J.J. Abrams Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the Challenges of Making the Sequel, the Character-Centric Plot, and His Penchant for Keeping Secrets

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With Star Trek Into Darkness opening in a month, our partners at Omelete recently sat down with director J.J. Abrams.  During the interview, they talked about the character-centric plot, his connection to Star Trek, how he handled the fan-favorite mythology, whether or not he feels accepted by fandom, the challenges of making the sequel versus the original film, re-introducing all of the characters, his penchant for keeping secrets, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, and Benedict Cumberbatch.  The film opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D on May 17th.

J.J. Abrams Time Index:

  • 0:15 – Talks about the character-centric plot of Star Trek Into Darkness.
  • 0:45 – Comments about his connection to Star Trek and how he handled the fan-favorite mythology.
  • 1:20 – Talks about whether or not he feels accepted by the Star Trek fandom.
  • 2:25 – Comments on the challenges of making the sequel versus the original film, including re-introducing all of the characters.
  • 3:45 – Talks about his penchant for keeping secrets, from Alias to Lost to the last Star Trek movie.

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  • Spock Jenkins

    J.J. raises an extremely valid point and I agree with him. We live in an age where we can know too much about a movie before it comes out. More often than not, the act of actually watching the movie is just a final stage of a drawn out process of marketing/hype/etc. and often disappoints as a result. It will be great to go into a movie without know – or seeing – too much. I am eagerly looking forward to STID to enthrall as well as surprise…

    • Mark

      I usually agree with this notion. It usually IS refreshing to know so little about a movie in this information hungry age we live in. But in the case of Star Trek Into Darkness, I feel as if they tipped it too far in the other direction. Maybe it’s not entirely their fault. The “He is/He isn’t Khan” speculation has sapped me of a lot of excitement for this film, but that buzz has been generated and maintained largely by Internet blogs and comment sections. To be fair, I certainly didn’t have to read them.

      If I see Star Trek Into Darkness and there doesn’t appear to be a mind-blowing reveal or secret regarding Cumberbatch’s character, I’m going to be pissed off. Keeping things hush-hush is great when there is a valid reason for the secrecy. If it’s just to play coy, it’ll come across as a pointless marketing ploy.

      • Mark

        Actually, I’ve already experienced this. There was no valid reason why Super 8 needed to be as secretive about its alien. Neither its look, nor its agenda was particularly enlightening. Super 8 succeeds based on the strength of its characters and as an homage to Spielberg’s earlier movies. They could have spared me from the secret alien plot.

  • amg907

    That interviewer gargled BALLS.

  • stasha

    go away you ugly hack JJ!

    Star Trek – Nemesis is the last official star trek film. Star Trek – Enterprise is the last official star trek series.

    star wars 7 WILL NOT BE AND ALREADY IS NOT AN OFFICIAL STAR WARS MOVIE. THERE ARE ONLY 6 STAR WARS MOVIES.

    • Chief Petty Officer Dudeface

      Nemesis and Enterprise were crap. 3 of the Star Wars movies (the prequels) were crap. Your point is invalid.

      • EbilBen

        And I didn’t even see your comment before I replied… Whoops.
        Great minds? :P

    • EbilBen

      AH– Wait. There aren’t 6 Star Wars movies. Since you get to pick what’s official and unofficial, I get to pick too. And since I thought the Star Wars prequels sucked, I now decree that there are only THREE official Star Wars movies.
      Oh, and I don’t really like Return of the Jedi either, so make that two.

      And while we’re at it, let’s remove Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: The Final Frontier, that idiotic TOS episode with the Gorn… Whoa, we can cut that “official” list down quite a bit!

      Take a chill pill, dude… Gosh.

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