Writing a script for Star Trek
was once just the seemingly impossible daydream of a high school boy.
As reported by FirstShowing.net, for Roberto Orci, although he thought about writing a Star Trek movie, the Star Trek XI co-writer/producer never dreamed that his wish would come true. "In high school, I thought that [he would write a Star Trek movie] and after so many of the 'Star Treks' came out, I thought 'Oh, well, that was a nice dream. I guess it'll never happen. Star Trek is pretty much covered.' And for it to come back and for it to have worked out this way was definitely a dream for me."
Co-writer/producer Alex Kurtzman agreed that getting to work on a Star Trek movie seemed an impossibility. "I couldn't even imagine that we would ever get an opportunity like that," he said. "I always hoped we would make movies but never inherently something that meant so much to us. That's a whole other kind of surreal animal that we never defined."
Orci went on to explain the process of writing for a Star Trek movie. "I think we begin with our first thought impressions, just get out our first thoughts without filtering them, without censoring them, without being your own worst critic," he explained. "Just get out what comes to mind first just to see where your gut points you. That's the first thing we do. And then you go do all your homework."
Fear of failure drove them to do their very best. "The other thing I think for us that was key to 'Star Trek' was that the idea of taking it on was very scary," said Kurtzman. "That can be a very good thing. It can be a challenge that you have to rise to as opposed to something you're immediately comfortable in. So I think we were partially motivated to see if we were going to be able to bring it."
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