The upcoming Star Trek sequel is likely to benefit from the recent trend to make new installments in major movie franchises even bigger than what came before.
“I can tell you as we go into it, that our aspirations are for the movie to be even bigger and better than the first one,” Star Trek XII producer Bryan Burk this week told TrekMovie.com. “I don’t mean that just in scope, I mean content and characters and emotionally. We had a lot of conversations about Batman Begins and how that movie kind of re-invented that franchise, and we looked at what The Dark Knight did and how that really ramped it up and they went to a different place with that film, and how those two films keep re-inventing themselves and are not the same thing every time. So we have strong ideas of what we want to do and we are hoping that this one is an even bigger film than the last one.”
Burk explained that making the film bigger does not just mean throwing extra money at the production, but that it would also affect the kind of story the film will be telling: “I feel like, particular with the last film, we brought a lot of people into the Star Trek universe who either hadn’t been there before or hadn’t been there in a while, and now that you know who these characters are, we are hoping to take grander and bigger steps with the characters, emotionally. The stakes will be bigger and people will be more invested.”
The producers still have some time to develop their plans, as they’re not expecting to begin shooting until this time next year, and still have until December before they want to start pre-production.
For more from Burk, head over to the full interview at TrekMovie.com.