J.J. Abrams isn’t a mean guy and he rarely says anything that would provoke controversy. If he is ever at the heart of controversy, it’s because fans have speculated about something he has done or is doing with a film franchise. But Abrams took off the nice guy cap for a minute to air his grievances over the Star Trek: Into Darkness video game and how it ruined the film he worked so hard on.
Per an interview with GamerHubVideos:
The last game, which was obviously a big disappointment to me, was something that we were actually involved in from the very beginning and then we sort of realized it was not going in a place where we were going to get what we wanted, so we dropped out and they continued to do it despite… y’know…
I think, for me emotionally it hurt, cause 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 and I think that it was something without question that didn’t help the movie and arguably hurt it.
It’s hard to say that a poorly received and poorly conceived video game was the singular thing that held Star Trek: Into Darkness back in the minds of fans and critics.
But it is worth noting that Abrams vein shut out of the process of creating a brand outside of the film he was creating may have played a role in his decision to agree so willingly to jump ship from Star Trek to Star Wars. As ScreenCrush points out, you’d better bet that Abrams is going to have a pretty significant say in all of the spin-off material Disney is developing with the Star Wars reboot franchise.