Love it or hate it, the Star Trek universe has been rebooted in a newer and shinier way so that the next generation of viewers can be appeased and transformed into a new wave of Trekkies. One of those responsible for the reimagining is writer and producer Roberto Orci. He put his mark on Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and is currently working on the third installment of the franchise. And, if he has his way, he’d like to bring Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner back to the big screen with Star Trek 3, if only for a little while.
According to Badass Digest writer, Devin Faraci, there is indeed a scene in the script for Star Trek 3 that will bring both of these alumni back to the Star Trek universe, together on the big screen for the first time in more than 20 years. Of course, they’ve tried this once before and were unsuccessful…
There was actually a scene that was written into the first movie of the Star Trek reboot that featured both Shatner and Nimoy. The scene would have occurred at the end of the flick and had Nimoy’s Spock giving Zachary Quinto’s Spock a pendant that contained a holographic birthday message from Shatner’s Kirk. Unfortunately, it ended up being one of the less important scenes and as a result was written out. In the meanwhile, Shatner has been (in typical Shatner fashion) clamoring for a role in the new films. If this rumor is true, he may just get his wish.
Of course, Shatner (again, in typical Shatner fashion) got a bit butt-hurt at being cut from the first flick. He had some harsh words for J.J. Abrams and only offered half-sincere compliments for the rebooted franchise. He eventually turned his opinions around and made up with Abrams (sort of), so he might be back in the mood to join the new Star Trek. Knowing Shatner, he’ll be right there to get a little more screen time and fame, so fans probably don’t have to worry on that front. Whether his scene will make it into the final cut, however, is another story entirely.
What say the Nerd Readers? Are you pro-Shatner? Or do Abrams, Orci and the rest of the crew from the new Star Trek need to just move on and give all the glory to the new incarnations of the characters?