For Co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, a Star Trek XI sequel will mean digging deeper into the characters.
The writing pair has more time than they expected to write the sequel which means less pressure and a chance to fully develop the story.
“We want it [the sequel] to come like the first one, which came organically,” said Orci.
“Because we weren’t rushed,” said Kurtzman.
“We weren’t rushed, so I think the time we got to spend on it is reflected in the work,” said Orci. “We feel the pressure a little bit coming on, but we’re easing into it slowly.”
Finding time for all of the characters, not just Kirk and Spock, is a tricky thing. “In a sequel, you have even more of that burden, because the first movie is about introducing characters, but the second movie is about digging deeper into them,” said Kurtzman.” So you’ve got to make sure your story is giving everyone a moment…more than a moment. An arc.”
“We’ve always thought of the bridge crew as a family, so it’s not just, ‘What are we gonna find for them?’ explained Orci. “It’s part of the DNA of doing Star Trek right, I think – to make sure all the characters represent a significant part of the family.”
Fans were surprised by one bit of character development, the Spock/Uhura romance. But there was precedent for it. “It actually came from the original series,” said Kurtzman.
“There was a little flirtation in the original series,” said Orci. “But we thought that since we were doing a harmony on some of the things that were happening before, well, what happened in the original series? The first interracial kiss was with Kirk. So we thought what can we do that’s different, but that still pays homage to that? Spock!”