J.J. Abrams has laid into the video game tie in for the most recent film in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Into Darkness. In an interview with Gamerhub at the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the moviie, Abrams had the following to say:
“The last game, which was obviously a big disappointment to me, was something that we were actually involved in at the very beginning of it and then we sort of realized that it was not going in a place that we were going to get what we wanted, so we dropped out and they continued to do it despite… y’know…”
He went on to say that the game could have “really benefitted the series,” but ultimately disappointed, potentially damaging the impact of the Into Darkness movie.
“Instead it was not and was something that I think, for me emotionally it hurt, because we were working our asses off making the movie and then this game came out and it got, it’s not even my opinion, it got universally panned and I think that it was something without question that didn’t help the movie and arguably hurt it.”
Whilst we’re used to movie tie-in games sucking the big one, it’s rare to hear from a movie’s director that the game was so bad he felt ’emotionally hurt’ by how much it sucked. Abrams also spoke about upcoming Half Life and Portal products, though was vague about whether or not these are games or movies. As much as we love the folks at Valve, we can’t help but hope that J.J. is going to be putting the majority of his focus into the upcoming Star Wars sequels – we can’t deal with another Jar-Jar, J.J.