It was evident to almost everyone from the get-go that 'Star Trek Into Darkness' director J.J. Abrams cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan (the iconic 'Star Trek' villain originally played by Ricardo Montalban in 'The Wrath of Khan'). Despite a mountain of overwhelming evidence, Abrams lied about it, cast members lied about it and the studio perpetuated the secrecy. But, with the film behind him, Abrams now says it was all a big mistake and blames studio pressure for the secrecy.
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With J.J. Abrams switching teams from 'Star Trek' to 'Star Wars,' the director's chair for 'Star Trek 3' is still vacant. Though Joe Cornish of 'Attack of the Block' is being eyed to fill the void, whomever lands the job will most likely have a smaller window budget-wise through which to steer the Enterprise into a third installment.
Given the increasingly negative press trail that follows 'Star Trek Into Darkness' the farther along we go, and franchise director J.J. Abrams' eventual ship-jump to 'Star Wars,' countless fans have wondered if 'Star Trek' might end up back on the small screen before long. Abrams himself recently refuted the idea, but have franchise writers writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman gotten the idea back on track?
We, as fans, can admit that the 'Star Trek' video game released this summer, pretty much sucked. Critics were also not kind, with IGN saying "there isn't a scrap of imagination or originality in this whole thing, and it's a flat-out waste of the source material."
In general, video games based on movies are not very good, and while fans and critics may admit that, you traditionally don't ever hear the director of the movie bashing the video game adaptation. But, J.J. Abrams has come out and said he was "emotionally hurt" by how terrible the 'Star Trek' game was and believes that it's quality (or lack thereof) hurt his movie too.
Last month, we first heard the rumor that 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' director Rupert Wyatt was being considered to direct 'Star Trek 3.' And then ... silence. Unlike the quickly shot-down Jon M. Chu rumors, this one was allowed to linger, lending the news a bit more credibility. Now, former 'Star Trek' director (and current 'Star Wars: Episode 7' director) J.J. Abrams has been asked about Wyatt's involvement and the response is typical Abrams.
Before he left 'Star Trek Into Darkness' for 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' director J.J. Abrams was already dabbling in the Galactic Empire. Viewers with a keen eye will be able to spot that lovable astrotech droid R2-D2 in the latest 'Star Trek' movie and, if you missed it, we can show you exactly where it is.
'Star Trek Into Darkness' hits DVD and Blu-ray on September 10 and fans of the movie might be tempted to pick up a copy, and if you're like us, one of the reasons you buy a DVD or Blu-ray of a movie you've already seen is for the many special features. Sadly, if you're hoping for a lot of special features on the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' DVD and Blu-ray you'll wind up sorely disappointed. This isn't because those special features don't exist - they do. You just need to pay more (and more...and more...) if you want to watch any of them.
If you watch the deleted scenes on the DVD for 2009's 'Star Trek,' you can see an extended sequence involving Klingons, the most iconic of 'Trek' villains. Although they were cut from the film, these scenes took a wary approach on how to depict this menacing warrior race -- their faces were completely covered up by masks.
However, the Klingons played a much larger role in this year's 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' where they were unmasked, revealing them to look, well, pretty much like how Klingons are supposed to look. However, some cool concept models reveal that director J.J. Abrams and his designers toyed around with all kinds of options before going the traditional route.
Here's some good news for movie fans who missed 'World War Z' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness' this summer: Paramount is re-releasing both films as a double feature this Friday, letting audiences pay one ticket cost to enjoy both films. For many people, this is simply a chance to catch both films one more time for dirt cheap, but for those interested in the business side of the film industry, this is a fascinating glance into the importance of reaching certain box office milestones.