Star Trek Reboot Shatner Free?
About a week or so ago, director J.J. Abrams was interviewed by AMC and revealed this little tidbit about what William Shatner would not be appearing in Abram’s Star Trek reboot:
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. The truth is, the story that we were telling required a certain adherence to the Trek canon and consistency of storytelling. It’s funny — a lot of the people who were proclaiming that he must be in this movie were the same people saying it must adhere to canon. Well, his character died on screen. Maybe a smarter group of filmmakers could have figured out how to resolve that.
This week Shatner responded to the news by saying “I didn’t know!” and explains how he gladly would have taken part in the film, and how he actually ressurrected Kirk in one of his own Star Trek novels. Check out the video here.
Stephen Chow To Star In And Direct The Green Hornet:
Columbia Pictures issues a press release this week announcing that Japanese action star Stephen Chow would star alongside Seth Rogan in The Green Hornet, and would also be behind the lens as director. Rogan will star as the title character, while Chow will step into Bruce Lee’s shoes as Kato. The Green Hornet is due out June 25th, 2010.