Will the Original Captain Kirk Be in Star Trek 2?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:47 am,

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The last Star Trek film was by all accounts a huge success, both financially and critically. The reboot brought in $384 million worldwide since its May 2009 release and with the DVD soon to hit store shelves November 17th, the financial gain is sure to continue. Director J.J. Abrams, along with writers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci managed to reinvent the Roddenberry franchise without the use of *gasp* William Shatner.

Some people questioned why they wouldn’t bring Shatner on board for the reboot – not because he is the greatest actor in the world, but rather because he essentially IS the embodiment of Star Trek. Our friends at Cinema Blend pointed us towards The West Australian, who were at a Los Angles press conference promoting the Star Trek DVD, where J.J. Abrams addressed that very topic and it looks like William Shatner MAY (not will) show up in the new Star Trek sequel.

“The problem was his character died on screen in one of his Trek films and because we decided, very early on, that we wanted to adhere to Trek canon as best we could … the required machinations to get Shatner into the movie would have been very difficult to do given the story we wanted to tell and also to give him the kind of part that he would be happy with.”

I suppose that makes sense. Shatner did die in the Star Trek: Generations movie only to come back from the afterlife “Nexus” and die again later in the movie. So why wouldn’t Abrams and company do the same kind of thing for the prequel?

“It was a foregone conclusion we wanted him in the [Star Trek]. It was this thing where it would have felt like a gimmick in order to get Shatner in the movie, which would have honestly, to me, been distracting.”

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Not quite as distracting as Leonard Nimoy returning to battle a snow beast as his home planet is destroyed, or as distracting as a green alien hottie in her underwear, but I understand what he means. Trying to start a franchise basically from scratch so that it may continue to live through numerous sequels is tough enough to do without bringing back in a familiar face just for the sake of branding.

So what has changed in the Star Trek universe that would allow Abrams to include Shatner into the upcoming sequel?

“In terms of moving forward, I am open to anything. I feel like the first movie did some of the heavy lifting that needed to be done in order to free us to continue going forward. Maybe there’s less of a burden and there’s going to be more opportunity to work with him (Shatner).”

I’m not really sure how I feel about that statement. The inclusion of Shatner in any manner other than portraying Captain Kirk would just be strange. That means in order to use both Chris Pine and William Shatner as Captain Kirk there would have to be time travel involved and honestly that would feel gimmicky to me. The whole topic is covered in detail on the upcoming Star Trek DVD, in a feature called “The Shatner Conundrum”.

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I honestly don’t think Shatner should return to the franchise. He had his three decades of fame from Star Trek and should now fade into the background and enjoy watching younger actors pick up the torch and run with it. I’ve enjoyed watching him in his more comedic roles lately and who doesn’t like the Price Line Negotiator? But he most likely will play a part in the sequel because Abrams added:

“I would love to work with [Shatner]. We speak. We actually have a lunch date planned. “

What do you think about William Shatner coming back on board to play a part in Star Trek 2? Should he leave well enough or alone or does he deserve to be in every Trek movie as long as he lives?

The Star Trek Blu-ray and DVD comes out in the US November 17th, 2009.

Source: Cinema Blend, The West Australian

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  1. How can William Shatner be in the movie when he is using a walker and yelling at those damn kids to get off his lawn. i say just let Chris Pine be Capt. Kirk now. he is far easier on the eyes than the Shatner of today, Shatner was a handsome young stud in his prime but now he just looks like unwashed fruit.

  2. I am sorry “connie” but how is 100 year old Nimoy not “unwashed fruit.”

    Yes Shatner was and is a mediocre actor but Chris Pine isn’t better.

    The article above really fails to understand trek (or even science fiction), there are a score of ways Shanter could have been in the latest film. For one, a flashback, whcih is a very common literary device, by Spock, would have done it and take 30 secodns out of the film.

    Shatner is the #1 icon element of the franchise. His cheesiness itself, his playing the part like space cowboy was always part of the appeal.

  3. I found the last star trek (on the right heading) the whole point of star trek is to ask where can we go as a race

  4. yes it will be part of the movie to show the new fans out there please do it long fan for years superpete.

  5. Its entirely possible now since the reboot ended up being about an alternate universe. Remember originaly Kirks father saw him become captain. In the new alternate universe he died at Kirks birth. That being said whos to say that Kirk died in the Generations at all, or that any of the events in the original flics happened? The whole point of a reboot if you as me!

  6. I feel there is nothing wrong with bringing kirk back one last time. Lets face it he didn’t exactly bow out in a great way did he, being finally buried under a pile of rocks. So what if he is old now, you don’t have to bring him back expecting him to run around at his age, just a way where he can be an inspiration to the film and allow him to bow out alive and gracefully at the end of the film.

  7. Yes, bring back Kirk forever, the greatest captain ever, it was disgraceful the way he was killed.
    Bring him back J.J.
    Star Trek 2 was killed by not having shatner, he should have been prioritized over Spock, J.J. could have found a way.
    This movie was about Kirk, not Spock, or Spocks new girlfriend.
    Loved the new McCoy, what a treat, thank you, so well done.
    Trek fan since the beginning.

  8. I thought the first one was amazing…great script, graphics…the whole she-bang. But because Nimoy was shown in the first one doesn’t mean that Shatner should appear in the second. Although I agree, you think Star Trek you think Captain Kirk (Shatner)…but I think it would be best to leave well enough alone. I mean…the only possible way (and it’s still corny) other than time travel is a dream sequence where he talks to himself (Shatner) in the future. It would ruin the flow of what they’ve already started. Now…it’ll be new adventures since the past has now been changed. It’s an alternate adventure.

  9. When I first learned that James Kirk got killed, I was so furious and I waited and waited for a resolution but that never happened so I abandoned Star Trek completely and loathed it ever since and to make matters worse, poor Malcolm McDowell got blamed and had been getting death threats over the death of James Kirk. This ruined my childhood and I still have little hope that Kirk will come back from the dead.

  10. Why not angle towards Shatner’s book “the return” and create a Kirk under alien control while Chris pines. as the younger Kirk must face his possible future and his own mortaliTy and his final historic place in star trek lore

  11. If he’s to return he should be revived by the Borgs like in the Star Trek novels series. Borgs found his grave on Veridian 3 , took what was left and revived him with Borg nano technology.

  12. Shatner is Shatner, nuff said already .

  13. i feel william shatner needs to be put back on star trek before anymore death of the original cast dies. and before william shatner gets too old . he is far the best captain ever . please put him back on as captain .i miss not having him as the captains . we don’t have bones anymore or scotty . he is over do to be on the new captain kirk and spock needs to meet what made him famous.

  14. I have always felt that some time soon the reboot crew would have to
    go back and reset the time changes made by the changes that Nero and his
    crew inflicted. If this is to eventually happen in any up-coming reboot
    movie, Shatner could be weaved in as Captain Kirk’s father, (Chris Pine’s
    father,) once the Enterprise has effected the correction in the time-space
    continuum, putting everything back the way it was before Nero changed it all.
    I’m sure that Spock ALSO would want his Mother back,.. as much as Captain
    Kirk would want his father back,.. so this would be incentive to go back
    in time and correct things. Shatner could play the father of Kirk.
    I could see that happening. It’s logical too.