As reported before, the April issue of UK’s at Total Film Magazine went on sale this week, with four collectible Star Trek covers. In addition to the exclusive images (see previous article), Total Film also has interview comments from director JJ Abrams and some of the film stars. See below for some of the more interesting excerpts.
Abrams: Keep Roddenberry spirit – but in HD
As he has said before, Abrams tells Total Film that he felt that "Kirk and Spock" were the characters he cared most about and that he wanted to tell their story and didn’t want to do a "completely separate space adventure that had the Star Trek name on it." And when it came time to make the film he wanted to keep he spirit while redesigning the future, saying:
The whole approach was, commit to the spirit of what Roddenberry was doing but don’t commit to the literal aesthetic of it. Like the uniforms… There were a handful of things I felt we had to retain so that when people glance at it they’ll go, ‘Yep, that’s Star Trek’. But if you look carefully at the uniforms, you’ll see there are a lot of differences that make them more ‘real’. We tried to make what worked 43 years ago work at a higher resolution.
Abrams & Pegg on Wars and Trek
As a Star Wars fanboy, the subject of that adventure in a galaxy far far away seems to always come up, and it did with Total Film. Abrams noted what he particularly saw in Star Wars that it appears we will also see in Trek:
One of my favorite things about those kinds of movies is that you see someone beginning as you or me — a farmboy in Star Wars, for example — and by the end of the film you see them defeat the evil that seemed so much larger than them. There’s a really empowering aspect to that.
Well known geek and Star Wars fan Simon Pegg (the new Scotty) was at the same interview session and he took a different point of view, noting:
Lots of stories deal with journeys like that. Star Wars itself wasn’t really that original — it owed a lot to what had gone before. But this film is like Episode IV in that you’ve got a cast of largely unknowns, backed up by a few veterans [Nimoy, Bana, Winona Ryder as Spock’s ma] to provide some gravitas.
Abrams wanted to take Kirk on an epic journey
Abrams and Quinto on technobabble and the heart of Trek
When it comes to Trek’s technobabble and what lies at core of this film, there was more agreement. Zachary Quinto tells TotalFilm that even with Trek’s penchant for tech talk, it isn’t the focus, going on to say:
Ever since Gene Roddenberry conceived it, the underlying theme of Star Trek has always been optimism, and I think that carries through this movie as well. There are glimpses into other emotional states, but I think a faith in our humanity is at the core of it.
Abrams agrees, noting:
I feel the best thing about the movie are the people, which was the goal going in. Yes, there are phasers and tricorders and all that stuff, but it’s not a gadget-centric film… It’s a human slash Vulcan-centric film with technology in the fine print.
Abrams on TMP and scale of the USS Enterprise
One last bit from Abrams in Total Film. JJ Abrams has previously talked about seeing Star Trek The Motion Picture on the Paramount lot as a youngster in 1979, but he tells Total Film what he was particularly impressed with:
I remember being blown away by the scale of the ship. In the sequence, where Kirk takes the shuttle over to the Enterprise… it was the first time I could see the front lights, the first time I could scrutinize the panels: it was the first time I believed it was real. The ship was shown in a way that felt legitimate; it was no longer a TV show. I so loved that aspect of the film and it was something I tried to emulate on this one.
Abrams impressed with scale of the USS Enterprise in TMP
More images, information and comments from Abrams and his cast are in the April Star Trek issue of Total Film, which has four collectible covers. More info at TotalFilm.com.
Thanks to Neil for the UK excerpts