Last night Bill Shatner was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, promoting his show Raw Nerve, but things swung around to discussion of Star Trek. Bill said he thought the Star Trek movie was "wonderful", implying he finally saw it, and revealed he and JJ Abrams recently had lunch. However, he said he didn’t know if he would be in the sequel. See video below.
Shatner talks Trek sequel on Kimmel
Last night Bill Shatner appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live (video below). Bill talked about flying, Jimmy’s appearance on Raw Nerve, and his wax figure at Madame Tussauds, and then ended talking about the Star Trek sequel. Jimmy asked Bill about reading that he and JJ Abrams were going to meet to talk about the Star Trek sequel. Bill said they did meet for lunch, here is the exchange.
Kimmel: What is going on with Star Trek?
Shatner: I don’t know, will you call JJ for me?
Kimmel: I will call him
Shatner: Please, call him and ask him, in a slightly plaintive note, what are you doing?
Kimmel: Just say I am the captain and it is time for the captain to take charge.
Shatner: I said that, but this maître d’ came over and said "I am the captain."
Kimmel: You didn’t really give me an answer
Shatner: I literally don’t know. Star Trek is a wonderful show. They did a wonderful movie. JJ I think of as a buddy, he is a great director. I am sure when the right time comes, he will make the right decision.
Here is the video in two parts (part 2 has the exchange on Star Trek)
This is how rumors get started
By watching the video above it is clear that Bill and JJ had a courtesy lunch, something JJ said was going to happen at his press conference in October. At that event JJ said that he was "open" to Shatner in the sequel and Bill recently said he was open to being in the sequel. However, WENN (the same group who floated fake Tome Cruise in Star Trek story in 2006) turned the above exchange into the headline "SHATNER IN TALKS FOR ABRAMS’ STAR TREK SEQUEL". Of course there can be no "talks" because there isn’t even a story yet for the film, let alone a script with a part in it. It is possible Bill will end up in the sequel, but right now it is only conjecture. Clearly he is interested, but there are no "talks", at least in the traditional Hollywood sense of "negotiations".
Did Bill see Star Trek?
There is one other question, has Bill seen Star Trek? As of a month ago he had not. But it is now on home video, so maybe he really saw it.