Abrams reveals studio's 1 demand before they'd let him make Trek 2

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Considering J.J. Abrams' reputation, and the universal acclaim for his first Star Trek film, you'd think cranking out a sequel would have been a no-brainer for the studio. But apparently they had one requirement before they'd give Abrams a green light for Star Trek Into Darkness. So what was it?

Not surprisingly, the studio insisted the film be released in 3D or else—even against Abrams' wishes to make it 2D. Apparently not even the mighty J.J. can escape the allure of 3D.

Here's what he told Digital Spy about the whole ordeal:

"3D was something that, frankly, I was not a big fan of to begin with," Abrams said. "Essentially in order for us to make this movie, the studio said 'You gotta do this in 3D'. So we said, well, we can do a 2D version that we love that can also be converted to 3D."
Despite his early reluctance, Abrams said the 3D post-conversion process (they still shot the film in 2D) has been a lot of fun, and he believes the movie will still be a blast for fans looking for some of that patented lens flare in 3D:
"The truth is that I've actually been having a lot of fun with it. We have an amazing amount of creative freedom, doing the 3D in post-production. This is kind of the myth, that it only looks good if you shoot the movie in 3D, which is completely not true.

In fact, we're doing a bunch of things with the 3D in this movie that have not been done before, using techniques that have not been seen. All the exterior shots, including the shots in space, are all either shot or rendered in IMAX format. It's the first time a movie has been shot in IMAX to this scale and converted to 3D."

It will definitely be interesting to see how Trek works in 3D, but Abrams' penchant for explosions should transition pretty well to the format.

What do you think of the decision to make this one in 3D?

(Via Digital Spy)