J.J. Abrams Talks Secrecy And STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

Does director J.J. Abrams enjoy keeping details about his film projects under wraps? Continue on to find out plus, read a few tidbits from Abrams on filming the Star Trek sequel.

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By Mark Julian - 1/7/2013

In the last few years, the industry of spoilers and set-photos has become a booming business for the internet. I was just remarking the other day that when I went to see Batman Begins in 2005 I walked into the theater not really knowing too much about the project. Seven years later, I walked into The Dark Knight Rises knowing every 'whoa moment' beforehand. With camera phones and social media, developments on a film shooting on an open street (and sometimes even behind closed studio doors) can be live and viral on the internet in mere minutes. Naturally, you can only assume the extreme lengths that Abrams and Bad Robot have undergone to keep information about 'Darkness tightly under wraps. Below, Abrams discusses that process and if he enjoys keeping the fans in suspense.

"No. It’s only fun to keep things quiet when it finally comes out as scheduled. Then, you feel like, “Oh, I didn’t just spend six months ruining the movie for people. It’s not fun during the experience of withholding because then you sound like a coy bastard and you’re being a jerk. But, what it really is about is making sure that, when you go to the movies or watch the show when it airs, you didn’t read the synopsis that came out of my fat mouth because I was answering a question that I was grateful anyone would even ask. I’d rather people experience it and learn what happens than be told what happens, and see it and have it confirmed.

Honestly, for the people who are at Bad Robot and the people who we work with, I will sit in a meeting before a movie with 80-some people, who are head of departments, and literally say, “All I ask is that, in all the work that we are doing, we preserve the experience for the viewer.” Every choice we make, every costume fitting, every pad of make-up that’s put on, every set that’s built all becomes less magical, if it is discussed and revealed, and if pictures are posted online. I just want to make sure that, when someone sees something in the movie, they didn’t just watch the 60-minute behind-the-scenes that came out two months before the movie came out. Why do I want to see how they did something I don’t even understand yet? Let me experience it, so at least I know what the movie is and can have the opportunity to get sucked into the experience and feel like, “Oh, my god, that world is real, that ship is real, that battle is real.” If I’m watching it, and I’ve just seen how ILM, or whatever visual effects company made that thing look real, you’re ruining it before it even exists. And everyone seems to respect that and respond to that. It’s not like there are threats. It’s not like we’re begging them, every day. We just say up front, “All the work we’re doing is really about making this a special experience for the viewer. Let’s preserve that, as long as we can.”

Here, Abrams discusses Benedict's performance and joining the original crew from the first film.

I just can’t wait for people to see the movie. Benedict is unbelievable. It’s a tall order, coming into that movie, because the crew of the Enterprise – that cast – is so damn good and they’re wonderful to work with and they’re all good hearts. So, to come into that group, as he did, as Alice Eve did and as Peter Weller did, and be one of the family was something that I was doubtful could happen. And he completely did it. I not only love him in the movie, but I love him, as a human being. He’s an amazing guy. I can’t wait for people to see the movie and experience what he’s done."

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In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Star Trek into Darkness

Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: May 17 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto John Cho, Peter Weller, Karl Urban and Chris Pine
Directed by: JJ Abrams
Written by: Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Damon Lindelof (screenplay),Roberto Orci (screenplay), Gene Roddenberry (tv series "Star Trek")

Source: Collider
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DrHorrible - 1/7/2013, 6:24 AM
With the way today's world is, no matter how careful a director or cast members are about their films, people ALWAYS find out spoilers sooner or later. It's up to us as fans now to decide whether or not we want to see them.

If you don't want to see spoilers, FORCE yourself to stay dark to certain news sites and such.

Plus, it IS pretty gratifying to watch a movie the first time without knowing every little detail of the movie.
MCMLXXXII - 1/7/2013, 6:26 AM
well said mr. abrams
ManOfKrypton - 1/7/2013, 6:41 AM
Huge respect to J.J. Abrams for giving a dying fan his wish to see this film... My bum will firmly be in the cinema seat when this comes out!

Benedict Cumberbatch is going to steal every screen time he has... I've called it here! His take on Sherlock Holmes totally anhilates RDJ's version.
Rothwilder - 1/7/2013, 6:48 AM
Saw the first nine minutes of this in IMAX. Was worth the price of admission all by itself.
Greengo - 1/7/2013, 6:48 AM
I bet a lot of CBM's traffic is driven purely by spoilers.
jasonicus - 1/7/2013, 7:01 AM
More directors need to be like him. The spoilers and dozens of TV spots for movies just ruin them.
thatdylhooper - 1/7/2013, 7:58 AM
so we all get that Cumberbatch is spocks brother or something?
riseofloganX36 - 1/7/2013, 8:41 AM
I have a secret. This movie SUCKS! Stay home and watch the origanl star trek movies and Star trek THG movies, thats what im doing. There alot better than this remade peace of shit!

DrHorrible - 1/7/2013, 9:16 AM
@riseofLOGANX36 Are you a psychic or are you just an idiot?

That's a rhetorical question, by the way. You are indeed an idiot.

maxxgone - 1/7/2013, 11:09 AM
ok, i was getting a little annoyed with JJ's insane secrecy games, but to hear him explain it - now i totally understand what he means, and i truly believe he has our (the audience) best intentions at heart. good on you, bud.
Ciaran - 1/7/2013, 11:39 AM
I don't care how well he explains why he does the whole secrecy thing, I still don't agree with it.
LP4 - 1/7/2013, 12:46 PM
riseofLOGANX36 is at it again. What an idiot. Seems to act like such a huge Trek fan yet he doesn't really know anything about Star Trek.
IronLantern79 - 1/7/2013, 2:07 PM
I just want to see this damn movie lol. I knew very little going into the first one 4 years ago, and I'm sure I'll enjoy this one just as much if not more. SO LETS DO THIS ALREADY!!


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