Thursday, November 5, 2009

Will Khan Return in the Next Star Trek Movie?

Like most New Yorkers, I’m pretty stoked about the Yankees’ 27th world championship win last night, but allow me to remove my baseball cap for a moment and put on my rubber Vulcan ears. I’ve got a Star Trek sequel update! 

Director J.J. Abrams recently told MTV News that while the next installment in the rebooted series is still in the writing stages, he’s not averse to including Khan, the franchise’s fan-favorite baddie played by the late Ricardo Montalbán, in the anticipated film. Introduced in first-season Star Trek episode “Space Seed,” Khan emerged as a sci-fi icon in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, widely regarded as the best film in the series.

“Now that we are in a parallel existence with what fans of the original series love so much, we could introduce any number of characters, settings, references and situations that the original series introduced,” Abrams told MTV’s Josh Horowitz. “Dealing with Khan would certainly be a challenge, but we had an equal challenge in finding our crew of the Enterprise.”

Fortunately, whether or not Khan features prominently in the next film or in future sequels, Abrams isn’t planning on rehashing what we’ve already seen. Smart move. Having said that, my fingers are crossed for more tribbles and half-naked green women. A man can dream.

“While I don’t want to approach the second film as a remake of episodes we’ve seen in the past...nothing is off limits in terms of what we’re discussing,” said Abrams.

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