JJ Abrams has revealed why William Shatner won't make a guest appearance in the re-energized Star Trek movie, and the reason is...William Shatner. Apparently, the 'ol Captain didn't want to do a simple cameo, and desired that the story focus on him "significantly." Here is the direct quote from AMCtv's interview with Abrams:
"The bigger thing was that he was very vocal that he didn't want to do a cameo. We tried desperately to put him in the movie, but he was making it very clear that he wanted the movie to focus on him significantly, which, frankly, he deserves. The truth is, the story that we were telling required a certain adherence to the Trek canon and consistency of storytelling. It's funny -- a lot of the people who were proclaiming that he must be in this movie were the same people saying it must adhere to canon. Well, his character died on screen. Maybe a smarter group of filmmakers could have figured out how to resolve that."
So, Trekkies, now you know. Personally, I'm happy that Mr. Abrams is sticking with the Trek story logic, and focusing on something other than Mr. Shatner. This is, after all, a reboot. Then again, I'm not the diehard Trek fans that I'm sure some of you are...what's your take...is Captain Kirk giving an unreasonable order? Or should the new kid on the block have more respect for his Star Trek elders?