As part of the promotion for the DVD release of Star Trek: The Animated Series StarTrek.com has a new interview with George Takei. The original Mr Sulu talks about his experiences working on the animated show, and speculates on the potential of doing a new TAS based on the Original Series
…the original is what is undebatably the most popular of all the series. So yeah, I’d like to see our generation of Star Trek revived in animated form. And, our voices more-or-less still resemble what we sounded like 40 years ago, so I think the original actors couldbe brought back for that.
Could a new TAS work?
Takei speculates that the remaining original actors could be supplemented with impersonators for the late De Forest Kelly and Jimmy Doohan. It is a bit hard to imagine that either Shatner or Nimoy would bother with a new animated show, neither speak fondly about their experiences with the show from the 70s. That being said, the notion of a new Trek animated show is something that comes up often and TrekMovie.com has heard that it has been talked about at CBS Paramount, but nothing is currently in development. That other big ‘star’ franchise has recently dipped its toe in the animated waters. LucasFilm put out ‘The Clone Wars’ on the Cartoon Network to bridge the gap between Star Wars Episodes II and III, and they are at work on a follow-up animated series as well.
Read the rest of the interview for more on Takei’s thoughts on TAS and how it effected his run for City Council in L.A.
Father to a Hiro
While Takei dreams of ways to revive Sulu, he is getting some real work on network TV. E! is reporting that Sulu will play the father of the standout character Hiro Nakamura on the hit NBC show ‘Heroes’. This will be a bit of an inside joke, as the character Hiro often makes references to Star Trek and is capable of transporting himself through space and time (just like Trek but without a transporter). Oku is quoted as saying "This is absolutely brilliant…Hiro’s father is this big honcho who shows up in America with his bodyguard. He has this whole elaborate scheme to kidnap his son and take him back to Japan…I just hope I get to say, ‘Dad! Sulu is my hero, not you!’ The sci-fi fans would love it!" Look for Takei in a cliffhanger episode airing January 29th.
UPDATE: Takei Also wants to be in Trek XI…what a surprise
Trek Nation has a new interview with George Takei up where he discusses various things including Trek XI.He says that unlike Shatner he has not spoken to J.J. Abrams, but he would certainly "want to be a part of therevival of Star Trek as a movie." He also questioned the story that Nimoy told about having casting approval, and was certain he had no such rights for Sulu. Takei seems to have no issues with his and other classic Trek characters being recast, pointing out that even though the James Bond of the 60s is still iconic others have played the role. He seems to have a bit of a crush on the new Bond too "I’ve seen Casino Royale and Daniel Craig is amagnificent presence. He has the agility, the masculinity, the graceand suavity and the power that James Bond has to have."