'Star Trek' Prequel Charting an Unpredictable Future for Sequel

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci

Since fans already know what will happen in 'Star Trek' future, writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci reveal that future stories will be set in the new alternative universe set by the prequel.
Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman apparently have mapped out on the sequel to "Star Trek", a prequel movie that has been released in U.S. theaters May 7. Embracing the fact that fans have already known what will happen to their favorite characters in the future, the writing duo revealed to MTV that they have thought of how to bring another movie to life by creating a parallel universe in the prequel.

"One of the obstacles that we found ourselves butting up against [when we took on the job] was this idea that we already knew the fate of the characters," Kurtzman explained. "If you're going to bring a whole new iteration of 'Trek' to life, you could never put them in any real danger - because you already know how they either died or lived."

He continued, "So, we felt like, all right, we have to find a way to make the future unpredictable, so whenever they're in these difficult, treacherous situations there truly is the risk of death." The writer who also acted as producer further mentioned, "All the characters who existed in the universe or canon we grew up with are essentially still around in some capacity. But their lives have been altered, so they may again intersect with our crew."

Orci, in the meantime, shared his eagerness to return for the sequel writing. "I'm already going back and reading some of the books I've missed," he gushed. "I'm trying to read every Star Trek book I can get my hands on. We did that a lot for the first movie. ... I'm starting to re-immerse myself again in what's come before."

Chronicling the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow U.S.S. Enterprise crew members during their time at Starfleet Academy, "Star Trek" debuted #1 at the North American box office by collecting $75.2 million in its first week in theaters. The movie starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Eric Bana among many others has set the biggest Trek opening yet, besting over 1996's "Star Trek: First Contact", and made another record by being the biggest-grossing weekend ever in IMAX history.

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