This Thursday, audiences will be finally be treated to the latest film from J.J. Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness. To promote the upcoming film, Abrams appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to talk about all things Star Trek. It didn’t take long, however, before the conversation skewed to that other franchise Abrams will soon be handling, and the differences between the two.
Abrams admitted that he wasn’t a Star Trek fan when he was growing up. It wasn’t until he started working on the reboot that he finally saw why Star Trek was so important to so many people. Growing up, Abrams was, and continues to be, a Star Wars fan, and it’s no secret that his love of Star Wars informed his approach to the Star Trek reboot.
In the second part of the interview, Abrams gave Stewart some advice about directing a movie. Stewart will be taking some time off from The Daily Show to direct his first feature film, Rosewater. Abrams and Stewart later wrapped up their conversation and talked about all the TV series Abrams has at Bad Robot, including Person of Interest and Revolution.
Recently, J.J. Abrams’ production company saw some early pick-ups from major TV networks. Fox gave the greenlight to Almost Human, starring Karl Urban, and NBC picked up Believe, with visionary director Alfonso Cuarón.
Finally, Jon Stewart pleaded with Abrams to cast him as a Jedi Knight in the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. In true Star Wars fashion, Abrams “used” the Jedi Mind Trick to dissuade Jon Stewart. Brilliant!
Star Trek Into Darkness will hit theaters everywhere on May 16th, in 3D and IMAX.