JJ Abrams was in Beverly Hills Wednesday to present an Atrios Award to his longtime casting director April Webster. TrekMovie.com was there and got a moment to talk a little Trek XI. Abrams confirmed our earlier story on the film’s current status and Spring 2007 production start. He also explained why he hasn’t yet committed to direct and talked a bit about why he thinks Kirk and Spock continue to endure…see the (shaky) video.
full transcript for the TrekMovie.com Abrams ‘mini interview’ below…
TrekMovie.com: How will you decide if you will direct Star Trek XI?
JJ Abrams: It is too early, I haven’t even seen the script yet. It is one of those things where I want to make sure I am the right person for it. As we proceed…I won’t committ to anything that I don’t think I can deliver the way I think it needs to be delivered. It is a question of practicality more than anything else
TM: (Star Trek XI co-writer) Roberto Orci said…he that the end of October is when the first draft was due
JJA: I would love to see that quote so I can call him up say ‘uh Bob?’…Well they are in the midst of it and it’s in progress.
TM: So shooting next spring is realistic?
JJA: The idea is to start shooting somewhere around there, otherwise we are not going to make the date that they have.
TM: Summer 2008?
JJA: 2008 ya
TM: Would summer 2008 be preferable to winter 2008?
JJA: Well winter would be preferable because you would have more time
TM: Why do you think the characters of Kirk and Spock endure?
JJA: That was an amazing relationship, it was an incredible relationship. It was brilliant writing and brilliant casting…and I agree with that.
TM: Any other message for the Trek fans?
JJA: No…no really. I dont say anything before its time
Unforunately the interview was cut short because the show was about to start, so the rest of our Trek questions will have to wait until next time. It was interesting to hear that Paramount seem to be driving the advanced schedule and that Abrams would prefer more time. His answer regarding Kirk and Spock was telling, he seems to have an affinity with those characters. And what exactly does ‘and I agree with that’ mean?
…and sorry for the poor quality video, anyone want to send TrekMovie.com a spare HD camera?