Before J.J. Abrams starts working on Star Wars Episode VII full time, the director will have to walk the promo gauntlet for Star Trek Into Darkness where he will be asked endlessly how he plans on juggling two franchises.
Up to now, fanboys have just assumed he’ll ditch Trek entirely now that Disney has handed him the keys to a new trilogy of Star Wars films.
But in an interview with Playboy, Abrams says doing Episode VII doesn’t mean he can’t make another Star Trek.
“I would say it’s a possibility,” he tells the magazine. “We’re trying to figure out the next step. But it’s like anything: It all begins with the story.”
Abrams also addressed some of the backlash he experienced when it was announced that he was helming the new Star Wars film.
“I mean, I get it. The worlds are vastly different. Honestly, that was why I passed on Star Wars to begin with. I couldn’t imagine doing both. But when I said that my loyalty was to Star Trek I was literally working on finishing this cut. I couldn’t even entertain another thought. It was like being on the most beautiful beach in the world and someone saying, ‘There’s this amazing mountain over here. Come take a look.’ I couldn’t balance the two, so I passed on Star Wars… In the end it was my wife, Katie, who said if it was something that really interested me, I had to consider it.”
The wide-ranging interview also touches on Fringe (I skipped that bit since I haven’t finished the series), the possibility of an Alias movie (“We discuss it. In the right circumstance and situation I would definitely be open to it”), Cloverfield II (“Part of me just wants to let it go”) and his un-produced Superman Flyby screenplay.
Check out the latest trailer below and let us know whether you think Abrams should be allowed to direct both Star Trek and Star Wars.
Just over 40 seconds into the new trailer for Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch snarls what is destined to become the catchphrase for this summer’s Star Trek sequel: “Have I got your attention now?”
Rehashing a few scenes from the original clip that debuted late last year, Trekkies get more insight into the Cumberbatch’s villain. Something happened in London, and “the man who did it was one of our top agents,” Peter Weller, who plays Admiral Marcus, says.
Cumberbatch is motivated by revenge – commanders have committed a crime he can’t forgive. No one is safe, and after we see him launch a helicopter attack on Kirk (Chris Pine) and the gang, he cooly asks, “Have I got your attention now?”
Pine, Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Chekhov) and Karl Urban (Bones) pursue Cumberbatch, and after they catch up with him, he doesn’t back down; he threatens them.
“I will walk over your cold corpses,” he mutters.
The new clip reuses Cumberbatch’s “I’m better” line, and after watching this, I’m solidly in the camp that believes he could be the best Star Trek villain ever.
Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.
Between the wings, dip and beer, you might have missed the plethora of movie ads studios dropped during last night’s Super Bowl.
There were new spots for Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3, Fast & Furious 6, The Lone Ranger, Oz The Great and Powerful and World War Z.
My personal fave was the Into Darkness spot.
After months of teasing, we get a fresh look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain going mano a mano with Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk. Very Hannibal Lecter-y.
“I’m better,” the steely Cumberbatch says.
“At what?” Kirk replies.
There are also new scenes of the U.S.S. Enterprise plummeting towards Earth and Spock (Zachary Quinto) in a volcano. And the new trailer comes with a new tagline: ‘Our world will fall.’
For extreme Trek fans, Paramount has revealed a new app for the film.
Star Trek Into Darkness
Not to be outdone by Trek, Marvel released an extended trailer for Iron Man 3 that kinda irritates with a Downey gag off the top, but we do get a look at a pulse-pounding sequence in which Tony Stark has to save passengers after Air Force One is attacked. Thirteen people are careening towards the ground and Iron Man can only rescue four. Hashtag: #superheroproblems.
Iron Man 3
There were also new spots for Fast & Furious 6, The Lone Ranger, Oz The Great and Powerful and World War Z.
Which one are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.
After reports surfaced yesterday that J.J. Abrams had agreed to direct Star Wars: Episode VII , Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed the news Friday night.
The official announcement was released online by Lucasfilm, Disney and Abrams.
“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said executive producer Kathleen Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”
George Lucas added, “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honour,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
Abrams had previously denied any interest in directing the film when it was announced last fall. But his name was in the mix along with Jon Favreau, Matthew Vaughn, David Fincher and, more recently, Ben Affleck.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be written by Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt.
The film is due in 2015, with Abrams’ Star Trek sequel hitting theatres this May.
So does Abrams’ involvement in Star Wars mean the end of his run in the captain’s chair of the Trek franchise? And, more importantly, does Abrams have the credentials to relaunch Lucas’ revered series? Sound off in the comments below.