JJ Abrams admits he didn’t want to make ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ in 3D, but is extremely happy with the results




Fans of JJ Abrams must have been quite shocked when it was announced that his sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, was going to be post-converted into 3D. For starters Abrams was never much of a fan of the gimmicky format, and for seconds, post-conversion into 3D has lead to some questionable results (Clash of the Titans anyone?)

However, Abrams has now openly spoke about how he was talked into post-converting Star Trek Into Darkness into 3D to SFX. He also now says that despite his reservations on using the format, he is very happy with the results.

“The studio said, ‘You have to make it in 3D if you’re going to make it, for economic reasons’,” Abrams told SFX. “But my feeling was I didn’t like 3D. So the idea of doing ‘Star Trek’ in 3D was ridiculous.”

While Abrams had yet to embrace the 3D format and especially post-converting, he did eventually agree to make the film and post-convert it to 3D later. We all know Abrams is a perfectionist, and he wouldn’t have agreed to do it if he did not have confidence he could get the job done well. Turns out post-converting, when done right, is actually not such a bad thing. Abrams continued:

“I approached it very cynically. And the fact is that we’ve been using techniques that haven’t been used before in 3D. They’ve figured out things. They’ve made enough movies now with this new process that they can understand ways to eliminate some of these problems,” he said. “Things like breaking shots into zones, 3D zones, using multiple virtual cameras. A lot of this has made me a believer, whereas before I was really against it… There’s this myth that if you don’t shoot the movie in 3D it doesn’t look good. Actually, the opposite can be true.”

“The key for me is I got to make my 2D movie that I wanted to make, just the way I wanted to; and it gets to be augmented in 3D but that doesn’t detract from the 2D,” he said.

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Star Trek Into Darkness is directed by JJ Abrams, and the cast includes  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Peter Weller. Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof are on writing duties.

Star Trek 2 will arrive in UK cinemas 17th May 2013.


In Summer 2013, director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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