Pine: “Star Trek” Can’t Be ‘Cerebral’ In 2016

When J.J. Abrams rebooted the “Star Trek” film franchise back in 2009, it successfully reinvigorated the property but also in the process lost some of the elements that differentiated “Star Trek” from other sci-fi sagas.

The pressure is on for this summer’s “Star Trek Beyond,” coming at the same time as the franchise’s 50th anniversary, to recapture the magic and lose its more “Star Wars”-style trappings. New comments though from actor Chris Pine, speaking with SFX magazine (via TrekMovie), suggest that may not be the case:

“You can’t make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016. It just wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace. You can hide things in there – Star Trek Into Darkness has crazy, really demanding questions and themes, but you have to hide it under the guise of wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up. It’s very, very tricky.

The question that our movie poses is ‘Does the Federation mean anything?’ And in a world where everybody’s trying to kill one another all of the time, that’s an important thing. Is working together important? Should we all go our separate ways? Does being united against something mean anything?”

“Star Trek Beyond” is currently targeting a July 22nd release.