Another run-in with J.J. Abrams, and another tease for “Star Trek” sequel news coming “soon.” This time, however, when MTV News caught up with Abrams at the CBS TCA party, where he was promoting his upcoming show, “Person Of Interest,” he gave us an actual time frame for when we can expect to hear the official sequel announcement.
“We met yesterday,” Abrams said of his “Star Trek 2” writing dream team comprised of Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. “We had a big, endless meeting and I think we’ll have something to talk about very soon.”
So how soon is soon?
“I think within the next month or so we’ll be able to tell you what’s going on and when and all that,” Abrams revealed. “We’re working really hard and this is all to make sure that no one — cast, crew, mostly the audience — isn’t disappointed by what we do,” he said, admitting he feels “sorry” for the delay. “[The audience] is the only master we’re serving.”
When asked to pinpoint the specific challenge involved in continuing the story of Kirk, Spock and the Starship Enterprise, Abrams said they try not to think of it as a sequel.
“The odd thing about the first one we did is it was already sort of a sequel in a weird way,” Abrams said of the 2009 box office hit. “It was a reboot, but not. I think the most important thing to remember is that it doesn’t matter if anyone has seen the first one or not. It doesn’t matter what the first one was, in a way. This has to be a movie that stands on its own,” he explained. “You can’t just assume that everyone is going to love the characters because they are played by great actors, or they might have liked the first film. It’s really about starting over and at the same time, you really want to make sure you hold onto things that worked in the first one, so it’s the obvious stuff.”
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