Five years in space, you guys! Director/writer Robert Orci recently let slip a little more about the story for 2016’s Star Trek 3 on new podcast Humans From Earth. According to Comic Book Movie, Orci admitted:
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.
Orci has previously stated that the film will be exploring the grey areas of the Federation’s peaceful exploration and expansion, which would line up easily with the story of a deep space mission. What do you do when faced with the hard questions, far away from the Federation, far away from support? Original Series Kirk had to make some bold, kind of weird, decisions in his time, now it looks like Pine-Kirk will be learning how to do the same.