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What’s in the Hopper?

Yesterday I promised that I would update the status of the sequels to Independence Day. Last I heard, November of 2011, two back to back sequels were in production but Will Smith has yet to sign on with the project.

Although the Star Trek sequel is in post production, I am sure there is someone at Industrial Light & magic is working on effects shots as I type this, here is a nice article from ACIN where Co-writer Alex Kurtzman talks about making bold and risky decisions for these movies.

Although some decisions made in Star Trek XI were apt to upset fans, Star Trek 2 Co-writer Alex Kurtzman believes that bold moves are what make for a great movie.

For Chris Pine though, it’s the people, not the major action sequences, that make for a good movie.

“[Star Trek 2] … is relentless,” said Pine, when asked about the Abrams’ sequel. “The movie is relentless, and for the visually inclined people who want to see major sequences, there are a couple specifically that I think…I’m not a huge 3-D fan, but I think will be incredible.”

Star Trek 2 may be relentless and chock-full of action, but Pine is more interested in the characters and their journey from strangers thrown together to cohesive crew. “But what I’m more excited about and what I think they did so well is that really the story is that much better,” said Pine, “and the journey that these guys go on is that much more, and what they always talked about is that even though they’re a crew from what we know about the original team, the fun of getting there is following that journey to where they become that tight-knit crew. It’s no fun if they’re already a tight-knit crew. So suffice it to say, they’re still learning how to get along.”

Kurtzman agreed with Pine on the importance of seeing the crew come together as one team. “One-hundred percent,” said Kurtzman. “They only really came together as a team at the end of the first movie as a function of story. But the bridge crew from the original series, they aren’t those people yet, neither in age nor in experience. So I think the worst mistake that we could have made was to assume that they were there already at the top of the movie and skip that stuff.”

In addition to the crew story, Kurtzman believed that choices made in Star Trek XI, controversial as some may have been, made for a better movie and fans can expect more bold moves in Star Trek 2. “And the other thing I’ll say without revealing too much,” he said, “is that in the first Trek, we made choices–in our invention of the story–that were extremely controversial. Blowing up Vulcan, hugely controversial choice, and we knew that die-hard Trekkers were either going to skewer us or accept it based on the emotional architecture around that choice. I think for us, Trek is at its best when it is making hugely bold moves like that, and there will be hugely bold moves in this one.”

Comic-Con starts on July 14 and I am expecting news on two movies I eagerly anticipate. There is going to be a teaser trailer for the next Superman movie, The Man of Steel, and Legendary Pictures (currently promoting the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises) is going to give some news on the Godzilla movie currently in production. I am hoping for a look at some conceptual art for that one!