JJ Abrams admits reservations about converting ‘Star Trek’ into 3D

But director now says they're 'having a lot of fun' with it...

Star Trek director JJ Abrams has admitted he had reservations about post-formatting the film into 3D.

Speaking at a press conference, via Digital Spy, Abrams said that studio pressure had forced him to work on adapting the format of Star Trek Into Darkness, but said that he and his team were now “having a lot of fun” with the changes they were making.

“3D was something that, frankly, I was not a big fan of to begin with,” he said. “Essentially in order for us to make this movie, the studio said ‘You gotta do this in 3D’. So we said, well, we can do a 2D version that we love that can also be converted to 3D.”

However, he then added: “And the truth is that I’ve actually been having a lot of fun with it.” He went on to say: “We have an amazing amount of creative freedom, doing the 3D in post[-production]. This is kind of the myth, that it only looks good if you shoot the movie in 3D, which is completely not true.

“In fact, we’re doing a bunch of things with the 3D in this movie that have not been done before, using techniques that have not been seen. All the exterior shots, including the shots in space, are all either shot or rendered in IMAX format. It’s the first time a movie has been shot in IMAX to this scale and converted to 3D.”

The plot of Star Trek Into Darkness is currently being kept tightly under wraps but it’s recently been revealed that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch will play a villainous character called John Harrison, despite rumours that the film’s villain would be Khan or Gary Mitchell.

There’s also speculation that Spock will be killed off in this film, although actor Zachary Quinto maintains that he will not be leaving the franchise yet, while Alice Eve’s character has also been named as Dr. Carol Marcus who appears in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan and is Kirk’s long lost love and mother of his only son.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in UK cinemas on May 17 2013. Watch the trailer below.