STAR TREK 3 Set in Deep Space, Says Roberto Orci

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Director Roberto Orci dropped a few hints about what to expect from the third or 13th Star Trek film (if you’re counting pre-reboot films) in speaking to the Geoff Boucher podcast Humans From Earth (via BD).

Orci said that the next installment would take place “deep in space,” unlike J.J. Abrams‘ first two Trek-boots, which was also co-written by Orci.

As you probably remember, the crew of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) have, for the most part, not strayed terribly far from Terra Firma.

“In [Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films – especially the 2009 [Star Trek] – was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie. So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space.”

Yeah, I’m glad they’re going to try to keep it in space this time. Space opera is pretty much what Trek should not be and I hope Bob Orci can keep the bus rolling with this movie. (But I still can’t believe he’s directing this).

He also joked about the movie’s villains:

“The Horta is actually the villain in the next one – no – they are in deep space now, so lets see what’s out there.”

(I haven’t seen Horta since the last time I ordered Domino’s Pizza).

Orci is joined by franchise newcomers Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, on the script for Star Trek 3, which will probably land in theaters in 2016, just in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary.