William Shatner has lit another fuse in his fiery feud with director J.J. Abrams. Abrams is the director of Star Trek (2009) film and the soon to be released follow-up Star Trek: Into Darkness. It was recently announced that he will direct Star Wars: Episode VII and the news sent the twitterverse into a frenzy and apparently made Shatner angry.
"No, he's being a pig. I mean 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. I think of him as a buddy of mine. I've taken him out for sushi. I think it's time for J.J. and I to have another sushi and let me put him straight about two of the largest franchises and not employing me in either one of them. I think its just foolhardy," say Shatner.
Those are some pretty harsh words for someone who claims to be Abrams friend. The alleged feud began when Abrams made the executive decision not to put Shatner in the first Star Trek reboot. Writer and producer Robert Orci and writer Alex Kurtzman explained in an interview with MTV that a scene was originally written where Shatner speaks as a hologram to the young Spock, played by Zachary Quinto, but the scene was scrapped. Orci and Kurtzman didn't specify why it was scrapped but Abrams cleared it up in an interview with AMC.
"We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing but it didn't feel quite right. The bigger thing was that he was very vocal that he didn't want to do a cameo. We tried desperately to put him in the movie but he made it very clear that he wanted the movie to focus on him significantly, which, frankly, he deserves," says Abrams.
Abrams added, "Well, his character died on screen. Maybe a smarter group of filmmakers could have figured out how to resolve that."
Shatner refuted that claim in video he released on youtube in 2008.
"JJ, nobody ever came to me and said, 'We have a cameo.' And maybe you wrote it but nobody ever presented it to me but the truth is I wouldn't have wanted to do a cameo because you would have clipped that out, said Shatner. He added, "You said in your statement you were having trouble fitting that in anyway."
Shatner then goes on to explain that he found a way to bring back Kirk in his book, The Return, so it should be easy for Abrams to bring Kirk back in the second Star Trek film, a claim which Shatner refuted years earlier. In a 2006 late night interview with Craig Ferguson of CBS's The Late Late Show, he referenced the conversation he had with Abrams about the 2009 Star Trek reboot.
"I met with him and he wants me to be in the movie but I said how are you going to bring dead Captain Kirk—because they're going to do the prequel—so there's going to be some young Captain Kirk. How are you going to old dead Captain Kirk to young Captain Kirk and he said, 'yes, that is a bit of a problem,'" says Shatner.
So there seems to some discrepancy on Shatner's part as to what is actually going on. From an outsider's perspective, it seems that Shatner wants to be in the film but on his own terms and he's taking the fact that he's not included in any of the new Star Trek films out on Abrams. Abrams, for his part, has yet to respond to Shatner's latest attack.
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