As filming dates have been tossed around the past few days, more rumours have reared there heads, and the oldest one is back, will William Shatner be inthe rebooted Star Trek?
BadAssDigest has learned that Roberto Orci’s current script for Star Trek 3 includes a scene that reteams Shatner and Leonard Nimoy onscreen as Kirk and Spock. The on screen reunion would be the first time the characters appear together since 1991′s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, so its a very big deal for Trekkies. Now of course, things could change and the role could be rewritten out of the script before the film goes before cameras in six months.
You may remember that Shatner had a meeting with JJ and co before filming of Star Trek (2009) in which it was discussed that Kirk would come back as a holographic message in a pendant he gave to Spock to congratulate him on his ambassadorship. Spock was then to hand this pendant to alternate Spock as a gift, opening the door for Shatner’s cameo, a cameo that was not even filmed.
This annoyed Shatner a great deal, and was something he wouldn’t let JJ forget in numerous interviews after the films release, calling Abrams a “pig”.
Of course, Shatner was overlooked again with Star Trek Into Darkness, so now that Abrams has left the directors chair for Orci, would Shatner still want to be a part of it?
There is also another issue…In the Prime universe, Kirk is dead. But according to Orci, this new timeline panned out a different way and Kirk of the future could be alive and well.
Abrams: “The point of creating this independent timeline is to not have the restrictions we had coming into this one. And one of those restrictions was that Kirk was dead.”
Orci admitted seven years ago that Shatner could appear in a Star Trek film and that they were “still hoping to find a way.”
Leave Shatner out of it. Having Spock prime in the 2009 movie was a needed plot point, the movie started in the Prime universe where Spock tried to halt the destruction of Romulus, was thrown back in time and an alternate reality was created. His appearance in Into Darkness was unnecessary, and so too would be any involvement of William Shatner as Kirk.
This reboot was supposed to be just that, a reboot, do we really need to keep having the original characters return for meaningless cameos just to satisfy die hard fans, who will then complain that the scenes were pointless anyway?