Although co-writer Damon Lindelof recently acknowledged the introduction of Khan was mishandled in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” director J.J. Abrams wants to make it clear he’s ultimately to blame for the film’s shortcomings.
“I take full responsibility for this — I was encouraging the writers in certain directions, and we were working on the script and putting it together,” the director admits in a candid interview with BuzzFeed. “But by the time we started shooting, and this was literally at the very beginning of the shoot, there were certain things I was unsure of. ”
Although screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are often the focus of fan criticisms, Abrams insists any plot trouble was “not anyone’s fault but mine, or, frankly, anyone’s problem but mine.”
“I felt like, in a weird way, it was a little bit of a collection of scenes that were written by my friends — brilliantly talented writers — who I somehow misled in trying to do certain things,” he says. “And yet, I found myself frustrated by my choices, and unable to hang my hat on an undeniable thread of the main story. So then I found myself on that movie basically tap-dancing as well as I could to try and make the sequences as entertaining as possible. Thank God I had the cast that we have, who are so unbelievably fun to watch. And an incredible new villain in Benedict Cumberbatch.”
Abrams also admits that insisting Cumberbatch wasn’t playing Khan, even after fans figured it out, was a mistake: “At the end of the day, while I agree with Damon Lindelof that withholding the Khan thing ended up seeming like we were lying to people, I was trying to preserve the fun for the audience, and not just tell them something that the characters don’t learn for 45 minutes into the movie, so the audience wouldn’t be so ahead of it.”
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