Star Wars Fan Abrams Reinvents Trek

Bonnie Burton | May 1, 2008

Most fans know by now that “Lost” co-creator and film director J.J. Abrams is a die-hard Star Wars-ophile, so when he decided reimagine the prequel story of James Kirk, some people were inclined to raise a Spock eyebrow. Abrams tells AP why he chose to tackle the sci-fi franchise already saturated with a vocal fan base of its own.

“It was an opportunity to take what I think has been a maligned world — to sound crass, a franchise — and treat it in a way that made it something that I wanted to see,” said Abrams, who recently finished shooting on Star Trek, due in theaters May 8, 2009. “To take the characters, the thoughtfulness, the personalities, the sense of adventure, the idea of humanity working together, the sense of social commentary and innovation, all that stuff. To take it and apply it in a way that felt genuinely thrilling.”

Abrams would not share plot details, saying only that the movie would remain faithful to the original while breaking new ground in action, drama and visual effects, which are being crafted by Star Wars creator George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic outfit.

“I feel like this is so unlike what you expect, so unlike the Star Trek you’ve seen. At the same time, it’s being true to what’s come before, honoring it,” Abrams said. “I can say the effects for Star Trek have never, ever been done like this. … I can only tell you the idea of the universe of Star Trek has never been given this kind of treatment.”

Read the full inteview here:
Star Wars kid Abrams aims to reinvent ‘Trek’ world (SFGate.com)

Be sure to also check out this interview with Abrams as he talks more about Star Wars, Star Trek and the future of sci-fi cinema:
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