Since reported yesterday the rumor about the possibility of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy appearing in the next Star Trek film has set fandom ablaze with speculation. Much of the discussion has focused particularly Shatner, and now he has weighed in on it, as has Roberto Orci. See what they have to say below…
Shatner and Orci Weigh In On Kirk & Spock Prime Rumor
Bob Orci, the director and co-screenwriter of the 2016 Star Trek movie, weighed in on the Shatner/Nimoy scene rumor here at TrekMovie, with two separate comments. Firstly last night Orci wrote this:
boborci – September 22, 2014
love no win scenarios. In theoy, damned either way.
Some took that Star Trek II reference as a confirmation, so today Orci added this comment:
boborci – September 23, 2014
Not in my interest to confirm or deny anything because it limits my options while maintaining my integrity as a truth teller.
The movie is not the movie till it is in the theater. Until then, everything is a rumor.
A few hours later, William Shatner took to Twitter with a statement of his own:
Let’s talk ST. I don’t know anything about the current gossip. Nobody has contacted me. Right now it’s just rhetoric to cause hype.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) September 23, 2014
And Shatner felt this tweet was so important, he actually ‘pinned’ it to the top of his Twitter page.
So what we know is:
- There is a single story that has now been picked up by numerous outlets and has not been denied nor confirmed by Bob Orci, Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot, or anyone else involved with the production.
- William Shatner (according to the man himself) has not been approached by anyone, and apparently found out about this at the same time everyone else did.
- Leonard Nimoy hasn’t made any mention of the rumor (yet)
A quick side note: Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote a scene for Shatner in the 2009 Star Trek film, but decided that it didn’t work, and never even showed the scene to Shatner. That scene was never actually part of any of the drafts of the script, but was an optional scene that was ready to be dropped in the team agreed it could work. This could end up being something similar. As Bob notes above, the movie isn’t done until it’s in the theaters, and what is written early on could always fall by the wayside for a multitude of reasons.
That said, we suspect we haven’t heard the last of this. As always, TrekMovie will bring you the latest information as we get it.
Fans weigh in
As for the fans, based on voting from the poll TrekMovie put up yesterday, they overwhelmingly they want to see Shatner and Nimoy reunited in 2016. As of this writing, 78% want to see them both, with another 4% wanting to see one or the other and only 18% wanting neither.