In the recent MTV interview with the Trek writers, there was a mention of a recent meeting with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. TrekMovie.com asked the folks at Shatnervision to ask Mr. Shatner about this meeting…and they were kind of enough to do so.
The saga of is he or isn’t he in the film has gone on longer than the Abrams directing thing. At some times Shatner seemed to be very excited about the project, and at others totally disinterested. The latest interview with Orci and Kurtzman raised expectations that perhaps Shatner and Nimoy have been cast, but this video makes it clear that things are still not decided. Also apparently Oh and that bit with him and the cell phone was great! "the guy in a red shirt is gonna die"
Transcript of the relevent bit…
Question: There is a rumor that you & Leonard Nimoy recently met with the production staff of the next Star Trek movie. Can you tell us about it?
Shatner: Leonard, I believe met with him, I met with them. A producer and director and presumably one of the writers….JJ Abrams. And nothing really occurred…as far as I was concerned, and I am sure for Leonard as well. It was an exploratory talk. I have no idea what the script is. I have no idea what they are doing. I have no idea whether they want me to be in it in some small way or not. As for me wanting to be in it, I think it would be cool but it would have to be meaningful in some small way. And that is really the truth of everything. And they want to go next fall, so as is apparent I will be working here [Boston Legal] so if they ever wanted me some arrangements would have to be made.
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UPDATE: Calls into question aspects of MTV article
The original passage from the infamous MTV article which inspired the above question to Shatner is as follows…
Speaking of the old guard, Shatner and Nimoy recently visited with Orci, Kurtzman and Abrams. According to the writers, the meetings went well. "It was pretty much the most stressful thing ever, but it was wonderful," Kurtzman said. "They were amazing."
That sounds like there was a recent meeting with both Shatner and Nimoy, but Shatner makes it clear that they never met all together. Also TrekMovie.com has learned that it wasn’t all that recently and it is likely that this meeting is the same one that Shatner spoke about having many months ago. The reason to pick these nits with MTV is that it shows how they may not have chosen their words very carefully. In this case ‘Shatner and Nimoy recently met’ is actually two seperate meetings from last year. Bear that in mind when you freak out over MTV’s usage of the word ‘reimagining’