With all the recent news TrekMovie.com thought it would check in with the ‘Bring Back Kirk’ Campaign and see what they thought of JJ Abrams plans for bringing back Kirk (but maybe not William Shatner). The BBK campaign started in the aftermath of Star Trek Generarations in 1994 by some fans who were not happy with how the character of Kirk was uncerimonially killed off. The BBK claim over a million hits a year to their site, with growing trafic over recent months (for obvious reasons). Although they have never had any contact with Shatner or Parmount they have shown up in some documentaries as well as getting media coverage by various genre sites and mags as well as TV Guide. They may be best known for their elaborate CGI trailers trailers using audio clips from films, TV and audio books to weave together a story around Kirk’s return. Jason Turner (29, freelance web designer from the UK) spoke to TrekMovie.com on behalf of the BBK campign and gave their thoughts on the latest news.
TrekMovie.com: What is your main objective?
Bring Back Kirk Campaign: We want to see Captain Kirk alive and well beyond the Generations timeline. We want a happy ending for our hero.
TM: So you want a film that focuses on Shatner as Kirk?
BBK: We’re not asking for them to make Mr. Shatner the center of Trek again. But we would like to see his inclusion in Trek XI, to let us know the character is alive and well. It doesn’t actually have to be a part of the plot. Kirk and Spock in a post-Generations timeline reminiscing about old times would be sufficient. They don’t need an onscreen resurrection or detailed exposition. A simple line of dialogue could very easily explain everything.
TM: With regards to the new film, how do you feel about it being a return to the TOS universe and the character of James T. Kirk
BBK: Right now, mixed emotions. We’re thrilled that Kirk is returning. It shows that we finally got the message to bring the character back. But we are very disappointed at the lack of inclusion of Shatner. I think that not including him has made a lot of people upset, and probably cost the studio a good chunk of money. Does this mean the film will flop? We can’t say. But I am 100 percent certain that including Shatner WILL add to the box office.
TM: How do you feel about the recasting of Kirk?
BBK: It’s both inevitable and necessary for Trek’s future. However, it needs to be done right. William Shatner is a legend. It is not easy to replace a legend. Kirk is not Bond, Batman or Superman. They need to find someone that will match the bravado and energy, and that’s not easy. But more important, another reason to get Shatner in the movie is to add to the legitimacy of the role. Finally, you will have Shatner passing the torch properly.
TM: Assuming William Shatner is not in the film, but ‘Kirk is back’ do you see that as a kind of victory or will only Shatner as Kirk satisfy your objectives?
BBK: It’s a victory in that Kirk is back. But it’s a hollow victory because the death of Kirk still will overshadow the franchise.
TM: How do you feel about Nimoy’s returning?
BBK: Normally, it would be great news. But notice how the inclusion of Nimoy is overshadowed by the failure to include Shatner. Nimoy accepting a role means that the script should be good. But even a good script won’t necessarily overcome the disappointment of Kirk not being there. To have one without the other is baffling and something we’d like to hear more about from the JJ camp.
TM: What are you plans for the future?
BBK: We still hold out hope for Kirk’s return. Even without Shatner, there are opportunities to canonize a return without decanonizing Generations. We want Abrams to tell this story. William Shatner is a legend, and wants one more shot at playing Kirk. We believe it’s win-win and they will be rewarded at the box office with his inclusion and we’ll have our hero back and look forward to more of his earlier adventures.
You can visit the campaign at bringbackkirk.com
Here is their latest trailer