Harve Bennett with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy on the set of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The screenplay by Bennett and Nimoy was embraced by everyone involved in the production…with one notable exception.
In Shatner’s Star Trek Movie Memories, Bennett discussed his experience dealing with Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his habit of noting the script to death during the film’s pre-production.
I would just type out “Per your memo of…” and then I would take all the positive stuff that was helpful and I would say, “Page two, line four, what a fantastic idea, like’s do this ‘n’ this ‘n’ this,” or “You say this line is not appropriate for this character, and you’re probably right. Why don’t we revise it as follows?” And sometimes, when we were dealing with more than just lines, I’d write back “You’re absolutely right. We’ll look into a fresh approach immediately.” I simply found the best way to deal with Gene was to accentuate the positive and forget the rest.