Late last week we flagged some quotes about Star Trek: Discovery that Collider pulled out of their impending interview with Alex Kurtzman, director of The Mummy, who is also an executive producer for the upcoming CBS All Access Trek show. They have now released the full interview and it appears their previous article had grabbed much of the Discovery highlights.
However, there was one quick bit where Kurtzman (who was also a co-writer and producer for the first two J.J. Abrams Star Trek feature films) talked in general and then specifically about how the line between the world of TV and movies is getting thinner:
Kurtzman: The line between film and television is utterly blurred. Not just at a storytelling level, but visually now. What we’re doing on Star Trek right now, that’s not that different from what we’re doing in the movies. I think that’s what people expect when they pay for Netflix, or for HBO, or whatever they’re going to pay for. That actually makes, as a storyteller, it makes it, in the many ways, you’re not limited by oh, we could never really do that on television scope wise because now, take a look at Game of Thrones. That’s a movie.
Getting what you pay for
Kurtzman seems to be expanding on what CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone said last month about how Discovery is a ‘premium’ TV show.
Lanzone: It’s going to be very cinematic, very high production value, and grittier, the way a lot of premium cable shows are today.
Kurtzman’s comment about “what people expect when they pay” seems to be obliquely addressing one of the elephants in the room with regards to Discovery: that it will require people to pay for a subscription to CBS All Access (in the U.S.) or Netflix (outside U.S. and Canada) and you therefore have to deliver something that seems worth it.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.