In a new interview with MTV, Star Trek director JJ Abrams says that the final cut of the film should be completed very soon. He also talked about deleted scenes, humor, Majel Roddenberry, and more, including what is different about his star Trek movie. UPDATE: Plus we have a high resolution version of a new promo banner from Paramount.
What is new with JJ’s Trek
Go to MTV.com for the full interview, here is an excerpt about what is new in Abrams Trek.
MTV: When you look at the other "Star Trek" films, what are they missing that you wanted to bring to yours?
Abrams: There are a number of things that I think are unique to this movie. There's a level of relevance that I think is really because of the actors playing the part. I didn’t want to just re-create or reset everything, I thought going back to those characters was important. [In previous films] when we met those characters, we met them pre-established. They'd already been working together, they already knew each other. They had this history. And for some reason, the origin of those relationships of those characters was something that probably would have helped me, at least, connect to them and understand why I should care about them and who they were.
So on those fundamental levels, none of the movies have had that before. But on a much more practical level, "Star Trek" has never had the opportunity, nor the resources, to be realized in this way. Things like the ships and the battles and the planets and the chases and the action sequences … and do them in a way that felt thrilling and terrifying and entertaining in a way that the show and the prior movies simply couldn't afford to do. I feel we were able to bring to life, in a way we've never seen before, what it is to be a member of Starfleet. And that's kind of cool.
Abrams Countdown Comment
And on the MTV movies blog was additional comments from Abrams about the upcoming "Star Trek Countdown" comic book. He noted that he has been focusing on finishing the film while Roberto Orci helps with the comic, noting Orci is 'the resident Trekker.' However Abrams did comment about how the Comics include TNG characters of the covers:
I think you just have to see that the key is this world, this universe, is not disconnected from what’s come before.
For more on Star Trek Countdown (including pre-order links and spoilers) CLICK HERE.
JJ and his crew
One last bit of JJ news, a couple of weeks back JJ attended (and presented) at the Children’s Defense Fund 18th Annual "Beat The Odds" Awards, and he brought some of the stars of Star Trek with him. Here is a nice shot of the Star Trek director and some of his bridge crew.
UPDATED: New Star Trek Banner
MTV had an early release of a new Star Trek banner, now Paramount has provided TrekMovie with a higher res version of the banner.