Highlights from Comic Con panel on (2008):
- All producers attended (Abrams, Orci, Kurtzman, Lindelof, Burk, and Leopold)
- Poster revealed (right)
- Zachary Quinto introduced as new Spock
- Leonard Nimoy introduced to be in the film (playingSpock)
- Abrams says they are ‘desperately’ trying to find a way to get William Shatner into the film, but will not just ‘shove him in’
- No Kirk has been cast
- Quinto will be influenced by Nimoy’s take, but will put own spin. Honored to be working with Nimoy.
- Nimoy says script is ‘fabulous’ and predicts "this is going to be a great movie"
UPDATE: Watch the video
More quotes from Abrams, Quinto and Nimoy below
Abrams opening remarks on franchise, script, and why he chose to direct:
It is an amazing honor to be here talking about Star Trek. We go into production in November. It is an incredible thing. Obviously this is a series that I loved as a kid. While I was always, sort of honestly, more of a Star Wars kid than a Star Trek kid…I love Trek. The excitement for us is the ability for us to take this amazing world that Gene Roddenberry created – which is remarkable – and these incredible characters and show them in a way you haven’t seen them. It’s tricky because this matters to so many people and you can’t screw this up and it is sort of a tightrope on the one hand, but I was producing this movie and not directing it. But when I read the script I realized I was going to be so damn jealous of anyone directing this movie. It wasn’t the movie because I drank the Kool-aid and loved Star Trek, it is because the script was great. It was because characters were amazing and it was alive and funny and scary and an adventure. I showed it to my wife who is the last person who would be into Trek and she read it and said ‘you should direct this movie.’ So we went to Paramount and we said this is what we wanted to do and we are just honored to be here and do this. We are obviously a long way away…there is another comic con plus six months before the movie comes out.
Abrams on Shatner and new Kirk casting:
The thing about casting Trek is how do you possibly top or even match the cast of The Original Series…and that is really where this film takes place. William Shatner…I have met him a number of times and he is the greatest. We are desperately trying to find a way to put him in this movie. The truth is: it needs to be worthy of him – it needs to be worthy of you – it needs to be worthy to the movie. We cannot just shove him in. It would be a disaster. You would hate it, he wouldn’t like it…it would be bad. So we are on that. And we are looking for a Kirk, cause that’s tough too. So Kirks?…any ideas for Kirks? We are taking Kirk names.
Abrams introducing Nimoy
It it going to be an amazing honor to get to say action and cut to this gentlemen. He is going to put the pointed ears on one more time for Star Trek. Ladies and gentlemen Leonard Nimoy
Quinto (on if his performance will be influenced by Nimoy)
As much as he wants it to be I supposed. It is pretty incredible to be part of something so iconic and to be doing with the support and involvement of the man who created the role is a true honor. I certainly intend to bring my own spin on it and working with these guys I am sure we will find that. But it is really nice to know that he is behind it himself.
Nimoy on Quinto and Script
People are asking me why I am doing this movie and think the answer is pretty simple. We have a great director and a wonderful actor playing the young Spock. The answer is that it was logical. By the way I should mention this is a fabulous script…this is going to be a great movie. And I mean that, I don’t say these things lightly. It is a wonderful script and great team putting it together.
Director JJ Abrams w/ his Spocks (Quinto and Nimoy)
Exec. producers: Bryan Burk, Stratton Leopold, Roberto Orci (co-writer), Alex Kurtzman (writer) and producer Damon Lindelof