Senior HTF Member
- Jun 10, 2003
- Real Name
- Josh Steinberg
I don't think he filmed enough footage to make a worthwhile director's cut, unfortunately. A lot of the stuff he wanted to do never went before cameras.
That’s what I was saying earlier, as well. The looming writer’s strike forced them into production with a script that needed another draft, and budgetary cutbacks further limited what they were able to film. The disc editions included deleted scenes that more or less represent the entirety of unused material, and it’s not substantial. Unless someone cracks time travel to give Shatner et al the chance to go back to 1988/89 to write and shoot more footage, the material simply doesn’t exist to completely retool the film. Updating the special effects would not alter the film’s content in any substantive way.
For instance: the ending was originally intended to have Kirk chased by lava rock men as Sybok dealt with “God”. But when the rock man costume malfunctioned on set, they reworked the ending on the spot, and didn’t shoot what was scripted. That means that there is no live action element for that planned sequence for a new effect to be added to. The material just doesn’t exist.