J.J. Abrams has directed what is, since The Hobbit, the most anticipated movie coming to the big screen. It is possibly the most anticipated film of at least three generations of fans, as it’s a sequel where anything can happen, and we don’t really know what’s going to happen.
Here, Abrams addresses response to that lightsaber seen in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser. He’s having fun seeing the positive and negative reactions, and said that people have been having the same conversations they had early on about this lightsaber that started as a design, but the conversations were in reverse. How were they in reverse? Good question.
Abrams also mentions that he’s executive producing Episode VIII and Episode IX, and that Rian Johnson is director on at least the next one. This is something that a lot of people seem to miss. Rian Johnson may not direct Episode IX. Those duties may return to Abrams or go to another director.
There will only be one exciting sequence in IMAX but Abrams won’t say what is involved there. He said it’s a fun one.
They’re also still cutting the movie and haven’t seen the movie together yet.
He also mentioned that while they did build sets and do practical things as much as possible, using the Sun for lighting when outside, and things like that, there’s an incredible amount of CG in the film. He mentioned that a lot of the CG used is to remove things from shots.
After that, they moved on to the next Star Trek film. He said that he’s not really sure that it’ll be Star Trek 3, but more of a Star Trek: Adventures in Space. It is possible that it won’t be a direct sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness, and instead more of a singular adventure.
Lately there have been multiple movie directors talking about the advantages of film over digital when it comes to film making. Abrams has used film on projects from Star Trek to Super 8, as well as Star Trek Into Darkness. Recently it seemed as if film was headed the way of the Dodo.
Last September, I wrote an open letter to Paramount about their release strategy for Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray. As the months went on, I knew that it didn’t really go anywhere. However, it seems that all of the discussion around the internet has finally paid off, for the most part.
The original release for the film was September 10, 2013. The only good edition of the film will release pretty much a year later, on September 9, 2014. That we’ve had to wait an entire year is a crock, but it’s happening. If someone from Paramount wants to send me a review copy of the set, I wouldn’t complain. I did, afterall, waste money pre-ordering the original version, without realizing there wouldn’t be any features on it.
According to The Digital Bits, those of us that purchased the original version should be getting a discount on the upcoming set, which will also include the superior special edition of Star Trek (2009). They also mentioned that Paramount had invited them up to their studio to talk about the original release, and learn what went wrong. There are a lot of new people working in that department, and they made an awful lot of mistakes. They’re finally mostly making good on this (though not making it individually available is a small step in the wrong direction). They have other releases that need this treatment, I am sure, and I’m still waiting for Warner Brothers to fix the same problem with Man of Steel. Ironically, it looks like it’s the same team that made the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray. Sigh.
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