Why Chris Pine says you can't make Star Trek cerebral in 2016

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Jun 25, 2016, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Ever since the great Star Trek reboot of 2009, the beloved sci-fi franchise has seen a shift in tone: Where the TV series liked to raise philosophical questions in almost every episode, the rebooted movies have become synonymous with action-packed set pieces.

... much to the displeasure of a lot of die-hard Star Trek fans, who are unhappy about the more action-heavy stuff of the movies and are hoping Bryan Fuller’s new Star Trek series will return the franchise to its roots.

Speaking to SFX (via Trek Movie), Chris Pine – who plays Capt. James T. Kirk in the rebooted franchise and who’ll soon be seen in director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond – explained why you can’t make a cerebral Star Trek movie in 2016, and why J.J. Abrams' films had to hide “demanding questions and themes” behind plenty of action and ’splosions, and it’s got to do with being able to compete in today’s movie marketplace, aka the Big Blockbusters.

“You can’t make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016. It just wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace. You can hide things in there – Star Trek Into Darkness has crazy, really demanding questions and themes, but you have to hide it under the guise of wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up. It’s very, very tricky. The question that our movie [Star Trek: Beyond] poses is “Does the Federation mean anything?” And in a world where everybody’s trying to kill one another all of the time, that’s an important thing. Is working together important? Should we all go our separate ways? Does being united against something mean anything?”

Do you agree with Chris Pine? Star Trek Beyond will warp into movie theatres July 22.


(via Trek Movie)

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