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.
TotalFilm 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.