JJ Abrams Hits Tavis Smiley/PBS Tonight about "Star Trek"

One of the hottest movies of the summer, Star Trek, launches today. The buzz around this movie and how closely it meshes with the original series . The movie synopsis:
“Star Trek” stars Zachary Quinto (“Heroes”) as Spock, and Chris Pine (“The Princess Diaries 2”, “Just My Luck”) as a young Kirk.
They are newly graduated from Starfleet Academy and facing down their first intergalactic menace: a Romulan revenge-seeker (Eric Bana) armed with a weapon that drills into planets and turns them into black holes.
JJ. Abrams, director of the latest “Star Trek” movie, appears Friday, May 8, opening day, on PBS’ “Tavis Smiley ” to talk about the movie and how it was to construct the script as well as the movie.
Check your local listings for air times: www.pbs.org/tavis.
Abram’s “Star Trek,” with a new and younger cast, opens May 8. On meeting with Shatner Abrams explains,

“You want to respect [the actors], so the first person we met with when we had the story for ‘Star Trek’ was William Shatner…We needed to get his blessing because this is one of the two real fathers of Star Trek. It was tricky because his character died in one of the movies so we wanted him to be involved in the film but his character was dead.”
Abrams said they tried to build Shatner into the story but, “every version of a story we came up with felt like a gimmick so [writinghimintothescript] just wasn’t fair to him and it wouldn’t have been fair to the audience.”

On the importance of Trekkie approval,

Abrams says, “With something like ‘Star Trek’, there is this fan base that’s just massive and rabid and vocal and passionate and they are my first concern, quite frankly, because they are the ones who I’m making the movie for.”

J.J. Abrams, director of “Mission Impossible: 3,” and producer of “Lost” and “Alias,” is an Emmy and Golden Globe-Award-winning producer, director and writer. His filmography includes, “Taking Care of Business” (1990), “Armageddon” (1998), and “Cloverfield” (2008).
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