Movie and TV star William Shatner has called director J.J. Abrams a pig for taking over both the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" movie franchises. The 81-year-old TV star known as Capt. James T. Kirk from the late 60's sci-fi series "Star Trek," seems to feel the director is taking over a bit too much.
The Denver Post was among the sources that reported the story on Feb. 13 involving Shatner's words about the director. J.J. Abrams was only recently revealed in the past few weeks to be the man who would steer the next episodes of the highly-popular "Star Wars" franchise. He also helmed a reboot of "Star Trek" as a movie in 2009, and his sequel to that film is on its way this year. Abrams has been heralded for his work, and praised by many critics. In addition to film, he's also done TV shows including "Lost," "Alias," and "Fringe," all of which have been well-received. However, one person who doesn't seem to be receiving the news of Abrams' multiple sci-fi projects, is Bill Shatner.
Reportedly, Shatner told the website Movie Fanatic:
"No, he's being a pig. He's collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest. He's probably the most talented director of that ilk that we have, but he's gone too far this time."
The first film in the "Star Wars" franchise for Abrams is scheduled for 2015 and will be "Episode VII," with no additional title or plot details yet. It's unknown which stars or character from the other "Star Wars" films will appear, but what is known so far is that Abrams has been chosen to steer the spaceship. It's quite possible William Shatner is still in search of a part in a "Star Trek" reboot film as James T. Kirk, but it hasn't come to exist, yet.
William Shatner originally rose to fame as Capt. Kirk from "Star Trek," the man who guided the U.S.S. Enterprise on many missions. The popular TV series, which first ran from 1966 through 1969, has spanned several big films, and continues to show in re-run form around the globe. Shatner has also been in other TV roles including the shows "T.J. Hooker," "Boston Legal," and "The Practice," as well as appearing in televised Priceline commercials as "The Negotiator."
J.J. Abrams' new film, "Star Trek Into Darkness" arrives in theaters on May 17, 2013.
Does Shatner make a point here? Should J.J. Abrams not be in charge of these two epic sci-fi franchises, or is he really the guy who should handle both jobs?