For fans of thoughtful, cerebral Star Trek, in this day and age, you’re out-of-luck, said Chris Pine. And don’t expect to see William Shatner in the new movie either.
In an interview in issue 276 of SFX, Pine commented on just what it takes today to make a successful movie.
“You can’t make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016,” he said. “It just wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace. You can hide things in there – Star Trek Into Darkness has crazy, really demanding questions and themes, but you have to hide it under the guise of wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up. It’s very, very tricky. The question that our movie poses is ‘Does the Federation mean anything?’ And in a world where everybody’s trying to kill one another all of the time, that’s an important thing. Is working together important? Should we all go our separate ways? Does being united against something mean anything?”
Pine also commented on the talk about Shatner appearing in Star Trek Beyond, and he explained why that wouldn’t work either. “At this point there’s been so much built up about this potential portentous meeting between the two Kirks…Fuck the movie, it would just become about that. The movie can’t become about that. The movie has to be about whatever story we’re trying to tell. It’d be fun; it’d be kitschy; it’d be a great piece for you guys to talk about, and for late-night TV, but above and beyond that I don’t know what it serves for our storytelling purposes, you know?”
Other interviews in SFX include ones with Justin Lin, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Sofia Boutella.