In a new interview Star Trek Into Darkness producer Bryan Burk talks about how the new movie progresses on from 2009’s Star Trek. He also explains how the role of the villain was tailored to actor Benedict Cumberbatch as well as saying that even though ‘darkness’ is in the name the film is still part of Roddenberry’s vision of a brighter future. See excerpts below.
Burk Talks on ‘progression’ since ST2009, Harrison villain and how dark is ‘Into Darkness’
Speaking to IGN at the Star Trek Into Darkness press event last week producer Bryan Burk covered a number of topics, the following are some of the highlights.
Bryan Burk on the time setting and character arcs for Star Trek Into Darkness…
If the last film was about the crew and family coming together, this film is about them learning who they are and starting to work together. We kind of left the last film with Kirk and Spock not hating each other, but they are by no means best of friends going into this film. So it feels like it’s a good progression in the series
Burk on John Harrison and what Benedict Cumberbatch Brought to the role
I think he’s a great villain because he’s ridiculously smart and calculating and a real adversary for Kirk…
[Benedict Cumberbatch] kind of made Harrison his own. Particularly when we cast him – the writers went back and specifically tailored it for Benedict.
Burk also addressed the ‘darkness’ of Into Darkness, saying…
The film is not a dark film per se. It’s not post-apocalyptic dark – it’s still within the realm of what Roddenberry had wanted, which is this positive view of the future. However the stakes are significantly greater, and personal. The characters – particularly Kirk – are going to a much darker place emotionally. I feel like the experience the audience has going through it will be a much deeper emotional experience. And on top of that the spectacle will be significantly bigger than the last film.
Visit IGN for the full interview and more from Burk.
Bryan Burk (R) with Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch at London Star Trek press event (December 14)