Damon Lindelof talks Star Trek 2
So the reviews are in for Prometheus and the consensus so far is the film delivers visually, but the human elements are somewhat lacking. Of course, this isn't the first time such criticism has been leveled at a sci-fi film, and in fact, some critics had similar complaints about the original Alien.
Whatever the reviews, it’s doubtful the critics will stop anyone from going to see Prometheus when the long-awaited film hits theaters on June 8. In fact, anticipation over the sci-fi film has practically reached a fever pitch over the last several months.
As regular readers of TG know, Damon Lindelof, co-creator of the series Lost, is the screenwriter of Prometheus and the upcoming Star Trek 2 reboot, and as he’s been making the rounds to promote both projects.
Star Trek 2 has apparently wrapped, so JJ Abrams won’t have to worry about setting up a Berlin Wall to keep spies and paparazzi away from taking pictures. But as Collider tells us, Abrams is still on high alert for spoilers, to the point where Simon Pegg made a birthday video, and Abrams had to check it to make sure there were no Trek plot points in it.
While Lindelof won’t say who the villain is (species or character name), that’s still a guarded mystery, he did note that Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as the next Trek bad guy is "iconic," one of the best performances in a sci-fi film he’s seen. And of course, like Empire Strikes Back, the next Trek’s got to be at least as good, if not better, than the first.
"There’s certainly an instinct to just go bigger in the second movie," Lindelof says. "One of the things that we did was we connected all the sets, so you can just basically follow the actors off the bridge, into a turbo lift, down, talking through a plaza, into the med bay. When we were shooting on the Paramount stages [before] we just didn’t have the money to connect all the sets. So the first day that I actually walked on the Enterprise, you walked through the Enterprise and it’s a very insular experience of, ‘Wow, I’m actually on a starcraft.’"
Considering they shot Trek 2 in 3D, this should also be quite an experience for the audience as well. It’s funny to think we’ll all have seen the last Batman movie, which will absolutely be one of the most anticipated films of the summer, by the time Trek 2 rolls around into theaters, but it’s now less than a year before we finally get to see Star Trek 2, which will be out May 17, 2013.