William Shatner Calls Director J.J. Abrams a Franchise Pig

The man who originated the iconic role of James T. Kirk is still upset that J.J. Abrams hasn’t cast him in a movie yet.

William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams a franchise pig
William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams a franchise pig
This is more for fun than anything else. It's not a groundbreaking scoop, or an important bit of movie information. Its simply one well-known celebrity being honest and open about the franchise he helped create, and the man who now holds the future of that franchise in his hands.

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?

To watch Moviefanatics interview with the original James T. Kirk: Click Here!

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: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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  1. Sarah Garnet

    I love Shatner. He's so funny even when he's insulting someone and is right. Abrams may not be right for ST but SW is a vehicle he is suited for. He should give ST to someone who at least understands the show. As far as Shatner not being in the reboot, I don't understand it. Abrams says Kirk died and his brilliant team isn't able to put him in. Um, seriously? Abrams says this is an alternate universe. Ok, the real ST killed Kirk, but when Abrams created the alternate universe, the future of the alternate ST is therefore changed. In Abrams ST, Kirk didn't die, he couldn't because the alternative to death is life. A cameo from the real Kirk becomes the most fixable thing in present ST. And its badly needed. The only person whos personality and past that should have been changed from the alternate reality was Kirk, when Abram killed his father and changed his past. This new Kirk still badly lacks leadership ability and its two movies in now.

    2 years agoby @Sarah-GarnetFlag

  2. WongFu

    Shatner would say: May...the...force...be...with...you

    However he hates going to any of the comic con's especially the Fan Expo ones we have, I found out last time I went.
    Bill made a scene last year and swore at a number of fans.
    I refuse to meet him.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  3. Diaigma

    Let him be one of the new politicians in Star Wars that no one likes. That'll do it :P

    2 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  4. Kevin W. Clark

    The flash back could also be written as a very cool character plot. I would write it where Kirk decides to take one action where in the original timeline he made the opposite choice and has conflict with it after speaking with old Spock. There is a lot of themes you can touch on at that point too.

    2 years agoby @Kevin-W-ClarkFlag

  5. Kevin W. Clark

    He could be written in very easily not that he necessarily should be. Either write him in as a Leonard flash back or use the multiple timeline theory where all timelines take can happen are happening. That leaves the idea that the original timeline is still taking place on some other level and somehow can be crossed over.

    2 years agoby @Kevin-W-ClarkFlag

  6. SherlockHolmes2009

    @Avi-Verk He wouldnt say it if he didnt mean it even alittle bit

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  7. Avi Verk

    @SherlockHolmes2009 the article writer stated that shatner made his comments "tongue in cheek" so you just need to calm down.

    2 years agoby @Avi-VerkFlag

  8. masterofthemoon

    Reason he gets no screen time in Abrams Star Trek films is because he's not like Lenoard Nimoy who knows more about Star Trek than Bill does. Bill has gotten some things in the series wrong or even in the films too. He said in Star Trek 2, Spock "whispered" "I'm coming back" and he didn't, he said "Remember".

    2 years agoby @masterofthemoonFlag

  9. Goliath

    If he is such a good negotiator (Priceline.com), why can't he land a deal in any of these franchises?:)

    2 years agoby @goliathFlag

  10. SherlockHolmes2009

    He needs to suck it up since Abrams not putting him in the franchises and hes not getting a paycheck. Shatner needs to suck it up and shut up

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  11. Titanictom

    Awe...Tough Sh*t!!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  12. skywise

    @slysnide Oh yes it was more than obvious. I also have a good friend who happens to be sarcastic. He's a dick too. Because he's my friend doesnt change the fact.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. WongFu

    I wouldn't have him in either film.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  14. WongFu

    Shatner has a very big ego because of Trek, Trek Wars and his consist attempts of failure. Everyone in the Industry thinks of him as Jar Jar brinks of Hollywood.
    My best guess is he's not even a friend of JJ's, that he likes to think that he is!
    Spock...beam me...up

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  15. Jaredcb92

    @christopher-lino.. Thank youu!
    Stfu william shatner... he hasn't put you in anything bc he knows your a has been. and you aren't worth millions of dollars to have probably a 2 second part in the movie. sorry your career is going nowhere and you need jj to get you back on track. but listen to me Shanter okay you shat on your career when you became the priceline negotiator. so go f*ck yourself.

    2 years agoby @jaredcb92Flag

  16. Josh

    It would be pretty awesome if he put Shatner in Episode VII. Way to make super Trek and Star Wars nerds' collective heads explode.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  17. slysnide

    @darkdream@christopher-lino@skywise@raoulduke33@brady1138@corey@kingbrady@dan1@bawnian-dexeus: You guys did read the part where Shatner mentioned that he and Abrams were good friends right? This is just Shatner's classic sarcasm, which he's done plenty of times before. Thought that'd have been more obvious to everyone.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  18. Christopher Lino

    Calling J.J. Abrams a "Franchise Pig" is about as smart as Megan Fox calling Michael Bay "Hitler"

    Good call Mr. Shatner - I'd rather Spock Prime make a cameo than Kirk.

    2 years agoby @christopher-linoFlag

  19. ejk1

    @brady1138 Fairly certain his Emmy wins for playing Denny Crain trumps that, lol.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  20. Joker926

    Am I the only one who thinks Shatner is putting this jokingly? :p

    2 years agoby @joker926Flag

  21. darkdream

    f*ck you shatner

    2 years agoby @darkdreamFlag

  22. TheDude1

    He is completely correct. Having his hands in both franchise is absurd and truly over the top.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  23. sirdiddymus

    I would very much enjoy a Shatner cameo in Star Wars... preferably one where he and Carrie Fisher get into an argument.

    2 years agoby @sirdiddymusFlag

  24. Raoul Duke

    It's not all about you, Shatner. It's about the fans and In Abrams We Trust...at least some of us, anyway.

    2 years agoby @raoulduke33Flag

  25. LuxoIII

    This is coming from the guy whose biggest accomplishment in the last 10 years was a cameo in Dodgeball.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  26. skywise

    what a dick

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  27. Mr.K


    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  28. Gandoff

    @narrator@QuintsSharkShop Yep. Where he said, he is not employing him in neither, is a clear comedy jab. lol

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  29. Michael Kolesik

    The fact of the matter is, ABRAM'S STAR TREK IS NOT A REBOOT. It's a sequel, and there's even a canonical graphic novel connecting Star Trek Nemesis to Abram's Star Trek. Spock Prime is from the classic universe. And as we all know, Kirk DIED in the primary universe. Therefore, there is NO WAY Kirk can transfer to the Abram's Universe and make sense unless he came back from the grave.

    This public service announcement that Abram's Star Trek IS NOT A REBOOT is brought to you by me.

    2 years agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  30. Corey W.

    "A franchise pig"...I don't see how holding two major franchises on "his vest" is a bad thing...props to Abrams.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

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