The third film in the reboot is set to hit South Korean screens August 18.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been received quite the same way anywhere in the world,” Chris Pine told reporters at the news conference heralding his, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Justin Lin’s appearances to promote Star Trek Beyond to South Korean audiences August 16, at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas.
Fans cames out of the woodwork in Seoul to greet the stars and director of Star Trek Beyond, and if the reception is any indication, the movie might just hit its mark in the overseas box office. While the numbers have come in lower than hoped domestically (trailing both the 2009 film and 2013’s Into Darkness), a strong international box office will all but guarantee a fourth installment in the Kelvin Timeline on the big screen.
“I hope that this allows the franchise to be able to go on for the next, hopefully, 50 years,” Lin said to reporters. It is not known whether or not The Fast and the Furious director would be tabbed to take the helm a second-straight time if a fourth film is greenlit.
Press conference aside, the event also gave the actors and director the opportunity to meet their adoring South Korean fans, who were not disappointed, receiving autographs and snapping pictures of the quartet.
Pegg and Quinto also took advantage of the time to discuss the values Gene Roddenberry established in his franchise. It was a terrific moment, especially coming on the eve of the 50th anniversary in September, as the film franchise has become more of a popcorn spectacle than the social commentary for which it is best known.
“It’s a franchise with all the hallmarks of a summer blockbuster, but also has a lot of heart,” Quinto stated. “It’s rooted in a message of connectivity, unity and optimism. There’s no time like this one for that kind of message to resonate.”
Embracing Roddenberry’s code of infinite diversity, Pegg discussed a future, “where we all live together with total tolerance, total acceptance. That should be our goal as a species.”
“The more we go out there, the more it’s an exploration of (the characters) as human beings. I think that’s the one thing the audience will really embrace,” Lin said, reiterating the sentiment of his actors.
Clearly, Lin and his cast get what Star Trek is truly about, which should make even the most critical fans of J.J. Abrams rebooted films smile. Abrams let it be known that he was not a fan of the series, stating in multiple interviews he grew up with a love of Star Wars (even leaving Star Trek to direct Episode VII last year).
“(Lin) was great in taking over the reins,” Quinto said of the franchise’s ninth film director in 37 years. “He had a sense of story and a desire to draw on all of our relationships. It was a seamless transition.”
“I’ve done enough sequels to know, it’s not something you just do. It’s something you earn and relationship you build with the audience globally,” Lin added.
If the South Korean turnout is any indication, that global relationship should equal a long and fruitful history for this film iteration of Star Trek. The Enterprise captain noticed and appreciated the fans zeal for the franchise.
“Thank you very much for having us, for your support, your passion for our really wonderful franchise ‘Star Trek,’ and we look forward to showing it to you,” Pine said.
Information was gathered from Reuters Asia, Korea Times and The Korea Herald for this article.