It’s been over a year since it was announced that J.J. Abrams, executive producer and co-creator of “Alias”, “Lost” and “Fringe,” would be taking over the reins for Paramount’s reboot of Star Trek.
Except for a teaser earlier this year, a bunch of pictures and some cool posters, not very much has been revealed about the plot except that it would feature a much younger version of the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise than we’d seen in any of the previous television shows or movies. Casting started to leak out of Comic-Con over a year ago and for every questionable choice like Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, there was excitement surrounding the dual casting of Spock, the younger version played by Zachary Quinto (Skylar from “Heroes”) and bringing back Leonard Nimoy for an appearance as the older Spock. The younger Sulu would be played by John Cho (Harold of the “Harold & Kumar” movies), Uhura by Zoe Saldana (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl), Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz) would take on the role of Maximillian “Scotty” Scott while Karl Urban would play the younger Dr. “Bones” McCoy.
The question whether this new Star Trek would stand up to the 40-plus year tradition was answered tonight as J.J. Abrams landed in New York City after a cross-Europe jaunt to show 25 minutes of footage from the movie. It was originally scheduled to come out on Christmas Day this year, but it was wisely pushed back to early next summer by Paramount.
Abrams was introduced by Paramount President of Production John Lesher after showing the trailer, and Abrams went through his normal schpiel about not being a fan of Star Trek (“I never quite got it”) and how he assembled a team of collaborators that included everyone from diehard Trekkers like Roberto Orci to producer Bryan Burk, who knew nothing about it, having never seen a single show. At that point, Abrams still wasn’t sure if he wanted to actually direct the movie until he read the finished script by Orci and his writing and production partner Alex Kurtzman, which Abrams described as “funny, emotional, thrilling.” After working on the project for over a year, he was ready to show four nearly-completed scenes to the audience of journalists and studio reps.
SPOILER WARNING: In the following description of the footage shown, we discuss very specific scenes from the movie, including a couple spoilers of what happens in those scenes.