The rumors about a sequel to the 1998 cult classic Free Enterprise (starring William Shatner) are heating up and this time it is Shatner himself who appears to be starting them. TrekMovie decided to check in with Free Enterprise director and co-writer Robert Meyer Burnett to find out what is going on.
Shatner talks Free Enterprise II?
William Shatner did an interview this week with the Tulsa World promoting his appearance (today) at Tulsa’s TrekExpo. The article appeared to report that the often discussed sequel to Free Enterprise is happening, here is an excerpt:
In the next few weeks, Shatner will be working on the film "Free Enterprise Two," a sequel to the cult favorite about young filmmakers who meet their screen idol: William Shatner.
We have heard rumblings about a sequel Free Enterprise before, most recently last September, when Robert Meyer Burnett spoke to TrekMovie and SciFi Wire saying that he hoped they could secure financing, noting it should be easier in the wake of the success of the new Star Trek movie. Today TrekMovie checked back with Burnett. While he would not confirm or deny the veracity of the article in the Tulsa paper, he did say (paraphrasing Star Trek II):
There are always possibilities, and it would be fun to go back to the Free Enterprise universe with William Shatner some day.
Burnett did say that if and when there was something to report about the project, he and Altman would give TrekMovie an interview. So TrekMovie will be keeping a close eye on anything new related to "Free Enterprise Two".
UPDATE: More from Shatner
While Burnett is playing his cards close to his chest, it seems Bill Shatner is letting it all hang out. At Tulsa’s TrekExpo on Saturday, Bill again talked about shooting Free Enterprise 2 this summer. See report for more.
And if you are not familiar with the original Free Enterprise, here is the trailer.
…and if you want to pick up a copy, it is available on DVD.