Star Trek is headed into is third weekend and yet it still makes news. First off we have a new image from Ryan Church of Spock’s ship. Also JJ is talking about how he thinks they made the film a success and Bob and Alex are talking (a little) about the sequel. Plus Star Trek is back in space, on the Jimmy Fallon show and even inspiring parenting advice and more.
Star Trek designer Ryan Church has updated his website with a big image of Spock’s Jellyfish, which includes what could be an early design of the Narda or possibly a Romulan missile.
JJ Talks Star Trek Success
In a new interview with AICN, Star Trek director JJ Abrams talks about the success of the film and more. You should read the whole thing, but here is an excerpt:
Quint: Well, you seem to inject a lot of the adventure of a STAR WARS into the STAR TREK universe and you are also able to figure out the one way to reboot it where you kind of take away any arguments you have about bastardizing or going off canon. You were able to find a way to give yourself freedom to have fun with the movie and not be so tied.
JJ Abrams: I think that the convention of breaking away from the timeline, which just obviously gave us the freedom to tell a story that wasn’t constrained by canon, but at the same time… and the weird part is that we also had to embrace it, because that’s what we were inspired by and we had to honor it and make sure that we weren’t insulting, as much as we could, the fans of TREK.
And we knew no matter what we did, that there would be some percentage of STAR TREK fans that would hate it. We just knew that there was no way to make everyone happy and yet it was important that we try and so that was the approach. The other weird balancing act is that it was simultaneously its own thing, but it was also adhering to what has come before. It was a vision of the future that needs to work in a way that was relevant for today, but also was a vision of the future from fifty years ago, so there was a lot of bouncing back and forth. There was a brand new cast and yet it also had a character played by one of the original actors, so it was a strange backwards/forwards original piece that was also trying to adhere to what came before, so there was always this bizarre dance going on between trying to make something that was just purely its own piece and also something that was honoring and… what’s another word for it? Just being true to what had come before and that was, I guess, the biggest challenge of the movie.
More from Bob and Alex – including sequel debate
Can you get enough from Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman? Well Newsorama has a new interview with the pair. Much of it is stuff covered before, but it is a good read. They also give an update on the sequel development:
NRAMA: At this point, with the success of Star Trek, it’s inevitable that there is going to be a sequel. What kind of discussions have you had about that and where do you see the franchise going?
Orci: We’ve had a few discussions. We are superstitious and think it’s bad luck to talk about your next project before you fully introduce the first one to the world. We’ve had a few little preliminary discussions, dinner, and stuff.
Kurtzman: The nice thing about the reaction has been that people are embracing the idea of it being an unwritten future and therefore the next movie isn’t entirely predictable, yet there are expectations of seeing familiar elements like in the first one. We’re just debating whether that’s the right paradigm to continue or try something different.
Atlantis crew’s Star Trek wake up call
On Wednesday NASA’s Mission Control woke up the crew of the Shuttle Atlantis with the theme music from the Star Trek: The Original Series, composed by the late Alexander Courage. One of the astronauts replied back to Houston: T
That was a great wake-up call for the whole crew. I’d just like to say to every one on the great planet Earth, ‘Live long and prosper.’
You can listen to the wake-up call and reaction at NASA.gov.
Even more Great Links:
- BabyCenter’s Dadler column thinks Vulcan mind melds would be great for parenting
- CBSNews.com’s Editor-in-chief has yet another column comparing President Obama to Spock
- ReelzChannel thinks it has found 5 Ways the Star Trek movie crips from other films
Here is a skit from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, with his notion of ‘Tu-Spock’, half Vulcan, half gangsta rapper.