The upcoming issue of Empire magazine boasts a major feature on J.J. Abrams' much anticipated "Star Trek Into Darkness". As a result, they've released a bunch of new images along with a couple of select key quotes from cast and crew about the project.
Meanwhile Abrams has given a few quotes to TrekMovie and says that the sequel doesn't require you to have seen the first movie:
"The characters are a group of people who have recently come together and find themselves up against this incredibly terrifying force. His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an average –- that is what makes him so scary –- he is just an average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet, and he turns against the group because he has got this back-story and this kind of amazing secret agenda.
After two very violent attacks, one in London and one in the U.S., our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him. And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing then they ever anticipated. "Into Darkness" is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against.
He adds that despite the dire consequences and ominous title, don't expect too much doom and gloom -
"This is a movie that they certainly go ‘Into Darkness,' but I would be the wrong director if it was about characters staying there. This is very much a movie about hope, about love, about romance, and about facing something that is truly terrifying and finding a way through the connection of your family and surviving and being stronger afterwards."
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