J.J. Abrams May Still Direct Star Trek 3
With J.J. Abrams moving over to do Star Wars Episode VII is was thought that the director wouldn't be able to helm "Star Trek 3," but be on the movie only as producer.
Speaking with Playboy, Abrams says that might not be so.
"No. I would say it’s a possibility," Abrams responded when questioned if doing Star Wars put him out of the running for the next Star Trek sequel. "We’re trying to figure out the next step. But it’s like anything: It all begins with the story."
Abrams is also asked where the franchise can still go as it seems as if everything has been already done with all the preceding Star Trek TV shows and movies.
"Well, I haven’t seen every episode of every version of every Star Trek series, but I’m sure there are many more places to go," Abrams said. "What’s great about doing another origin story is that it’s all about anticipating the Star Trek world we know is to come. You can play with who Spock and Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise were before they were Spock and Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. It’s a kind of tease."
Playboy also notes that "Into Darkness" suggests "a bit of a downer" compared to the first. Abrams says, that yes, the movie is more intense and deeper.
The first film was very much about these disparate orphans coming together and starting a family. The next step has to be about going deeper and, yes, as the title indicates, getting a little more intense. We’re testing these characters in ways they deserve to be tested: Kirk being cocky to a fault, Spock being so Vulcan that it raises the question of how he can possibly be a friend or lover when he’s that unemotional.
I learned so much doing the first Star Trek—a movie. I’d never done any kind of space adventure before or anything on that scale. We knew the second one had to be bigger and not just for bigger’s sake. It was where the story was taking us. We got really cool glimpses of the Enterprise in the first movie. This time we get to see areas of the ship nobody’s seen before. And the villain is more complex now. In our first film Eric Bana plays a wonderfully angry Romulan dude, pissed off and full of vengeance. In this one, the bad guy is still brutal and fierce, but he’s got a much more interesting and active story. We have to grapple with many layers of his character. He’s essentially a space terrorist, and Benedict Cumberbatch, whom people know from BBC’s Sherlock, is fucking kickass in the role. Kirk and the rest of the crew are figuring out how the hell to get an upper hand with this guy. The darkness is real in this movie, and it’s incredibly challenging and terrifying, and it can certainly be lethal. You need that edge, partly because Star Trek has been so relentlessly parodied over the years.
Star Trek Into Darkness has a May 17th, 2013 release date in 3D, is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine as Capt. James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu and Benedict Cumberbatch as an unnamed villain.
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