In recent weeks William Shatner has been quite chatty about Star Trek XI and producer JJ Abrams. 10 days ago in Toronto he said he thought Abrams would revive the franchise and spoke about how Abrams wanted to talk to both he and Leonard Nimoy. Then last weekend in Chicago he told a convention audience he had indeed spoken to Abrams last Friday and was planning on meeting him this week. He repeated hints that he may be involved in Star Trek XI to another audience in Sacramento on Sunday. Just this Tuesday he posted the following on the front page of his offical website
On Star Trek’s 40th: Forty years of age, as far as I’m concerned, is still a child. STAR TREK is in its infancy-wait until We Really Get Going.- My Best, Bill
‘we really get going’…is Shatner including himself in that future? But early this morning in his chat forums there is the following reply to queries about Abrams:
There are lots of underground rumblings about STAR TREK. Some of it is burbling, some of it is barely noticeable. I know nothing except that where’s there’s rumblings, there’s gas and in this case, the gas is coming from JJ Abrams and none of it seems to be directed in my direction. If any gas comes my way, I will post it immediately and you all will know. Until then, hold your breath–because this gas is odiferous.
– My Best, Bill
This kind of pattern is not new for Shatner. In July TrekMovie.com reported (and followed-up on) the seemingly contradictory comments he had made about the possibility of Matt Damon playing a Kirk in Trek XI. Shatner is on the record as saying that he would welcome a role in the new film. Of course Shatner’s sarcasm is well known, as CNN learned recently when Shatner joked about Abrams being able to meet his and Leonard Nimoy’s price…something he repeated to the AP as well. We do know from our sources at Paramount that Shatner and Nimoy do have new contracts for Star Trek XI that do have some kind of casting approval clause. Shatner’s office however told TrekMovie.com that Paramount still hold all the power when it comes to recasting. As stated in the article on the contracts, it is appears that so far Nimoy and the Shat are on board for promotional purposes. Nimoy and Shatner are certainly keeping up their end from all the positive things they have said during the myriad of 40th Anniversary conventions and interviews. It is still unknown if the relationship will go beyond this stage, but TrekMovie.com will of course keep you all posted to the latest news on Abrams, Shatner and Star Trek XI.