Star Trek XI
was written with a specific actor in mind.
As reported by Screen Rant, the script for the new Star Trek movie was written with Leonard Nimoy in mind. It was fortunate that he liked the script, as he is said to be pivotal to the story and had he not liked it, there would have been a problem.
The same could not be said of William Shatner's absence. Nimoy, who was at Grand Slam XVI, said that it would have been damaging to the Star Trek XI story to have put Shatner in the movie.
Nimoy claimed that Star Trek XI is a gigantic movie, the largest on which he has ever worked. He also said that Paramount is losing money on it now but they feel that it will be a summer blockbuster. The budget on the film is said to be below two hundred million dollars.
Roberto Orci revealed that Steven Spielberg read the script and talked to J.J. Abrams about directing it. Abram's wife helped to talk Abrams into taking on Star Trek XI
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