JJ explains no Shatner

Have you been saddened that William Shatner has no part of JJ Abrams' upcoming STAR TREK? Yeah, me neither but apparently Shatner has instructed his publicist to keep this issue in the news as it keeps being talked about. Recently AMCtv spoke to Abrams (mostly about his upcoming TV series "Fringe") and got him to talk about STAR TREK and the lack of Shatner. Says JJ of why Shatner isn't involved:

It was very tricky. We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing, but the truth is, it didn't quite feel 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 was making it very clear that he wanted the movie to focus on him significantly, which, frankly, he deserves. The truth is, the story that we were telling required a certain adherence to the Trek canon and consistency of storytelling. It's funny -- a lot of the people who were proclaiming that he must be in this movie were the same people saying it must adhere to canon. Well, his character died on screen. Maybe a smarter group of filmmakers could have figured out how to resolve that.

So there you go. He doesn't want to be in the movie, Abrams doesn't want him in the movie - let's just end it! He can continue doing karate kicks in Priceline commercials and we can be happy with a STAR TREK movie that...doesn't go...like....this.

Source: AMCtv



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