J.J Abrams Opens Up About ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Problems | Film News
It seems that some Trekkies can’t forget the downfall that was 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness and apparently, neither can director J.J Abrams. As the man responsible for the Starship Enterprise reboots, he has admitted that he “takes full responsibility” for the second movie not meeting its expectations. In comparison to the first installment – 2009’s Star Trek, the sequel that featured Leonard Nimoy‘s last appearance, only earned a mere $13.5 million on its opening day in the United States and Canada; considerably lower than Star Trek‘s $30.9 million.
Speaking in an interview with Buzzfeed, Abrams explained that he went ahead with filming, despite being unsure of certain aspects: “I take full responsibility for this — I was encouraging the writers in certain directions, and we were working on the script and putting it together, but by the time we started shooting, and this was literally at the very beginning of the shoot, there were certain things I was unsure of”.
He continued, adding that the movie lacked two key areas: “any movie, any story has a fundamental conversation happening during it. There’s a fundamental argument; there’s a central question. And I didn’t have it”. However, he inevitably defended his creation in a way, stating he doesn’t think the movie didn’t work: “I would never say that I don’t think that the movie ended up working. But I feel like it didn’t work as well as it could have had I made some better decisions before we started shooting”.
With the third installment Star Trek Beyond set for release on July 22, 2016, will his decision not to direct the movie make any difference to the overall outcome? Only time will tell…
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