William Shatner Slams J.J. Abrams For Being A Franchise Pig

We get the sense that William Shatner may be a few Tachyons short of a Warp Drive but at least he’s entertaining. Speaking to Movie Fanatic, Captain James T Kirk I has struck a chord with sci-fi fanboys who fear an imminent franchise busting collision between the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Millennium Falcon is inevitable while both ships remain under the control of Supreme sci-fi Chancellor, J.J. Abrams.

“No, he’s being a pig,” Shatner responded when questioned as to his thoughts on Abrams’ directorial double-up. “He’s collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest.
He’s probably the most talented director 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 J.J. and I to have another sushi and let me put him
straight about two of the largest franchises
,” before adding,”and not employing me in either one of them is just foolhardy.”

There is certainly an element of tongue’n’cheek in the interview but I’m not sure even Shatner knows when he’s taking the piss anymore. Shatner’s contentious relationship with his sushi buddy dates back to 2009 with confusion and crossed wires scuttling any chance of a Shatner cameo in Abram’s Star Trek re-boot. Yet sour grapes seems to be the least of Shatner’s concerns with the homogenisation of the sci-fi genre the great fear of Trekkies and Force Junkies alike.

As his impressive record suggest, the Force is strong with Abrams. If any current director can juggle the rival cannons, it’s probably him, but there’s little doubt Shatner will eventually get his dinner date. Will the sci-fi legend dissuade Abrams from his monumental task over a shared plate of Gyoza and California Rolls or will Abrams grant Shatner a peek at his epic post-Lucas vision, possibly even a chance for that much-hyped cameo? Sure, he may have missed the boat for a nostalgia-fueled Star Trek appearance, but what about Star Wars? I can just hear him now…  

In a galaxy far… far… so very far… away.” 

via Huffington Post
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