JJ Abrams is a bit of a nerd and has a thing for technology. In a new interview with Wired, JJ Abrams talks about his influences and his views on technology. Of course he also talks about Star Trek XI. On the subject of why he chose to direct :
When I read the script I couldn’t imagine — I’d feel like an idiot if I let someone else (direct) it. It’s clearly a fun, emotional and wild adventure. And I thought, if I have a chance to do it, how could I not take it? That was why I signed up. This is going to be an incredibly fun movie. I can’t believe that they’re letting us do this.
Abrams also says that he (like Roddenberry before him) is taking in input from the scientific community
it’s been amazing. I mean not just the Trekkers. I get the use of brilliant minds and futurists and people who are thinking these things through. We’d be crazy not to take advantage of the information coming to us.
Beyond the film, Abrams also seems to want to solve the issue of Trek gaming generally sucking:
That’s something I would love to help make happen, because I love good games. Typically, games based on existing IP falter because they’re relying on the title and the name recognition instead of relying on game-play and story and content. So I feel like the ideal . . . is when form and function come together. We definitely have the form, and the function needs to be better.
It will be interesting to see what Abrams can do with Trek games. The new game license holder Bethesda has not been that impressive, and TrekMovie.com has learned that they do not have the license for Trek XI. Whoever ends up with the license (and it may still be Bethesda), lets hope they put some real effort into it. Abrams is right, but will he really do something about it?
Abrams also expanded on his well known love for the Twilight Zone and why Rod Serling is one of his greatest influences:
Rod Serling, for me, is the inspiration for a number of reasons but, fundamentally, he understood that amazing combination of pure pulp and deep character. And the respect he had for character and the audience was enormous. He would write about things that mattered to him in allegory and tell tales about aliens and monsters, but they were almost always about subjects that mattered to him — whether it was the terror of the Russians, whether it was the mystery and fear and hunger for space travel, whether it was racism or politics, or whatever it was he was always grappling with.
Sterling would also take characters that were underdogs and heartbreaking and funny and a little odd. He’d paint these portraits of these people that you would want to watch anywhere. He just happened to put them in (a story about a) fight over a UFO that landed nearby or the struggle over the wife who is a tyrant who won’t let Burgess Meredith read (when) the atom bomb goes off. . . . He’d take these characters that you’d want to watch anywhere and put them in these ultimate, extreme, crazy, often supernatural, paranormal situations that would take the audience with him so that the relatable characters were in extraordinary situations. That’s my favorite thing.
Read the full interview for more on Abrams views on technology, influences as well as the Dark Tower project