With JJ Abrams busy with a small matter in a galaxy far, far away, the mantle for directing Star Trek 3 has fallen to Roberto Orci. Promoted to the captaincy after co-writing the first two Trek-boots, Orci has given a short, but insightful teaser into what he plans to do with the franchise.
Speaking to the "Humans From Earth" podcast, Orci addressed the issue that the existing two Trek reboots have, for the most part, not strayed terribly far from Terra Firma.
"In [Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started," he explains. "The first two films – especially the 2009 [Star Trek] – were an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie. So in this [third] movie they are closer to the original series characters than you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space."
The podcast also pressed Orci on who would be the next, or new adversaries. Joking about the Horta at first, Orci admitted that since the crew is descending into deep space, a new enemy or alien race is more likely on the cards
The Horta is actually the villain in the next one – no – they are in deep space now, so lets see what’s out there.
The podcast also asked if the new instalment would have a gay lead, to which Orci by saying he didn't want a hogged viewpoint. Trek was very progressive for fifty years ago, and with cast members such as George Takei being a vocal member of the LGBT movement, perhaps making Sulu gay would be a great homage to George Takei.
It can be part of a character and not be the whole shebang…It doesn’t’ have to be like South Park, like ‘what have we learned today.’ It can be so normalized that it just exists. I agree it can’t be shoe-horned in. And it is not necessary for it to be the whole point of the thing. It is an ensemble and there is lots of people to represent so no one point of view should hog it.
The writing process has already started with regular Alex Kurtzman and Orci has continued it with newcomers JD Payne and Patrick McKay. There's no confirmed release date for Star Trek 3, but with Star Trek's 50th anniversary arriving in 2016, expect to see a release date some stage that year.