TrekMovie had the opportunity to briefly chat with some of the people behind the camera for Star Trek Into Darkness at a cocktail reception at Bad Robot this week. Today we present Alex Kurtzman talking about the importance of the villain in the film and where the crew is on their arc. Also Damon Lindelof talks about how 3D has changed things this time around. And finally JJ Abrams talks about what he will do after Into Darkness.
Star Trek Into Darkness director JJ Abrams isn’t spilling all the beans but he did a video interview where he talked a bit about the villain in his new film and his motivation. He also talked about how (like with his 2009 movie) his focus was to make Star Trek Into Darkness work with all movie fans and not just Trek fans. Excerpts and video below (minor spoilers).
Tonight I had the honor to be invited to a special preview presentation of the opening 9-minute prologue from Star Trek Into Darkness which will be showing at IMAX 3D screenings of the Hobbit next weekend. A detailed play-by-play will be held until next weekend but I can report on comments from JJ Abrams, share my first impressions of seeing IMAX 3D Trek, and go into a bit of minor spoilers (at end of the article).
Before JJ Abrams jetted off to Tokyo to show the Japanese press some of Star Trek: Into Darkness on IMAX, the producer/director showed up at an event celebrating 100 episodes of Fringe over the weekend. While there Abrams spoke a bit about how the Star Trek Into Darkness footage is "mind-blowing." More details below.
Once again director JJ Abrams is going global and taking footage on the road to help build buzz for his new movie. JJ will be in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday meeting with the press and showing off the preview of the Star Trek Into Darkness movie which will be shared with the public with IMAX screenings of The Hobbit, starting December 14th. More details on that below, plus Paramount has announced the international release dates for Into Darkness.
Since the recent announcement that Disney had acquired LucasFilm and they were moving forward with a new Star Wars film trilogy there has been a lot of speculation about who will be involved in these projects. One name that has come up is JJ Abrams. In a new interview the Star Trek Into Darkness producer/director says he has another idea for his next project. Details below.
A JJ Abrams project that had seemed dormant is now getting more active. A new report says that the Star Trek producer/director is moving ahead on a reboot of Universal’s 1974 disaster movie Earthquke. Abrams has now hired a writer for project. More details below.
This fall Star Trek director/producer (and co-creator of Lost and Fringe) JJ Abrams has another mysterious TV show headed to NBC, Revolution. The new series is set in a post-apocalypse world where all technology has stopped working. A new clip with footage and interview clips (including Abrams and pilot director Jon Favreau) was revealed at Comic Con and is now available from NBC. Watch it below
Star Trek director/producer JJ Abrams is adding more projects to his growing slate at Paramount. This time his production company Bad Robot has nabbed a couple of new scripts, one about a Nazi-hunter titled "Wunderkind" and another sci-fi script titled "God Particle" about the Earth disappearing. More details below.
On Sunday night Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams once again appeared in a skit on the MTV Movie Awards. This time it was a gag about archery being the big new thing in Hollywood, but what some alert Trekkies noticed what appeared on the monitor behind JJ, who is supposed to be busy on post-production for the Star Trek sequel. So was it part of the gag, or an actual plot spoiler for the new Star Trek movie? Watch the skit below and decide for yourself.
Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams is adding another project to his to-do list. This time his production company and Paramount are teaming up to create a new low-budget sci-fi/thriller, based on a spec script. More details below.
Star Trek producer/director may a big Hollywood mogul, but he is still a nerd at heart. Case in point comes from two reports (confirmed by TrekMovie) on people he personally reached out to for roles in the Trek sequel. Abrams successfully got Nolan North (voice of the hero in the "Uncharted" games) into the film and tried (but visas couldn’t be worked out in time) to get Norwegian chess grand master Magnus Carlsen too.
Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams has sold another high concept TV series. This time JJ is returning to NBC for the post-apocalypse with "Revolution," with a pilot directed by Jon Favreau. More details below.
The love fest between Star Trek director/producer JJ Abrams and Paramount Pictures looks like it will continue into the future. This afternoon Paramount Pictures announced they are extending their deal with Abrams and his Bad Robot production company. More details below.
Pilot season continues to heat up, with Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams selling another pilot, his second this week. This time JJ and his fellow Trek producer Bryan Burk are returning to sci-fi with a mysterious post-apocalyptic series for NBC titled Revolution. Details below.
Pilot season is warming up again and so it is time for Star Trek director/producer JJ Abrams to pitch new shows to add to his growing TV portfolio. And today the CW announced they ordered a pilot called Shelter from Abrams Bad Robot production company. More details below.
The Star Trek sequel is very close to start of production. In a new interview director/producer JJ Abrams has given some more details on the production logistics and on the decision to covert the film to 3D. He also talked about the recent casting of Benedict Cumberbatch. See below for details.
Do you want to make your own action movies, complete with effects, like Star Trek director JJ Abrams? Well now there is an app for that. Abrams company Bad Robot has released a new iPhone and iPad app that adds movie FX to videos. And it is free!
In a new podcast interview, Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams talks about why he took on the Trek project and how his views on the franchise changed during the process. JJ also dove into the thorny issue of the alternative timeline and what it means for the original "prime" timeline of Star Trek lore. See excerpts below.
At the world premiere of the new Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, JJ Abrams gave an update on progress on the Star Trek sequel talking about the sets, lessons learned from the 2009 movie and how he will be handling 3-D. Watch his comments below.
The Star Trek sequel starts shooting next month and the team is busy casting, but details on the film are still being kept under wraps. At a gala event last Thursday, the returning Star Trek stars Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and (new star) Alice Eve joined producer/director JJ Abrams at a charity event in Beverly Hills, where some revealed they still haven’t seen the sequel script. More details below, plus photos from the event.
Star Trek sequel producer/director JJ Abrams has one last thing to get off his desk and that is the release of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol on December 21st. Also returning for the fourth Mission is Star Trek’s new Scotty Simon Pegg, reprising his role as Benji the tech. Paramount has released a featurette and clip with Pegg. Check those out below, plus publicity photos and previews.
We now know when the next Star Trek movie is coming out (May 2013), but we still don’t know how much it will be tied together with Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie. A new comment from producer/director JJ Abrams indicates that the sequel will stand on its own. Details below.
Earlier this month it was reported that JJ Abrams was considering Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro for the villain role in his Star Trek sequel. Now Abrams has confirmed he and Toro have begun talking. Watch Abrams talk Del Toro below.
Getting a chance to appear in a Star Trek movie would be a fan’s dream come true. Well Paramount and JJ Abrams are going to give you a chance with their new "Super 8: Watch It & Walk-On" Sweepstakes. Details below, plus a very brief comment from Abrams on the status of the sequel.
News is breaking tonight that director J.J. Abrams has his eyes set on Benicio Del Toro to play the villain in the upcoming Star Trek sequel.
J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is among several productions to be honored at the inaugural S.E.T. (Science, Engineering & Technology) Awards on November 17, 2011. Click over the jump for details.
Damon Lindelof, co-writer of J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel to the 2009 hit Star Trek, recently sat down for an interview with TVOvermind about the sequel and his other projects, including Ridley Scott’s Prometheus plus his reflections on his time writing LOST. Click over the jump for some brief thoughts from Lindelof on the sequel.
The last week brings more business deal news from the team behind the last and next Star Trek movie. Writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have sold a couple more pilots for the next seasons, and JJ Abrams has added another film to his future schedule (after the Star Trek sequel).
The Star Trek team are still at work getting ready to make the Star Trek sequel, but they have also been making some news in TV Land. Writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have sold a pilot script to CBS, while producer/director JJ Abrams has sold a pilot to NBC. Details below.