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Star Trek Into Darkness is a hit. Not a giant hit, and not the kind of thing that has studios calling all of their rivals and screaming "Suck it!" while guzzling champagne at 8 a.m. (at least , that's how we picture it), but a big enough hit all the same. Especially when you account for its huge improvement with global audiences, Star Trek Into Darkness has done well enough to keep the franchise alive… which means, inevitably, it's time to start talking about sequels
ABC's affiliation with Disney seems to be paying off a bit more for Jimmy Kimmel Live since Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise. Last month, Kimmel staged a pretty heated (and amusing) confrontation between Harrison Ford and his old pal Chewbacca. Apparently the two had a falling out over an indiscretion between Chewy and Leia. The topic of the wookiee came up again this week when Star Wars and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams visited Kimmel's show.
Licensing and merchandising rights debates mired Bad Robot and Paramount in legal battles with CBS about what elements from Star Trek canon could be used … and which couldn’t. In fact, these hostile negotiations blocked Abrams from turning his 2009 reboot of the series into a multi-platform entertainment experience.
With Star Trek Into Darkness now playing all around the world and making its midnight debut last night in domestic theaters, J.J. Abrams has been keeping very busy. In addition to balancing all of his television projects and dealing with pre-production details on upcoming movies the filmmaker has been traveling around the world...
Abrams is famous for his "Mystery Box" approach to storytelling, the idea being that it's better not to know what you're getting before walking into a movie. And though there are surprises in Star Trek Into Darkness that you probably won't know in advance, there are also parts of the film that Abrams went to a lot of effort to keep secret… and don't seem to matter all that much when you know them
He did tell me about where he was when he learned that Abrams would be directing Star Wars, and how he got the director to confirm Trek won't be the older, less cool sibling left behind. We also talked about the serious sprinting Scotty does in one key action scene in Star Trek Into Darkness, what it's like being one of the older cast members, and why he, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost are being so vigilant about maintaining the secrets about their upcoming comedy The World's End
this week it was clearly time for the student to become the master, so Katey forced Mack into a sit-down anyway. Mack agreed to watch the first Abrams Star Trek and test a theory the rest of us had that the movie's energy and openness to non-Trekkies would persuade him to get on board. After all, Abrams is going to have the exact same challenge when he takes over the reins of Star Wars.
J.J. Abrams usually looks like the cat who ate the canary, as the geek who rose to become King of the World. Now that he's become King of the Universe-- or, er, galaxies-- by taking over both Star Trek and Star Wars, the guy really can't help himself. He seems both in disbelief that he's been handed these two massive worlds, and smugly sitting back with the knowledge that he's about to change geek lives, and nobody but him knows how he's going to do it
They're so firmly entrenched in pop culture legend that many of us want to believe the Star Wars films actually were shot somewhere in outer space. But even though J.J. Abrams will probably have all the money in the world to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII in the next year or so, that won't be enough to get him into orbit (yet). So how about London, England subbing for a galaxy far, far away this time?
Wiliams and Star Wars go hand in hand, and if he’s willing to come back to score Episode VII, then I understand why Abrams would welcome him with open arms (though the way he presents it, it almost makes it sounds like this is something he was told was going to happen, whether he wanted it or not).
While responding with simply a smile when asked about details for Star Wars Episode VII, and insisting over and over again that there's no way he can share details about a movie that doesn't exist yet, he did talk about the relief of having George Lucas around as a consultant-- especially after making Star Trek years after creator Gene Roddenberry's death
In the months I've spent writing about Star Trek Into Darkness, I've usually gone on at length about how we barely know anything about it, how J.J. Abrams keeps everything close to the vest and how we're going to have to get much closer to the May 17 release date before we really know anything for sure. But now that date is barely a month away, and what do we know about Star Trek Into Darkness? Everything we've known for months now
The second half of the new TV spot is a mess of high-octane action sequences that take the Enterprise crew to the distant reaches of the galaxy, into the mouth of a volcano, on a free-for-all skydive through the stratosphere and, finally, face to face with Benedict Cumberbatch’s character … whomever he ends up playing.
I think by “extended,” it simply means there are one or two brief snippets of scenes inserted into establishing shots for locations like San Francisco and London, though in general, it’s the exact same trailer … yet still in glorious HD.
Savvy Star Trek fans knew that Klingon scenes were filmed for the initial Trek reboot, and can be viewed in the deleted scenes on the Abrams DVD. But now we’re getting a full introduction to the warrior race, which has caused problems for Capt. Kirk and his Enterprise crew over the years.
It gives me chills to hear Abrams say that the scope of this film and the action is “light years” ahead of where they were in the first film … which set new boundaries or Star Trek storytelling. There is a lot of footage in this clip, though barely anything is spoiled, and it’s fun to hear franchise stars Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine weighing in on what Abrams and his crew were able to accomplish this time out.
In all the endless speculation and debating we've been doing about future Star Wars movies since Disney bought Lucasfilm last fall, one of the most satisfying and hard to solve has been this: Who should score the new films, John Williams or Michael Giacchino? Williams, of course, is the original composer of the iconic Star Wars theme
It would appear as though J.J. Abrams won't stop until he's completely dominated the science-fiction genre. Not only is he now behind both the Star Trek and Star Wars film universes, he produces a number of sci-fi television series (albeit now one less due to the end of Fringe), and is now looking to get into the video-game adaptation racket.
Back when Star Wars Episode VII was first announced and everyone was speculating about who would be the perfect director for the project, J.J. Abrams was one of the first filmmakers to comment. Asked if he could have an interest in making the movie, he noted that Star Wars is one of his favorite movies and that being a fan would add a burden of responsibility to the project...
Early in his career, Cooper had a recurring role on J.J. Abrams’ Alias, so the idea of the two working together makes sense. And I have no doubt that Cooper actually would be an excellent choice to play Armstrong in the inevitable movie. Maybe this is a calculated denial as negotiations happen behind the scenes?
The Hollywood Reporter quoted sources saying that the director “has not committed to that release date” and is reserving the right to push that date back if his production schedule demands it. If you’ll recall, Abrams had to pull similar rank with Paramount when they pushed to get the Star Trek sequel into theaters in Summer 2012.
We were skeptical when the news first broke yesterday, but now it's all official. J.J. Abrams will indeed be directing the next chapter of the Star Wars adventure, with Disney announcing the news via press release this evening
When it was announced yesterday that J.J. Abrams has been selected as the director of Star Wars Episode VII, nerds around the world immediately began to question the decision...and with good reason. After all, Abrams was the director responsible for bringing Star Trek back to life in 2009 and as long as both franchises have existed their fans have been at war with one another.
One of the most high-profile and desirable directing gigs in the business may have been assigned. J.J. Abrams, the mastermind behind the current Star Trek revival, is reportedly set to direct a new episode of Star Wars, now in development at Disney
"We live in the modern world, which is a place of oversaturation and now people, especially Trekkies, want to know everything before they witness it themselves," he said. "It’s strange to me. I think of it as a kid having a box of chocolates and not knowing what’s good for them. They eat three and they keep eating as they get sick… and the candy is gone."