Following the surprise announcement earlier this month that Patrick Stewart will lead a new Star Trek TV series, his fellow captain and Star Trek: Generations co-star William Shatner immediately congratulated Stewart on landing the new series. But could a show lead by Shatner also be a possibility?
Bill doesn’t want his own Trek series, but still willing to suit up as Kirk
CBS has announced they are pursuing a strategy of developing more Star Trek shows for All Access, so it is reasonable to ask if a show with Shatner as Kirk is a possibility. When asked if they are considering a show headed by Shatner, CBS Studios president David Stapf told Deadline earlier this month that wasn’t something in the works but also added: “I would say, never say never.”
However, it appears that Shatner isn’t interested in doing a new series. He told the Toronto Star:
Right now I’m happy doing what I’m doing. I’ve been offered many series over the years. But I haven’t done them because of the commitment of time. And at this stage of my life that’s more valuable than anything else.
UPDATE: And Shatner was even more emphatic on this point when speaking to the Toronto Sun, saying:
I’m wishing Patrick all the best. I hope he does really well going back to Star Trek, but that isn’t for me.
While a Shatner-led Kirk show may be off the table, the actor remains willing, albeit with conditions, to return to the role as a guest star. The original Captain Kirk laid out to The Star what it would take:
It will have to pass through enormous hurdles including permission from Paramount and then they’ll have to get back to me and see where things are at.
As Shatner noted, he remains busy, including growing a rather active music career. 2018 is bringing not just one, but two new William Shatner albums. To follow his new country music album Why Not Me, released earlier this month, Bill has a Christmas album coming in October, which was just made available for pre-order. Titled Shatner Claus, it features fourteen tracks with Shatner doing Christmas classics as duets with artists from a variety of music genres, including Henry Rollins, Brad Paisley, Iggy Pop and Judy Collins. There is also an original tune.
Here is the full track listing:
1. Jingle Bells Feat. Henry Rollins
2. Blue Christmas Feat. Brad Paisley
3. Little Drummer Boy Feat. Joe Louis Walker
4. Winter Wonderland Feat. Todd Rundgren & Artimus Pyle
5. Twas the Night Before Christmas Feat. Mel Collins
6. Run Rudolph Run Feat. Elliot Easton
7. O Come, O Come Emmanuel Feat. Rick Wakeman
8. Silver Bells Feat. Ian Anderson
9. One for You, One for Me
10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Feat. Billy Gibbons
11. Silent Night Feat. Iggy Pop
12. White Christmas Feat. Judy Collins
13. Feliz Navidad Feat. Dani Bender
14. Jingle Bells Feat. Henry Rollins (Punk Rock Version)