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?