Today at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Star Trek’s director JJ Abrams took some time out from promoting his new Fox show Fringe to talk a little Trek with SciFi Wire. Abrams talked about the ‘kitsch’ of Trek and also said he was disappointed he would not be showing a preview at Comic-Con.
Excerpts from SciFi Wire
Abrams on Star Trek kitsch
JJ Abrams and his Trek team have talked a lot about how the new Star Trek feature film will feel ‘realer’ than any other Trek film or series to date. Apparently this realness comes at the expense of Trek’s famed kitschiness:
I feel like there’s a certain thing that you can’t really hold onto, which is, … there’s a kind of kitschy quality that must go if it’s going to be something that you believe is real…Our Star Trek is not parody, and so the idea of maintaining character relationships, the dynamic between the characters, [was key]. I never saw how Kirk and Spock became so connected. And that’s what this movie does. And it does it with the entire family of the Enterprise.
Abrams also talked to SciFiWire about how he would have been "psyched" to show a preview of Star Trek at Comic Con in San Diego later this month, but that due to the number of visual effects shots ("well over 1,000") there just isn’t anything ready to be shown. He also noted other Paramount films were also not going to have panels either.
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NOTE: More Star Trek related reports from Abrams, Orci, Kurtzman and Burk may come out of today’s TCA event (all are Fringe producers). If they do, we will update this article so check back.