The Star Trek Beyond trailer was all set to debut at Star Wars: The Force Awakens across the world, but someone in Germany, or at least someone who got their hands on the German language version of the trailer, leaked it onto the Internet. Paramount decided to just post the official English version instead of trying to track down all those sites posting the leak and sending C&D letters so we got an early look at the new film. That was when, for many Star Trek fans, the wheels fell off the trek.Here it is to refresh your memory:
Many folks have said the music wasn’t a good choice, but then again it is the same music used to introduce the new Chris Pine Kirk.
Most of the other complaints have been about the trailer being to much Fast and Furious and not enough Star Trek which makes me wonder about this placement in the trailer.
Perhaps that just solidified that Fast and Furious thought for viewers? /Film caught up with director Justin Lin and asked him if he was surprised by the fan reaction:
Well, its a minute and a half, you know… And again, there were other versions that were much more traditional and I can see where maybe the hardcore fans could probably see that as “Oh.” But with trailers you’re putting a two hour movie into a minute and a half, and the one thing I wanted to make sure is that it hopefully represents that we are trying to be bold and take risks, whether we are successful or not, I don’t know. That was something I was excited to do and with collaborators like Simon and Doug, passion for the franchise will be there regardless. So however its presented, yeah its a minute and a half, and my challenge to everyone making the trailer is about saying “lets not go off course, I’m not afraid to share — share it, I feel like we have the goods in a two hour run and you really do get to know the characters and hopefully the journey is great. I love it and the cast did an amazing job and the crew… and the inside baseball version of the creation of this Trek was pretty condensed in how you usually make a movie of this size. And I wanted us to be bold, I wanted us to take chances and hopefully in a minute and a half we are able to convey that.
When the Fast and Furious comments came up Lin said this:
Yeah, and I don’t know if that’s the case here. When I saw the teaser, I’m like aw shit. You really have to put the motorcycle in there? So I get it, I get it, I get it.
I always find it interesting that some directors are not involved in the creation of the trailers for their movies. His comment clearly shows that until the trailer was finished, he didn’t know that motorcycle scene from the movie would be included. Lin went on to talk about his thoughts on Star Trek and the five year mission, what that means and what the consequences of that might be.
It was just really embracing the idea that the Federation, what would happen if you were going on a five-year journey and you’re trying to also not only explore, but also maybe introduce other people to this way of thinking. What would that mean? What are the consequences to that? I mean, spreading a philosophy that you believe in that you think is great, are there gonna be any other points of views that’s gonna counter you? And I think that those are the things that I thought of as a kid. And also then as an adult when I watch Star Trek. And I think we got to kind of explore that a little bit.
This might just be the Social undertones that most fans expect and demand in their Star Trek. This can easily be translated into examples one might find in our modern society as well. Not everyone is going to like the Federation poking their nose into their business and might strike back, people like Krall.
That leads us to Lin’s comments about Krall (Idris Elba) and his people.
I grew up and Star Trek has a very 1960s sensibility of who has the bigger ship usually wins, right? And if you look at it, the attack, these ships are 40 feet long. And but there’s like 4,000 of them. And so I think even in the way they’re being encountered and how people are coming is it’s you can’t help but, I mean, we live in a world that is ever evolving. And I think that that’s always made Star Trek sci-fi great is when you’re able to at least acknowledge what’s happening today.
I have to say that if Lin got any of his ideas and comments here into the movie, perhaps that first trailer is more the marketing geniuses work than his. We can hope at this point. Perhaps the second trailer will be more of what Lin is talking about here and not just another Beastie Boys music video.