J.J. Abrams was recently confirmed as director of the new “Star Wars” movie: great news for fans of his work, which also includes “Star Trek” (2009) and the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Hoarding two of the biggest franchises ever makes him a “pig,” says William Shatner.Even non-Trekkies must know that Shatner is the star of the original “Star Trek” series, playing Cpt. Kirk in both the TV show and the spinoff films.
In a new interview cited by Yahoo! Movies, the actor goes guns a-blazing after the director, saying he might have gone a bit too far now by accepting the “Star Wars” directing gig as well.
The “where no man has gone before” jokes sort of write themselves on this one.
“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 that we have but he's gone too far this time,” Shatner says.
For the record though, Shatner may have a bone to pick to Abrams, a history that goes back to 2009, when the director approached him for a cameo in his new “Star Trek” movie, where he would have resumed the Kirk role.
The problem was, according to Abrams himself, that Shatner did not want a cameo: he wanted everything to be about him and, if possible, that he got more screen time than Chris Pine, who played the young Kirk.