Originally Posted by NCC-73515
The characters was the most important thing in it. We needed to be true to the spirit of those characters. There were certain iconic things -- if you're going to do "Star Trek," you've got to do the Enterprise and it has to look
like the Enterprise. If you're going to do "Star Trek" you have to do costumes that feel like the costumes people know. You have to be able to glance at it and know what that is. Even the text, the font of "Star Trek" has to look like what you know."
"The phasers, the communicators, the Starfleet logo -- there are all these things that are the touchstones, the tenets of what makes "Star Trek" "Star Trek." If you're going to do this series those are things you don't mess with."
"And yet, the movie at its core is not only inspired by what has come before, it's deeply
true to what's come before."
As a director looking to distill the franchise back to it's essence this is exactly what he should have been doing. Not exhaustive obession over everything that's historically been on screen.
So far, the uniforms, phasers, communicators and even the logo (which has been altered anyway over the years) are not radically removed from their 60's counterparts. The Enterprise is more so, but since the TOS ship was never my favourite design, the changes are for the greater part, fine with me.
And I also agree with his final comment that Kukalaka posted - he shouldn't be worrying about those who do look at the tiniest minor aspect - not a single person in the world chosen to make this film could please all of them. So the clear option is - don't try.