Originally Posted by martok2112
The thing we must remember about the open endedness of TWOK was that it was indeed motivated by more than just money.
At the time, Leonard Nimoy was adamant that TWOK would be the LAST Trek movie he would do. (Of course, I think in later years, we've heard that same claim). When he was offered the director's seat for a sequel, he relented.
Also, the initial test screening with a more somber, more "final" ending did not meet with much approval from test audiences...so the ending was reshot with a bit more hope.
That's the irony. I said before that I think TWOK
makes for a wonderful 'final' chapter to classic TOS
(should you choose on any particular day to ignore everything after). But I don't believe that would remain the case if Meyer instead of Bennett had gotten Final Cut of the film. Even though it might truly have been final, if test audience screenings were any indication.