"I've become even more popular than I was playing Captain Kirk," he says

By Gerri Miller
November 21, 2007 02:00 PM

William Shatner isn t beaming up for the new Star Trek movie – and he s not pleased about it.

“How could you not put one of the founding figures into a movie that was being resurrected? That doesn t make good business sense to me, Shatner, 76, told Extra at a signing for his book, Star Trek Academy: Collision Course, on Tuesday.

“I’ve become even more popular than I was playing Captain Kirk. I’m good box office and I get publicity,” added the Boston Legal star. “But, they are going in a different direction and it ll be a wonderful film.”

The cast of the latest Star Trek movie, a prequel directed by JJ Abrams, includes Shatner s former costar Leonard Nimoy, Heroes actor Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana and Winona Ryder as the mother of young Spock.

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