With J.J. Abrams tackling the reboots of both the “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” franchises, there are bound to be some comparisons between the two series. But Abrams explained in a new interview that he doesn’t think the complaints about him handling both stories are fair.
“I wouldn’t say that the first movie is an absolute ‘Star Wars’ derivation,” he told SFX magazine. “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.”
There’s also a new still from “Star Trek Into Darkness” that has been released, which can be seen above. It features Zoe Saldana’s Uhura and Zachary Quinto’s Spock, who hopefully still have a romantic relationship in this movie. For those of you who missed the exciting news, Saldana is reportedly also up for the role of Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho, Alice Eve, Cumberbatch and Bruce Greenwood. The film is slated to hit theaters in IMAX on May 15 and in regular cinemas on May 17. It’s been revealed that over 40 minutes of “Star Trek Into Darkness” will be shown in IMAX. Here’s the official plot synopsis:
In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes “Star Trek Into Darkness.” When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.