William Shatner is touring Australia and New Zealand this week with his "Shatner, Kirk, Crane and Beyond". At the show in Sydney Bill once again talked about how he wants in on the Star Trek sequel, and he also talked about the death of Kirk in Generations. Details and video below, plus a new poll on how to put Bill into the Star Trek sequel (if at all).
Shatner talking about next Star Trek movie (and his last movie as Kirk)
One question William Shatner got during his "Kirk, Crane and Beyond" Twitter Q&A in Sydney was who in Hollywood he would like the chance to work with. After a long sigh, Bill said "JJ Abrams and the next Star Trek movie." Here is the clip via the Shatner Project on YouTube.
Australian TrekMovie reader Adrian Powers (thanks) sent in a report/review on Shatner’s show in Sydney, which he describes as "absolutely amazing". Powers reports that Shatner had noted how just days before Charlie Sheen made headlines for bombing badly on the opening night of his new "Torpedo of Truth" stage tour and Bill feared the same thing could happen to him, but apparently that was no problem as, according to the reviewer, "Shatner had the entire audience in the palm of his hand the whole night".
Powers also recounts an especially moving part of the show with this account of Bill discussing Kirk’s death scene in Star Trek: Generations.
The most powerful section of the night for me was when Shatner told the story about his thought processes for how he would deal with his death scene in ‘Generations’. He articulated it in a certain way that I’d never really considered, and it made the whole event extremely touching and thought provoking. Bill said he always played Kirk as a man with a tremendous sense of awe and wonder about the world around him. He said ‘when Kirk looked up into space, he was amazed. When a monster ran at him, he was amazed’. This was the motivation for Kirk’s ‘Oh My’ line in ‘Generations’ — Kirk being truly awed by finally glimpsing death. Bill then commented that he himself is terrified of death, and that, being 80, he has to deal with it now every day of his life.
Bill draws comparison with Kirk’s death in "Generations" and his own fear of death
POLL: One more time for Kirk?
Of course it is the death of Kirk in Generations that gives the new Star Trek team difficulties in bringing Shatner on for the 2012 Star Trek sequel. As the 2009 Star Trek film has moved the action into a new universe, Shatner’s Kirk remains dead in the prime universe, and the actor has himself acknowledged that there is a problem with bringing Kirk back from the grave. Resurrecting Shatner gets even more complicated as producer/co-writer Roberto Orci has said they will not be using time travel again for during his tenure on Star Trek.
However, being sci-fi there are always possibilities. In fact, Orci and Alex Kurtzman did write an optional scene for the 2009 Star Trek movie that brought Kirk into the film via a holographic recording carried by Nimoy’s Spock from the prime universe. So while it wouldn’t have been a resurrection, the scene would have still given Shatner a cameo as the original James T. Kirk. In the end, the team decided the scene didn’t work for their film, and they were concerned that Shatner wouldn’t do a cameo (something he had said on multiple occasions). But, director JJ Abrams told TrekMovie in 2009 that not including Shatner was his toughest decision.
So maybe the second time is the time for Bill? How would you bring Shatner as Kirk back? Or do you think he should not be brought back at all?
Shatner in "Star Trek Generations" (1994), his last Star Trek film?