The thriller Eagle Eye, produced by Star Trek co-writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, hits theaters next weekend and in a new interview promoting the film, the pair were asked what past Trek film they thought their new Star Trek was most like, and when pressed they talked about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Excerpts from IESB interview when asked what film they would compare the new Trek film to:
Kurtzman: Tough question to answer, just because there are so many different things. I guess the best way for me to answer is I can tell you that the movie for me that affected me the most as a kid was Wrath of Kahn.
Kurtzman: And that movie stood out for me because it had an unbelievable bad guy and the stakes just never felt higher.
Orci: And every character was at their most actualized. It really had the classic delivery for every character, they are finally their full selves in that movie I think, more than any of the features.
This is not the first time that Kurtzman has brought up Wrath of Khan. Last summer we reported Kurtzman’s comments in an audio interview where he also drew a parrallel with TWOK, saying:
Kurtzman: For the Trek script a lot of it was what Trek meant to us as kids. We’ve been enormous fans of Trek since we were little kids. And what it felt like to be in the theater and watch Wrath of Khan for the first time was what we wanted people to experience … [want to recapture] that kind of an emotional ride. An incredibly great bad guy against an incredibly high-stakes story that’s just emotional. Trek for us is about family and friendship.
And although he didn’t mention Khan specifically, in our recent interview with Leonard Nimoy, TrekMovie asked if there was a theme or message in the in this new movie and the actor noted that the new Star Trek does share something with Wrath of Khan…revenge:
Leonard Nimoy: I would say if there is one major driving emotional force to it, it has to do with the concept of revenge and the damage that the desire for revenge can cause. And I have always been interested in that as a concern. I think that we have seen in our time, various political factions, various political leaders, various political peoples want to get revenge for what they feel has been an unjust attack and the cycle goes around and around and it doesn’t stop. Somebody has to say “lets quit this, we are just destroying each other.” So I think, if anything, I come way from this movie with that concept.
Wrath of Khan – Gold standard of Trek
Of course, Wrath of Khan, is often considered the best Trek film and shows up on best sci-fi film lists all the time. In a recent interview with TrekMovie, Ron Moore, co-writer of Generations and First Contact, talked about how Wrath of Khan was also an influence for he and Brannon Braga:
Ron Moore: …the gold standard was Wrath of Khan and everyone wanted to do Wrath of Khan by some other name. Even in Generations we were talking about Wrath of Khan. Wrath of Khan says ‘here is how you do a Star Trek movie.’ It’s action-adventure. You’ve got a big villain. You’ve got themes of aging and great little character moments, small moments of humor interspersed throughout. It embraces all the characters. You laugh with them, you cry with them. It ends on a bittersweet but hopeful note. It is just a great movie and it really stands up.
Can JJ Abrams and his team recreate that 1982 feeling? Only time will tell.
Trailer for TWOK
Eagle Eye, co-produced by Orci and Kurtzman, opens in theaters next weekend, here is the trailer