J.J. Abrams

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"Star Trek Into Darkness" director J.J. Abrams struggles to find common ground between "Star Trek" and "Star Wars." (6:01)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK, MY GUEST

TONIGHT, HIS NEW FILM IS 'STAR

TREK INTO DARKNESS".

>> LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT'S

HAPPENING HERE.

YOU ARE A CRIMINAL.

I WATCHED YOU MURDER INNOCENT

MEN AND WOMEN.

I WAS AUTHORIZED TO END YOU AND

THE ONLY REASON WHY YOU ARE

STILL ALIVE IS BECAUSE I AM

ALLOWING IT.

SO SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

>> CAPTAIN, ARE YOU GOING TO

PUNCH ME AGAIN OVER AND OVER

UNTIL YOUR ARM WEAKENS?

CLEARLY YOU WANT TO SO, TELL ME,

WHY DID YOU AND I MEET ALONE?

>> Jon: I THINK THAT'S THE BAD

GUY.

(LAUGHTER)

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW

J.J. ABRAMS!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME BACK.

>> Jon: I KNOW YOU'RE A BUSY

MAN.

I'M ASSUMING DURING THE TIME OF

THIS INTERVIEW YOU WILL COME UP

WITH, WRITE AND SELL ANOTHER

TELEVISION PROGRAM.

LAUGH.

>> (LAUGHS).

>> Jon: YOU'RE A VERY BUSY

MAN.

THIS "STAR TREK" IS DARK YET

ENTERTAINING YET VIVID.

>> YOU'RE SCARING THE HELL OUT

OF ME.

STOP IT!

>> Jon: THE IDEA THAT YOU ARE

GOING TO DO THIS TO THE STARR

TRUCK AND YOU'RE ALSO GOING TO

DO THE "STAR WARS" MOVIE.

YOU'RE GOING TO DO BOTH, DO YOU

REALIZE --

>> YEAH, I GET -- YES.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO

GO TO THESE CONVENTIONS ANYMORE,

I'M JUST GOING TO SIT ON YOUR

LAP.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THEN I MIGHT NOT DO "STAR

WARS."

>> Jon: (LAUGHS)

>> NO, IT'S AN INCREDIBLE --

>> Jon: INCREDIBLE.

>> Jon: .

>> A SURREAL THRILL.

A TOTAL HONOR.

>> Jon: DO YOU DELINEATE IN

YOUR MIND -- "STAR WARS" --

>> THEY'RE SO DIFFERENT.

THEY ARE JUST SO DIFFERENT.

>> Jon: ONE FELT LIKE IT WAS

SORT OF AN ALLEGORY OF MODERN

SOCIETY SET IN THE A FUTURISTIC

SPACE ENVIRONMENT WHEREAS THE

OTHER WAS AN ALLEGORY OF MODERN

SOCIETY SET IN A SPACE THING IN

THE PAST.

SO THEY ARE DIFFERENT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THEY'RE FUNDAMENTALLY

DIFFERENT.

THEY'RE -- SPACE, RIGHT?

STARS.

>> Jon: (LAUGHS)

>> BUT IT'S LIKE YOU'RE SAYING

"YOU'RE DOING ANOTHER MOVIE WITH

BIPEDS AND THEY THEY LIVE IN

STRUCTURES."

>> Jon: I ALWAYS THOUGHT "STAR

WARS" HAD A WESTERN SENSIBILITY.

>> IT WAS A SAMURAI WESTERN.

I NEVER LIKED "STAR TREK" WHEN I

WAS A KID.

GROWING UP I COULDN'T GET INTO

IT.

MY FRIENDS LOVED IT AND I WOULD

TRY.

I WOULD WATCH EPISODES AND IT

FELT TOO PHILOSOPHICAL FOR ME.

SOME OF THE WRITERS LOVED "STAR

TREK."

I WAS NOT A FAN.

MY PRODUCING PARTNER NEVER SAW

IT SO WHEN WE WERE ALL HAPPY IT

FELT LIKE THAT WAS THE WAY TO

GO.

THIS MOVIE THAT WE DID, THE GOAL

WAS TO MAKE A MOVIE FOR

MOVIEGOERS NOT JUST "STAR TREK"

FANS.

SO IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT, YOU

CAN SEE THIS MOVIE.

>> Jon: THE INTERESTING THING

TO ME WAS I STOPPED LISTENING TO

YOU WHEN YOU STARTED SAYING YOU

DIDN'T LIKE "STAR TREK."

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED

BECAUSE YOUR MOUTH WAS MOVING

AFTER THAT SO I'M ASSUMING YOU

APOLOGIZED.

>> AS I WAS SAYING AND I WAS

SAYING THAT YOU AND YOUR KIND --

>> Jon: (LAUGHS)

>> --WERE MUCH SMARTER THAN I

WAS.

I COULDN'T GET IT.

SO WE TRIED TO MAKE IT WORK FOR

PEOPLE LIKE ME AND PEOPLE LIKE

YOU.

YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK THE

DIFFERENCE IS?

>> Jon: BACK THEN -- I'M OLDER

THAN YOU ARE.

>> NO, YOU'RE NOT!

>> Jon: AREN'T I?

I AM 50.

>> YOU ARE OLDER THAN I AM.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: THANK YOU FOR NOT

KNOWING THAT, THOUGH.

THANK YOU FOR BEING LIKE, WHOA,

THAT'S SOME HARD LIVING.

BUT "STAR TREK," "TWILIGHT ZONE"

THERE WAS A VERY OVERT EFFORT TO

PUT THAT KIND OF PHILOSOPHY AND

THAT SORT OF IDEA THAT WE WERE

PROCESSING THE DIFFICULTIES OF

OUR WORLD --

>> YES, SOME OF THE SAME

WRITERS, BY THE WAY, "TWILIGHT

ZONE."

>> Jon: AND IT'S WEIRD BECAUSE

FOR SOME REASON "STAR TREK"

NEVER CLICKED ON ME UNTIL I

WORKED ON IT AND FELL IN LOVE

WITH IT.

>> Jon: SO YOU WENT BACK AND

WATCHED --

>> AND UNDERSTANDING THE

CHARACTERS, THE ARCHETYPES, THE

DYNAMICS.

I APPRECIATED IT MORE.

>> Jon: AT THE TIME YOU WATCH

IT AND ON THE SURFACE IT WAS

GOOFY BUT THEN YOU WOULD TURN

AROUND AND BE LIKE "RACISM IS

WRONG."

YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHY, BUT KIRK

MADE LOVE TO A GREEN WOMAN AND

YOU'RE LIKE "WE SHOULD LIVE

TOGETHER IN PEACE."

(LAUGHTER)

>> BUT WITH "STAR WARS" I ALWAYS

FELT LIKE IT WAS FOCUSED ON THIS

MUCH MORE GOOD AND EVIL AS IT

WAS REPRESENTED BY COMBATANTS.

DUELS.

>> WELL, I THINK "STAR TREK" WAS

OVERTLY A KIND OF ALLEGORY OF

TODAY WHERE "STAR WARS" ALWAYS

FELT LIKE IT WAS A MORE EPIC --

IT DIDN'T EVEN FEEL LIKE SCIENCE

FICTION TO ME WHICH SOUNDS

CRAZY.

BUT "STAR WARS" NEVER FELT LIKE

A SCI-FI THING WHERE "STAR TREK"

DID AND WE TRIED TO MAKE A "STAR

TREK" MOVIE IN THIS ONE THAT

DOESN'T SUFFER FROM KIND OF --

THE ORIGINAL SHOW WAS STATIC

BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO

GO ANYWHERE OR DO ANYTHING AND

WE HAVE SLIGHTLY LARGER BUDGET.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: SO YOU'RE SAYING THAT

THE ROCKS ON YOUR PLANETS ARE

NOT NECESSARILY STYROFOAM.

>> THEY'RE REAL ROCKS.

>> Jon: THAT WAS ALWAYS MY

FAVORITE PART OF "STAR TREK"

WHEN THEY'D SAY "LANDSLIDE" AND

THEY'D COME DOWN LIKE FLOATING

ON A WIND AS IT CAME DOWN, A

GIANT ROCK.

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT HOW

YOU'RE GOING TO APPROACH "STAR

WARS" OR ARE YOU NOT DELVING

INTO IT YET?

>> IT'S SO EARLY ON I HAVE THAT

NOTHING TO TALK ABOUT OTHER THAN

IT'S EXCITING.

>> Jon: DO YOU WANT TO STAY

AND NOT TALK ABOUT IT ON THE WEB

OR -- YOU PROBABLY HAVE TO GO

SOMEWHERE.

>> I WOULD LOVE TO HANG OUT AND

NOT DISCUSS IT.

>> Jon: WE'LL TALK A LITTLE

BIT MORE ABOUT "STAR TREK INTO

DARKNESS," IT WILL BE IN

THEATERS ON FRIDAY.

J.J. AB

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