No William Shatner in Star Trek 2; Movie Will Be Post-Converted to 3-D
12.21.11 by BJSprecher
After decades of being upstaged, it appears that Leonard Nimoy has finally managed to best his longtime friend, castmate, and frequent nemesis, William Shatner. The original James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Shatner was extremely critical of director J.J. Abrams' decision to exclude him from the 2009 franchise reboot, Star Trek, while including Nimoy as (future) Spock. It appears that there was a lot of miscommunication between Shatner's people and Abrams' people — see Shatner's explanation in the video below in which he even offers a way to bring back Kirk, who died in the 1994 movie Star Trek: Generations — but as recently as March of this year Shatner was still stumping for a part in Star Trek 2. Apparently, the franchise has moved past the need for the dwindling star (Trek) power of Shatner because he recently revealed at the Calgary Comic Expo that he "will not be in Star Trek 2."
Star Trek 2 will be going into production in January, but it will not be shot in 3-D, as previously reported. In a recent interview with MTV at the premiere of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Abrams said it was "a little early to be talking about Star Trek ," but he did reveal that he will be shooting the movie on film and converting it to 3-D in post-production.
We're shooting on film, 2-D, and then we'll do a good high-end conversion like the Harry Potter movie and all that. Luckily, with our release date now we have the months needed to do it right because if you rush it, it never looks good.
We were talking about [shooting in IMAX] and I would love to do it. IMAX is my favorite format; I'm a huge fan.
Abrams also said that the script written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof, the screenwriting trio behind first movie, is "amazing" but he did not offer any details about it. Like his last movie, Super 8, just about everything about Star Trek 2 is wrapped in mystery, with the new characters and plot even being kept secret from the actors who have been reading for parts in it. Veteran actor Peter Weller (Robocop) recently joined the cast as "a C.E.O." and Alice Eve (She's Out of My League) has landed a "lead role" in the movie, though it has yet to be revealed. As for the major villain, it's beginning to look as if Édgar Ramirez (Vantage Point) might be the man menacing Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and Scotty (Simon Pegg), but we're still waiting on confirmation of that.
Here's the video mentioned above, in which Shatner claims he was never contacted about making a cameo appearance in Star Trek and offers an idea of how to bring his Capt. Kirk back from the dead.