WonderCon 2009 – Star Trek Panel

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The Star Trek Panel filled the room… of course.

J.J. Abrams, Chris Pine (James Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Robert Orci (Co-writer) & Bryan Burke (executive producer) were in attendance.  The crowd went crazy as they came out.

We were treated to a new movie trailer and there were scenes in this particular trailer that have not been seen before.  In fact this trailer will be the one airing with Watchmen when it hits theaters on March 6th.  According to some folks sitting next to me, they were a little ruffled at what they showed in this new trailer.  I won’t blow it for you because when you see this scene, you probably won’t realize what you’re seeing, but it is definitely a new Trek-verse.

Abrams said that what he was striving for was a balance between the old and the new.  He wanted the fans of the existing franchise to know can bring what they know to the movie, realizing that they know some things, so it’s not completely alien to them while also trying to draw new fans to his version.

Orci said the old fans should be happy.

During the panel, an extra who was on the set of Trek came to the mike and brought to our attention about Abrams rapping while on set.  Abrams came back with something to the affect, so what’s your name and the name of your friends…. who will never work in Hollywood again!  Yes, it was a fun, lighthearted moment and we were surprised to discover that there were quite a few extras from the movie attending the panel.

Zachary Quinto was asked how tough it was to balance the two jobs – Heroes and Star Trek.  He said he was blessed, but with a little less sleep than normal.  But he had no complaints.  He also pointed out how he never watched the original series, but rather, worked with Leonard Nimoy to get his angle on things.  That and he read up a lot on the world of Star Trek.

Abrams was asked what inspired him to bring Star Trek back.  He said that though he wasn’t a massive fan, he appreciated the fact that there were massive fans out there.  After reading the script he was not only swayed but said he couldn’t not do it because he would have been jealous of anyone else doing the movie.

He was asked how he communicates the intricacies of a character to the screen and he said that he combines relatable, broken characters and throws them into the craziest sh** of all time.  This brings much to the surface of the character.  This is when we see the vulnerabilities and the strengths of the characters he creates.

Chris Pine said he enjoyed the comraderie of the cast and crew and that Abrams made the environment pretty cool for them.  (I guess when Abrams is rapping on set, that would help do it!)

When Abrams was asked about the change up to the Trek universe, he mentioned how people will go anywhere willingly within sci-fi.  He gave a Fringe example, where people are willing to accept an invisible boyfriend, but people badgered him about Harvard having a free lab.

Non-Trek items:

The one thing a lot of us noticed was that Abrams was wearing an Avatar tee-shirt.

Cloverfield 2 – working on an idea right now.  Do it because you’re inspired.  Doesn’t want to do it just to make a buck.  He has a “pretty sweet” idea.

Star Trek opens May 8th, 2009.

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  1. Star Trek opens May 8th, not May 9th!

  2. @Fwise

    Oops! Thanks for catching that – it’s been corrected.

    Vic

  3. “According to some folks sitting next to me, they were a little ruffled at what they showed in this new trailer. I won’t blow it for you because when you see this scene, you probably won’t realize what you’re seeing, but it is definitely a new Trek-verse.”

    Bruce, your killing me!

    Did the producers of “Watchmen” put you up to that? ;)

  4. Hey Bruce;

    Tell me, were there any major spoilers in this new trailer coming out? It sounds a little like your hinting at something.

    I’m trying to avoid all spoilers so I can be pleasantly surprised (or pleasantly horrified) when I see the film in theaters.

    Thanks, David.

  5. I read the trailer description at Trekmovie.com, and I’d recommend avoiding it. There’s one particularly huge spoiler Bruce is referring to that I think you’d rather see in theaters first.

  6. David, crowmagnumman says it best. Yes, I’m hinting at things that you may have no clue about, but it is really best left to the surprise of discovering it in the theater… dang. It would have blown me away, that’s for sure. Oh… sorry. I’m tormenting again, aren’t I?

    Anyone else: try not to give it away here, OK?

  7. @JustDavid

    When this trailer comes out you’ll have to stay off the internet until the movie comes if you don’t want to read or see anything about a spoiler that is included in a trailer. Just warning ya man.

  8. I won’t ruin anything.

    I have a good idea of what the spoiler is. I doubt that it’s exactly what people are saying it is. I don’t think JJ would change THAT about the Trek universe.

    That is all.

  9. Dangit. How am I supposed to avoid the spoiler in the trailer if I intend to see Watchmen? Should I close my eyes and plug my ears to the best of my ability? Not sure if that will be possible. I wish they wouldn’t put spoilers into trailers to begin with.

  10. @Mandarr

    I haven’t seen the trailer, but really, how much of a spoiler would they put in a trailer? Perhaps Bruce is referring to not wanting to spoil the TRAILER for readers.

    Vi

  11. Hehe…

    Here’s the thing:
    You can assume the crash position during the previews – head down between the knees and yell out loud na na na na… so you can’t hear anything.

    That should go over well with your seat neighbors…

    but the thing is, it’s a spoiler, IF you know what it is you’re seeing. They don’t come out and blather out that they’re goi…. oh, never mind.

    B

  12. I KNOW WHAT IT IS! I KNOW WHAT IT IS! The trailer will reveal….drum roll please….that Kirk’s parents were…Tribbles! ;-)

  13. Lee-Unit said,
    “I have a good idea of what the spoiler is. I doubt that it’s exactly what people are saying it is. I don’t think JJ would change THAT about the Trek universe.”

    The first DNA merging of two different species, resulting in a half-Human, half Tribble crewmember?

    “Crewman Tribble, what have I told you about eating at your duty station?”

    “(**chomp, chomp, gulp!**) Um, not to do it?”

  14. If you can imagine Tribbles with Vulcan ears…

  15. Thanks everybody :)

    There is this little cave up in the hills along the Delaware, maybe the bear won’t mind some company…

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