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Co-writer of JJ-verse Trek 3 hired to make film "less Trek-y"

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http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/may/19/simon-pegg-criticises-dumbing-down-of-cinema

The article is on Simon Pegg's view that cinema is becoming more and more dumbed down, but it sounds like he's willing to go along with the trend.

He said he had been asked to make the new Star Trek film “more inclusive”.

“They had a script for Star Trek that wasn't really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y,” he said of the original draft.

“Avengers Assemble, which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5bn dollars. Star Trek: Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant.

“But it means that, according to the studio, there’s still $1bn worth of box office that don’t go and see Star Trek. And they want to know why.”

He added: “People don’t see it being a fun, brightly coloured, Saturday night entertainment like the Avengers,” adding that the solution was to “make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it’s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent”.

So my hopes for the film are now firmly out the windows. No doubt it'll be a fun watch, but it'll just be shoe-horning Kirk, Spock, etc. into generic action film roles.

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The proliferation of comic-based TV and movies suggests that they will attract more people and hence more money, because they are in the public view already. Whereas Kirk and Spock are relegated to small channels rerunning 60s shows, mostly, which are not watched by the primary target demographic. So what do they expect? Time to let it go, along with Star Wars.

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Director Justin Lin has some comments that are a little more positive about the film in a Deadline Hollywood article:

How does one put a stamp, coming into the third film of an iconic franchise? “As great as JJ’s films were, there’s still a lot to be mined from these characters,” Lin said. “They haven’t really gone on their five-year mission, so what we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. That sets up an opportunity for exploration and the deeper you go, the more you are examining humanity. Those are the things that I absorbed as a kid and hope to tap into and embrace and celebrate. By the time this movie comes out, Star Trek will have been around for 50 years.” Lin wouldn’t say much about the script written by cast member Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, but he said a couple things. First, Pegg isn’t in every scene as one might imagine when the script is by a member of the ensemble cast. And the plot isn’t borrowed from old Trek episodes the way the last film was. “It’s all new and fresh,” Lin said. “The Klingons, Romulans and other species are great, but it’s time to go further. It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species.”

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It's so hard to do something that's not Star Trek-y, though. The original series spent most of its run doing every genre possible; the foundation is already ridiculously strong. It always amused me to think that there were "purists" out there who completely failed to understand how diverse the storytelling really is. And even the idea of its moral superiority, which makes all the fans who thought so little of Into Darkness (because of the old standby "Wrath of Khan is better") kind of hard to understand, because that was arguably the biggest exploration therein since "In the Pale Moonlight" (which, naturally, our Deep Space Nine-centric community loved).

But I gave up trying to understand Star Trek fans, long before the Observation Lounge quieted to a whisper.

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