J.J. Abrams may not make The Wrath of Khan Part II for the Star Trek sequel, but the original Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan was part of the inspiration for Star Trek XI.
Although one element of The Wrath of Khan particularly caught Abrams’ attention, Abrams can’t really think of anything else in the Trek universe that specifically inspires him when it comes to planning the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek XI.
Abrams was drawn to the chemistry between Kirk and his crew in The Wrath of Khan and he tried to recreate that chemistry for Star Trek XI. But that was really all he took away from the Trek universe. “It wasn’t that there was anything in particular that felt like this one thing that has to be in the sequel,” he said. “The universe Roddenberry created was so vast. And so it’s hard to say there’s one particular thing that stands out as what the sequel must be.”
This makes it a bit tougher when it comes to making a second movie. “Which is, on the one hand, a great opportunity, on the other hand, it’s the greatest challenge,” said Abrams. “Where do you go? What do you focus on? But I’m incredibly excited about the prospects.”
Abrams’ interview can be found in issue 200 of SFX, which is on newstands now.