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Abrams Talks Wider Appeal of TREK?
J.J Abrams admits to not being a rabid fan.
By Jarrod Sarafin
May 02, 2008
Source: Associated Press
Director J.J. Abrams on the set of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III (2006).
It seems surprising that a director for a high profile Star Trek film would admit to the Associated Press that he was not a rabid fan and more of a "Star Wars" kid but that's exactly what J.J Abrams has done. In an interview, he described his upcoming sequel to the iconic franchise as this...
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"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."
As for what kind of audience he's going for, here's what he had to say.
"The whole point was to try to make this movie for fans of movies, not fans of 'Star Trek,' necessarily,'" Abrams said. "If you're a fan, we've got one of the writers who's a devout Trekker, so we were able to make sure we were serving the people who are completely enamored with 'Star Trek.' But we are not making the movie for that contingent alone.
"You can't really make a movie for them. As soon as you start to guess what you think they are going to want to see, you're in trouble. You have to make the movie in many ways for what you want to see yourself, make a movie you believe in. Then you're not second-guessing an audience you don't really have an understanding of."
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