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Urban’s Thoughts On Star Trek 3

Posted by T'Bonz - 06/08/13 at 01:08 pm


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Karl Urban knows what he wants for the next Star Trek movie.

One of the things he would like would be the return of J.J. Abrams, although Urban is aware that Abrams will not be returning.

I’d like “J.J. Abrams,” he said with a laugh. “Look that’s a hard one, because J.J. has set the bar so high and he is just a unique filmmaker. There’s no doubt about it. That being said, I look forward and welcome a fresh take, a new energy. If anything I think that J.J. is an inspiring individual, he’s an inspiring director and he’s going to push his contemporary to be better than they are. Because they’re going to have to be. So whoever takes on the mantle of the next Star Trek is going to do a good job.”

As for the story, Urban is looking for something fresh and new. “What I really believe we should do now is strive for originality,” he said. “Because in Star Trek into Darkness we took one of the most revered and loved adversaries of the Enterprise and put him in there, and did a story that had all of these wonderful nods to films from the past, and episodes from the past. I really think that what we should do from here, in my personal opinion, is strive to be original. Strive to be something different and new. You know, let’s not forget that Star Trek as envisioned was about space exploration. And it would be really wonderful to harness the spirit of that and apply it to the next film, so that we do something different than a revenge-based picture.”

Source: IGN

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  • Daniel Ireland

    Will not or probably will not be returning?

  • Mike

    Also on IGN there is a follow-up interview with Orci and Kurtzman where they specifically state, loosely, “So, he doesn’t want to be in the next one?”

    For me, aside from turning him into some creepster who injects dead things with random shit, Karl Urban has been one of the better things from this reboot.

  • JoCat

    I like some of Karl Urban’s ideas of doing something new that include the spirit of space exploration. in the next Star Trek film. After all the crew of the Enterprise are explorers but of course would go into battle when needed to do so. We really do need a whole new story that no one can predict how it will progress or turn out in the end. And since it will mark the 50th Anniversary, I hope other past Star Trek favorites are invited to be a part of it. I know they can’t play their same characters but still that would be special to see some of them in action again.

  • John_Q_Doe

    “You know, let’s not forget that Star Trek as envisioned was
    about space exploration. And it would be really wonderful to harness the
    spirit of that and apply it to the next film, so that we do something
    different than a revenge-based picture.”

    From your lips to God’s ears, Mr. Urban! Many of us hope to see our heroes “seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no [Trek] has gone before!”

  • milojthatch

    Wow, A “Star Trek” film about space exploration. What a novel idea! :P

  • John_Q_Doe

    If you can name ONE Star Trek FILM about space exploration, I shall laugh with you. ;-)

  • Mike

    The Motion Picture and The Final Frontier, arguably, are both about exploration. How they get involved in the exploration wasn’t the question.

  • Knowles2

    His real thoughts goes as far which other stories can we steal from the original series or from the spin off films. Sorry him and his gang of so called writers have lied one two many times

  • Knowles2

    The Motion picture, the Final Frontier, Insurrection has some exploration and discovery.

  • Knowles2

    Hopefully not returning.

  • John_Q_Doe

    The Motion Picture: V’ger comes to them… the only exploring was navigating through it… s-l-o-w-l-y through it.
    The Final Frontier: Enterprise is commandeered to look for “god”, not really exploring, is it?

  • matineer

    You set up your own narrow parameters of what “exploring” is. But exploration doesn’t just depend on a map. No matter how the ship got there, Enterprise officers explored a huge new lifeform in I, a Genesis planet in II and III, an old Earth in IV, an alien planet in V, and visited at least two planets for extended scenes in VI, rather than being confined to their own contemporary Earth.

  • Mike

    V’ger was purely about exploration. Voyager was one of our first exploratory craft. We sent it out and forgot about it. It didn’t forget about us. The exploration wasn’t necessarily of V’ger, but, like most quality Star Trek, it was an exploration of us and of the unknown, and what it means to be part of humanity.

    In the Final Frontier, I don’t see what difference it makes as to why they were doing what they were doing. Sybok’s clear stated objective is exploring the galactic core… Sha’ka’ree was how he envisioned it, but, if exploration wasn’t the goal, why not just presume it’s Sha’ka’ree and move on? Exploration and discovery can certainly happen within the context of a hypothesis… and, just because his hypothesis was that the creature communicating with him was God, it doesn’t change the nature of what happened, which was undoubtedly exploration and discovery.

  • Mike

    Uhhhhhhhh…. Did you even read the story? Something tells me no, based on that response.

    He specifically wants NEW MATERIAL. It’s the point of the story.

    He doesn’t have a gang of writers, he’s an actor… and not remotely the person to blame for any of this.

  • JoCat

    Very true!!

  • choomster

    They need to get back to the root of TREK and no more re-makes and re-imaginings.