The Star Trek movie has opened in most markets around the world, but there are a handful left, including Mexico this weekend. To promote the Mexican premiere JJ Abrams went down to Mexico City with Zachary Quinto, Roberto Orci and Zoe Saldana. We have video and images from the yesterday’s press conference, along with a few comments from Abrams about the Star Trek sequel.
JJ Talks sequel – says they will use subtitle
Unlike the other premieres TrekMovie did not have a man on the scene, so we are reliant on the local media, which is all written in Spanish. Some can get lost in translation from English to Spanish and back to English, but based on multiple accounts from the press conference (AP, La Cronica, SDP and others) most of what was discussed was previously covered territory, however Abrams did make some comments about the Star Trek sequel noting that the team was "in talks" and they were "working on it". In an interview with El Imparcial, JJ got a bit more specific saying "nothing would make me happier than to see what happens with these characters," but he did not want to "presume" people are going to see the first one (this seems aimed at the local audience since at over $310M worldwide, he could certainly do some presuming). Abrams was also asked what number should the sequel have (like ‘Star Trek 12?’) and he noted that if they make a sequel, "it would have a subtitle instead of a number." So looks like the current thinking is ‘Star Trek: Something Something’.
JJ answering questions at Star Trek news conference in Mexico city
Safe to go back to the movies
In May Star Trek and other movies (including Wolverine) were delayed in Mexico because of swine flu. However it appears that this is no longer an issue. Reports from the press conference quote Orci saying how Paramount and the Star Trek team were assured by the local governor that Mexico "is open and the city is safe." Bob talked added how beautiful it was in Mexico City and how it was like being on vacation.
Bob at Trek news conference in Mexico city
VIDEO: Orci y Saldana en Español + Zach Gets Happy B’Day in Spanish
This first video of the press conference from EJE Central TV has Roberto Orci (born in Mexico City) and Zoe Saldana (from a Dominican family) showing off their Español.
For the Gringos, Bob talks about how the new Star Trek movie is about the first adventure for this crew who you will get to see come together as a family and that it is a story never shown before and not one you need to have seen the past 10 movies to understand. He also talks about how JJ made sure that it was at its core a good adventure and something that didn’t have to be in space, but something that dealt with human relationships. Saldana talks about how humbled the actors were to have that vision passed down to them and how proud they were to be ‘reincarnating’ the characters from the original Trek. She also talks about how JJ wanted the actors to take risks with their characters.
As we noted previously, Zach spent his birthday in Mexico, and so, apparently spontaneously, he was sung "Happy Birthday" (in Spanish) at the news conference (even though his birthday was the day before).
PHOTOS: Press Conference & Party
Here are some more shots from the press event in Mexico City (via Wire Image).
Zach and Zoe play with BK Spock toy
Zach looking more Spock-like
Zoe with that beaming smile
And Zimbio has photos from a Tuesday night birthday party for Zach in Mexico City, including this one of Zoe hitting a piñata.
Zoe swings for the piñata
Star Trek opens in theater in Mexico tomorrow (Friday June 5th).
Special thanks to Barbara Gajate for help with translation