In a new podcast interview released today by Nerdist's Humans from Earth, Trek 3 co-writer/director Roberto Orci talked a bit about his new job of helming the next Trek sequel and offered some hints to what we might see in the 2016 release.
"[The cast] is, in a way, closer to the Original Series characters as you've ever seen. They've set off on their 'five-year mission,' so their adventure's going to be in deep space."
Orci also addressed the question of plot secrecy, a controversy generated out of the 'John Harrison' debacle surrounding Star Trek Into Darkness.
"I think it's going to be a mix [of openness and secrecy]. On the one hand, you want the story to have surprises, otherwise, why even go to the movie, right? On the other hand, you want to share enough of it to let people know what they're going to get, what they can expect, and what the experience is going to feel like. In terms of behind-the-scenes [secrecy], audiences now are so savvy that I think it's kind of fun to be a little more transparent and let people into the process of how you are doing things, and let them, in a way, watch you make the movie. You can see behind-the-scenes things without necessarily knowing what the context of the scene is, or what the story is -- so I think somewhere in between the truth lies."
Another topic covered is the fact that Orci is now co-writing the picture he's set to direct -- without his longtime writing partner Alex Kurtzman -- and he spoke up in support of the film's new team.
"I'm writing with a talented young couple of guys, Patrick McKay and JD Payne, so we're each other's safety net. Though not writing it with my partner of twenty-three years does scare me... but luckily, part of the fun of writing with someone that long is that I know what he would say on any given scene that I write."
The hour-long conversation also touches on topics like his directorial education process, JJ Abrams' involvement with Star Wars: Episode VII, the need for gay characters in Star Trek, and many other points of interest. Regardless of your thoughts on the previous two films, we found this interview to be very much worth a listen.
Listen here, via Humans from Earth: