JJ Abrams On Star Wars-ing Up Star Trek: An SFX#234 Preview

There’s 11 pages of Trek-sploitation in the new issue of SFX (out today), as we celebrate on the imminent release of Star Trek Into Darkness including interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Chris Pine and JJ Abrams.

To whet your appetites, here’s a snippet of what Abrams had to say:

“Of course you can’t make this for everyone. There are going to be detractors. But I think that the important thing is this movie, at least the ambition behind it, is… if you’re a Star Trek fan, you’re going to be very happy. Because the movie acknowledges, in a big way, what has come before. If you’re not a lifelong Star Trek fan, like myself, what I think and hope is that you’ll have a great time and you’ll be gasping and shrieking and laughing and crying and all that stuff in a way you would not expect to in a Star Trek movie.”

SFX: Will we be seeing even more Star Wars influence this time out?

“I wouldn’t say that the first movie is an absolute Star Wars derivation. The irony of course being that Star Trek came out before Star Wars. We’re inheriting Star Trek, so we’re allowed to do space stuff. Of course when Star Wars came out, people referred to Star Trek, because it was spaceships. Everything is sort of a derivation of everything else. Just the way Star Wars was of Flash Gordon and of dogfight war films in the TIE Fighter sequences. Everything has something it borrows from.

“Where this story goes, if you’re going to go to a place that’s as intense as some of the stuff is in this movie, I think you need balance. And so while there are moments that are pretty dark and crazy, those scenes just won’t matter to you – you won’t care about them – if you haven’t been laughing along the way and rooting for these characters you have to feel for. The idea is to try and balance it, not to have it be one thing or the other.”

Read more from JJ in the new issue of SFX, on sale now. Star Trek Into Darkness is released by Paramount on Thursday 9 May.

More info on the new issue here