Leonard Nimoy spoke to the Ottawa Sun about his upcoming appearance at Fan Expo Canada and took the opportunity to expand on his recent comments about Trek XI. As someone who has been around the block with Trek, he sees a lot of similarities between today and the 70s before Star Trek: The Motion Picture, telling the Sun “there was this great demand and no product.” Nimoy now reveals that both he and William Shatner have been contacted by Paramount regarding Star Trek XI, and he speculated as to why they have been showing renewed interest in the original Kirk and Spock.
The head of production at Paramount called my agency to tell them about this project and they are aware of Bill’s and my contribution to the franchise, and they’d like us to know they might want some involvement. It was all very, very general…They might possibly want Bill and I to set up the story as a flashback. But that’s just conjecture on my part.
Although he says he is retired, it does sound like he may be open to the possibility of being in Star Trek XI. Nimoy even joked that after a new actor plays Spock he may have to write a new book entitled ‘I Am Not Necessarily Spock.’ (he has previously written a book titled ‘I Am Not Spock’ and then other titled ‘I Am Spock’) Shatner himself has repeatedly said he is ready to go if he gets the call. TrekMovie.com has reported in the past that Trek XI producer JJ Abrams and William Shatner have had at least one meeting regarding Star Trek XI.