Behind every good movie should be an equally good game.
But the director of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" feels that the companion video game that went with the film failed on all fronts.
"I feel, for me, emotionally it hurt," J.J. Abrams recently told GamerHub, adding that he felt the bombing of the game may have affected "Into Darkness" a bit on the box office front.
That didn't stop "Into Darkness" from becoming the highest-grossing Star Trek film of all time, even when adjusting for inflation. But in Abrams' eyes, there could've been a bit more interest if the game hadn't flopped.
The game, simply titled "Star Trek," was created by Namco Bandai Games and Paramount Pictures, and was made available for home computers, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It features the likeness of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who play Kirk and Spock in the new films. It featured their voices as well as voices from the rest of the major cast.
It was written by Marianne Krawczyk, and featured the Gorn.
Yet when it was released just ahead of "Into Darkness," critics hated it.
"It's too bad this game wasn't better developed and given more time to polish," said Keith Schleicher of Gaming Trend. "Instead of a fine dish of Klingon gagh, we end up with poorly sung Klingon opera."
But the game won't influence Abrams' future with the Star Trek franchise. His future, instead, will be his work on the upcoming new Star Wars trilogy from the Walt Disney Co. Abrams confirmed this past week what everyone already knew -- he would not sit in the director's chair for "Star Trek 3."
"Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands," Abrams told Collider. "I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing. I certainly don't want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done. We want to hire someone who's gonna come in and bring their own sensibility."
So maybe less lens flares?
There's still no timetable on when "Star Trek 3" might go into production and when it would be released, but many bets are that Paramount Pictures would have it ready for Star Trek's 50th anniversary in 2016. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will return to write the next installment.
This will be the third Star Trek film penned by Orci and Kurtzman, giving them more writing credits in the Star Trek filmverse than anyone else, with the exception of Harve Bennett and Rick Berman, who were part of the writing teams of four Star Trek films each. Bennett was involved with "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier." Berman was involved with "Star Trek Generations," "Star Trek: First Contact," "Star Trek: Insurrection" and "Star Trek: Nemesis."
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