While JJ Abrams has been going about his business putting together his reboot of the Star Trek franchise, there’s been a fair amount of speculation as to firstly whether William Shatner would be involved, and secondly why he wasn’t. Abrams has remained tight-lipped on the matter, although Shatner has been a bit more vocal (and a lot less happy). But over at AMC, Abrams has tried to clear things up.
He says that they did write a cameo part for Shatner in the new film, although wasn’t convinced it had the right feel. He then says that “he 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”. Abrams, we suspect, would make quite a diplomat.
He then goes on to point out that Shatner’s character had died on screen in Star Trek: Generations, and that “maybe a smarter group of filmmakers could have figured out how to resolve that”.
The full interview with Abrams, and it’s well worth checking out, is here.