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    Star Trek II Went Through 5 Different Scripts Before Getting To The Wrath Of Khan We Know

    When Bennett was first brought on to “Star Trek II,” he immediately penned a script called “Star Trek II: War of the Generations.” In that script, Kirk was called to a distant planet to quell a violent revolution, only to discover that the rebellion was being led by his long-lost son. Father and son would have to face off. Later in that same script, Khan would appear as the true manipulator of the rebellion, and Kirk and Kirk, Jr. would have to team up to take down the tyrant.

    Bennett, needing help, hired Jack B. Sowards, and Sowards wrote a script called “Star Trek II: The Omega Syndrome,” which would have involved a Federation super-weapon called the Omega System. Another screenwriter, Michael Minor, perhaps sensing the warlike implications of the Omega System (or perhaps just the “Star Wars”-like implications) suggested that the weapon be turned into a terraforming device called the Genesis Device, as that’s more in the spirit of “Star Trek.” Minor’s idea made it into the final script. 

    In one script, Spock’s death occurred very early in the story, a twist that can be compared to Janet Leigh’s death in “Psycho.” However, that version of the script leaked to the public and Bennett’s team had to scramble to write a new draft. Samuel L. Peeples (“Where No Man Has Gone Before”) was brought onto the team, and he invented the character of Saavik, originally a male, as well as new villains Sojin and Moray, powerful godlike aliens who nearly destroy Earth. Peeples cut Khan.

    Meyer, not a Trekkie, was finally brought on at this point, and “Star Trek II” finally began to take shape. Khan was restored, and the film came together.

    But, wow, what a twisted path that was. 

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