Although J.J. Abrams is updating Star Trek to make it relevant to today’s audiences, the Roddenberry vision of yesterday still holds true today.
As reported by TrekMovie.com, from an article in the May issue of SFX Magazine, Roddenberry’s vision of humanity and optimism appealed to Abrams. “The themes that got me excited honestly had less to do with Star Trek and space and more to do with the optimism and humanity and of finding your purpose through unity,” explained Abrams. “It ends up being a guiding principle of the movie. It needed to be faithful to the optimism that Gene Roddenberry wrote with during a time of fear and hate and suspicion. He was writing of our future where we were not just surviving it, but by cooperating and collaborating, we actually thrived. That to me, more than ever, is a relevant idea.”Updating the Star Trek franchise meant being aware of a vocal fan base who are known for speaking up if they don’t like something. “Star Trek of all things has got such a famous, vocal fan base, and if you don’t address them and make sure you’re honoring all that they know and love about the series, you’re completely screwed,” said Abrams. “You have to make sure the movie is not just aware of them, but working for them so that they’re not only able to continue embracing it but hopefully bring other people into the fold.”
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