Chris Pine on Why You Won't See His Kirk Alongside William Shatner's in a Star Trek Movie

Friday, 17 June 2016 - 9:36AM
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Friday, 17 June 2016 - 9:36AM
Chris Pine on Why You Won't See His Kirk Alongside William Shatner's in a Star Trek Movie
Star Trek is now in its 50th year, and for much of that time the franchise has been synonymous with one man and one character. If you ask most fans, they will say that William Shatner is Star Trek through and through, so it's understandable that with JJ Abrams ushering in a new era of Star Trek on the big screen, many fans have been angling for Shatner to reprise his role in some shape or form. Indeed, when Star Trek Into Darkness saw Leonard Nimoy return as Spock, it seemed like a return to the franchise in a future movie was on the cards for Shatner.

Rumors soon started circling that Roberto Orci's original Star Trek Beyond script inlcuded an appearance from Shatner's Kirk. Unfortunately, and much to chagrin of many fans, it soon turned out Simon Pegg's version of the script didn't include Shatner in any way, shape, or form. Shatner himself confirmed that he wouldn't be appearing in the movie, revealing that he's never even had a conversation on the matter.

Now Chris Pine, the man responsible for bringing the role of Kirk into the modern age, has given some insight into why the original Kirk will likely never appear alongside his own.

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It would just become about that," Pine told SFX Magazine. "The movie can't become about that. The movie has to be about whatever story we're trying to tell. It'd be fun, it'd be kitschy, it'd be a great piece for you guys to talk about, and for late-night TV, but above and beyond that I don't know what it serves for our storytelling purposes, you know?"
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Do you agree with Pine, or do you think a spot of smart writing would enable a seamless Shatner return?

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