Friday, January 22, 2010

Orci and Kurtzman Q&A on Star Trek and its Sequel

Trek Movie has posted excerpts from a Q & A with Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman given at the WGA theater in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night. It's part of of a series of screenings for WGA nominees.
My favourite bit concerns their explanation of the Spock/Uhura kiss and romance

Orci: Well you know Oedipally you marry your mother [laughs], and his mother was human. Part of our take was that we were going to harmonize with canon. So in the original series, the first interracial kiss was between William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols, and we thought in this, what is the harmony of that? And the harmony is the first inter-species kiss. It is Uhura and Spock. Well, number one he is younger and not as in control of his emotions. And number two, he has just lost his mother, who he has apologized to for saying "I hope you don’t feel I am rejecting all that it human by perusing Kolinahr," the Vulcan purging of all emotions. So in losing her, showing his emotions to Uhura is a way of keeping her.

On the sequel Orci said:

We would never do a remake….it will be some time in the five year mission. But that is a question. Should we pick them up immediately the next day or should it be later, we are still discussing that.

Please go here to read the very interesting report.

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