[Movies] Bryan Singer Says He Doesn't Know if He'd Be Willing to Take Over Star Trek Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.11.2013
The pressure would be difficult...
Bryan Singer recently spoke wiith Bryan Singer and asked the well-known Trekkie about the possibility of taking over Star Trek now that JJ Abrams is focused on Star Wars. (Abrams is still on board as a producer for future Star Trek films, but may not direct.) Singer said he didn't know if he would be up for it.
"I don't know," he said. "Even though Matthew Vaughn directed X-Men: First Class, I produced it, I wrote the story, I was involved in the casting and the design of the movie itself, so I don't feel like I'm taking on someone else's franchise. I'm jumping back into my own. Particularly with this movie [X-Men: Days of Future Past], because it involves the old cast as well. It's a very different thing jumping into someone else's franchise, someone else's cast. It was very tough when Brett Ratner did it with mine, you know. And you're held up, particularly if it's something that people really like what the originator did, you're held to a very, very tough standard when you're jumping into somebody else's franchise. It's a very scary thing to do cause' they're waiting to judge you. And sometimes it works like Aliens."
By that, of course, he means James Cameron taking over for Ridley Scott in the second franchise of that film. Singer said of that success, "...that was a very different thing. Alien was a science-fiction masterpiece horror film that Ridley Scott made and Jim [Cameron] just did an action film. But a sequel to a character charged Star Trek...I'm friends with some of the cast and I was on the set recently. I'm friends with J.J. [Abrams] and so I was on the set visiting, which was really cool and it looks really awesome. They're really great people. Chris Pine is lovely and I'm friends with Zack [Quinto] and they're all great. That would be the most fun part, to work with those people and to work with the lore that I love. I just...I'm like, the pressure of doing it would freak me out. Or might freak me out. That being said, if someone presented a story and a structure and the original director was supporting you, really supporting you and producing with you and behind you then maybe it would be a great experience."
Of course, he didn't say no, so take that for what you will.