JJ Abrams: I Was Hurt By Star Trek Videogame
Director shares his disappointment with Into Darkness game tie-in...
Filmmaker Star Trek Into Darkness.
Speaking to GamerHub TV at a DVD launch event for the movie, Abrams said that the production team had pulled out when they realised the game was going to be a turkey.
He explained: "The last game, which was obviously a big disappointment to me, was something that we were actually involved in at the very beginning and then we sort of realised that it was not going in a place where we were going to get what we wanted, so we dropped out.
"To me the video game could have been something that actually really benefitted the series and was an exciting, fun game with great gameplay.
"And 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, this isn't even my opinion, it got universally panned.
"I think that it was something without question that didn't help the movie and arguably hurt it."
And the director, who is involved in developing products with Valve as well as lined-up to direct Star Wars Episode VII, said film tie-ins only work if they are designed as standalone concepts.
"Anything that is based on something else, it needs to exist on its own terms. And a lot of times these seem to exist as an ancillary product, in which case it will suck," he explained.
Earlier this week Abrams was discussing progress on Star Trek 3.