Last year, when the news that Lost creator and Star Trek rebooter J.J. Abrams had signed on to direct the first of a new trilogy of Star Wars films struck nerddom like a thermonuclear bomb, William Shatner–James Tiberius Kirk himself–publicly expressed the opinion that Abrams was a “pig” for taking on sci-fi’s two biggest franchises single-handedly. The comment was apparently meant in jest, but struck many as harsh regardless.
Now The Shat has seemingly changed his tune regarding Abrams, and in an statement on Entertainment Weekly Radio, the actor had nothing but good things to say about the director:
JJ is a terrific director, and he gives you a great ride. He knows how to make the movie large with the special effects and everything. And that’s going to be wonderful. It’s going to be wonderful for both franchises. He certainly has enlivened Star Trek.
I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do because he’s going to do something different, that’s for sure. There are very few people who can make those kinds of movies, to have the sensibility. He’s got a lot of wonderful people around him. He’ll make a fabulous movie.
Granted, he didn’t exactly apologize for last year’s unfortunate porcine comparison, but a glowing recommendation from Captain Kirk isn’t something you question: You say “Thank You”, and go on your merry way.
With many in the fandom still unsure about the wisdom of Abrams’ helming of Episode VII, an endorsement of this magnitude can only be a boon to the production.