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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).
© Paramount Pictures
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...

"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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Wiseguy 5/2/2008 12:29:14 AM
IRON MAN......Always been a huge fan of IronMan,(since those old Marvel cartoons with hardly any animation) one of the big hitters of the Marvel Universe. Defended him through out the Civil War and I'm glad as hell he finally got his due. I just can't overstate how big a fan I've always been, not a johnny come lately. Then again growing up a Marvel zombie I guess is understandable................... Caught the 8 o'clock show then the midnight show. I'm revved up so high is unbelievable. Right now I'm putting this as one of the best superhero movies ever. It was fucking awesome, action and cgi were just out of this world, just enough comedy and still didn't take away from a terrific plot. Gwyneth Paltrow, who I've never being big on, stole my heart and was perfect for her role. The entire cast was on the money. I love how they've laid the ground work for the Mandarin with the "Ten Rings" in the future. Will definitely see it again during the weekend. Can't remember the last time I was compelled to go see multiple viewings of a film during the same weekend, not to mention the same night, that's how good this was. I just can't say enough about it. The scene and final line after the credits made me want to wet myself. I'm just giddy right now. Everybody go see this film and take the whole family.................By the way the Hulk trailer looked even more amazing on the big screen and the response from the audience gives me hope that it will be well received....Go MARVEL ..............This is the only topic worthy of discussion this weekend. I must spread the word.
lazerman 5/2/2008 1:45:49 AM
WOW Wiseguy562, you are spreading the word. . Well done! AS for the subject matter at hand. . . GIVE ME MORE TREK!!!
Wiseguy 5/2/2008 3:03:35 AM
mla, lots of love to you brother. Just spreading the word, everyone don't visit every thread so I want to make sure everyone knows. I couldn't sleep so I had to do something and I already masturbated twice. Anyway, I'm done with that, I think I've spread my word wide enough for the weekend.
goatartist 5/2/2008 5:55:16 AM
Damn WiseGuy! Spread the word? Sounds like you Spread your Seed all over yourself in Spazmatic Glee! If Iron Man is good enough to make you bust your nut not once but twice...I'll be there this weekend. Thanks for the heads up.
chirop1 5/2/2008 6:33:46 AM
I forsee lots of upset Trekkers based on these comments...
monkeyfoot 5/2/2008 7:03:59 AM
Chirop, I agree with you. Trekkers can be such rabid fans. They only think people immersed in it to the nth degree should even touch it. And they also think that THE only good Trek movie idea is the one they've made in their heads. But I like what Abrams is saying. He is looking at it with fresh eyes and ideas while still keeping true to the spirit it should be made in. He knows you can't make a 100 million dollar summer movie and cater it to the exacting standards of a niche audience. Everyone knows the basics of the characters and set up so he just has to re-intro it to everybody with new creative fire. Wiseguy, I hope you washed your hands before you started typing :)
todd890 5/2/2008 8:01:04 AM
Careful on that monkeyfoot, most trekkers are just annoying but me on the other hand. Am just different, I watch them out of enjoyment a true Trekker losses their marbles and they dress up, learn the style of speaking Klingon and go over board. This is what I call, people with no life. As of this film, it sounds Adrams knows what he has gotten himself into. Many fans, unlike me will tare it to pieces because it's an early adventure for Kirk and Spock. EAch and every actor who has become captian within this franchise knowns that fans will not watch it unless they like the character. Either if it is Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway or Archer. Now as of this film, it sure looks like that Adrams has indeed brought back trek from it's early grave.
fft5305 5/2/2008 8:23:49 AM
The Trekkers can bitch & moan all they want about how terrible Abrams is making this and how he's killing the franchise, but they're still going to see it. Personally, I am stoked about this. I like everything of Abrams that I've seen so far. I can't wait!
gauleyboy420 5/2/2008 10:34:08 AM
Abrhams is overrated. Nuff said. Still lookin forward to new Trek movie. I don't dress up, or speak Klingon, but I'm still a fan of ST. Abrhams is Overrated.
monkeyfoot 5/2/2008 11:15:22 AM
Sorry, Todd. I don't mean to pick on anyone. I've loved Trek since seeing TOS. And there are ways I would do shows or movies for it if I were in charge but I know I'm not. So I defer to the studio execs and the creative people put in charge of the franchise.I can look at what they are coming up with and think, "OK, it's not MY idea of what I would do. But how well did they execute the idea THEY came up with?" Abrams is a guy who I have faith in to do it right.
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