J.J. Abrams on 'Star Trek Into Darkness': "This Is Not a Movie for 'Star Trek' Fans; It's for Movie Fans"

J.J. Abrams on 'Star Trek Into Darkness': "This Is Not a Movie for 'Star Trek' Fans; It's for Movie Fans"

Dec 12, 2012

Much has already been said about Star Trek Into Darkness, which after debuting a teaser trailer will unveil another two-minute trailer and a nine-minute IMAX preview later this week. Who is the villain? Which former Star Trek movies are they paying homage to? How long can J.J. Abrams keep the plot and characters a mystery? Earlier this week some members of the online press were able to grill the cast and Abrams following a preview of those nine minutes, so many of these questions may be answered once they're allowed to publish those pieces. For now, though, we look to the official source, Mr. Abrams himself, who recently sat down with MTV and dodged all those John Harrison villain questions as best he could.

Interesting how Abrams talks about this being a movie not for Star Trek fans, but for movie fans. It's a point he probably wants to drill home while the entire Internet obsesses over this film's connections to previous Trek movies. He wants people not familiar with Trek to also want to see it too, and goes on to say that you don't have to watch the first Star Trek movie to understand the second. This is most definitely a franchise both Abrams and Paramount want to be as accessible as possible, but that doesn't mean old-school Trek fans won't get their moments too.

Many feel the villain, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), is actually a character used previously in either the old Star Trek TV show or one of the movies. Naturally Abrams dodges the question in the video, but he does discuss his versatility, which is important for a villain.

"Not just his backstory, but his agenda, his plan, his secret… all of that is what I think makes him such a frightening and cool villain. But also, you know, a real villain that are not just two-dimensional angry vengeful types don't see themselves as the bad guy. They are the good guy, they've got complete rational and motivation. So I think true to form, the character Benedict plays has an absolute sense of right and wrong, and he's certainly on the right side."

Check out the full video above, and expect to learn a lot more about the movie before Christmas. Hopefully it won't be too much, because while some complain about Abrams' secrecy and the way he toys with expectations, it's nice to leave some surprises for the big screen.

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