At age 90, there is nothing slowing down Star Trek’s Captain Kirk. Just as William Shatner’s latest album is released comes news of a new series being developed from his TekWar books and a report that he is set to actually go into space.
According to Deadline, William Shatner’s TekWar series of books—which also spawned a television series, comic books, and a video game—is being developed as an adult animated series. He has teamed up with Pure Imagination Studios for a show being developed by Matt Michnovetz (24, Star Wars: The Clone Wars). It is described as a “mixed-reality” animated series that will include an element of audience participation via mobile devices.
Shatner’s TekWar series of nine novels released between 1989 and 1998 was adapted as a live-action television series that ran for two seasons between 1994 and 1996 in syndication and on the USA Network. The books and series were based on a future where a mind-altering high-tech drug named “Tek” had transformed society. The series starred Greg Evigan as Jake Cardigan, a private detective and former LAPD cop, with Shatner playing his boss and owner of the private security company Cosmos. It’s not known what role if any Shatner would have for the new version in development.
Imagination’s John P. Roberts sees TekWar war as relevant to today, saying in a statement, “We are very excited to work with the legendary William Shatner to reimagine the world of TekWar at a post-pandemic time. TekWar was truly ahead of its time envisioning a future filled with AI and the world of simulated reality. It’s becoming our reality now, and we’re excited to build a storyverse around it.”
Shatner in space?
Last Friday, TMZ reported that William Shatner is headed to actual space, set to launch aboard the second Blue Origin human spaceflight, following their initial flight in July which included founder Jeff Bezos. As of now, neither Shatner nor Blue Origin has confirmed the report. On Monday, Blue Origin did confirm that flight NS-18 (the 18th flight for the New Shepard rocket) will launch on October 12th with four astronauts. They also announced two of those going on the trip, promising the “two other astronauts will be announced in the coming days.”
If the report is true, it would make Shatner the oldest person to ever go into space. According to the TMZ report, Shatner’s mission to space would be filmed for an upcoming documentary.
Shatner talks firsts with Rolling Stone for new album
Shatner’s brand new autobiographical album Bill was just released. He spoke to Rolling Stone about his music career and more firsts from his many years in show business, including the first time he was on set for Star Trek and meeting co-star Leonard Nimoy.
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