JJ Abrams on Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek 3

News Simon Brew 14 Jan 2013 - 06:48
Mr JJ Abrams

Star Trek Into Darkness, Wrath Of Khan, Benedict Cumberbatch and more, as JJ Abrams has been chatting about Star Trek...

Hats off to JJ Abrams. His valiant attempts to keep the covers as much as possible on Star Trek Into Darkness have been successful thus far, and if he can get to the film's release date keeping as many secrets of the film in place as possible, then that's got to be a good thing.

That doesn't mean he's not doing his fair share of publicity mind, it's just he's careful what he's saying. In a new interview at Coming Soon for instance, he was asked about the oft-talked about potential similarities to Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan. His answer? "I don’t want to give away what that is, but we’ve all seen Wrath Of Khan. With one or two exceptions, we’re not idiots. We are aware of the movie. I love Wrath Of Khan".

He's got a lot of praise too for his cast, with the newcomers cited in this latest interview. "Benedict [Cumberbatch] is unbelievable. It’s a tall order, coming into that movie, because the crew of the Enterprise, that cast is so damn good and they’re wonderful to work with and they’re all good hearts. So, to come into that group, as he did, as Alice Eve did and as Peter Weller did, and be one of the family was something that I was doubtful could happen. And he completely did it. I not only love him in the movie, but I love him, as a human being. He’s an amazing guy. I can’t wait for people to see the movie and experience what he’s done".

Talk did eventually turn to a third Star Trek movie for Abrams, but no decision has been made as of yet. "I'm sure the studio would love that to be a possibility, but it's up to the audience to decide if there needs to be one". He added that "there are things we've talked about but there's no script or anything, it's just ideas".

Star Trek Into Darkness is released in May.

Coming Soon.

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I'm happy that they've managed to keep things under wraps. I hate watching trailers that reveal the plot of the film. The worst thing is when you watch a comedy and realise all the best jokes were in the trailer.

I gave up on watching trailers years ago. I now sit in the cinema with my eyes closed and fingers in my ears until the trailer's over. Look like a fool but at least films still manage to surprise me...

Since he's made his "Trek" movies more like "Star Wars" and ditching what made Trek unique in the process, I'm surprised he doesn't want to take on that brand instead.

I shouldn't have watched the Trek II trailer, with all the people with 1965 hairdos, the trite orange/teal palette, a total stealing of the real "Star Trek II"'s (1982) Spock/Kirk death scene... not just an empty voice prattling about losing oogie-boogie supposedly epic things, when the reboot hasn't even had any time to set up any relationships for us to worry about yet! All JJ has done/is doing is hyping up the shallow image and ripping off old scenes and dialogue. The substance was not there in 2009 and I dare say it won't be there in 2013. May he prove us wrong and deliver more than just a generic, poorly-structured action flick with Trek trademarks thrown in as a pallid means of cashing in on nostalgiawank while using the action, music, and f/x as means to get people to think he's oh-so-great (especially when all the people who composed and played the music, and those who sat there to do the work to make and render the CGI have done more work than he has. All he did was tell them to do it).

And the usual patronizing and coyly condescending garbage of "it's up to the audience to decide" from everyone is getting a bit trite. (that's a generalization of today's so-called "society" and not aimed at anyone in particular.) The system has always been that, we're not stupid enough to have to be told or manipulated like little puppy dogs.

And, yes, I am also a fan of "The Critic" (1994, ABC). Forget the remake, just watch the original.

Dude, all J.J. did was make Trek watchable to more than nerds. Alot of my fellow Trek fans seem willing to damn the last movie. Yet these same fans will turn a blind eye to the failings of the previous movies.

All this talk about Khan and remaking Wrath of Khan. I don't think so, he has already shown the bad guy. Bad guy is in a Star Fleet Uniform at least a blackened one. Khan never work a Starfleet tunic. Gary Mitchell did. Khan only had super human intelligence and a little more strength, Gary Mitchell became Superhuman. For you non hard core, check out the first episode shown in the Original Series, Where no man has gone before.

A trilogy would seem more balanced to me... or 5 movies...

Mr. Ervin, you're 100% correct on all counts.

Abrams & company breathed life into a franchise that was nearly dead.

The actors nailed their parts, the relationships that were established in '66 were true and viable in '09 (with one exception). People can compare S.T. to S.W., but even since the T.O.S., fans wanted space battles and not a load pontificating about morality and what now would be viewed as politically correct preaching.

I'm looking forward to, into Darkness

What's a "publicity mind" of which JJ is doing his share?

Oh, you meant, "publicity, mind."

He's an ingratiating hack who does good pitches and delivers on time and on budget.

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