While writing Star Trek XI meant establishing relationships between the Star Trek characters, writing the sequel means continuing the story without confusing a new audience, according to Roberto Orci.
Just like with Star Trek XI, the sequel, due out next year, must be able to be seen without prior knowledge of Star Trek. “Well, even though it’s a sequel we want to make sure that, again, just like with the first one you don’t have to be a Trek fan to know what’s happening,” said Orci.
“It doesn’t rely on your previous knowledge of Trek or even the previous movie. It’s still building on that movie. If you watch the first movie, you’ll see where the characters have gone but every movie has to stand on its own. You can never just rely on the fact that it’s a sequel.”
That takes care of anyone new to Star Trek, but what about the established fan base? Orci believes that Star Trek fans help to shape Star Trek and he wants to hear what they have to say. “[Star Trek fans] are one of the most long-standing, vocal fan bases around, from the very beginning when we signed on to those movies, we were interacting with them online and any time we ran into them,” he said. “And literally the fans in a sense are consultants on these movies because we really do read what they have to say because I was a fan and I wouldn’t want someone ruining my Star Trek without at least my getting to complain about it directly to management. The comment box is always open.”