Wednesday, February 13, 2013
William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams “a pig” for booking Star Wars
From slashfilm, Simon Pegg has already voiced his support for his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams‘ choice to direct Episode VII, but today we have a snippet of the actor fielding questions about whether this might mean he’ll hop over to the Star Wars camp as well.
Unsurprisingly, his response is far from definitive. “Well, there’s no script yet,” he said. “I’ve spoken to him and congratulated him, but it’s not written so there’s no casting or anything. That just hasn’t come up.”
Pegg also riffed on the similarity of the franchise names. “I hope he does more films with ‘Star’ before the first word,” he joked. “I think he should do Star Bucks. Just get them all. Star Man. Stars in Their Eyes.”
Less thrilled with Abrams’ decision is William Shatner, who offered a blunt and not-so-sweet assessment of the filmmaker:
"He’s being a pig. He’s collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest. He’s probably the most talented direct of that ilk that we have, but he’s gone too far this time. 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 about two of the largest franchises and not employing me in either one of them, I think is just foolhardy."
I can’t tell if Shatner is being entirely serious (probably not), but it’s definitely a change from the bland “we’re very happy for him”s we’ve gotten from most of the rest of Team Trek.