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Roberto Orci Wanted Shatner in Star Trek XI

On a recent message board, Star Trek XI co-writer Roberto Orci stated:

In Trek 09, I do wish we could’ve more effectively dealt with Nero’s time in the movie. I feared we might have to cut his jail time, and we had other options we were thinking about, but at the time, what we wrote and shot seemed like the best fit.

I wish we could’ve made more of the Kobayashi Maru test, and how he cheated exactly. In a perfect world where everyone would sit through a 3 hour star Trek, I wanted to see him and bones sneak into the simulator control room the night before or something. Kind of a mini-mission at the academy.

We had some cool lines from Spock Prime about quantum mechanics that explained the seeming coincidences better through science wish I wish we had kept.

And of course, last, but not least, I wish he had gotten William Shatner to do the scene we wrote for him.


William Shatner IGN Interview

Relevant excerpt from IGN’s recent interview with Shatner:

SC: I have to ask you a geeky question to finish it out. Will you play Kirk again? Is there a possibility for that?

WS: If J.J. were to ask me, I would certainly consider it. It's a great role, and they were writing it so beautifully as the aging Kirk. The stages that human beings go through as they age -- it seems to be a great interest in tackling Star Trek. I don't know how he'd allow for the 45 years that have gone on since I was there, but, you know, that's science fiction.


Anthony Pascale Interview with William Shatner

Anthony Pascale recently interviewed Shatner at an Epix outdoor screening of The Captains.  Anthony states:

I described to Mr. Shatner how there indeed was a Star Trek 2009 scene written for him and how they had worked out a way to bring him back as a recording of Kirk. Shatner (wryly) pondered "why didn’t they tell me [about the scene]?" And when I asked that if they used this recording method, would he consider doing a "short scene" for the Star Trek sequel. Shatner would only say (with a smile) "It depends on the short scene.”

7/21/11 Interviews Shatner

Relevant excerpt from’s recent interview with Shatner:

You stated at a convention pretty recently that you will not be in the next Star Trek feature. But if J.J. Abrams called you tomorrow and asked you to participate, how willing would you be to at least meet and hear the man out?

Shatner: I would probably trip on my way out the door to fall at his feet.


Rumor from Calgary Expo

According to rumor, at Calgary Expo in Canada, when asked a question regarding Star Trek XII, Shatner stated:

"I’ve become an acquaintance of J.J. of late…But, I’m afraid no, no I will not be in Star Trek 2."


The Press Association Shatner Interview

Relevant excerpt from The Press Association’s recent interview with William Shatner:

The veteran actor played the role of Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek for 19 years said that, just as his original co-star, Leonard Nimoy, had made an appearance in JJ Abrams' 2009 Star Trek revamp, he would also be pleased to have a role in the sequel to the movie saying: "I'd be delighted".

He added that one of the main motivations for wanting to appear in the film, which is due out in 2012, was so he can feel larger than life next to JJ Abrams. He joked: "I've become acquainted with JJ Abrams and he's smaller than I am. I like to find people I can stand next to that I can tower over."


Shatner Interview with Seattle Times

William Shatner was recently interviewed by The Seattle Times.  Relevant excerpts:

Q. Would you want to be in the next movie?

A. I'd like to be in it, but I think it'll be difficult to rationalize how Capt. Kirk got to my age and looks like me, you know, being 6 feet 2 inches, muscular in the shoulders and 180 pounds.


CourierMail Interviews Shatner

Relevant excerpts from CourierMail’s recent interview with William Shatner:

Shatner: ``I would be so interested in doing it, especially with that wonderful director J.J. Abrams, but I don't see how it's possible and maybe we all have gone beyond that,'' he says.

11/8/10 Interviews Chris Pine

Relevant excerpt from Chris Pine’s recent interview with

Zachary Quinto got his shot at working with Leonard Nimoy in the first film. What are your thoughts on having Shatner on board for the next film? Is it a great idea or too much of a stretch since they’d just done something similar with Nimoy?

Pine: It just isn’t, quite honestly, my decision to make. I think Mr. Shatner will forever be Captain Kirk. I think it would be, certainly, an interesting thing to bring him back. I don’t know if he necessarily wants to at this point or not. But it’s not my decision.

Shatner, on his website, has footage of the two of you meeting for the very first time. How did you enjoy that moment?

Pine: It was great. It was a very brief moment. It was at his charity event, so it had nothing to do with us meeting. It was more about raising money for his charity. But he was a lovely guy, really complimentary and very nice.


Nbcconnecticut Interview with Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof

Relevant excerpt from nbcconnecticut’s interview:

Kurtzman: “The trick is you have to do it in a way that’s not a gimmick, and when we put Spock in our version of Trek, we knew that it was not going to be a gimmick. There was a lot of discussion and we even wrote a scene for Shatner, but ultimately it felt like it wasn’t doing service to what he represents to the Star Trek legacy. So if we all feel like we can do that effectively, we can do it right, then sure – it’s a conversation. But until then we feel that we have to protect and make sure that the integrity of Star Trek is kept alive.”


Vanity Fair Interviews Shatner

Relevant excerpt from Vanity Fair’s recent interview with William Shatner:

Leonard Nimoy had a big cameo in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie, but you were left out. Are you lobbying to be in the sequel?

I'm doing everything I can. J.J. and I used to go out for sushi and argue about the movie, but he's gotten busy. He's directing something else, something that isn't Star Trek. He needs to focus on what's important, which is planning the next Star Trek movie and figuring out how to put me in it. (Laughs.)


Shatner’s Vulture Interview

William Shatner was recently interviewed by Vulture.  Relevant excerpts:

One last thing - when the Star Trek remake came out, there were reports of contentiousness between you and director J.J. Abrams over not being cast in the movie. Are you guys all squared away now?

Well, he's so busy with his new series that I can't get him on the phone anymore. And I'm busy with my series, he can't get me on the phone anymore. But we're going to meet for sushi one of these days.

Would you lobby for a role in the Star Trek sequel?

He can have a role on my series. Up to now he hasn't turned it down.


Shatner’s Collider Interview

Relevant excerpts from Collider’s recent interview with William Shatner:

Are you  hopeful that something is going to work out for the next Star Trek film, now that you've been in touch with J. J. Abrams and his people?

William: I've become a buddy of J. J., but I don't know if they can solve the problem of how you put the body I'm in now with the Kirk that we remember from 40 years ago.

Did you see echoes of your own performances as Kirk, in what Chris Pine did?

William: I appreciated his performance. I didn't see what some people have written about, but I'm not that observant.


Chicago Sun Times Interview with William Shatner

The Chicago Sun Times recently interviewed William Shatner.  Relevant excerpts:

Q. Last year's "Star Trek" served as a relaunch for the franchise. What did you think of it?

It was a wonderful ride. I tweeted after I saw it that you know you're old when you're part of a science-fiction series that goes back in time, and you're still old.


Showbiz Spy Interview with William Shatner

Relevant excerpts from Showbiz Spy’s recent interview with William Shatner:

"I've become a buddy of JJ but I don't know if they can solve the problem of how do you put the body I'm in now with the Kirk that we remember forty years ago," [Shatner] said.  "They just did a ‘Tron' with Jeff Bridges and de-aged him but I don't know how they did that. It's going to take a lot of electronics on me!"


Shatner Interview with The Los Angeles Times

William Shatner was recently interviewed by The Los Angeles Times.  Relevant excerpts:

GB: There will be another "Star Trek" film coming from J.J. Abrams and his team, and I'm wondering what you thought of the first. For me, I loved the spirit of the movie...

I agree with you. That's my opinion too. It was a wonderful ride. I think J.J. Abrams did a wonderful job in enlarging the franchise and constructing a foundation for the sequel. I don't know anything about that sequel. I didn't know anything about the first one. I know even less about the second one. I know less than nothing about the sequel, if that's possible.


MovieWeb Interviews Leonard Nimoy

Relevant excerpts from MovieWeb’s recent interview with Leonard Nimoy:

I just wanted to follow-up a little more on the announcement of your retirement, the finale for Fringe next week, and also - there were some lingering reports online that you might actually be in the next Star Trek film. Doesn't sound like that's going to happen, but any word on maybe whether or not your good friend, William Shatner, might be in the next film?

Leonard Nimoy: I have no idea about the next film regarding Bill Shatner. I'm quite sure - I think I can be definitive about the fact that I will not be in it. I have said that I think it's time for me to get off the stage and make some room for Zachary Quinto who is the new Spock and a wonderful actor, looks a lot like me. And I'm very flattered that the character will be continued by an actor of that caliber. He's very well trained and very talented. I have no expectations whatsoever even being asked to be in the next Star Trek film. I cannot speak for J.J. Abrams or William Shatner. If they have a common interest, I hope it works out.


Shatner Video Interview

Relevant excerpt from Shatner’s interview with On The Red Carpet:

J.J. Abrams and I are Twitter friends. Twitter friends and acquaintances. He’s a wonderful artist and I would love to work with him,” he said. But as for the Star Trek XII sequel? “I would play very hard to get,” he joked. “That’s not a no. That’s not a yes. Yes, no, yes.”

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