Last night the Simply 70(mm) Star Trek Summer movie series continued at the Royal Theater in West Los Angeles. The guest for the night was Nicholas Meyer. Below you can see highlights and video of my chat with Meyer at the screening where he talks about making the ultimate Star Trek sequel as well as discussing if he would be interested in directing the next Star Trek sequel.
Meyer talks Star Trek II, Blockbusters and more
Some highlights from Meyer’s talk on Star Trek II
- On Success of STII: "Movie’s are like soufflés, they either rise or they don’t, the ingredients of each movie changes, there are so many variables…if it is a good picture, it is a miracle"
- Didn’t think of TWOK as a sequel to The Motion Picture, but noted it is more of a sequel to TOS episode "The Space Seed"
- Hadn’t seen a lot of Star Trek episodes, and was more influenced Horatio Hornblower novels
- On Robert Wise’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, says he was more influenced by Wise’s submarine film Run Silent Run Deep
- Says he is not interested in today’s "blockbuster tentpoles", because they are like "assembly lines" noting those making them "don’t seem to have any interest or belief in the story"
- Was not happy with fifth draft of script of Star Trek II so he rewrote the film (without credit) because it had to be done in time for schedule and he didn’t pay attention to WGA rules, joking "maybe I should have, I would have made more money"
- A month before opening head of Paramount Barry Diller expressed strong concerns over the death of Spock and Kirk as absent father storyline, Meyer refused to make any changes threatening to picket the film if studio changed it
- On fans saying "you can’t Kill Spock" his reply is "yes you can, you just have to do it well."
- More on that point, Meyer stated "art is not a democracy"
- And on interpreting films: "the artists authority on a work of art ends when the work of art is finished, artists are people who messages in bottles and they hope that someone finds the bottle, pulls out the cork, and deciphers what is inside, but we are not going to be looking over their shoulder and explaining what is inside."
Meyer on Star Trek sequel
The last question (by request of many via email and Twitter) regarded the sequel to the 2009 Star Trek movie. I asked Meyer "If it turns out that JJ Abrams cannot direct the next Star Trek movie, would you be interested?" which garnered a lots of hoots and hollers of approval from the audience. Meyer’s response (with a smile)
Meyer: It depends on the script
NOTE: Meyer uses some ‘colorful metaphors’, and yes you can see my belly.
I could have talked to Meyer for hours, but it was a midnight show and we were doing the Q&A before the event, so Mr. Meyer wanted to keep it short to let the crowd see the movie and get out of there at a reasonable time. It was a lot of fun and as usual he was very gracious and entertaining. There was a big crowd on hand who seemed to enjoy the Q&A and the 70 MM Screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Line around the block for midnight show of Trek II at Royal Theater in West LA Saturday June 19th (Photo: Jonathan Lane)
More 70MM Trek coming this summer
The summer series of 70 mm Trek films at the Laemmle Royal Theater (in conjunction with Ledjer Film & Theater services and TrekMovie.com) continues over the next few weeks, here is the latest schedule.
|June 26||STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK||Ralph Winter
|July 10||STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME||Nichelle Nichols
|July 17||STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER||Walter Koenig
|July 24||STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY||George Takei
What: Simply 70 Star Trek movie series
When: Saturdays at midnight in June and July (see above schedule)
Where: Laemmle’s Royal Theatre is located at 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, (310) 478-3836
Tickets: $10 for general admission. You can buy tickets at the box office or online at www.laemmle.com.