William Shatner Scene Cut Out of J.J. Abram’s Star Trek?
Recently, Star Trek screenwriter Robert Orci talked with The Hollywood Reporter about a scene with The Shatner that was left on the cutting room floor. The scene was never actually shot but it was written in the screenplay and was heavily debated before it was ultimately scrapped.
“We wrote a scene for William Shatner at the end of the movie where Spock, played by Leonard, gives his young self, played by Zach Quinto, something he’d kept with him. And it was basically a recording of Kirk singing “Happy Birthday” to him for the last time before he went off to die in Star Trek VII.
J.J. had determined early on that he felt it might seem like it was, a) too small, and b) pandering to the fans a bit. But we wrote it anyway because as a fan you’re always trying to protect that thing where you want to be able to look fans in the eye and say, “We were ready.”
You got to admire their respect for the legacy.
Even though the scene never made it to the big screen, it did find its way to the internet.
You can check out the full scene below: