We’re sill few short weeks away from the worldwide release of Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man, but the conversation has already started to turn towards its inevitable sequel. Shored up with a fixed summer 2014 release date, TASM 2 will most likely pit Spidey against (SPOILER ALERT!) the Proto-Goblin, or whatever title Director Marc Webb will bestow upon the sinister Irrfan Khan.
Sequel scribe Alex Kurtzman sat down with our good friends at Collider to discuss the grand nature of the Webhead’s woeful tale. But as if that wasn’t good enough, he also discussed the production of Star Trek 2, a film which we’ve waited many years (so many, many, many years) to see grace the silver screen.
Check out the best bits from the interview below, but if you’re still craving some Kurtzman wisdom, click the link at the bottom of the page.
Collider: What was it like, the first day back on the Enterprise? Was it an emotional experience?
ALEX KURTZMAN: Oh, yeah, for sure! Me and Bob [Orci] and Damon [Lindelof] and J.J. [Abrams] and Bryan Burk all feel very protective of Star Trek. The studio had wanted it a year earlier and we said, “No, we can’t. We’re not going to be ready and we don’t want to rush this.” We felt very fortunate that the first movie was well received, and the last thing that we wanted to do was destroy that by rushing something. It’s very precious to a lot of people. We love our Trek and we just wanted to keep it safe.
At the Prometheus junket, Damon Lindelof told Steve (at Collider) that you guys built the ship so that all the hallways connect and you can leave the bridge and really walk around the Enterprise. How cool was it for you to really walk around the ship?
KURTZMAN: It was insane!
Did you make sure to film some extra long takes of the cast, walking and talking?
KURTZMAN: That was the point. J.J. was brilliant, in building the sets that way, because what he wanted to do was be able to play whole scenes without a cut, as you were literally moving through this huge, huge ship. Just to walk on the set was incredible. Scott Chambliss, who’s our production designer, built this glorious set.
Do you have any idea when J.J. will release the first official images or the first teaser trailer?
KURTZMAN: Not sure yet. That’s still in discussion.
What made you want to take on the sequel as writers, before The Amazing Spider-Man is even in theaters?
KURTZMAN: Well, we’ve seen the movie. You always go by your gut. That’s the best you can do. You go by what you feel, and you say yes or no based on what it inspires in you. All I can tell you is that, when I saw the movie, I loved the world that (director) Marc [Webb] had created. I think Andrew [Garfield] and Emma [Stone] are incredible in it. They’re amazing! And I love everyone at Sony. Producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, and everyone there, are so protective of their Spider-Man. I just have so much respect for them. We just saw it and we were excited. When you’re a kid and you’re a superhero lover, the holy trinity is Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, so to be able to take any of those and play with it is a huge joy.
If the early buzz surrounding Spidery’s new flick is any indication, then I can’t wait for The Amazing Spider-Man sequel!