Too much focus on unimportant details is a sign of a need for a franchise revitalization according to Star Trek XI
Producer Damon Lindelof
As reported by Amctv.com, when the show becomes more about the details then the characters, it's time for a change. "I think it's like how with 'Batman,' it got to the point where there was more press about the nipples on the Batsuit than there was about the characters, and the franchise needed a reboot," said Lindelof.
But Lindelof had respect for Star Trek and its lengthy past. "I had a real reverence for the material, but more importantly, for the world and how special that world is, and how long it's persevered," he explained. "I watched a fair amount of the original and I really watched a lot of 'Next Generation.' The first series of meetings we had were along the lines of: What is the 'State of the Union' of Trek, and has it been brought to a place where people will resent our involvement because we're coming from the outside?"
In addition to the franchise, Lindelof has to deal with expectations and concerns from actors who were involved with the original Star Trek. One of them, William Shatner, was disappointed to not be included in Star Trek XI. "Mr. Shatner created Kirk, so I understand and sympathize with his feelings about what his role, or lack of a role, in our movie was," said Lindelof. "That being said, Kirk died. He fell down a cliff face. That made it incredibly challenging for us to tell the story we wanted to tell and figure out a way for William Shatner, who is now several years older than Kirk was when he died, to be in the movie. It's an incredibly ambitious movie on a technical scale. I can say with confidence that we achieved what we set out to achieve, and that's all you can ask for."
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