Abrams on Shatner and Star Trek
William Shatner hasn't kept quiet on his exclusion from J.J. Abrams new Star Trek film. Now J.J. Abrams has cleared up the situation, and explained why it didn't work out. Turns out there was a scene written, but it was never filmed.
Looks like the events of the previous films, and Shatner's reluctance to make a cameo appearance are to blame.
Ever since J.J. Abrams started work on Star Trek, the question of whether William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy would appear has been there. Leonard Nimoy was confirmed as appearing in the new film, but Shatner's role was no where to be seen.
Recently the feeling has been that Shatner does have a role in Abrams film, but it is being kept quiet. A recent quote from Abrams though would suggest that Shatner will not be in it at all. Speaking while publicizing his new TV series, Abrams explained why Shatner is unlikely to be in Star Trek. The quote comes from AMC through Rope of Silicon.
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.
I haven't seen many of the Star Trek films, but it sounds to me like Abrams is just adhering to the Star Trek history that has gone before. Which kind of precludes Shatner from having a large role in the new film. And if I was a massive Star Trek fan, I think I'd rather a good film was made with a decent plot. And that large story changes weren't made to accommodate past characters, especially those characters who have died.
What about you Star Trek fans, are you glad Abrams is putting the storytelling before Star Trek legends like Shatner? Or would you rather Shatner was accommodated somehow?