While many Star Wars fans did a happy dance following news that Star Trek helmer J.J. Abrams is directing Episode VII, there’s at least one person who isn’t thrilled with Disney’s choice for overseeing the revered franchise.
Speaking to Movie Fanatic, Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original TV series and subsequent films, had some choice words for Abrams.
“He’s being a pig… He’s collecting the two franchises, and holding them close to his vest. He’s probably the most talented director of that ilk we have. But, he’s gone too far this time.”
Shatner, who was joking – I think, added that he thinks of the director as his friend, and then suggested he might try taking Abrams out for Sushi.
“It’s time for J.J. and I to have another Sushi (so) I can put him straight about two of the largest franchises and not employing him in either one of them.”
In the months leading up to the release of Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek, Shatner lamented the fact that his version of Kirk was not included in the film.
“I couldn’t believe it. I’m not in the movie at all. Leonard, God bless his heart, is in, but not me,” he told The Associated Press.
A time travel storyline enabled Leonard Nimoy to reprise Spock, but Abrams did not include Shatner’s Kirk because he had been killed off in 1994′s Star Trek: Generations.
So, what do you think? Is it a mistake to let Abrams control two of the biggest sci-fi franchises of all time? Will he be as successful rebooting Star Wars as he was Star Trek? And, most of all, should Shatner’s Kirk have been given a role in Abrams’ Star Trek films?
Let us know in the comments.