The new issue of the official Star Trek Magazine, like last month, is dedicated to the new Star Trek movie. This month’s issue has lots of behind the scenes info and interviews. We have excerpts from the interviews with Orci & Kurtzman and Eric Bana and more info below.
Excerpts from Star Trek Magazine #19
Excerpt of Interview with screenwriters Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Where did you come up with the idea of making this film a genesis story for the original crew, or was that a no-brainer as far as you were concerned?
Alex Kurtzman: When we were first asked in the broadest sense if we would ever consider doing Star Trek, it was like someone had just punched us in the solar plexus just the idea that we would be able to inherit something like that. Before we even had any specific conversations, the idea of joining the legacy was so intense and frightening, frankly, because it meant so much to us as kids. The fear of messing it up was the first feeling that we had. But talking about it, that’s when we realized that’s exactly why we had to do it. When something is that important to you, you have to protect it.
The immediate answer for all of us was that the only way we were interested in this was to do Kirk and Spock, going back to the genesis of the ship. We weren’t interested in The Next Generation. This is where we wanted to live in it.
But we faced an immediate problem: we knew the fate of all the characters.
Roberto Orci: It occurred to us very early on that the show began on the five-year mission, and we realized that we hadn’t actually seen all these characters meet and go on their first adventure. That became an obvious place to explore because the goal was to make sure that we had a Star Trek that made new audiences learn why fans like Star Trek. It couldn’t rely on a previous knowledge of Star Trek. The fact that the origin story had not been covered, and that’s what you’d naturally want to do to get new fans, just made it seem like a perfect thing to do.
Excerpt of Interview with Eric Bana (Nero)
Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have noted that their successive iterations of the movie script beefed up the character of Nero, but for Eric Bana, many of the ingredients were in place from the start. "Essentially, I was trying to draw on an incredibly tragic and brutal past," he says. "For me, that was the most important thing about him. I felt like Nero had this incredibly tragic back story, and had become a villain as a result of the things that had happened to him. That was more interesting than just him being born as the villain. To me, he was just a Romulan who had had a lot of amazingly treacherous things done to him, so whilst he wasn’t human, I felt there was some sort of characteristics there that humans could definitely relate to, and I wanted to draw on that." Bana agrees that the days have gone when audiences will accept two-dimensional bad guys.
"I always like it when we have a reason to know why our villain is the villain, and not just have to accept that he’s the villain because we’re told that he is." However, that initial reading did flag up one potential problem. "I guess the only concern I had initially was that I identified the fact that Star Trek was definitely a heroes’ movie’ not a villain’s movie,’ and the danger would have been to not have given enough to Nero," he says. "But J.J., Robert and Alex were already attentive to that, so that really came along and was being really well serviced by them. They gave me enough to play with!" One element really attracted him. "I was fascinated by the notion of Nero being in jail on Rura Penthe for so many years, him biding his time, and being unbelievably patient in enacting his vengeance," Bana says, adding, "Some of that is not played out in the film, because it’s not in the final cut, but it’ll be out on the DVD."
Much more in Star Trek Magazine on sale now
Issue 19 of the official Star Trek Magazine goes on sale at newsstands today (June 23rd). It goes on sale in the UK (as Issue #146) July 9th.
Here is the official press release for the mag:
MEET THE CREW
The latest issue of Star Trek Magazine starts our exclusive account of the making of Star Trek, with the first batch of interviews from the key personnel involved in the creation of the film, including writers, director of photography and the costume designer.
NERO AND AYEL
We interview the villains of the new movie in the latest issue, as Eric Bana explains why he became involved: "The script was incredibly smart, well written and well structured. I thought the writers had done an unbelievable job of paying enough service to many characters so succinctly but thoroughly." Meanwhile, his lieutenant, Clifton Collins Jr remembers the disorienting feeling when he came to shoot his first scene on the Bridge of the Narada. "My heart started racing and I thought, ‘This looks like that Star Trek thing… Wait a minute, this is Star Trek!"
ROBERTO ORCI & ALEX KURTZMAN
The writers and producers of Star Trek talk honestly and openly about the genesis of the movie, and some of the paths they decided not to take. Learn what role Nurse Chapel might have played, and why the description of Nero as a trucker works so well for them. Plus, an explanation as to what forces guide Kirk to meet Spock Prime, the thinking behind the Spock/Uhura romance, the original name for the U.S.S. Kelvin, and why Bones was so worried about going into space when travelling from Iowa to California.
COSTUME DESIGNER MICHAEL KAPLAN
Lavishly illustrated with exclusive costume designs from the film, the award winning designer explains the roots of the various different outfits seen in Star Trek from the 23rd Century casual wear sported by Jim Kirk to the faux fur that adorned Nero’s costume. Learn which famous designers from the 1960s inspired the Vulcan Academy outfits and just how far away the Romulan costumes were made from the Paramount lot!
The magazine is just starting to show up and can be ordered from TFAW.
May Souvenir Issue still available
The Previews exclusive cover version of the special May movie souvenir issue of Star Trek Magazine (STM #18) is still available from TFAW (discounted from $9.99 to $8.99). [See TM preview of that issue]
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