Sunday August 07, 2016

Shatner: Star Trek Wouldn't Exist Without Star Wars

Does this make Star Wars superior? Basically, Trek had been cancelled and Star Wars was what convinced Paramount executives to give the former another shot. Shatner notes that his series is human oriented, while Star Wars is more of an opera.

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"First of all, 'Star Wars' created 'Star Trek.' You know that?" he asked, as fans gasped and looked puzzled. Actually, the original TV series "Star Trek" aired from 1966 to 1969. "Star Wars" didn't hit theaters until 1977. But Shatner clarified what he was saying: The blockbuster success of George Lucas's "Star Wars" film brought "Star Trek" back to life. "Every year there was the threat to be canceled. The third year, we were canceled, and everybody accepted it," he said. But then "Star Wars: A New Hope" made a mind-blowing $775 million at the box office.