Damon Lindelof (pictured with Abrams winning Emmys for Lost) is Star Trek XI’s ‘other producer’. We don’t hear much from Damon who is still busy working on Lost day to day, but iF magazine caught up with him and got him to talk a little Trek XI. Although Lindelof gave the usual company line, he did repeat Abrams comments about a wide audience and a focus on character…and he may have inadvertently announced a release date.
"We’re not giving out any information about Trek at all,…J.J. and I are producing it and Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci are writing it.Paramount
has announced a release date of [July 2] 2008. That’s all that’s official."
Back to summer again?
TrekMovie.com had originally reported that Paramount were wanting a summer release, but subsequently we reported that by Abrams and his team preferred winter (Abrams said this himself in his interview with TrekMovie.com). Recently we reported the debate had swung to winter, but maybe it has swung back to summer. One thing we are sure of, Paramount have not ‘officially announced’ anything beyond ‘2008’. If this is true it would put Trek XI in some head to head competition with some big films in July 08. It is possible that iF Magazine inserted the date without any legit sourcing…making this a moot point. TrekMovie.com has inquires out to both Paramount and iF to clear this up.
UPDATE: Nevermind iF Magazine have updated their story and removed the date. Paramount tell TrekMovie that July 2 is not the ‘official date’ for Trek XI and that there is nothing more specific than ‘2008’. Sources inside the studio still believe it will be in the winter. More here
Trek XI is for his mom in New Jersey too
Lindelof also approached the subject of how Trek XI will be for both Trekkies and non Trekkies, saying
we are trying to write a movie that Trekkers and my mother in New Jersey will all understand and love
Feel free to now take this out of context as proof that he hates all Trekkies, or maybe all people from New Jersey.
It’s all about character
In the past Abrams and the writers have talked about how they want to emphasise character and drama. Lindelof emphasised this point:
the fundamental J.J. Abrams approach to storytelling is one I highly subscribe to which is character, character, character and we’re applying that same model on to Trek,,,I think fundamentally to set a movie in space and the future where crazy things are happening and they’re all aliens is not as engaging as ‘how are the people involved?
what no aliens? (that is a joke…don’t read too much into these things). That being said the character focused approach can be seen in Abrams works like Alias, Lost and M:I:3 (where he have Ethan Hunt a wife and more back story). It is safe to say that Trek XI will really ‘flesh out’ the character of Kirk, and we will find out what really makes him tick.
Abrams still not confirmed to direct
One last bit of ‘non news’ is that Lindelof stated that it is still ‘not confirmed’ that Abrams will direct. Last we heard he is waiting for the script to be approved to his liking…a bit of studio politics. This does bring up the topic of what will Lindelof’s role be on the film. If Abrams ends up as the director, then it might be reasonable to assume that Lindelof would take the brunt of the producing, especially during filming. This would be a big move for Lindelof as Trek XI is his first feature film (the rest of the team have all worked on at least one film). Also his comments about ‘we are writing’ is intriguing. Lindelof is an accomplished writer (for TV) and this might indicate that he has a hand in the script or maybe the story.
check out iF Magazine for the full interview