Rumours about a possible top secret appearance by William Shatner in the new Star Trek film have been more or less blown out of the water by JJ Abrams, in what is possibly one of his most candid statements on the film to date.
“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.” Abrams said in an interview with AMC TV. However, that wasn’t the only reason, as everyone knows that nobody stays dead in science fiction. “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.”
Oh dear Mr Shatner, has the (supposed) ego gotten the (reported) better of you again? Apparently so, and while Abrams does seem rather apologetic, it’s clear that he’s not too happy with the buzz surrounding the production’s decision to exclude him. “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.”
Will this put an end to the talk about a possible surprise appearance by The Shats himself? We doubt it. But consider this the most definitive word to date. Star Trek is released in May 2009.