In ‘Shatner is Kirk’ news: UPI reports that William Shatner told the crowd at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival that ‘there is a part of me in him…and Kirk in me’. The original Kirk also told the Massachusetts Republican that he is not going to retire anytime soon, saying "ss I shakily take my last breath, maybe that’s when I will whisper, ‘I quit.’"…did he just paraphrase Khan’s last words?
Want to see classic Trek without all that Remastering and CGI?…well TV Land has got you covered.The home of retro TV starts airing the classic show later this month and have already started offering full episodes on their new Star Trek website (for one week only). The site offers a number of other Trek related video features and will host a live chat with Original Series stars Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei on Nov. 19th. Oh My.
Speaking of Shatner, TrekWeb’s Gustavo Leao opines that it is time to give Shatner’s ‘Star Trek V’ an upgrade. Taking a cue from Star Trek Remastered, Leao suggests "perhaps it’s time for Paramount and William Shatner to revisit Star Trek V The Final Frontier and restore many of the film’s lost sequences with the use of state-of-the-art CGI effects." TrekMovie.com has been told that this was suggested to Paramount Home Video years ago, but they didn’t bite. Can’t imagine many purists would object to monkeying with that film, and with the coming resurgence of Star Trek perhaps it is worth trying again Bill.
Variety takes a look at how Hollywood (including Paramount) is trying to revive many franchises, noting ‘Studios that haven’t been big franchise players in recent years, such as Paramount and Universal, have also been looking through their vaults for inspiration. Earlier this year, Par tasked J.J. Abrams with reviving "Star Trek" on the big screen’. In a related story Newsweek takes a look at how reboots are all the rage for franchises these days. See…Trek is trendy again.
And for Abrams there is a bit of good news and a bit of bad news for his TV empire. TV Squad reports that ‘What About Brian’ has received an order for more scripts, but ABC has yet to do the same for Abrams’ newest show ‘Six Degrees’. And even though ‘Lost’ is nowhere near being at risk of cancelation, TV Squad also notes that it continues to lose viewers and is starting to get beat up by its CBS’s ‘Criminal Minds’. Abrams could lose a show or two to make more room in his life for Trek anyway.
SciFi Wire is running a poll on ‘who do you think should play Captain Kirk’. It is an odd assortment of choices, with SciFi’s own Ben Browder beating out Matt Damon currently 48% to 27%. Not sure where they came up with the idea to add Chris Rock to the list, but he is tied for third with Heath Ledger with 10%. Pulling up the rear is poor Ben Affleck at 5%.