Yet another report coming out of TCA with JJ Abrams giving a few more quotes on his Star Trek feature film, this time with ComingSoon.net. The director talked about what he loves about Trek and a bit about if the film is (or is not) told in flashbacks.
Excerpts from ComingSoon.net
Coming Soon: You’ve said that you didn’t start out as an uber-fan of “Star Trek,” but you quickly became a fan. Can you talk in general terms about what you fell in love with about the whole franchise?
Abrams: I fell in love with the relationships between the characters. I fell in love with the characters. The idea of – it’s so funny because you hear something so often and it loses it’s meaning. But “space, the final frontier” – if you actually consider space as uncharted territory there’s something about the idea of these people, because any ship flying by isn’t going to get you excited. It’s who’s on the ship that matters. I feel like these characters actually going out into that nothingness and finding something is great. Having lived with it now and gotten to know the characters and worked with amazing actors who portrayed them, it made me fall in love with that notion, that idea that for some reason never struck me the way that “Twilight Zone” did.
CS: Does the film feature many flashback sequences? We also know that Winona Ryder is playing Spock’s mother.
Abrams: Yeah, most of the movie is not – I wouldn’t call them flashbacks, but she’s in a great sequence and is so good. I love her.
For more from Abrams on Nimoy, Jennifer Morrison and more, check out ComingSoon.net
Of course JJ Abrams (and his team) are well known for non-linear storytelling and for flashbacks (especially on Lost). TrekMovie has reported that the film does deal with jumps in time, and obviously it has both an older (Nimoy) and two younger Spocks (Quinto and Kogan). However it appears that the ‘early years’ for Kirk and Spock may follow a traditional origin story structure.