When the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond dropped this week, fan reaction was decidedly mixed, with many comparing the trailer's action-packed approach to director Justin Lin's previous film Fast & Furious 6. Now Lin, along with actor and co-writer Simon Pegg, have weighed in on the fan reaction.
“Well, it’s a minute and a half, you know… And again, there were other versions that were much more traditional and I can see where maybe the hardcore fans could probably see that as, ‘Oh,’” Lin told SlashFilm. “But with trailers you’re putting a two-hour movie into a minute and a half, and the one thing I wanted to make sure is that it hopefully represents that we are trying to be bold and take risks, whether we are successful or not, I don’t know. That was something I was excited to do and with collaborators like Simon [Pegg] and Doug [Jung], passion for the franchise will be there regardless.
"So however it’s presented, yeah it’s a minute and a half, and my challenge to everyone making the trailer is about saying 'let’s not go off course,' I’m not afraid to share — share it, I feel like we have the goods in a two-hour run and you really do get to know the characters and hopefully the journey is great. I love it and the cast did an amazing job and the crew… and the inside baseball version of the creation of this Trek was pretty condensed in how you usually make a movie of this size. And I wanted us to be bold, I wanted us to take chances and hopefully in a minute and a half we are able to convey that.”
Pegg's response was much the same, telling fans to "be patient."
“It was surprising,” Pegg told HeyUGuys. “I kind of felt it to be the marketing people saying, ‘Everybody come to see this film, it’s full of action and fun,’ when there’s a lot more to it than that. I didn’t love it, because I know there’s a lot more to the film. There’s a lot more story, a lot more character stuff and a lot more of what I would call Star Trek stuff. But, you know, they’ve got to bring a big audience, they’ve gotta bang the drum. To the Star Trek fans I’d say, ‘Hang in there, be patient.'”
Star Trek Beyond hits theaters July 22, 2016.