Chris Pine Says STAR TREK 2 Will Have Comedic Elements, But the Crew Will Face a Greater Threat

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While Chris Pine is currently shooting Jack Ryan in downtown Manhattan (you can see images of him and Kevin Costner here), he recently spoke out about the tone of Star Trek 2.  Specifically, Pine was quick to mention that the J.J. Abrams sequel doesn’t follow the rules set down by Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which says a follow-up film should be “like the original, only darker.”  As the first Star Trek had its lighter moments (Pine’s Kirk having an allergic reaction and being repeatedly injected by Bones), the sequel appears to keep the comedic element amidst a greater threat to Starfleet.

Also starring Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek 2 opens May 17th, 2013.  Hit the jump to read what Pine had to say.

star_trek_chris_pineTotalFilm recently spoke to Pine about the upcoming Star Trek sequel and he was quick to establish the tone of the film by saying:

“We’re not making Batman. That’s not our deal.”

Pine also commented on the inclusion of comedy in the film, against the backdrop of an imminent threat:

“There’s comedy, which I think J.J. does a great job of, but, like the first one, there’s some serious issues being dealt with. And I’d say the threat is even greater in this one.”

It looks like the whole crew of the USS Enterprise will get to experience a bit more development this time around since Star Trek served to reintroduce the characters to the audience.  As Pine says:

“The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It’s relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you’d never expect. The arc is huge for all the characters. It’s a really big story – I can’t hype it enough!”

Be sure to catch up on all of our previous and continuing coverage on Star Trek 2.

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  • Jeff

    The comedy in the first one was ridiculous! Kirk’s allergic reaction, Scotty flushed through the cooling ducts–two thing I didn’t like about the first one. I hope the comedy in the next one isn’t so goofy.

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  • Vinyard

    Yeah… Action and comed! Yay! Who gives a shit about actual fucking science? Right? You know, like the Star Trekker/Trekkies… erm, those who went to see first film in this series coming out feeling excited that, finally, the elements are there to make a great Star Trek film: save for one complaint – where was any of the science? Time travel and warping and new, habitable, Star Wars-esque planents, sure. But where was any real focus on science – and not just a MacGuffin thrown in?
    Look, no one doubted the first film’s “excitement,” but many are worried these J. J. Abrams-run films are going to be as disposable as the four Next Generation films.

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  • João Paulo

    I’m looking foward for this movie, because I like a lot of the first one.

  • Joseph M

    This is why Trekkies have a bad rep – they’re never happy. Abrams’ Trek was a fantastic reboot, bringing a semi-conscious franchise right back to life. Not enough science? It had time paradoxes, red matter black hole-inducing weapons and the discovery that space moves therefore allowing warp transport. You want more science, watch the Discovery channel.
    I’m more of a Star Wars man, and watching the sad demise of my chosen franchise makes me envious of Trek’s phoenix-like rise from irrelevant to vital. Enjoy yourselves, Trekkies, and stop moaning.

    • T

      Nailed it!

    • GunsOfNavarone

      That’s one hell of a comment, I salute you sir.

  • ScaredForMovies

    It was on TV the other night I didn’t plan on watching it but it grabbed my attention and I sat through the whole thing. Overall I thought it was pretty entertaining even the second time around. Great acting and special effects. I dislike Orci and Kurtzman but thought it was one of their better efforts, a couple of cheesy moments aside. Abrams best directed movie by far. Mission Impossible III was okay and although Super 8 was well directed I thought the story was brutal. I’ll see Star Trek II. And for Trekkies who are angry about the science, what Star Trek movie is the best, scientifically speaking?

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