Therin of Andor wrote:
And it looks like we've got the origin for Kirk being a smartass punk: the novel verse, just add father dying heroic death.
But that's never been a secret. Orci & Kurtzman told
us they were reading specific novels.
And George Kirk Sr died a heroic death in the novels, too, but it was offscreen and shrouded in mystery. Jim was just a lot older when it happened.
So, basically, they're actually being respectful of a lot of the details that were for Kirk by the authors of the books. Details that have more or less fallen into accepted fanon.
Why do those bastards hate Trek Fans!