‘Star Trek’ Sequel ‘Has To Be Better’ Than The First, Says Damon Lindelof

by Danica Davidson

The sequel to “Star Trek” may not have a name or even a complete script yet, but fans want to know what to expect. That’s why MTV News spoke with writer Damon Lindelof at SDCC to get the “Trek 2″ status report.

“There was a lot of work going on over the course of the last year between Bob [Orci] and Alex [Kurtzman] and I,” he said. “We generated, like, a ninety-page half-script half-treatment based on some meetings that we’ve had with J.J [Abrams]. Now that J.J. is finally finished with ‘Super 8’ we’ve kind of, not thrown out that material, but we’re reworking a lot of it.”

Even if the original plan hasn’t been completely scrapped, it does sound as if the “Trek” trio of Lindelof, Orci and Kurtzman have all been waiting for Abrams, who previously revealed that his work on “Super 8″ could throw off the “Star Trek 2″ release date.

Describing how the four writers wrote the original movie, Lindelof said, “Those four people sort of sitting in a room bouncing ideas off each other, challenging those ideas, sort of shaking the tree.”

They want to get back to that.

“Because ‘Trek 2′ has to be better than ‘Trek 1,’” he said, likening the sequel to the increase in quality from the already great “Batman Begins” to the exceptional “The Dark Knight.” “It has to.”

They’re working hard to make a great leap forward in storytelling. “We are deep into that process now and writing.”

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