Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fictional Death Is Permanent Death, Even in the Star Trek Universe

Death, the final frontier. Or is it? Let's boldly ask what no man has asked before: if your character dies on screen in a "Star Trek" movie, can you be in a later "Star Trek" movie? J.J. Abrams, who is directing the latest one, says no. William Shatner, whose Captain Kirk died in 1994's "Star Trek: Generations" (but is not picked in this year's DP), disagrees:

"The mistake I made was thinking I could make it a spectacular death with what they had written," says the actor, who then dreamed up a story line to bring Kirk back: Spock snatched Kirk's DNA. Shatner wrote the novel The Return in which Kirk is resurrected, and he says it could work in the new film.

Abrams responds, "You and I could come up with dozens of ways, but every way that we came up with felt like it was transparently fan boys trying to get Shatner in the movie."
Personally, I think Shatner should take his own advice.


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