It’s been long confirmed that the writer’s of the new Star Trek film had a hard time figuring out how to include James Kirk Prime (The Shatner) into the new movie, considering he died on-screen in Star Trek: Generations. Sure, William Shatner himself brought him back to life in a Trek novel, but the regular moviegoing public doesn’t really know that. Still, they did find a way and the description of the long-rumoured “birthday message” that Kirk leaves for Spock Prime is now available at Trek Movie.
Reading it, I think it’s a shame they didn’t include it. They say it’s because Shatner has a strict “no cameo” policy. But I guess they’ve never seen Fanboys? Or Dodgeball? Did he say no? Did they not ask him? Are they really going to put him in the sequel somewhere? I guess only time will tell … but either way, this scene seems like it would have been a great capper to the film. Sure, Chris Pine did an excellent job, but Shatner would have killed this scene.