Although he doesn't confirm whether the popular villain will appear in the follow-up to 2009's 'Star Trek', J.J. Abrams does toss in the possibility of recasting the character.
Talks about "Star Trek" possibly having a new Khan are mounting. When talking to MTV's Josh Horowitz about the follow-up to 2009's "Star Trek", director J.J. Abrams discussed on the likelihood of recasting the popular baddie though he kept mum on whether or not the villain will be included in the untitled Star Trek sequel.
"Now that we are in a parallel existence with what fans of the original series love so much, we could introduce any number of characters, settings, references and situations that the original series introduced," the 43-year-old filmmaker shared his thought. "Dealing with Khan would certainly be a challenge, but we had an equal challenge in finding our crew of the Enterprise."
In the interview, Abrams also addressed on the story ideas for the sequel. "While I don't want to approach the second film as a remake of episodes we've seen in the past...nothing is off limits in terms of what we're discussing," he said. "When [writer] Bob Orci and the others who know 'Trek' so well, the fun of working with them is they know this universe so deeply they're the ones who are always considering what it means to deal with the stuff in the past, so it'll be exciting."
The next "Star Trek" movie has been planned by Paramount Pictures. The studio has secured screenwriter duo Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman as well as scribe Damon Lindelof to pen the sequel's script. In early October, Abrams sparked rumor that this new movie could be made in 3-D. Still, no official word is shared just yet by the studio regarding this issue.