Chris Pine on honoring the Star Trek legacy, and telling a fresh story with Beyond

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May 24, 2016, 6:57 PM EDT (Updated)

With the Star Trek franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Star Trek: Beyond is set to bring a brand-new adventure and capitalize on the buzz. So, what should we be expecting from the latest adventure?

Chris Pine chatted with Collider about the sequel, which opens July 22, and touched on how they are working to honor the legacy of the franchise while also telling a fresh story (see: The criticism of retelling the Khan story in Star Trek Into Darkness). Pine said they’re working to play on the "futuristic yet retro” vibe of the original series, adding that the design work in the new film will definitely pay nods to the “'60s flavor of it all.”

Looking to the freedom of telling a new story, Pine said they try to milk that opportunity for all it's worth, thanks to the script contributions by Simon Pegg, contributions from the cast on dialogue and leadership of new director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious).

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“Again, what’s nice and what I always loved about J.J., and perhaps we went more in one direction because of the Khan aspect of the second one, but again we’ve said this every time we’ve talked to you guys, there’s enough kernels in here for the true fans that I think people will really appreciate. You have Simon who’s a huge fan, you have Justin who grew up watching it, so it’s really in safe hand in that way, but it is very, very fresh. One of my favorite parts of the film is the opening where you get a sense of what it’s like, because you have question like, do they eat on the ship?

Do they play ping-pong, hang out? What are the down times like when they’re not fighting Klingons and stuff? I love having that reality, but without that that very Marvel trope of being too self-aware. I think what we do really well is that we give it that kind of 80s big blockbuster wink of ‘We’re having a great time” but we never sink into that postmodern 21st century trope of really nudging the audience and “Look at what we’re doing’, which I’m exhausted by. The earnestness is still there, which I think is refreshing.”

Early buzz has been mixed in regard to Beyond, though the latest trailer definitely looked a lot more fun. What are you expecting from the 50th anniversary of Trek?

(Via Collider)

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