Abrams/Shatner story unfolds further


Creative Writer
The argument of a cameo against significant screen time is the whole argument here. We've seen the recent Batman film come in at two and a half hours, so we know the audiences can take it. Maybe a 25 minute extra on the end of the film with a small 'episode' of the older Kirks actions might have been acceptable, but he is getting old now and an action orientated 'episode' tagged on might not be the best idea.

If only he was younger we cry!

Also, note the end of the piece. Fringe airs TONIGHT! catch it where you can :smiley:

Abrams: 'We wrote a scene for Shatner'

Tuesday, September 9 2008, 10:18 BST
By Beth Hilton, Entertainment Reporter
Rex Features

J.J. Abrams has claimed that he "tried desperately" to include William Shatner in his upcoming Star Trek movie.

Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original TV series and films, had said he was disappointed with the director's failure to come up with a decent part for him in the new instalment.

However, Abrams told AMC that a scene was specifically created for the actor, saying: "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."

He added: "The truth is, the story that we were telling required a certain adherence to the Trek canon and consistency of storytelling... Well, his character died on screen. Maybe a smarter group of filmmakers could have figured out how to resolve that."

Abrams's new TV show Fringe premieres in the US tonight.