William Shatner, who originated the role of James T. Kirk in 1966's Star Trek television series has made it no secret that he resents director J.J. Abrams for leaving him off screen when the director relaunched the franchise with 2009's Star Trek. The actor was not asked to return in Star Trek Into Darkness either. Now, J.J. Abrams is going to be the man behind the only other major sci-fi franchise that matters, directing Star Wars: Episode VII as part of a new trilogy.
What does William Shatner think of J.J. Abrams taking on both franchises at once?
"He's being a pig. He is collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest. He is probably the most talented director of that ilk....That we have...But he's gone too far this time. I think of him as a buddy of mine. I have taken him out for sushi. I think its time for J.J. Abrams and I to have another sushi...And let me put him straight...About two of the largest franchise, and not employing me in either one of them. I think it is foolhardy."
Of course, William Shatner says this tongue in cheek for the most part, but he brings up a very interesting proposition. There is no room for Old Kirk in the new Star Trek universe. But maybe there is a whole new character for him in Star Wars: Episode VII? Most Trekkers and Trekkies will agree that J.J. Abrams got a little too much Star Wars in his Star Trek. Isn't it time he repaid the favor?
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Star Trek Into Darkness was released May 17th, 2013 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.