In what may be the last of the reports coming out of the Fox’s TCA Fringe event last week, IGN has a summary of JJ Abrams comments about Star Trek. Much of it has been reported here before, but they provide it in better Q&A format to get more context. There is also a little bit more from Star Trek’s new director on what is his biggest challenge with the new film.
Excerpt from IGN:
Q: What was the biggest challenge of taking [the Star Trek] franchise on?
Abrams: I think the biggest challenge was trying to make it relevant to now. Like to do it despite it being Star Trek. I don’t think it’s enough to say, "Oh, it’s Star Trek, let’s just…." I think it’s a question of: How do you make it something that would be what it wants to be, even if it hadn’t been a series before.
Q: How do you?
Abrams: Well, you invest completely in the characters. And you tell a story that is good, regardless of the setting, in a weird way. And I think that what we found — with Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci]’s script and with the cast, who are so good — is you love these people and so you go with them anywhere.