Oct 21 2009New 'Star Trek' Getting Shatnier?

Going against all good sense that would logically keep William Shatner from reprising the role of Kirk in a new Star Trek sequel, director J.J. Abrams, speaking to reporters in Australia, revealed that he's still trying to figure out a way to pander to fans by working out some kind of time travel wormhole bullshit to get Shatner in this thing:

"It was a foregone conclusion we wanted him in the [first] movie," Abrams explained.

"The problem was his character died on screen in one of his Trek films and because we decided, very early on, that we wanted to adhere to Trek canon as best we could ... the required machinations to get Shatner into the movie would have been very difficult to do given the story we wanted to tell and also to give him the kind of part that he would be happy with.

"I feel like the first movie did some of the heavy lifting that needed to be done in order to free us to continue going forward. Maybe there's less of a burden and there's going to be more opportunity to work with [Shatner]."

Maybe have Data chauffeur Shatner from the afterlife to the past on an intergalactic humpback? Or does that make too much sense for the Star Trek universe? OK, just something with Q then.

Reader Comments

Stick with canon, WTH? Your film is an admitted alternite timeline. WTF canon are you speaking of? You can do whatever you damn well please JJ. Your that brain that God, or a trapped Q, gave you.

I gotta say. That was a lot of Star Trek references. A lot of good things.

No shit #1. Did you read the entire thing?

#1 is absolutely right. "Sticking to canon" now includes blowing up Vulcan and murdering Spock's Mom. 90120ification of star trek continues....

You must bring me a.....shrubbery!

Love the original series when they landed on a planet with creatures that looked like fried eggs. Maybe they'll put that one in the next movie and promise Shatner a few sausage links and strips of bacon.

Going downhill....almost at point of impact.

I'll give #7 my sticky cannon. 3==D ( x )

Mmmm...no thanks.

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canon....right. JJ ABRAMS YOU ARE AN R-TARD, and by that, i mean you've gone full retard (see link for full feel of voice and inflection when i say that --> http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/6295/fullrtard.jpg).

what the f.uck does he care about story!? he just un-wrote all of star trek with that movie. okay okay, so marvel does it every year practically, but who cares about marvel anymore? they're a bunch of fairies right now.

ugh. i DO NOT want to see shatner ever again in a movie, unless i am re-watching the old trek episodes. it would be taking a 'shat' on a movie for no good reason, he's old, theres no reason to put him in it, get a new guy... and this is coming from someone who has a NCC-1701A tattooed on his arm :P

I thought the next movie would be surrounding a crew that is comprised of some combination of the casts of the Next Gen, Voyager, and DS9 who go back to stop the events of the latest movie. As they have done countless times before, they would correct the disruption in their timeline in hopes of helping their now meaningless dvd sales.

@8

uh ..... wtf?

Why is everyone so obsessed with Shat being back in it? I want to see Nichelle Nichols in it, using her awesome skillz as telephonist to tell that guy from Heroes that Winona Ryder isn't really dead - she just fell into something involving reverse tachyon beams, and is now shacked up on Rigel with B4.

Shatner - DO NOT WANT.

Am I the only Star Trek fan who cant stand Shatner? I was raised on a diet of good ole Next Gen and onwards. I like the character of Kirk (good in the new film) but not old man Shatner.
I think from now on there should be no more cameos from the other films/series.
Am I alone??

@ 15

Yes. I'm guessing you are alone.
The reason?
Probably because you admit to watching a 'diet of Next Generation'.

You don't need some tired old bullshit time travel. One word JJ: HOLOGRAM

Star trek needs to stop it with the time travel, it has been abused too much through the last film, First Contact and all of Enterprise.

STOP IT.

This is why I consider Mass Effect and HALO to be the best the SF genre ahs to offer now.

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