A lot of the pre-release hate about Star Trek Into Darkness has been directed at the film’s ominous title. How can the film maintain Gene Roddenberry‘s vision of a hopeful, peaceful future when the second film in the rebooted franchise is going to take us “into darkness?”
Well co-screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman took a minute to respond to that very question in a new interview with Star Trek Magazine (which comes to us via Blastr). Apparently, the duo took their inspiration from the film’s villain, John Harrison played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
“He understands Starfleet because he was enlisted in a similar way,” says Orci. “Some might see part of the title coming from the fact that he’s kind of a dark shadow of members of our crew. He too has gone through the process… that some of our crew have gone though, and clearly for some reason it’s failed to bring him over, so I think he represents that part of our heroes.”
As for how Roddenberry, “The Great Bird of the Galaxy,” would feel about these latest developments, Kurtzman says that they had him in mind as he, Orci and Damon Lindelof tapped out the script. “Despite the fact that we are literally going into darkness, I think we all worked very hard to make sure the theme of hope, what hope costs, and what it’s really about, was always alive in how we were designing our story,” he said. “So we’re pretty consistent with the last movie in terms of dark things happening. But holding on to the light that Roddenberry set up as a basic tenet of the ‘Star Trek’ universe.”
In other news, we have a release date for the Star Trek Into Darkness soundtrack, the film’s score by regular J.J. Abrams collaborator Michael Giacchino. According to distributor Varese Sarabande (and out friends at Comic Book Movie), the Into Darkness disc will be released three days before the movie on May 14. No track listing or music samples have been released yet, but I have to admit I’m looking forward to it, the music, to me, was one of the best parts of Abrams’ first Trek.
And speaking of previews, TrekWeb has a couple of new images from the film, one of Spock and Uhura looking at – something- above and one of Peter Weller, in the reported role of Admiral Marcus, below. Anyone else getting a Star Trek: The Motion Picture vibe from those new uniforms?
Finally, the extended preview of Into Darkness that aired during The Walking Dead finale on Sunday has appeared online. If you missed it, or if you want to see it again, it’s embedded below for your viewing pleasure.