At the Star Trek Into Darkness London premiere TrekMovie had an exclusive chance to speak to writer/producer Damon Lindelof who gave a frank appraisal of the chances of JJ Abrams returning to the director’s chair for the next movie along with talking about how long ago they decided on their approach for Into Darkness, and more. Watch the interview below.
Exclusive: Lindelof – Accept Abrams Won’t Direct Next Trek
TrekMovie.com spoke with writer/producer Damon Lindelof at the London premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness.
Here are some highlights:
More challenging – rebooting Star Trek in 2009 vs following up what was seen as big success…
I think they were equal challenges. I remember being terrified in both instances and then meditating on the same way of dealing with that terror, which was: my job is not to be intimidated by the success of everything that came before. My job is to job is to help JJ [Abrams] tell the best story that he can. And when I put my head down and focused on what was ahead of me instead of what was behind me I was able to do it.
Lindelof on how early on they chose what direction to go in for ‘Into Darkness’…
We had conversations during the first movie and right after the first movie came out about ‘OK, we are going to do that thing we talked about, right?’ ‘Yes, we are going to do it.’
On possibility of JJ Abrams directing next Star Trek movie in time for 2016 anniversary…
I think we have to fundamentally accept that JJ is not going to direct this [next Star Trek] movie, although I wouldn’t rule anything out. And if Star Wars is indeed coming out in the summer of 2015, unless the cloning technology that I am not fully aware of exists it is going to be tough.
On the rest of the team [Orci, Kurtzman, Burk, Lindelof] returning for Into Darkness sequel…
I really hope that everybody that worked on these last two movies can continue to work on what comes next – perhaps in a different capacity? I just care too deeply for Trek to step away.
On finding a new director to continue on after two films with such a unique style..
JJ is such a unique talent that finding someone who does what he does is next to impossible. So I think what step one is: find someone who has a passion for Trek and a passion for these two movies and a vision for what comes next.
More Star Trek Into Darkness coming soon.
TrekMovie also spoke to Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman on the red carpet and they revealed how fans were influenced Into Darkness and more. Look for that later tonight.
TrekMovie will then move on to our exclusive interviews from the junket with JJ Abrams, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto, and finally Karl Urban & Simon Pegg. And in each interview we were able to ask one question submitted by readers of TrekMovie.com.
And we also have some ‘generic electronic press kit’ soundbite videos from the cast and crew we will be sharing. So keep coming back all week with new exclusives, videos and interviews every day until the release of Star Trek Into Darkness.