The new issue of the official Star Trek Magazine (#17) on sale this week has lots of behind the scenes interviews about the new new Star Trek movie. See below for excerpts from interviews with Paramount executive Marc Evans, casting director April Webster, and Executive Producer (and ‘Supreme Court’ member) Bryan Burk.
Paramount Exec talks Nimoy and fans
An extract from an interview with Paramount’s production executive Marc Evans, featuring in issue #17 of Star Trek Magazine.
Star Trek Magazine: Leonard Nimoy said he was gratified that there was a story that understood the character of Spock so well. What was it about the story that sold it to you?
Marc Evans: There is this phenomenal thing in all of J.J.¹s work, in Bob and Alex¹s work, in Damon¹s work, that shows the massively personal inside the most exciting framework that it can be done in. J.J. is a guy who has done Felicity on the one hand, and Mission: Impossible on the other hand. Alex and Bob wrote the story for Transformers which is really just about a boy getting his first car. The Star Trek pitch and the Star Trek script had exactly those same things.
Star Trek Magazine: Outside the fans, with the general public, Star Trek has gained a reputation of being for the ‘geeks and nerds’ is that a perception you want to change before the movie or are you hoping that the movie will drive that?
Marc Evans: The beauty of the movie, at least in my opinion, and in all of my colleagues’ opinion associated with the movie, is that we all really believe that Trekkers are going to love it, and that we have created something for them. Bob and Alex, J.J., Damon and Bryan have all talked about this a lot what was so great about the Supreme Court on this was their varied acquaintance with the Star Trek Universe. Bob knows every single detail of the world, and has probably read every single Star Trek novel, but Bryan on the other hand I do genuinely believe had never seen an episode of the original show.
We have created a movie that is for everyone. The teaser trailer I thought was a stroke of genius, and then the trailer which went up with Quantum of Solace serves both purposes. Frankly I think there is very little work for us to do to define it one way or the other because I think that the film does that, and the materials that we will have in the marketplace do it for it. I believe someone who has never seen an episode of Star Trek, who never believed it was for them, will watch the trailer and want to go to the movie. Fans and those people who maybe were fans at one point and then drifted away are going to look at it and go, "I’m coming back," or "Man, I’m definitely going to that." I think we have such a great movie that it’s easy to create publicity materials from it which will tell everybody that the movie will appeal to all of them.
Evans’s says new Trek is for ‘everyone’
Star Trek Casting Director on casting the new Kirk
An extract from an interview with April Webster, casting director of J.J.
Abrams’ new Star Trek movie featuring in Star Trek Magazine issue #17.
April Webster (On casting Christopher Pine as James T. Kirk): It became really hard to cast Kirk because you really need someone who had that cockiness that Shatner brought to it when he was hired. He was a theatre actor who had come from Canada. He gave a little smirk, and you knew exactly where James T. Kirk was coming from.
We saw a lot of really good actors, but what Chris brought to it was that sense of ‘I know how good I am!’ Not that that’s how he is personally, because he’s not an arrogant guy at all he’s really down to Earth. He’s so smart and such a good actor. I recently saw Smokin’ Aces again, and was blown away by the character he created there, so willing to go wherever he needs to go.
I’ve known Chris a long time. I used to know his father Robert when I was first starting out his father is a wonderful actor himself, and you can see Chris, with his parents, had a good upbringing. He wasn’t a typical Hollywood kid, acting out all the time. He¹s got a healthy narcissism, as opposed to a destructive narcissism: there is such a thing as someone who has a sense of himself and I think when you have an actor who has that, it shows up on the screen.
Webster says it was hard to find the right Kirk
Star Trek Executive Producer on Trek’s canon
An extract from Star Trek Magazine #17 interview with Bryan Burk, an executive producer of J.J.Abrams’ new Star Trek movie and one of the ‘Supreme Court’.
Bryan Burk (on the ‘canon’ of the new Star Trek): Nothing is by accident: You have to see the movie before you judge anything ‘out of canon.’ The truth of the matter is that everything was very conscious. The very first conversation was about how to do the movie and be completely loyal to the 40 years of Star Trek that have come before it. Anything we do in the movie comes out of the canon of Star Trek. The canon is still intact, and everything in our storytelling is all birthed out of canon.
Burk is adamant that the new Trek fits with Star Trek canon
Star Trek Mag # 17 – on sale this week
There is much more from Evans, Webster and Burk in
Star Trek Magazine #17, which is on sale this week in the US (and in the first week of April in the UK). The issue also contains an interview with Star Trek production designer Scott Chambliss (see excerpt). There is also plenty of non-movie coverage, including a novel excerpt from "Star Trek: Vanguard: Open Secrets" by Dayton Ward.
Cover for STM #17
You can find STM #17 on newsstands starting this week or buy it at TFAW.com.
Special movie souvenir issue – Star Trek Magazine #18
The next issue of Star Trek Magazine due out around the release of the new Star Trek movie will be all about the film. SMT issue 18 stands in as the ‘movie souvenir special magazine’ and will include interviews with many of the cast members and more exclusive movie content. You can pre-order that issue now.