Damon Lindelof, writer of Lost and film-making friend of J.J. Abrams, has been speaking about some of his latest works to Collider recently. The interviews main subject being Prometheus, he did stop to give a few details about another project he’s been working on - the Star Trek sequel.
It seems that bigger and better things are in store for us when the film comes out next summer. Here is what he had to say about it:
“It was incredible [walking back on the set] and I think that there’s certainly an instinct to just go bigger in the second movie. One of the things we did was to connect all of the sets, so you could basically follow the cast off the bridge into a turbolift, down through a plaza and into the medbay, as opposed to having to cut every time you [wanted to change scenes]. When we were at Paramount stages, we just didn’t have the money [to do that].”
It seems that it’s not just the fans who get starstruck over their favourite sci-fi; Lindelof is also a bit of a fanboy himself:
“It’s a very insular experience of like ‘wow, I’m actually on a starcraft,’ and then when you see all the actors again...and start playing those interactions between [Kirk] and Bones, [Kirk] and Scotty, [you get] really, really psyched.”
Whilst he didn’t give away many details regarding the plot or characters, it is nice to know that the film-makers are really making the effort to create a believable and exciting film experience.
Today, it was also revealed that J.J. Abrams has confirmed that the film will be released in IMAX format, something that many (epic) film-makers have been doing recently - we are eagerly awaiting the IMAX version of The Dark Knight Rises.
In the press release, it’s stated that IMAX cameras were used for several key sequences that feature large action set pieces. This move is unsurprising as the format is appropriately made for such styles of shooting. Following the success of the Abrams-produced Mission Impossible 4, with its high-rise edge-of-your-seat moments, it’s no wonder that they want to repeat the effect:
“We...jumped at the chance to use the format for Star Trek. All expectations were exceeded — the action and resolution is insane at this scale. We cannot wait for audiences to see the crew of the Enterprise in a way they never have before.”
In a recent mock interview (for the MTV Movie Awards), Abrams also let slip a little tidbit of info for the Trek sequel in the form of a blurry screenshot in mid-edit on the screen behind him; it hints at a comeback for the Klingons in the movie.
Knowing J.J.’s usual style, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if he has done this on purpose in some sort of subterfuge. However, he may also be using it as a sort of viral advertising to create more of a buzz about the secretive film. He certainly is a master at keeping everyone on their toes with each film release (remember ‘tagruato’, anyone?).
As ever, we will keep you apprised of all Star Trek related news. It’s a shame they won’t be taking it to San Diego Comic Con this year. Check back for more info as we get ever more excited for the next ‘launch’ of the Enterprise - we cannot wait!