Star Trek alternate ending
There was an alternate ending to Star Trek (Filmstalker review) the reboot, although it was never filmed and made very difficult by one famed actor's decision not to appear in a cameo role. The ending featured William Shatner as Captain Kirk one more time, although not in the way we saw Spock.
Now the writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been talking about the planned original ending and how it would have tied Kirk into the story, and it sounds bad, but not as bad as the squeezed in reappearance of Spock.
Just to warn you, if you haven't seen Star Trek (Filmstalker review) then these could be deemed as some spoilers to the film, but considering how it plays out and how the concentration is really all on the action, I don't think you should be that bothered about reading on.
In the very end of the film we see young Spock confront old Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy, by accident, seemingly from nowhere, it just happens in the middle of somewhere. At this point young Spock is question Spock Prime as to why he lied to Kirk about the dangers to space-time should they meet, and why he didn't reveal himself.
In the version we see Spock explains himself, while revealing he lied and manipulated people just like humans and unlike Vulcans, and young Spock believes him, the universe is happy and he leaps aboard the Enterprise all ready to be a big friendly crew, ignoring everything he's lost, has done and has been said between the two characters.
In the original screenplay version it was going to be a little harder according to the two writers through MTV. Spock Prime would pull out a video recording Kirk made before he died in Generations and play it to young Spock to convince him.
“Elder Spock said, 'Well, don't take my word for it,' and he handed him a little disc — a DVD, really — that projected a hologram, and then he walked away. And the hologram was of Kirk...It would've been Shatner.”
Alex Kurtzman goes on to explain how that would have fitted in with the time-line from the previous films, before they messed with time in order to create a new franchise.
“If you follow 'The Next Generation' [TV show], elder Spock went off to Romulus to be an ambassador in two episodes called 'Unification 1' and '2', and [our] idea was that it was a long, long mission, and Kirk would have died by the time he returned to Earth [because they] just wouldn't have the same lifespan...And so [this DVD] was essentially Kirk sending Spock a goodbye.”
Apparently this message was supposed to be a happy birthday message to Spock Prime who never saw him before he died.
“It was a 'happy birthday' message [with Kirk saying], 'This is the last time I'm going to be able to wish you happy birthday, so I want to tell you how much you've meant to me and how amazing it was that we had all these adventures together...”
What's interesting about the planned ending is that it would have been Kirk's message playing over the ending as the new crew reassembled that we would have heard. Kirk giving this very personal message to Spock Prime before he died, his last message, telling him just how much he meant to him, and the closing scenes would have had William Shatner's voiceover before the titles.
Now I find that idea much more moving and stirring, and much more of a great tribute to the old series than this film gave, however it seems that they just couldn't find a proper reason to have Kirk back.
This confuses me, because Spock Prime is only there for a few scenes and in reality his character is wasted, we could have gone the whole film without seeing him, however we did. Why couldn't he have been carrying this heartfelt message around with him after Kirk's death as a reminder of their friendship?
I actually think this proposed ending would have been much better, and finger pointing aside as to why it failed, it shouldn't have as it sounds like the stronger, more respectful, and far more moving ending.
Personally I think that it was considered too much of a throwback to the old series and they needed to focus on the new.