No surprise was the announcement that Orci and Kurtzman were rehired to write the inevitable sequel and they recently held a Q&A at the WGA (reported by TrekMovie) and dropped a few clues as to what we can all expect from Star Trek 2.
On the possibility of doing a Wrath of Khan:
We would never do a remake….it will be some time in the five year mission. But that is a question. Should we pick them up immediately the next day or should it be later, we are still discussing that.
The villain of a sequel should drive it:
Because while [in the first one] the villain serves to bring the crew together, the second one I think has to be a true challenging of what that family is about. That is why Wrath of Khan was so amazing. Khan tested each one of them and ultimately asked for the ultimately sacrifice, and that is why that movie held up so well.
Frankly I feel more pressure because we were so confident when we came up with the idea of how to bridge canon, and yet free ourselves from canon. Now we have no excuses for anything, now we are free. Now we don’t have the benefit of low expectations.
They also said they wanted to have a crack at Indy 5, I don’t think there’s many people who would want to see that film, but if they had to then one of the conditions would be to get new writers.
What comes across is that they are true fans, and know the expectation of their fellow fans. Expectations they have raised with their film last year.