I’ve got a few con reports from today’s Toronto Fan Expo regarding Abrams, Nimoy and Shatner. At the con, Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner stated that their representitives have been contacted by the office of Star Trek XI producer JJ Abrams. Apparently JJ wants to to talk and has requested their home numbers. Nimoy said he gave his out and is awaiting JJ’s call. Shatner, who had brought the subject of Abrams up, joked that he wasn’t ready to talk to the man who was ‘going to revive the franchise’. Shatner in recent weeks has made many glowing comments about Abrams and about wanting to be in Trek XI…we suspect he will take Abrams call.
UPDATE: Video from inside the room from John at the MovieBlog
Nimoy: There’s always room for one more
Immediately after the discussion of Abrams, Nimoy told the crowd a story from when he was an out of work actor driving a NYC cab in the 50s. One day he picked up none other than Senator (later to become President) John F. Kennedy who was surprised to even be recognized, but Nimoy knew him from Boston. Kennedy gave Nimoy some words of inspiration that Nimoy says keeps him going to this day. After lamenting his life as an out of work actor, Kennedy said "there’s always room for one more." Coming right after the comments about Abrams this seems intended to indicate that Nimoy was implying there is always room for one more for Star Trek XI, and the crowd’s cheers to this line indicate they got the connection.
One more time old friends?
Both Shatner and Nimoy have been very chatty lately about Abrams and Star Trek XI. Although Shatner joked (see video) about talking to Abrams, he has often touted Abrams and made it clear that he is ready to suit up for Trek XI. Nimoy has stated that he has a deal to approve recasting. The Trek Movie Report has confirmed that he and Shatner have new Trek XI deals covering recasting, but they may not be binding. Nimoy also seems open to being in the film itself and has speculated that Abrams might want him and Shatner to appear in some kind of flashforward. The Trek Movie Report recenlty got a confirmation from Trek XI co-writer Bob Orci that the serious scriptwriting has just started; shooting for the end of October for the first draft. One would imagine that they would need to know shortly if all were on board if they were to write in any sort of ‘flashforward’ into the script. Although the pair may appear together again in Trek XI, Nimoy hasn’t been convinced by Shatner to come out of retirement for Boston Legal. Nimoy joked he only wants ‘leading man’ roles now.
Abrams confirmed to direct?
I have got a couple of conficting reports that Shatner stated something about Abrams directing Star Trek XI. In the past Abrams has only stated this as ‘probable’. It is possible that Shatner has new info, or that he is just assuming Abrams is directing, or possible he didn’t actually say it (some say he did say it, others say he didn’t). For now TrekMovie.com will continue to assume Abrams is a ‘probable’ but will try and find out more if possible.
thanks to John, Treleth and Lan for the tips