The latest issue of the official Star Trek magazine has an interview with Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The pair talk about the villain John Harrison, the arc of the crew, how the film ties into today and even a bit about their next Star Trek movie. Excerpts below plus some scans of new Into Darkness images from the mag.
Orci and Kurtzman talk ‘Into Darkness’ in latest Star Trek magazine
Orci on the villain John Harrison and his relation to the film’s title "Into Darkness"
Well he understands Starfleet because he was enlisted in a similar way. Some
might see part of the title coming from the fact
that he’s kind of a dark shadow of members of our crew. He too has gone through the process to some degree, that some of our crew have gone
though, and clearly for some reason it’s failed to bring him over, so I think he represents that part of our heroes."
New image of Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison from Star Trek mag
Orci also commented on where the crew is on their arc and how Harrison ties into that arc, saying:
"The relationship [between Kirk and Spock] is still forming itself, and in many ways forms itself over the course of this movie. It also gives us a great opportunity, because of the logic versus emotion conflict is such a brilliant and wonderful backdrop against which to pit a huge problem like Benedict Cumberbatch walking into their life. It isn’t just Kirk and Spock, it’s all of them, and how they’re all functioning together now. They are not the well oiled machine that they were in the original series, because they had gone through many, many more missions in the original series."
Chris Pine as Kirk (image from Star Trek mag)
There is a lot of talk about Harrison as a ‘terrorist.’ Orci said that this isn’t what the movie is all about but it does tie it to today’s reality:
"…that’s not just as simple as it being a terrorist allegory – it’s a flavor of the movie, it’s an element, but it’s certainly not at the center of its plot. It does speak to the fact that we wanted to embed in our universe events that are recognizable to an audience."
…but Kurtzman noted that regardless of terrorism element and the ‘dark’ title, the film still holds on to Star Trek’s optimistic vision:
"The thing that’s been interesting to us is that, despite the fact that we are literally going Into Darkness, I think we all worked very hard to make sure the theme of hope, what hope costs, and what it’s really about, was always alive in how we were designing our story. So we’re pretty consistent with the last movie in terms of dark things happening, but holding on to the light that Roddenberry set up as a basic tenet of the Star Trek universe."
Spock looks concerned in the captain’s chair
Orci also talked about how the pair of writers are ready for the next movie and want to gauge reaction to Into Darkness…
"You can see we’re online, checking very much as fans what the Star Trek sites are saying, so we’re open to anything for the third movie – we just want to make sure we’ve learned the lessons from the first two. "
More from Orci and Kurtzman in the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine on newstands now.
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