August 05, 2013 11:06am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Trek's' Urban Wants More Originality in Third Installment
If Star Trek Into Darkness didn't really scratch your Trek itch, you're not alone (despite the fact that it's the seventh-most-successful movie of the year so far). Luckily, someone involved with the movie has an idea about how to fix things for the third outing of the rebooted Enterprise.
"What I really believe we should do now is strive for originality," actor Karl Urban -- who plays Dr. McCoy in the new movie series -- told IGN's Roth Cornet during a recent interview. "In Star Trek Into Darkness we took one of the most revered and loved adversaries of the Enterprise and put him in there, and did a story that had all of these wonderful nods to films from the past, and episodes from the past. I really think that what we should do from here, in my personal opinion, is strive to be original. Strive to be something different and new."
Urban even has a director in mind who could handle such a task: J.J. Abrams. "J.J. has set the bar so high and he is just a unique filmmaker. There's no doubt about it," he said, adding that he did "look forward and welcome a fresh take, a new energy" from whoever replaces Abrams as the director takes on Star Wars: Episode VII. "Whoever takes on the mantle of the next Star Trek is going to do a good job."
But what should the next Trek be, aside from original? Urban, who says that he "grew up" on the original series, would like to see a return to basics. "Let's not forget that Star Trek as envisioned was about space exploration," he said. "It would be really wonderful to harness the spirit of that and apply it to the next film, so that we do something different than a revenge-based picture."
A return to strange new worlds, new life and new civilizations, not to mention going boldly where no one has gone before? That sounds about right to me (especially as the next movie will likely be released in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary in 2016). And if we could see a little bit more of Urban's McCoy -- who's been severely underused in the first two installments, according to this particular Trek fan -- that'd be nice, as well.