Damon Lindelof Talks STAR TREK Character Dynamics, Logistics of 3D and IMAX 3, and STAR TREK 3

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Although the Untitled Star Trek Sequel is still almost a year away and doesn’t even have an official title yet, screenwriter Damon Lindelof is looking toward a possible third movie.  Lindelof is quick to say that a trilogy is not a “foregone conclusion,” but he also expects to be involved in a third film if he should be so lucky.  In a recent interview, Lindelof also talked about the character dynamics of the Star Trek crew, the logistics of shooting Star Trek 2 in 3D and IMAX and where how he thinks the franchise will move forward before he and director J.J. Abrams step aside to allow someone else’s interpretation.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

We’ve posted some damon-lindelof-star-trek-imagequotes from TrekMovie’s recent interview with Lindelof below.  Check out the highlights here or head on over to their site for the full interview.   TrekMovie cleverly asked about the relationship between the characters as it applies to the length of time between the films.  Lindelof, not to be out-clevered, responded in kind:

That is a very clever way of asking how much time has elapsed between the movies and that is not something we are commenting on at this point. What we can say is that the big difference with the fundamental crew dynamics as they existed in the first movie and as they roll into this one is the promise at the end of the first movie with James T. Kirk in his yellow shirt is now sitting in the captain’s chair. We have not seen Kirk as the captain of the Enterprise yet. We will see him be the captain in this movie and that changes the dynamic.

Leading off fromchris-pine-zachary-quinto-star-trek-image the character dynamic comment, Lindelof talked about the scope of the sequel and discussed the use of IMAX:

Sometimes I feel that bigger is not necessarily better. You are just saying “Oh my god this movie is just epic in scale and epic in scope and epic, epic, epic.” But at the end of the day I feel that Trek is at its best when it is intimate and human and relatable. And when I say human, that can include aliens too. But all the things that we view as emotional touchstones: love, loss, and courage and all those themes that are the core of Trek. You sometimes when you want to make a movie too big for its own good, it loses some of those essential values. So we didn’t want that to happen. That being said, JJ’s decision to shoot a lot of the movie in IMAX, definitely makes the film seem a lot bigger and definitely the sequences he directed in IMAX I feel have tremendous scale and energy, without sacrificing any of things that I talked about on an emotional level.

Lindelof also addressesstar-trek-2-imax the sometimes-divisive issue of 3D:

It did not impact the writing of the script. We wanted to tell the story that we wanted to tell and we have already talked about the idea that all of us were a little bit cynical about doing the movie in 3D and then they set up a test at Bad Robot where they took footage from the first movie – the sequence when the Enterprise drops out of warp and they come upon all the federation vessels destroyed by the Narada and they are doing evasive maneuvers – and we just looked at each other after and said “that was kind of awesome.” We are now – I wouldn’t say converts – but I don’t think this is going to hurt the movie. If people want to see it in 3D, they will get their money’s worth. And in terms of actual production, JJ shot the movie exactly the way he wanted to shoot it. And when you are doing this process, as opposed to a standard conversion, after every single set up – not just every scene but every angle – we had to do a 3D pass where you clear the set of the actors and the camera has to do the same moves so the guys doing the conversion can map accordingly and that will provide a much better 3D experience for the audience.

But again, our job was to just make an awesome movie and to care about the characters and again do service to this amazing baton that has been passed to us and that we take incredibly seriously and treat with a great deal of reverence. So the 3D decision was more along the lines of like “are we going to screw up Trek by doing this movie in 3D or is Trek ready for 3D?” Hopefully it is the latter. Based on the dailies that I have seen, I think J.J. pulled it off.

Check out what Lindelofstar-trek-2-sequel-klingon-jj-abrams had to say about working on Star Trek 3:

It would be very hard to not be involved in Trek moving forward. We certainly don’t feel that a third movie is a foregone conclusion. Hopefully the second movie turns out well and we are really happy about everything so far. So three movies, again not to do everything that Christopher Nolan does, but if you do it right it’s a good model. But that idea, whether you want to call it a trilogy or not, although I reserve the right to when we are talking four years from now to say “this is the third movie in our trilogy,” but it does feel that three movies is the right responsibility for us to have the baton for before we then pass it off to the people who are take Trek to wherever they want to take it. So if this movie turns out well, would I be writing on the third movie? Who knows? But, we did talk a lot in the writing of this movie and during production about what the next movie might be and started getting excited about some of the ideas, so it would be hard to say no to that. This is a once in a lifetime experience…I’m not going to be the one who breaks up the Beatles.

Be sure to head over to TrekMovie for the full interview and keep up with all of Collider’s continuing Star Trek coverage.




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  • Jean-Luc

    I appreciate the movies and all, but a good trek series on T.V. is sorely missed nowadays

  • Nomis1700

    IMAX 3?

  • Shaun

    Lindelof wishes he had half the brains and talent of Chris Nolan… He’s a pale imitation, to say the least.

    The first Abrams Trek had a lousy enough script, now add Lindelof to the hackworthy Orci and Kurtzman? Pass.

    • Ethan

      Ignorant.

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