Update: ‘Star Trek 3’…with Captain Kirk? Hmmm.

**** UPDATE ****

Negotiations 101.

It appears that my report (below) from back in September that William Shatner has a role in the upcoming Star Trek 3 film was accurate.  The only remaining question is whether Shatner wants the gig:

Shatner says he would do the movie if it’s a meaningful part, “a role that had something to do with the turning of the plot.” Still, the 83-year-old actor says he’s not sure how they’d bring him back now — 20 years after his character was killed off in “Star Trek: Generations.”

“That was so long ago. How do they bring me back physically like this? I don’t know,” he says.

Star Trek: Into the Darkness director J.J. Abrams has reached out to Shatner to measure his interest in a Captain James T. Kirk cameo.  The AP reports that Abrams’ shout-out to Shatner last week has paved the way for Star Trek 3’s director Roberto Orci, to make contact with the American icon about the specifics of his movie appearance.

Here’s the entire AP report.  Beam up more money Scotty!  This deal is about to close without any Red Shirts getting killed.  Well, maybe.


Star Trek Trivia: Faithful viewers of the 1960s television show will immediately see the precarious position that wearing a Red Shirt put these guys in.  Most will immediately think that more Star Fleet officers wearing Red Shirts died than any other colored shirt–and you’d be correct.

chartHowever, using the actual formula below, Significance Magazine determined that the casualty rates of Gold Shirts during the 60’s TV show was higher than that of the Red Shirts.  Go figure.

Red Shirt formula

Still, Red Shirt security personnel have a casualty rate of 75%.  Let’s hope that director Roberto Orci’s pitch to Shatner doesn’t entail Captain Kirk putting on a Red Shirt.

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Yeah, I would be down with William Shatner making a cameo appearance in the next Star Trek motion picture.  But apparently, it’s not a done deal (yet).  According to Badass Digest (that name makes REEL BRIEF sound so lame), Shatner has been offered a small part with Spock’s Leonard Nimoy:

I have learned that the script for Star Trek 3 includes a scene that reteams Shatner and Nimoy onscreen as Kirk and Spock for the first time in canon since 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. It would be a pretty huge moment for fans of the franchise, and likely the last time we’ll ever see Shatner as James T. Kirk in official continuity.

I’ll go out on a limb and say that if screenwriter Roberto Orci is REALLY serious about James T. Kirk showing up for ‘Star Trek 3’, he’ll add a Green Chick to the script to entrap entice him.

No start date for filming has been set.

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