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Shatner Burned By 'Alien Fire'?

By Michelle
June 9, 2005 - 6:56 PM

Alien Fire, a film that William Shatner had pitched to the Sci-Fi Channel and planned to direct for them, has begun shooting in Hamilton, Ontario from a script by former Star Trek: Enterprise writer and longtime Shatner collaborator Judith Reeves-Stevens. However, Shatner is no longer involved with the project.

Canoe's JAM! Movies reports that Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon is starring in the film, which is being directed by John Terlesky, an actor and writer who has appeared in several horror movies and directed several crime dramas and science fiction films.

"The once-and-future Capt. Kirk has been talking for months about directing Alien Fire, a 'drive-in style' Saturday night flick for the U.S. Sci-Fi channel about evil aliens from the Sun," noted Jam. As previously reported, Sci-Fi plans a slate of "supercharged" original action movies for Saturdays to be aired in 2006.

Shatner had told Chase Masterson in an interview that he had worked on developing the film with both Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, who have also been his collaborators on several novels about Captain Kirk. The pitch to the Sci-Fi Channel was put together by Shatner and his daughter Liz's fiancé, who put together graphic images for the film which Shatner said enabled him to sell the network on the concept (story).

JAM! joked that there were three possibilities for Shatner's absence from the project: "(a) creative differences, (b) Shatner was punking us, or (c) solar aliens got him."

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