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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old November 10 2012, 12:04 AM   #46
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The sadness was that they did not add the sequel addendum to her original contract. That is 101 for new stars.
The contract had the standard clause. The studio had to make an offer on a sequel. They could force her back to a sequel by simply paying a sensible market price for eighth banana in an ensemble cast. Paramount played her agent for a sucker, I strongly suspect, because Director Nimoy had already decided to recast. And to reconceive the character while he was at it.
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I had read that they did not add that clause, which is pretty common, ask Natalie Portman regarding doing Thor 2. But I could be wrong.
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Old November 10 2012, 01:52 AM   #47
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Nimoy was really happy with Alley and she loved being in STII.
But... Shatner was not. In my interview with Paul Winfield, conducted before ST II had been released - and long before anyone knew about the ABC TV version (with that alternate Kirk/Saavik flirtation scene) - I can tell you that he said, of Shatner and Alley: (paraphrasing) "I can tell you that their off-screen relationship was quite the opposite of what you see on screen."

But was the merely Shatner's ego getting in the way or was there something more.

After all Shatner's relationship with most of his regular cast mates off screen is well known to be the opposite to the on-screen.
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Old November 10 2012, 01:56 AM   #48
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Old November 10 2012, 05:02 AM   #49
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TUC was full of things that Roddenberry objected to - it's highly unlikely that voicing his displeasure at the idea of Saavik being a traitor would have had any effect on Meyer at all.
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Old November 11 2012, 04:35 AM   #50
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^ On Meyer? No. It's well-known, and discussed openly by Meyer himself, that in his meeting with Roddenberry before shooting began on TUC, he basically told Roddenberry to shove it. In fact, Meyer says he regrets the way he acted in that meeting and the fact that, with Roddenberry's death at the end of TUC production, he'll never have the opportunity to make amends.

However, Roddenberry's comments about Saavik turning traitor could have influenced any of a number of other people, including executive producer Leonard Nimoy. Not because it was Roddenberry, but because they thought the opinion had some merit, and they knew the fans still paid attention to what Roddenberry had to say.

However, the way I've read it is that it was a combination of factors. First, Meyer wanted the Alley version of Saavik, not the Curtis version, and Alley either couldn't or wouldn't take the part. Second, Catrall, who was Meyer's second choice to fill the role in TUC, didn't want to play another Saavik. And, third, they started to question whether Saavik should turn traitor. All those things together contributed to the decision.
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Old November 11 2012, 07:43 AM   #51
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I had read that they did not add that clause, which is pretty common, ask Natalie Portman regarding doing Thor 2. But I could be wrong.
I believe that you are incorrect. I got this story from Bjo Trimble, who met Kirstie Alley at a Star Trek convention between STs II and III, and Richard Arnold used to relate the same story at conventions in the late 80s and early 90s.

And, if there was no clause in Alley's contract, Paramount would not have had to even bother with making an offer.

Don't forget that, as with Decker, Ilia and Xon being the new crewmembers who would carry "Star Trek: Phase II" if/when Shatner dropped out after 13 episodes, Saavik and David were thought of as characters who could carry a series of Spockless telemovies if/when Shatner's regular movie career took off, as he'd hoped.

To groom an actress as a potential longterm Spock replacement and not include the right clauses in her contract would be highly unusual. "Thor 2" could easily survive without Natalie Portman. Star Trek telemovies needed a Vulcan placeholder for Spock.

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Catrall, who was Meyer's second choice to fill the role in TUC...
More importantly, Cattrall was Nick Meyer's personal first choice for Saavik for ST II.

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After all Shatner's relationship with most of his regular cast mates off screen is well known to be the opposite to the on-screen.
It is now, but not that widely known in those early days. The long-felt bitterness emerged when all the cast were writing their autobiographies.
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Old November 11 2012, 03:26 PM   #52
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However, the way I've read it is that it was a combination of factors. First, Meyer wanted the Alley version of Saavik, not the Curtis version, and Alley either couldn't or wouldn't take the part. Second, Catrall, who was Meyer's second choice to fill the role in TUC, didn't want to play another Saavik. And, third, they started to question whether Saavik should turn traitor. All those things together contributed to the decision.
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I would imagine this to be the reality.
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Old November 11 2012, 04:31 PM   #53
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Don't forget that, as with Decker, Ilia and Xon being the new crewmembers who would carry "Star Trek: Phase II" if/when Shatner dropped out after 13 episodes, Saavik and David were thought of as characters who could carry a series of Spockless telemovies if/when Shatner's regular movie career took off, as he'd hoped.
Just a speculation, but could it be that Alley'[s contract included an option for more telemovies (and even telemovies that get promoted to the big screen, as ST2 was), but not big screen sequels?
I'd think it unlikely, but it's the sort of legal technicality that agents use as bargaining power. Something similar allowed Jeffrey Hunter to leave after The Cage (he was optioned for a series, but not a second pilot).
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Old November 11 2012, 07:06 PM   #54
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However, the way I've read it is that it was a combination of factors. First, Meyer wanted the Alley version of Saavik, not the Curtis version, and Alley either couldn't or wouldn't take the part. Second, Catrall, who was Meyer's second choice to fill the role in TUC, didn't want to play another Saavik. And, third, they started to question whether Saavik should turn traitor. All those things together contributed to the decision.
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I would imagine this to be the reality.
Sounds plausible to me. It's usually a mistake to assume that artistic decisions are made for one reason and one reason only, especially when you're dealing with something as collaborative as a major motion picture based on a long-running series. People consider several factors, add up the pros and cons, and then make the decision . . . .
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Old November 12 2012, 07:29 AM   #55
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Just a speculation, but could it be that Alley'[s contract included an option for more telemovies (and even telemovies that get promoted to the big screen, as ST2 was), but not big screen sequels?
Even though ST II started life as a telemovie, and was produced by Paramount's TV arm, it was always intended as a theatrical release beyond USA, so contracts would not have been so restricted on wording or interpretation. Contractually, Kirstie Alley had to be made an offer on ST III. They offered her less than she earned on ST II, an insulting amount since she was obviously such a popular part of that movie.
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Old November 12 2012, 05:00 PM   #56
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Even though ST II started life as a telemovie, and was produced by Paramount's TV arm, it was always intended as a theatrical release beyond USA, so contracts would not have been so restricted on wording or interpretation. Contractually, Kirstie Alley had to be made an offer on ST III. They offered her less than she earned on ST II, an insulting amount since she was obviously such a popular part of that movie.
The issue, though, is that her contract did not require her to participate in the sequel for a predetermined price which, as I understand it, is fairly standard language in the contract for a newcomer.
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Old November 13 2012, 10:03 AM   #57
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The issue, though, is that her contract did not require her to participate in the sequel for a predetermined price which, as I understand it, is fairly standard language in the contract for a newcomer.
It works in favour of the studio, not the actor. Had Paramount offered more $$$$ than she received for ST II, or even the same amount(?), Alley would have been compelled to participate in ST III whether she liked it or not. But they offered her less, so she was free to walk. She wasn't expecting to walk, but her agent's counter offer was ignored.
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Old November 13 2012, 02:38 PM   #58
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It works in favour of the studio, not the actor. Had Paramount offered more $$$$ than she received for ST II, or even the same amount(?), Alley would have been compelled to participate in ST III whether she liked it or not. But they offered her less, so she was free to walk. She wasn't expecting to walk, but her agent's counter offer was ignored.
I'm not doubting you, but that's not the way I have ever heard the situation presented from anyone who was involved in the production. Everyone has agreed that the clause in question was not included in her TWOK contract and that she was not obligated to return, regardless of the offer. Meyer, Nimoy, Shatner, etc... they've all said specifically that Paramount dropped the ball and did not include the standard "sequel" class in the contract at all.
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Old November 13 2012, 03:08 PM   #59
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Everyone has agreed that the clause in question was not included in her TWOK contract
Everyone has not agreed. Or we wouldn't be having this discussion.
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Old November 13 2012, 03:47 PM   #60
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^ Can you cite anyone who was actually involved in the production who has presented the situation as you've laid it out? Because I can cite several who, in writing, have said that the situation was different.
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