TJ Hooker Movie Update: Shatner Says It’s Time For Him To Be ‘Father Hooker’

Yesterday we ran a report about how the producer of the TJ Hooker: The Movie, was interested in bringing back members of the original cast of the 80s cop show, including William Shatner. Today Bill issued one of his enigmatic statements that indicated he is at least interested in a role, if not more. Details below.     

 
 

Bill for TJ’s Daddy?
In both of our previous articles about the TJ Hooker movie, we suggested that Bill could potentially play the father of the new TJ Hooker, a role that is said to be an important part of the upcoming ‘action comedy.’ Just minutes ago, Bill sent out the following update on Twitter:

I’ve played Father Time long enough. Now it’s time to play Father Hooker. http://tinyurl.com/tjhooker

The link he sent out actually goes to yesterday’s TrekMovie.com story about the TJ Hooker movie. It isn’t exactly clear if Bill is just expressing an interest in the role, or if he is indicating that there are already talks underway. TrekMovie is trying to find out, and we will provide an update when we know. But with both Shatner and the producer seemingly of the same mind, things are looking good for Bill to end up in at least one feature film reboot from his past TV career.

 
 

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Brad P.

Shatner as TJ Hooker’s dad and Chris Pine as TJ Hooker!

First!?

Chris M

Personally I think that since William Shatner wasn’t in Star Trek (BTW I agree with Roberto Orci that the hologram of William Shatner as Captain Kirk would have been awesome!) I think he should at least have the chance to play a part in TJ Hooker! Would be harsh for him to miss out on Both Star Trek and TJ Hooker, he’s Denny Crane for goodness sake, he’s not supposed to lose!

Mike Ten

BRAD P., that would be funny if Chris Pine was T.J. Hooker . Pine could be speeding and crash his Dad’s (Shatner’s) corvette and a motorcycle cop that was chasing him could ask his name and he could say “Tiberious James Hooker!”

Janice

Good one, #3 Miek Ten

Harry Ballz

Shatner could have a granddaughter who sleeps around a lot….she becomes known as “that Hooker”

Every guy in town gets asked: Who was that hooker I saw you with last night?

Ahhh,….. whatever. I still love Shatner.

T Steuver

Would Heather Locklear also appear in the movie? That would be awesome.

richpit

I don’t care about the TJ Hooker movie, but I think The Shat should get the part of Father Hooker.

They should probably find a way to squeeze Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox in there somehow! :D

The Spirit of Truth

#2…

One Word…..AMEN.

1: “Shatner as TJ Hooker’s dad and Chris Pine as TJ Hooker!”

That’s hilarious. I would love to see that too.

Jim Cude

Yes please- thank goodness. Let the Shat ham it up all he wants for TJ and keep him away from what is now a classily rebooted Trek.

dalek

#11 Nope lets have the best of both worlds and have him in TJ AND Trek.

The keep him away ‘tude is prejudice and not of the Star Trek spirit at all.

Bob

Hollyweird has become desperate to revive this crappy show.

lostrod

By all means, use the services of Mr. Shatner while he’s still available. Although 20 years his junior, I become more aware each day how brief our time is in this universe.

#13 Bob

You’re entitled to your opinion, but in light of some of the stuff on the tubes/airwaves/Web these days – TJ Hooker is Shakespeare.

Or, to be more accurate – typical entertainment. Why bash one show when you could include thousands over the decades of prime time TV.

I’ve mellowed and generally find something to like in any of these vintage shows.

Life’s too short. Lighten up and enjoy.

Regards.

cw

Well look at it this way: They are making a movie about the video game Asteroids. Why the hell not bring back TJ friggin’ Hooker. If Adrian Zmed is in it, I am watching. Mostly because of Bachlor Party and a little for Grease 2.

JimJ

I actually really like that idea that was thrown out there, “THE SHAT” as father Hooker (maybe James Tiberius Hooker) and Chris Pine as TJ Hooker (Tiberius James Hooker)-lol

Seriously, I DO like the Pine idea!

MDSHiPMN

Ahhhh… The age of the re-make.

Sorry Shat, I wont pay to see it.

The many repercussions of dying in ST: Generations.

Is this the only way you can get back on the silver screen? To parody yourself?

jastrek_montreal

shatner should play a hooker in TJ hooker

KevinA Melbourne Australia

3. Mike Ten

Since this is a comedy let push the Shatner/Pine angle!

There is an entire Star Trek fan base who woukd be at that one. The whole Star Trek movie introduction to Kirk could be restaged with a CIG “Young Shatner Hooker” chasing his son on a bike to the cliff face! Cue slap across the ears!

Then move 20 something years ahead when a drunken “Pine Hooker” is ticked off after a Bar fight by James Darren as “Captain Jim Corrigan” and sent off to Police Academy ……….

This could be as much fun as counting down to ST09!

THX-1138

This is just another sign that the “brain trust” in Hollywood has gone back to using lot’s of cocaine at developement meetings.. Because surely they can’t be this dumb.

Can they?

spark

1: “Shatner as TJ Hooker’s dad and Chris Pine as TJ Hooker!”

That’s hilarious. I would love to see that too.

I 3rd that. That would be a great prelude to an appearance in the next Trek sequel!

If only he would go and see the damn movie. Thats gotta hurt JJ a bit.

Buzz Cagney

Seriously- who care’s!! (still love Bill though!)

ilkers

If there’s Pine again in a project that the Shat was in a couple of decades ago it would be too much for him :) That kind of stress at old age is not really good. Good joke though

Anyways, the show was crappy, and I won’t pay to see the feature film carved out of it. There are some funny indeas about Nimoy guest starring but he’s more clever than that…

Harry Ballz

For the last twenty years the Shat has played the buffoon and managed to lampoon his own image.

Now they want him in a comedy.

M’yeah……THAT he can do!

Hollywood is unlikely to ever cast him in a drama again.

That starship has sailed!

Leslie Neilsen and William Shatner have managed, as old Canadian actors, to have a second career playing clowns!

Remember, once you play CLOWN you never live it DOWN!

KevinA Melbourne Australia

22. ilkers

I’d never pay for a serious version but this is supposed to be a comedy.

We haven’t had a good old Copper Comedy since the Police Academy days (well maybe Naked Gun). If it’s done comic style with the Shat in it, it should be a look see.

Kilo-Three-Zero

15: Don’t be hatin’ a classic. If you think an Asteroids movie is absurd, remember, A View-Master movie adaption is in talks.
Aside: Godspeed to the crew of the S.S. Triangle.

And yes, #3’s idea is pure WIN.

Penhall99

I just love all the smarmy remarks on here. Yeah, it never gets old or anything…

Anyway, I hope TJ Hooker creator Rick Husky is involved in some way.

Daoud

Well, #3, all you need to do is close the movie with TJ Hooker, Sr. (Shatner) and his lifelong friend Paul McGuire (Nimoy) sitting on a verandah, talking, laughing, and having a drink as the sun sets over the ocean…. Then it’s golden…

As long as they aim for that Lethal Weapon audience, T J Hooker: The Motion Picture should work well. But who should be the “buddy” for TJ Hooker, Jr. (Pine)?

Third Remata'Klan

#11 – Awesome!

Let the Shat and Pine work together in that other movie (I’d watch it!), and let Pine lead the class act that is now Trek on his own from now on.

Canon Schmanon

After that, Denny Crane, The Motion Picture.

Iowagirl

I grew up with Hooker – jeez, I even watched it before I became aware of ST. When I first watched TOS I was wondering whether that Kirk guy was being played by the same guy who used to play Hooker…:)

In short, I love Hooker. It’s wonderfully cheesy, it’s fun, it’s entertaining, and it’s never taken itself too seriously – some “modern” shows can take a leaf out of Hooker’s book in this regard.

I think a film with the original cast would be cool. Don’t know who should play Hooker, but I’m game for anyone other than Pine.

I hear they’re doing a Holmes and Yoyo movie. Makes as much sense to me.

*And if anyone here knows that reference you watched too much TV like me and you get a cigar.

Jack

who’s playing Adrian Zmed’s hair?

toddk

knock yourself out bill!!

Hmmm. With Zachary Quinto as Officer Vince Romano. It’s all coming together!

Frank

I think it would be a touching plot line to have the elder Hooker showing his son how to ride on car hoods. Perhaps they could find themselves on a car hood together trying to stop the bad guys. Makes me weepy just thinking about it.

Timncc1701

Never watched TJ Hooker. Was a TOS fan. Also couldn’t get into the short lived Barbary Coast series with the Shat. Is that coming next? I’d rather see him in a Boston Legal movie. But if TJ Hooker is to be a comedy, he has already proven he can do that with Boston Legal. More power to him.

Jorg Sacul

“Shatner and Pine together again, for the very first time. In 3D.”

Hooker Sr.: Somebody…help me off… thehoodofthiscar!

Hooker Jr.: Lighten up, cupcake!

Capt Krunch

actually Pine and Shat are in a movie togther. Quantum Quest: Cassini Space Odyssey…at least their voices will be together…along with Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Hayden Christensen(all the Skywalkers!) Sam L Jackson, Robert Picardo, Brent Spiner, and Neil Armstong!!
The story of a young photon forced from the sun on a journey of discovery!
WOW…TREK and WARS and a real astronaut… together at last!!
Due out 12-25-09 …AWESOME!!!

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire.

They can also cast George Takaie as the bad guy for Shatners Older T.J. Hey with George being the bad guy hating T.J Sr. There would be no acting required for Takaie. It would all be real. I can hear him say it now. Hookerrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

screaming satellite

one thing that gives pause for thought…

If Shatner plays the ORIGINAL TJ Hooker (and the new guy whoever they get plays his son) then wouldnt it have to be an action drama? (like the tv show or Lethal Weapon)

but If Shatner dosnt play the original Hooker…but is still the father of TJ Hooker (new guy) then i guess it can be a Starsky & Hutch style action comedy (as they seem to be planning)

i dont see how a fairly serious action drama show (as TJ Hooker was)can suddenly change its tone and be a slapstick style romp…itd be like NYPD Blue doing a Police Academy style movie and getting Dennis Franz to goof about

Lore

Twenty bucks says if Star Trek hadn’t been so successful, a TJ Hooker movie wouldn’t be considered now. Shatner probably pitched the idea himself.

Mitch

Good to see that at least one set of producers appreciates what Shatner did for the respective franchise. I’d like to see Shatner as the original Hooker, with the movie being about his son, Tommy, aka TJ Hooker Jr.

It would be just like Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson. Richard Roundtree, the original Shaft, played his original character–Jackson’s uncle.

They did well.

Mr. Anonymous

I’m sorry to say I’ve never even seen this show before. I’ve always known OF it, though. Was it generally good?

RM10019

31 = funny! nice trek connection with John Schuck too :)

Would be a shame IMO, if Shatner went out as TJ Hooker being his swan song instead of Kirk.

Mitch

44–yes, it was a good show. It was a great role for Shatner. It wasn’t Kirk, but it was a very good character. Hooker was a no nonsense, old school, badass cop. He was experienced, taught at the academy, and set a great example for his young partner Romano.

The first 2 seasons are on DVD. Shatner was awesome in the role, and it actually had a longer run than Star Trek. If they are SMART, and don’t change the genre, they could have a REALLY good movie on their hands, especially with Shatner as the original TJ Hooker.

As others have said, this movie SHOULD target a Lethal Weapon type audience. If Shatner isn’t the Danny Glover type character, then someone else should be, while the title character (the original TJ Hooker’s son), could be the hotshot.

It could work very well.

And I think Chris Pine would never take the part, but it would be a genius casting move for the producers. Pine took the challenge of stepping into the role of James Kirk, and didn’t make a mockery of it. He was not written as a comedic character. He was written as a serious character. He could play the son of TJ Hooker just as well.

Closettrekker

I won’t pay to see it specifically, but I’d probably check it out on HBO eventually.

I think at this point in his career, this is the type of role (comedic and self-parodic) he can play well. I just hope they have the good sense to keep him off the hood of any cars.

Danpaine

Good for him. I love seeing Shatner in comedies. His part in that “Showtime” movie with Eddie Murphy and DeNiro was laugh-out-loud hilarious.

78, and still going strong. It gives one hope.