Did you think the William Shatner v JJ Abrams thing was over? Think again! In a new interview, The Shat is now claiming that it was all ‘a game,’ but he then says that Abrams and his team actually showed him a ‘fake script’ when they came to talk to him about the new Star Trek movie. And so here we go again!
Excerpts from AMC SciFi Scanner:
AMC: So what’s this feud with J.J. Abrams really all about?
Shatner: There’s more of a game going on than most people realize. The game reached its apex when J.J. said somewhere on-camera "When did my life become William Shatner talking to me on YouTube?"
AMC: That one was kind of my fault — you were responding to my interview with J.J.
Shatner: Really? [Laughs]. That made the whole thing worthwhile to me. I laughed out loud because that was the whole idea, to goad him into some kind of reaction — to manipulate the airwaves to get to him. It was really just for fun, and he obviously got it: It’s a public love letter to J.J., and I hope he’s laughing as much as I am because I’m having a delightful time.
AMC: Have you seen the new trailer?
Shatner: I haven’t. Does it look good?
AMC: There are actually two Kirks in it. An 8-year-old and Chris Pine.
Shatner: Oh, hysterical. What’s funny is that when they were talking to me before the movie started filming, they showed me a script. They said, "Now don’t tell anybody about the script." I read it and thought it wasn’t very good, but it turned out it wasn’t the script at all. I think it was a fake script they were giving to people!
…more at AMC.com
According to TrekMovie sources the big meeting with Shatner and the Abrams team happened in the Fall of 2006, which is before the script was even written (the script was handed in to Paramount in early 2007). So it is unclear what (if anything) they could have shown Shatner.
Shatner ‘playing tag’ with Abrams
If you missed it, we posted this video yesterday. Shatner talks to Access Hollywood about the Abrams Feud, and he watches the trailer (so apparently this video was shot after the AMC interview).