William Shatner apologises for ‘Star Trek V’

Shatner blames the budget of the film

Star Trek actor William Shatner has apologised for Star Trek V. Shatner both starred in and directed the 1989 film.

It received critical backlash, with Slash Film stating that during a 2013 Star Trek convention, Star Trek V was voted the second worst Star Trek film ever made. Star Trek Into Darkness was voted the worst.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Shatner blames the film’s budget and offers an apology to Star Trek fans. “I got the chance to direct a several-million-dollar movie, Star Trek V, and I did not get the help I needed in allocating my budget, so when it came to shooting the ending — needing a good villain and lots of computer graphics — I had run out of money,” he said.


He continued, “Sorry about that. [Laughs.] I had to use footage that I had already shot — and spit on it a lot. I wanted to give [the audience] earth-breaking granite monsters spewing rocks and fire. Instead, I had a few pebbles in my hand that I threw at the camera.”

Meanwhile, the showrunner of the new Star Trek TV series has revealed the show’s lead character will be female.

Bryan Fuller has said that Star Trek: Discovery will focus on a female Lieutenant Commander, rather than the Discovery’s captain and that many of the crew will be aliens.

Fuller, who previously created the TV series Hannibal, added that at least one crew member will be gay.