The original Captain Kirk would like to be beam back into the role that made him famous. William Shatner has stated that he would be open to coming back as an ‘older’ Kirk in some way shape or form. Shatner, 84, recently sat down with the Scott Feinberg and his “Awards Chatter” podcast to shoot the breeze and spill the beans about all things ‘Trek.
No, Shatner hasn’t forgotten that Captain Kirk, well his Kirk anyhow, died in Star Trek: Generations back in 1994. But there are always…possibilities. He has co-authored, along with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, several books that pick up after the events of ‘Generations where Kirk is resurrected by The Borg and heads off to have adventures in The Next Generation timeline. Speaking to Feinberg he said,
“When we finished our movies — the six movies I made — we were putting Kirk into glasses, graying hair, a little old. I wrote a series of novels [in which] they allowed me to tell my story of Captain Kirk. So in a series of ‘Star Tre’k novels, half a dozen of them, I — taking from my own life, of life and death and love and loss — I created this whole world of ‘Star Trek’ for Captain Kirk. I would have loved to have done them as movies.”
Shatner has never been shy at his desire to play Kirk again, and there were discussions ahead of the 2009 reboot, but nothing has ever come of it. J.J. Abrams‘ retconned Star Trek found room for the late Leonard Nimoy to reprise Spock but it seems that the original Kirk was just too, well…dead to make an appearance. As Shatner says,
“So what did Capt. Kirk do? Die and age? Doesn’t sound science-fictiony enough. I don’t know. It seems to have beggared Abrams’ imagination.”
Star Trek celebrates it’s remarkable 50th anniversary this year. Aside from the new film, a brand new ‘Trek tv series starts next year. To not include in some way, shape or form the Captain Kirk that started it all would seem to be a missed opportunity. Shatner may be 84 but he has more energy than most people half his age and he looks bloody good for someone in their 90th decade. Enterprise bridge crew have died and come back to life before and he doesn’t even look that much different today than when he last played Kirk on the big screen in 1994.
That’s him in full Kirk uniform on the bridge of the Enterprise during a skit for the the Oscars in 2013. Maybe he knows where the Genesis planet is for real?
Shatner is still an extremely busy man. From the 8th May, he leads a 100 city tour with Star Trek – The Ultimate Voyage, celebrating the music of the franchise. His book detailing his friendship with Leonard Nimoy is out on February 16th and he continues to appear at Star Trek conventions worldwide as well as touring his one man show Shatner’s World. But he’d find the time to play Kirk one more time. And in Star Trek’s 50th year not having him do so would seem rather illogical.