TrekMovie had the opportunity to briefly chat with some of the people behind the camera for Star Trek Into Darkness at a cocktail reception at Bad Robot this week. Today we present Alex Kurtzman talking about the importance of the villain in the film and where the crew is on their arc. Also Damon Lindelof talks about how 3D has changed things this time around. And finally JJ Abrams talks about what he will do after Into Darkness.
Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof Talk ‘Into Darkness’ + Abrams talks about what’s next
At the Star Trek Into Darkness Bad Robot visit, TrekMovie had a chance to chat with some of the cast and crew at an informal cocktail reception at the end of the day. Earlier TrekMovie posted some comments from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman talking about the villain John Harrison. Here now are some more tidbits from a brief chat with co-writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.
TrekMovie.com: Way back at a WGA event in 2010, before you guys even started working on the sequel, you spoke about how second movies are more about the villains. Is that how it panned out for Into Darkness?
Alex Kurtzman: Well I think the core of the idea of "it is all about the villain" is that your hero – and the challenges that your hero or heroes face – are only as good as your villain’s intelligence. Because whatever their plan is, it is forcing your heroes to define themselves and make choices that are super complicated. And that always makes a great story. That is the key. The key is designing a bad guy that puts your heroes to the test in a way that feels different than what came before.
TrekMovie.com: The first one was about getting the team together, but this one can take off from there.
Alex Kurtzman: The tricky part is not assuming that they are the bridge crew from the series, but they haven’t evolved to that point yet.
TrekMovie.com: After seeing the first nine minutes this movie feels bigger, like JJ is drawing on a bigger scale than he has for his first three films as a director. Is that your impression as well?
Damon Lindelof: I think that 3D was a part of it. Our original inclination was against it and then Paramount did conversions on a couple of scenes from the first movie for a test. The first they showed us was when the Enterprise drops out of warp into the wreckage around Vulcan and we were like "OK, that was pretty good." And JJ was like "if I really committed to making it worthy of 3D and thinking about every shot in 3D, then I’ll do it." And I think the result of that was to open up the epic jar as it were in terms of the scope and size of the movie, but it is also a very intimate movie in a lot of ways. Obviously the stuff you saw is in proportion to the rest. There are other action set pieces, but there are many more intimate moments.
By the way, while chatting Damon revealed his favorite episode of Star Trek was "Mirror, Mirror" which he said introduced him to the concept of alternate realities. So perhaps much of Lost is thanks to Star Trek.
Abrams talks post-Into Darkness project
I also had a brief moment to chat with director/producer JJ Abrams, most of which was small talk but I did get some Trek stuff in there.
TrekMovie.com: Is post-production on Star Trek taking up most of your time now?
JJ Abrams: Yeah. This is it.
TrekMovie.com: And after this you think, like you did with Super 8, you will do something else, something original?
JJ Abrams: I don’t know. I am trying to figure it out. I’m working on an idea and script with another writer.
More to come
TrekMovie will have more cocktail party chats coming up with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho and Karl Urban.