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01.11.2007
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Before we get to what J.J. Abrams has to say about his upcoming STAR TREK movie, let us humor a teensy bit of hot air from a loveable old kook. Sci-Fi Wire caught up with William Shatner and was told, "I met with J.J., and they told me they would like me to be part of their film, but they have to write the role... It's a very complex, technical problem of how to write the character in, and I'm not sure how they will solve it." In regards to his role, he also said something about the filmmakers finding a way to incorporate "the dead captain in with the young captain," which doesn't make much sense, especially considering that Shatner also supposedly confirmed in this interview that the under-wraps storyline does indeed follow a young Kirk (and Spock, presumably). Who's the dead captain? In all fairness, his statement was that the film is "based on" on the adventures of young Captain Kirk, so it's possible the focus will be on a different character. Or maybe Shatner's just crazy. Don't get me wrong, a cameo from Shatner in Abram's TREK is entirely plausible, but I'd imagine getting him in the film is not as much the utmost concern as his words here suggest.

Meanwhile, Abrams told Entertainment Weekly of the recently completed first draft of the script, "On the one hand, for people who love Star Trek, the fix that they will get will be really satisfying. For people who've never seen it or know it vaguely, I think they will enjoy it equally, because the movie does not require you to know anything about Star Trek. I would actually prefer [that] people don't know the series, because I feel like they will come to it with an open mind.'' So, are any Trekkies pissed that the film won't be steeped in Trek lore?

Extra Tidbit: STAR TREK XI screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman also worked with Abrams on "Alias" and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, and wrote the TRANSFORMERS movie.

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8:57PM on 01/12/2007

Wow! Stoked!!

I have a mild case of Trekism, but would love to see this. Like AbsoluteZ said, MI3 went off brilliantly and I can't wait to see Abram's interpretation. Methinks he could possibly break the "odd" curse with XI. Don't write Shatner off - the crap they do with timelines and stuff they'll fit him in somewhere (and it would be assuaging for the real Trekkies).

Let's go and keep up the news!

As for Butabi, that sounds like a new, violent race that the Federation could conflict with :)
I have a mild case of Trekism, but would love to see this. Like AbsoluteZ said, MI3 went off brilliantly and I can't wait to see Abram's interpretation. Methinks he could possibly break the "odd" curse with XI. Don't write Shatner off - the crap they do with timelines and stuff they'll fit him in somewhere (and it would be assuaging for the real Trekkies).

Let's go and keep up the news!

As for Butabi, that sounds like a new, violent race that the Federation could conflict with :)
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8:30PM on 01/12/2007

Wow! Stoked!!

I have a mild case of Trekism, but would love to see this. Like AbsoluteZ said, MI3 went off brilliantly and I can't wait to see Abram's interpretation. Methinks he could possibly break the "odd" curse with XI. Don't write Shatner off - the crap they do with timelines and stuff they'll fit him in somewhere (and it would be assuaging for the real Trekkies).

Let's go and keep up the news!

As for Butabi, that sounds like a new, violent race that the Federation could conflict with :)
I have a mild case of Trekism, but would love to see this. Like AbsoluteZ said, MI3 went off brilliantly and I can't wait to see Abram's interpretation. Methinks he could possibly break the "odd" curse with XI. Don't write Shatner off - the crap they do with timelines and stuff they'll fit him in somewhere (and it would be assuaging for the real Trekkies).

Let's go and keep up the news!

As for Butabi, that sounds like a new, violent race that the Federation could conflict with :)
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9:07PM on 01/11/2007
The less you need to know about the lore the better I say. I can't stand the shows, but I'm actually very interested in how JJ will pull this film off successfully. I was very impressed with his direction of MI:3
The less you need to know about the lore the better I say. I can't stand the shows, but I'm actually very interested in how JJ will pull this film off successfully. I was very impressed with his direction of MI:3
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7:06PM on 01/11/2007
Kent Butabi... is this your first visit to the site? No hard feelings... I like your last name.

Ha, anyway... I'm no trekkie so I like the idea that this one won't be "steeped in lore" but I love the idea that it's being directed by Abrams. I'm there just to see what crazy shyte he pulls off.
Kent Butabi... is this your first visit to the site? No hard feelings... I like your last name.

Ha, anyway... I'm no trekkie so I like the idea that this one won't be "steeped in lore" but I love the idea that it's being directed by Abrams. I'm there just to see what crazy shyte he pulls off.
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3:36PM on 01/11/2007
As long as Abrams doesn't contradict any lore already established in the Trek franchise, the movie should still be good, in my opinion. Of course I am leary about putting big name actors in roles for young Kirk, Spock, etc. I guess I'll just have to wait to see what happens for that.
As long as Abrams doesn't contradict any lore already established in the Trek franchise, the movie should still be good, in my opinion. Of course I am leary about putting big name actors in roles for young Kirk, Spock, etc. I guess I'll just have to wait to see what happens for that.
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10:57AM on 01/11/2007
What are you talking about Frey? Joblo writers never let their opinions come through in their stories! ;)
What are you talking about Frey? Joblo writers never let their opinions come through in their stories! ;)
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9:06AM on 01/11/2007

NO ILL WILL

There is no instigation of ill will in this news item. Just an inquiry as to how fans are reacting to Abrams' quote.

Furthermore, if their had been a negative opinion expressed, editorial content is a defining characteristic of JoBlo.com news stories
There is no instigation of ill will in this news item. Just an inquiry as to how fans are reacting to Abrams' quote.

Furthermore, if their had been a negative opinion expressed, editorial content is a defining characteristic of JoBlo.com news stories
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8:48AM on 01/11/2007

Seems Joblo is biased

Sorry, JoBlo, but your assessment of the new movie as not being "steeped in Trek lore" is bad journalism. You are trying to instigate ill will. I expect better from you.
Sorry, JoBlo, but your assessment of the new movie as not being "steeped in Trek lore" is bad journalism. You are trying to instigate ill will. I expect better from you.
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