We may finally get to see the crew of the USS Enterprise really explore the cosmos rather than keep coming back to San Francisco in the next Star Trek film.
Orci was a guest on the Humans from Earth podcast (via Badass Digest), where he talked about what fans should expect from the next Star Trek film. From what he said, it sounds like he want to bring the rebooted franchise closer to the themes and tone of the original Star Trek television series.
"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."
As for the film’s villain, Orci teased that there may be something new out there in the far reaches of space.
"The Horta is actually the villain in the next one – no – they are in deep space now, so let’s see what’s out there."
The Horta is a highly intelligent, silicon-based species, that is capable of tunneling through solid rock ike humans are able to walk through air discovered on the planet Janus IV.
In keeping with Star Trek’s progressive nature, Orci also said that he’s open to the idea of having a member of the Enterprise’s crew be gay.
Star Trek 3 is expected to come to theaters in 2016, in celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.