Kirk vs Jesus: Gene Rodenberry's Aborted Star Trek Movie Sounds Totally Nuts

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 - 9:23AM
Star Trek
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 - 9:23AM
There have been a great number of Star Trek movies unleashed upon theaters over the years, some of them good, some of them....terrible. Weirdness and wonder is a consistent theme in all Star Trek movies regardless of their quality, but one Star Trek movie that was planned and then aborted back in the 70's would have boldly sunk to the weirdest depths the franchise has ever seen.

A new book titled THE FIFTY-YEAR MISSION: THE COMPLETE, UNCENSORED, UNAUTHORIZED ORAL HISTORY OF STAR TREK: THE FIRST 25 YEARS documents some of the crazy ideas Gene Rodenberry explored during his early work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. 

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In the climactic scene, Kirk had a fistfight with an alien who had assumed the image of Jesus Christ," said the book's co-author, Michael Jan Friedman. "So Kirk was slugging it out on the bridge. With Jesus.
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But, the weirdness doesn't didn't end there. Friedman also reveals how the early script could have taken Star Trek into weird, raunchy territory, saying "There was some mildly erotic, midlife-crisis stuff in there that didn't serve any real purpose."

Another, slightly more promising treatment included some time-travel shenanigans that saw Scotty travel back in time in a desperate attempt to prevent a disaster he had previously caused. The only problem is, he goes back too far, to 1937. During these time-travel capers, World War 2 is avoided, Kennedy isn't assassinated, and the world is generally a better place. This treatment also saw JFK, Einstein, Churchill and Hitler all paying a visit to the bridge of the Enterprise. Ok, that one actually sounds pretty fun, but the Jesus fight is straight-up bonkers.

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