Chris Pine Talks ‘Star Trek 2′ & IMAX; Alex Kurtzman Teases the Sequel’s Villain

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

star trek sequel chris pine Chris Pine Talks Star Trek 2 & IMAX; Alex Kurtzman Teases the Sequels Villain

Before they reunited for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2 (technically, the twelfth Trek film overall), Chris Pine and Alex Kurtzman joined forces on the latter’s directorial debut, People Like Us.

Naturally, the pair has been peppered with questions about Trek 2 while promoting People (which hits theaters this month). Among the issues the Star Trek actor and screenwriter/producer have touched are: the decision to shoot portions of the project in the IMAX format – as Paramount officially confirmed, nearly four months after the news initially leaked (moving on…) – and the importance of the film’s villain (being played by Benedict Cumberbatch).

On the topic of filming Star Trek 2 in IMAX, Pine said (via Collider):

“They [IMAX cameras] are big cameras.  They are big, loud cameras!  And the things take forever to reload.  It’s literally 20 minutes to reload a camera.  I think the first thing that I saw on IMAX was ‘The Avengers’.  The scope and the size of it are pretty neat, I will say that.  I think J.J. did a good job of knowing which scenes to marry with the IMAX and which scenes would really pop, like they did with [‘Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol’].  When Tom [Cruise] is on that huge building, it made all the sense in the world to do it in IMAX.”

Mission: Impossible 4 and Avengers have served as strong arguments in favor of IMAX; next month’s The Dark Knight Rises should only further bolster the argument that the big, big screen format is best for grand-scale blockbusters. An opportunity to see the main deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise – and big set pieces involving spaceship battles and exotic alien landscapes in IMAX, is something that many Trek fans will surely treasure (to say nothing of the general moviegoing community).

Pine also spoke about how the Trek sequel will strike a balance between spectacle and thematic substance:

“With J.J. and company – [screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof] – what they’re really, really good at and what sets them apart is that they know how to do the action, and they know that if you don’t give them the small character-driven drama, you can blow up anything you want and no one cares.  People will leave the theater because we’ve all seen it, a million ways.  With the second one, people will find that it’s the mythic structure, done really well.  The character journeys are just perfect mythic structures.  They do it so well.  The journeys with the characters will be really great, and the explosions and set pieces are going to knock people out of their seats.”

Judging by Kurtzman/Orci’s collective resume (Mission: Impossible 3, the first Transformers and Star Trek) – in combination with Lindelof’s work (Prometheus), there’s reason to believe their script for Trek 2 will deliver the mix of character drama and visceral action that Pine promised. That was even the case with the trio’s most recent writing collaboration, Cowboys & Aliens – though, of course, quality (not content) was the issue there. Still, there’s good reason to suspect Star Trek 2 will mark a return-to-form for the writers.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto fight on the 'Star Trek 2' set

Meanwhile, when he spoke to Cinema Blend, Kurtzman offered praise for fan-fave Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as the Trek sequel’s baddie:

“He’s a genius.There are certain actors who have the ability to take a line of dialogue and add a ring to it that you didn’t even know you put into the dialogue, into the line. And he’s one of those really brilliant actors. Just listening to him talk…you could enjoy him reading the phone book.”

As to how pivotal Cumberbatch’s character will be to the success of the film:

“Sequels are about your bad guy. Because your first movie is always about the becoming of [the hero] and your bad guy has to test that hero in a very significant way. And he’s an incredibly formidable presence. He’s amazing. Are you going to be scared of him? S**t yeah!”

There’s very little (if any) reason to doubt Cumberbatch’s abilities to play a convincing intimidating figure in the Trek sequel (we’ll just assume for now that he’s NOT Khan). The actor’s involvement should only bolster the overall quality of the project, regardless of how everything else turns out – though, as mentioned before, early signs are encouraging on that front.

Star Trek 2 begins a theatrical release in the U.S. on May 17th, 2013.

Source: Collider, Cinema Blend

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  1. Almost sounds like too much of a good thing as far as the writing goes..this one MIGHT miss the mark. Of course i’m still going to see it.

  2. I’ll say it time and again. Cumberbatch is a GREAT actor and he will OWN Khan!! You will not miss Ricardo trust me. I am so looking foward to this one!!

    • Ah, in case you haven’t heard, despite all the earlier reports, it has been confirmed that the villain in the film is NOT Khan. Now, if you still want to believe the villain is Khan, I cannot help you. I would simply advise that you take some tissues to the theater with you, as you are going to be disappointed, possibly to the point of tears…

      • No
        Nothing has been confirmed that he is not Khan
        Simon Pegg’s BS twitter posts claiming he is not Khan is not an official announcement that he is not Khan brother

        He’s is going to be Khan despite JJ’s odd secrecy and disinformation fetishes

        • Ah, yea, sure, and Simon Pegg would lie about it, and do so in an angry, passionate way, exactly why? I know you want to believe yourself to be correct, but let it rest already. Cumberbatch is not playing Khan, period.

          • Pegg is full of sh&t

            Cumber Khan is playing Khan

            Now go be a good boy and clean up your legos

            • I’ll bet you your play-doh, for my legos, that he is not…

              • I’m not saying the villain is Khan, but here’s a little secret about filmmaking….filmmakers lie when news they want to keep secret gets leaked.

                • Remember when Zack Snyder swore that General Zod wasn’t the villain in the new Superman, then he announced the villain was in fact Zod?

    • By the way, I do agree that Cumberbatch is an awsome actor, and he will be great in whatever character he plays. In fact, I will likely see the film now just because of him, as I do not particulary care for the new Star Trek cast. (I am an originalist.)

    • In the interest of offering sometime fresh and new, i’m hoping that its not Khan. We’ve already seen Khan done twice and done very well. There’s so much going on in the Star Trek universe there’s noneed to re-use a vilian like Khan.

  3. Cumberbatch wouldl of made a good spock. Hope this role opens Cumberbatch to more. Talented that guy is.

    Hearing the complaints about iMAX cameras gives me even more respect for Nolan and hour plus iMAX footage he worked into TDKR.

    • Eh, what DOESN’T make people love Nolan more?

      Well, Cumberbatch seems to have a Federation shirt on in those pics and he’s beating up Spock. I doubt he’s Khan (they must think people would trust Simon Pegg for him to announce it) but there’s no telling who he could be.

      • I just like wide screen shots in movies lol, i loved LotR&Star Wars for it .

        Would say his definition of beauty is blurry lol

        • I thought definition was the opposite of blurry. Maybe you IMAX low-def? lol

  4. I’m hard preessed to think of an actor who is more universally praised at the moment than Cumberbatch???
    While I haven’t seen everything he’s done from what I have he’s always a standout. I can’t imagine the Sherlock series without him. Usually you can think of someone but for that series and the way it’s written he was and is perfect casting.
    I remember when Del Toro was 1st in talks to play the villain in Star Trek I wondered if I’d be constantly thinking about him while watching the movie but from what I’ve seen of Cumberbatch I don’t worry about it anymore. I expect he’ll be great again.

  5. Is the villain Gary michell?

    • Maybe it’s Kahn!

  6. Maybe the villain is a descendant of John Frederick Paxton and Antagonists in the film are the remnants of Terra Prime.

  7. Man oh man oh man my nerd senses are tingling! I do believe this will be another “schedule date night 4 months ahead” type of movie. I wonder if they will do a Star Trek marathon with ALL the Trek movies. I ‘m not sure I could handle that much awesomeness. But I would still want to try.

  8. s***…!!! If it does turn out he is playing KHAN, my point is WHY ?!!! Everyone knows what happens when you mess with the original. You come up short handed !!! The only remake I have seen that surpassed the original was THE BLOB. That movie was voted the best remake of all remakes.
    You have these new and upcoming writers, and all they can do is rehash stuff ? Come on now, write, be original. I’m still waiting for a Star Trek film we haven’t seen before. Granted, 2009’s Trek was good, but not great. Why start back over with kirk and Spock ? They should’ve given us a new Trek with new characters and a new generation. I swear…some people just live in the past.

  9. Why do they have to call this Star Trek 2, though? If they say they’re not “rebooting” the original series, why don’t they call it something else? There is already a Star Trek 2. And I’m sorry, but I will never understand that alternate-timeline excuse as many times as I watch the new Star Trek. Leonard Nimoy showing up really f***ed with my head!

  10. CUMBER KHAN! That’s like the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve heard today.

  11. How was Avengers a strong argument for IMAX when it wasn’t even shot in IMAX (or even in 3D for that matter)?

  12. Can’t wait! Can’t wait! Can’t wait! Can’t wait! Can’t wait!