Trek XI director J.J. Abrams
reiterated this week the new Trek
film should appeal to both existing fans and people new to the franchise.
"I would say that the fans of Star Trek will be very happy with the movie," the Sci-Fi Wire quoted Abrams as saying during the Television Critics Association press tour. "It honors what's come before, but I didn't really make the movie just for the people who are already inside, because I like Star Trek but I was never a massive fan. So I think the movie's going to not satisfy everyone, of course. It can't. But it'll satisfy most of both."
Abrams made another effort to respond to William Shatner's recent YouTube interview, in which the original Kirk actor disputed ever being asked by Abrams to appear in the film. "I think what Mr. Shatner was responding to was a misunderstanding," Abrams said. "I was quoted as saying we tried to get him in the movie. What I meant was we were trying internally to find a way to take a dead character and resurrect him without it seeming lame. We couldn't figure out a way to do it. I think that when I said we tried to get him into the movie, he read it as if we were trying to call him. I would not have wasted his time with a bad idea."
Finally, Abrams talked a bit about the ships in the new film, following up on a comment by screenwriter Roberto Orci who had called the space battles as still being maritme-influenced. "They're big ships, so I'd say that there is a little bit of that, but there's a little bit more flash and fun and action than you've seen before," Abrams said. "There are some pretty spectacular visual effects. [Industrial Light & Magic] outdid themselves. It's amazing."
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