Shatner: No Star Trek V Special EditionBy Lisa
November 20, 2002 - 11:23 PM
Director William Shatner (James T. Kirk) said today that the special edition 'Star Trek V: Director's Edition' DVD won't be everything he might have wanted.
Asked by IGN Filmforce if Paramount had considered adding new special effects of reediting, Shatner said: "No, they wouldn't give it to me [...] They considered it for about 5 minutes."
"I was really upset by that," he continued. "I told them that more people would buy the DVD – that they'd garner more money – by investing some money with me."
The actor acknowledged that the original version of the movie had problems. "Some people criticise it," he said. "The big problem was the ending, and I just didn't have any money. Nobody guided me properly - I say that on the DVD. I needed some help and I didn't get it."
Shatner had firm ideas about what changes he would have liked to have made in a special edition. "Mostly the ending," he said. "I would have made an ending. There was no ending. [...] I would have invented the footage.
"I had the footage of running and jumping down hills – I needed something to run and jump after me. That wasn't there because of a number of circumstances all relating to the fact that there was no money to make an ending."
But the actor already has a new project on the horizon, an animated film. Shatner voices "a rather scheming" mayor Tony Gold in Lil'Pimp, due in movie theatres next Summer. The feature is the first to be shot in flash animation, and is based on the internet animated series of the same name.
The full interview with William Shatner can be found by following this link to IGN Filmforce. Thanks go out to Mark Harrison for this news!