JJ Abrams Talks Star Trek Secrecy


abrams bannerIf JJ Abrams is known for anything, it’s absolute secrecy on all of his projects. If he’s known for two things, it’s his secrecy and lens flare. The director was doing the rounds at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour where he talked about his current and upcoming TV shows, another Mission: Impossible outing, and Star Trek.

After talking about some TV shows that are in development, Abrams commented on his trademark secrecy. The director does a great job of keeping things secret about his films to preserve the magic for the moviegoers, but he doesn’t particularly enjoy being so tight lipped:

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.

bad robotKeeping things secret in today’s technologically driven world is no simple feat. While you get the occasional set picture, not too much is revealed about Abrams’ projects. Secrecy is maintained by the Bad Robot team pretty easily, Abrams just asks them to keep the secrets:

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.

abrams star trekThe director also touched on showing Star Trek Into Darkness to the fan who had cancer. The man sadly died just a few days ago, but his wish came true when Abrams showed him a rough, but final cut of the film.  Abrams was very respectful with his statement:

I’d rather not comment on that, if that’s okay.  But, it was an honor to be asked.  I’d rather not talk about it because it feels insensitive, but for that to have been a request was unbelievably touching.

You can check out Abrams’ comments on Revolution, the Fringe series finale episode, his projects in development, and a few more comments about Star Trek by clicking here. It’s nice to hear the director open up about his tendency to keep people completely in the dark about his films. It’s frustrating to not get any details from his films, but Abrams has a point about preserving the experience for the theater. What do you think? Do you like the Abrams’ secrecy routine?


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Source : Collider