I've never been a believer in a studio keeping a film classified from the general public because "it's just too good to spoil!"
Needless to say then, I was beyond annoyed when J.J. Abrams & Co. failed to show up and present any footage from next summer's Star Trek reboot/prequel at the San Diego Comic Con last month.
Now comes word that Abrams has completed a rough cut of the film and been showing it off to a select few - which apparently includes Zack & Miri Make a Porno writer/director Kevin Smith, who apparently had nothing but praise for J.J.'s new take on Sci-fi's most revered franchise.
Appearing on the Kevin and Bean radio show this past Friday morning, Smith had this to say:
Smith: I saw a movie last night that I cannot talk about.
Host: Was it good?
Smith: It was phenomenal.
Host: Any stars, any break out stars, and do they trek?
Smith: The stars absolutely trek in this film. It is fantastic. Anybody who was worried doesn’t need to be worried–about this film I cannot talk about…It was in very capable hands. The director did a phenomenal job–the director and his crew. Top notch cast and the guy that plays the lead is an instant star. That dude is going to be so famous. He is so wonderful. He picked up a role that I would say is pretty challenging for someone to step into the shoes of, because it is a role that has been played before many times by the same guy.
Host: How do you out Shatner, Shatner?
Smith: I don’t know what you are talking about.
It's nice to hear that Chris Pine holds his own playing young Kirk - at least from Smith's perspective. Then again, Smith did do a pretty good job reviewing films on Ebert & Roeper At the Movies last year, so I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt in this case.
However, that still doesn't change the fact that Paramount is keeping this film so damn secretive! I mean seriously: can we get a full-fledged trailer already???!!!!
Star Trek will beam across the silver screen on May 8, 2009.
Source: Trek Movie