McKay & Payne Talk Trek 3

Our friends over at have just released an extended exclusive interview with screenwriters Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. Together they have penned the script for the next Star Trek film due out in 2016 in time for the 50th Anniversary of the landmark franchise.

Some of the covered topics include a detailed history of their professional careers to date, encompassing much more than their sparse, single-line IMDB entries, as well as:

  • Their experiences growing up as ‘true fans’ of the Star Trek franchise, and how it impacted them during their formative years — including their thoughts on the Original Series films
  • Their thoughts on Star Trek’s current incarnation as kind of “action movie” film series, and the potential return to the realm of more speculative science fiction
  • The starting position for the Star Trek 3 story, now set up to journey ‘out there’ on the Enterprise’s famous ‘five year mission’
  • Working and writing with Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci, and their views on how producer J.J. Abrams’ role helming Star Wars: Episode VII will impact his influence on Star Trek 3

The interview has been broken up into two-parts.  Part I is linked HERE and Part II HERE.   Also you can go to for full details.




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