AMC TV recently sat down with JJ Abrams to talk about his upcoming TV Show Fringe. During the interview William Shatner is brought up. I figured Shatner was not going to be in Abrams Star Trek but at least they tried.
Q: How do you react to William Shatner's ire at not having a role in the movie?
A: 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 now we know for a fact that William Shatner will not be in the new 'Star Trek'. This may alienate a lot of die hard Star Trek and Shatner fans. In the end the filmmakers tried to make it work, but Shatner has a lot of pride, and he should regarding this thing! The man is Star Trek. I totally see where he is coming from. I am really looking forward to this movie regardless.
I'm not sure how they could have pulled off bringing back Old Kirk anyway with out making the story go into a screwy direction.