Now that Star Trek XI has successfully established the new actors in the roles of the original series characters, what will the next movie tackle?
While some would prefer an original story, a logical choice for others would be to do an alternate universe Khan.
J.J. Abrams admitted that it would be a challenge to take on the genetic superman, but no more so than to have taken on recasting Kirk, Spock and the rest of the original series crew. “I think one of the byproducts of doing this movie was we were able to dispel the obvious and understandable concerns; how can Star Trek possibly exist without those original cast members?” said Abrams. “Now that we are in a parallel existence with what fans of the original series love so much, we could introduce any number of characters, settings, references and situations that the original series introduced. Dealing with Khan would certainly be a challenge, but we had an equal challenge in finding our crew of the Enterprise.”
Story development for the next Star Trek movie is just beginning, but nothing is off of the table yet, as far as stories or characters go. “While I don’t want to approach the second film as a remake of episodes we’ve seen in the past, nothing is off-limits in terms of what we’re discussing,” said Abrams. “When Bob Orci and the others who know Trek so well, the fun of working with them is they know this universe so deeply, they’re the ones who are always considering what it means to deal with the stuff in the past, so it’ll be exciting.”