"Star Trek: Into Darkness" Japan PremiereJJ Abrams was at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to talk about what fans can expect when the NBC drama series Revolution returns to US TV with new episodes on March 25th. He also took time to speak more about Star Trek Into Darkness. In a interview with Collider they asked:

“What can you say about the experience of showing the Star Trek sequel to the dying fan (Daniel Craft)?”

 “I’d rather not comment on that, if that’s okay.  But, it was an honour to be asked.  I’d rather not talk about it because it feels insensitive, but for that to have been a request was unbelievably touching.” – JJ Abrams

“How did you feel about the response to the preview of the Star Trek sequel that was shown in theaters?  Did it hit the way you expected or wanted it to?”

“I got some anecdotal response about it.  It wasn’t like there was a target that I was aiming at and I wanted to hit a certain mark.  I don’t know how I could quantify what the reaction was.  It’s hard.  There’s no focus group or ratings or box office for what the response was to either the trailer or the preview.  But, I will say that I’m very happy about how that sequence works in the movie.  I can only hope that people enjoyed what they saw.”  – JJ Abrams

John-Harrison-Brig“Fans originally thought Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Khan.  Now that we know he’s playing John Harrison, were you thinking at the time, “Don’t worry, guys, I’ve got this.  We’re not going to do what you think.”?”

“I just can’t wait for people to see the movie.  Benedict is unbelievable.  It’s a tall order, coming into that movie, because the crew of the Enterprise – that cast – is so damn good and they’re wonderful to work with and they’re all good hearts.  So, to come into that group, as he did, as Alice Eve did and as Peter Weller did, and be one of the family was something that I was doubtful could happen.  And he completely did it.  I not only love him in the movie, but I love him, as a human being.  He’s an amazing guy.  I can’t wait for people to see the movie and experience what he’s done.” – JJ Abrams

“Did the 3D dictate how you wanted to handle lens flares or anything with the style for Star Trek, this time around?”

“It’s a far bigger movie.  What I’m still grappling with and learning how to do is to be looking and thinking cinematically, having come from television.  A lot of that is about keeping all that stuff in frame and understanding composition.  There were things I wish I had done on the first movie, that I got a chance to do this time.  There were shots I wished I’d gotten, that I never got a chance to get, so it was fun to get that chance this time.  But, there are no gimmicky things that I’m aware of, that I’m imposing or forcing down an audience’s throat.” – JJ Abrams

Original source Collider