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Shatner: J.J. Abrams a 'pig' for taking on 'Star Wars'

Captain Kirk weighs in on J.J. Abrams taking on the new "Star Wars" movie, and he doesn't sound too happy about it.

William Shatner
William Shatner speaks to Movie Fanatic.
Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

J.J. Abrams is a busy man. The director who breathed new life into the "Star Trek" film franchise recently agreed to helm the new "Star Wars" movie. This may have fueled geeky fever dreams of crossover "Star Trek"/"Star Wars" projects, but it also led to some head-scratching. Does Abrams really have time to head up two major sci-fi film series?

"Star Trek" did have Abrams first. His sudden commitment to "Star Wars" may have left a few Trekkies feeling like they've gotten involved in an unexpected cinematic menage a trois. That's why I have some sympathy for William Shatner's recent comments to Movie Fanatic.

When asked to share his thoughts on Abrams adding "Star Wars" to his resume, Shatner said, "He's being a pig. He's collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest. And he's probably the most talented director of that ilk we have, but he's gone too far this time."

It sounds like we have a little bit of sci-fi smack talk going on here. Shatner goes on to say that he thinks of Abrams as a buddy and they've had sushi together. Then, things take a turn toward the heart of the matter. Shatner says he needs to have another talk with Abrams about his foolhardiness in not employing Shatner for either franchise.

We all know Shatner has a sense of humor, but his body language and tone come across as pretty serious in the video of the interview. It looks like he's not satisfied with just doing Priceline commercials anymore. I'm trying to imagine what role he would play in "Star Wars." Darth Tiberius, anyone?

(Via GeekTyrant)