world.”
There will be some changes, however. The biggest one could be found right in engineering.
“Everyone sure hated engineering,” Orci said. “They thought it looked like a brewery, which it was. I’ll pass that on to J.J. and see what he says.”
The next Star Trek movie is expected to be released June 29, 2012.