-- While William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, and George Takei may still be debating the merits of Star Trek versus Star Wars, JJ Abrams and company are using an unusual source of inspiration to guide the development of the upcoming Star Trek sequel.
Producer Bryan Burk recently spoke to MTV about all things Khan and Kirk and he slipped this interesting tidbit into the conversation:
“Unlike the last film, where we were restarting and setting up the characters ... we're going to jump right back in, and we don't have to set up everybody and we can go right in it," he explained. "We're kind of in a mad dash at the beginning of the film. In all of our conversation, we reference a lot of our favorite films and how Empire Strikes Back was spectacular and how they were able to pick up and keep going."
Hold the phone – did someone involved with Star Trek 2 just reference Empire Strikes Back as a great film and source of inspiration? Has anyone called Bill Shatner yet? Joking aside, it’s good to see that Burk and Abrams are able to love both universes – because most fans feel exactly the same way. If we wind up with a Trek sequel even half as awesome as Empire Strikes Back, we all win.
-- Steven Spielberg recently spilled some beans about the fifth Indiana Jones film, saying that he’d talked with co-creator George Lucas and that Lucas had a story and a genre in mind for Indy’s next adventure. Not so fast, says Lucas – who spoke with Vulture while at the premiere of Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin.
“Actually, I told him I didn't have it yet," Lucas said. "I told him about the story, but I really haven't found the MacGuffin yet. I mean, I know what it's about, but I just have to find a MacGuffin that fits into the arena we're working in."
For those unsure about the MacGuffin, it’s a narrative device that fools the audience into thinking a film or story is about one thing when it’s really about another – so think The Ark of the Covenant or The Crystal Skulls as earlier examples.
We’re hoping Lucas comes up with something amazing – but as long as there are no Midichlorians, aliens, or Shia LaBeouf in the upcoming film, we’re ready to forgive him the last film’s narrative shortcomings. That being said, tread carefully, George – you’re on thin ice with us.
-- Speaking of Spielberg, the uber-busy director (he’s got not one, but two, films out this holiday season – War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin), and his political biopic Lincoln on the docket, but the filmmaker still found time to talk about the next installment in the Jurassic Park franchise.
Website Shock Till You Drop caught up with the director at the Tintin press event and tried to get Spielberg to open up about the next dinosaur flick.
“I haven't been active in the last year because I've been so busy obviously on War Horse, Tintin and now I'm currently shooting Lincoln, but right now, it's on the schedule to bring out another Jurassic Park.”
That’s good news for dino-lovers, but not exactly an update since JP4 rumors have been kicking around for a bit. When pressed on whether the new film would be a sequel or a reboot, Spielberg played coy, saying, “it's just another boring secret."
Looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer to learn more about what Jurassic Park 4 might have in store for us.
-- It’s almost always refreshing when a star comes out and admits that a project they were involved in didn’t quite come together as planned – particularly when they manage to do it without throwing their collaborators under the bus in the process.
Daniel Craig recently told Empire that the last Bond film, Quantum of Solace, wasn’t quite up to standards. The cause of the problem? The 2008 Writer’s strike.
“On Quantum, we were f*cked," says Craig. "We had the bare bones of a script and then there was the strike and there was nothing we could do. We couldn't employ a writer to finish it. You swear you'll never get involved with shit like that, and then it happens!"
Craig doesn’t just blame the lack of a writer for the failings, though – he blames himself, too, pointing out that he personally wrote some of the scenes with Marc Forster, saying “a writer I am not..."
That being said, the actor assures us that the newest series entry, Skyfall, will be better than even Casino Royale.
“ I really think this one is better even than Casino Royale", Craig enthuses. "[Director] Sam Mendes has lived with Bond all his life, and he grew up with Bond in the same way I did. We have exactly the same reference points, we both like the same Bond movies, and we both like the same bits in the same Bond movies we like. We sat down and we just rabbited for hours about Live And Let Die or From Russia With Love, and talked about little scenes that we knew from them. That’s how we started talking about it. That’s what we tried to instill in the script. He’s been working his arse off to tie all these things together so they make sense... in a Bond way!"
We’ll find out if it’s really better when Skyfall hits theaters next winter.