What would happen if you go on a five year journey and you’re trying to not only explore but also maybe introduce other people to your way of thinking? What would that mean? What are the consequences of that? You’re spreading a philosophy that you think is great - are there going to be any philosophies that counter you? That was something I thought about since I was a kid, and we got to explore that.
It’s about building him and having a philosophy and a point of view. I really like his character because he’s challenging the Federation’s philosophy, and it’s something growing up I wanted to see. He’s a character that has a distinct philosophy. Sometimes I watch Trek and I see utopia in San Francisco, and you think “They don’t have money, so how do they live, how do they compete?” Those are things that his character, in a way, has a very distinct and valid point of view about.
When someone is really challenging a way of life, how the Federation should act, I can see - right or wrong - that this is a valid point of view, and that’s a point of entry.
Star Trek has a very 1960s sensibility - who has the bigger ships wins. But if you look at the attack, these ships are 40 feet long but there are 40,000 of them. I think even in the way they’re being encountered… What makes Star Trek scifi great is that you can acknowledge what’s happening today. The way we are as a country and the way we engage in conflict, in this Star Trek you see that it’s different.You can read more from Lin on Birth Movies Death, who also posted a couple of other sections of the interview discussing some of the things that haven't carried over from Into Darkness in what will apparently be two-and-a-half years in-universe (it seems Carol Marcus will have moved on to other endeavours in that period). A few further snippets confirm that despite the apparent legalese that maintains writing credits in the trailer for Roberto Orci, J.D. Payne, and Patrick McKay, their script was indeed entirely abandoned in favour of what Lin concocted with Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. /Film have also posted an interview from the same press event, where Lin expands on some of choices for the trailer, and his own history with Star Trek.
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