J.J. Abrams Delivers a Mid-Summer Star Trek Update
by Alex Billington
July 14, 2008
It's been quite a while since we've heard anything from J.J. Abrams about the upcoming Star Trek. And unfortunately Paramount decided to pull out of the San Diego Comic-Con, meaning we won't be seeing anything there either. Abrams was recently interview during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour (via SciFi) and spoke briefly about the film and their absence from Comic-Con. He didn't add much to what we already know, but Abrams did admit that he was "disappointed" to hear that he wouldn't be traveling down to San Diego to share some footage with fans. In turn, he talks about how important the characters are over the visual effects - definitely a good sign this is headed in the right direction.
Abrams explained to press that "our Star Trek is not parody, and so the idea of maintaining character relationships, the dynamic between the characters, [was key]. I never saw how Kirk and Spock became so connected. And that's what this movie does. And it does it with the entire family of the Enterprise." He also adds that "there's a certain thing that you can't really hold onto, which is… there's a kind of kitschy quality that must go if it's going to be something that you believe is real." So obviously Abrams is looking to go for the much more visceral and not as cheesy Star Trek that we all know. And for those who have been anxiously awaiting Abrams' version of Star Trek, this is definitely exciting to hear.
As for Comic-Con, Abrams explains somewhat why Paramount decided not to bring anything down. "Our visual effects, unlike something like Iron Man, we have well over 1,000 visual-effects shots. It's a huge thing. So I'm very disappointed, because the characters are so good, the actors are so good, that I would have been psyched just to show some of the stuff that's about the people. Because it's not really about the visual effects. But with so little done… And this was a big kind of strategic decision on [Paramount's] part. so I was disappointed." Alas, it's true that none of it is ready, but I would've liked to see some footage, too! It looks like we'll have to wait a little longer until we see a trailer or anything else related to Star Trek.
Star Trek is directed by J.J. Abrams (of "Lost" and Mission: Impossible III) and written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (of The Island, Mission: Impossible III, Transformers). The film is the 11th movie in the Star Trek universe. Star Trek arrives in theaters on May 8th, 2009.