Lindelof On Newly ‘Interconnected’ USS Enterprise Sets + ‘Iconic’ Cumberbatch Performance

Star Trek co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof is doing the rounds of press to promote Prometheus, which comes out next week. In a new interview Lindelof talks about one of the advantages they had by shooting on larger stages for the sequel. He also talked about the Benedict "iconic" performance. Watch the video interview below. [UPDATE: Lindelof in talks for WB deal to create new TV series]


Lindelof on the newly interconnected Enterprise sets & Benedict Cumberbatch

Damon Lindelof spoke to Collider from the set of Prometheus about the new Star Trek movie. Lindelof explains how shooting on the larger Sony stages helped them with making the film, specifically the Enterprise sets…

There’s certainly an instinct to just go bigger in the second movie and one of the things that we did was we connected all the sets, so you can just basically follow the actors off the bridge, into a turbo lift, down, walking through a plaza, into the med bay as opposed to [having to] cut every time you do that, because when we were shooting on the Paramount stages we just didn’t have the money to connect all the sets.

Lindelof also saying the praises of Benedict Cumberbatch:

"Benedict Cumberbatch, I can already say with a certain degree of confidence that he is gonna give an iconic film performance and one of the best sci-fi performances that I’ve ever seen. And not even having seen the movie yet, just sitting there in video village with the headphones on. So I’m really psyched.”

Watch the full video with more Trek and Prometheus…

TrekMovie also interviewed Lindelof on both Star Trek and Prometheus. Look for that interview soon.

UPDATE: Lindelof finalizing TV Deal With WB – To create new TV series

In other news on Damon Lindelof that broke later on Friday, the writer is reportedly in talks with Warner Brothers Television to create new TV shows. Since he finished up with Lost (a show he co-created with JJ Abrams) two years ago, Lindelof has been focused on films. Now he says he is ready to return to TV. By joining WB, Lindelof would be under the same umbrella as Abrams, who also has his TV deal with the studio.

As for what kind of shows we should expect from Damon at WB, first it wont be anythign to do with Star Trek. Not only is that a CBS property, but Lindelof has stated in the past that he is not interested in working on any other established franchises for TV work. More specifically he also appears to be leaning against heavy sci-fi. Here is an excerpt from the report in Deadline:

“I think certainly film-wise, I’m spaced out, I think I’ve got the robot-spaceship future bug out of my system.” On the TV side, “I probably won’t be the guy who creates the next Mad Men or Breaking Bad, though I love both of these shows,” he said. “What I love about television is character-based storytelling, and I want to continue to explore fantastical way of doing it where characters live in a world that is a little skewed.” But don’t expect a new Lost from him. “I won’t be the one that would come up with the next Lost,” Lindelof said, adding that he has no interest in doing more shows with “wackadoo mythology.”

More info at Deadline and THR.

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