Watch: William Shatner Is Not Cool With J.J. Abrams Directing Both The ‘Star Trek’ & ‘Star Wars’ Films


When it was first announced that director J.J. Abrams had signed on to direct the new Star Wars film, in addition to the new Star Trek film, I expressed worry that two such different sci-fi film franchises were being handled by one man. Original Star Trek star William Shatner apparently shares my concern. In an interview with Movie Fanatic, Shatner reveals how he really feels about Abrams taking the reigns of both films … and he did not mince words. Click below to hear what he had to say.

William Shatner has expressed displeasure that Star Trek into Darkness director JJ Abrams will also be helming Star Wars Episode 7. Shatner – who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek – told Movie Fanatic it was wrong for Abrams for take on the Star Wars franchise while he is still heavily involved in Star Trek into Darkness. “He’s being a pig,” Shatner quipped, adding: “He’s collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest.” He continued: “He’s probably the most talented director of that ilk that we have, but he’s gone too far this time.” Shatner went on to insist that his criticism of Abrams comes from a place of friendship. “I think of him as a buddy of mine, I’ve taken him out for sushi. I think it’s time for JJ and I to have another sushi and let me put him straight,” the 81-year-old actor declared.

Wow. Well, while I personally wouldn’t label JJ a “pig” (after all, who in their right mind would say no to helming both Star Wars and Star Trek?), I do think that it may not be the best idea to have one man in charge of two such major film franchises … particularly considering the two franchises are rivals of sorts. That said, we won’t know anything until JJ is given the chance to do his thing and … like it or not, he’s got the job so … we might as well just wait and see. Still, you gotta give it up to Willy for having the guts to be so honest about his feelings. Do you agree with him?


  • Alicia Mayo-White

    Shatner is and always will be an amazing troll. He’s not serious, you can tell at the end.

  • Megan

    Yeah he’s definitely not being serious!

    • @Megan — HELLO, I’m trying to start an Internet beef here :/

    • Joel Foreman

      Starting a Star Trek/Star Wars beef is a scary, scary thing, my friend. You’ll be overrun with basement geeks taking over your comments section before you know it.

      You don’t want to become Ain’t it Cool News ;)

  • rOXy

    hahaha….one thing can be said about Willy and that is he just doesn’t give a fleck. He is truth, and you know what they say about it coming out in jest, (wink, wink). I haven’t been paying attention, but are both productions happening simultaneously? If they are, then HUGE 7-inch thumbs down, if not, then perhaps there can be some palette cleansing between projects.

  • Alfster

    A very disingenuous piece…you totally failed to quote the very end of what Shatner said which clearly shows he was joking.

    You are right…he did not mince his words…because he had no words to mince.

    • @Alfster — Hahaha … but you watched the video and heard what he said … right? So you get it … right?