The new Star Trek movies may be reboots of the original series, but that’s not stopping the creative team from clinging to aspects of the original timeline. Leonard Nimoy has appeared as Spock Prime in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, and if Badass Digest is to be believed, Star Trek 3 may be looking to bring William Shatner back into the fray as well. The original James Tiberius Kirk in all his glory…well, not all of it. He doesn’t quite cut the same figure he did in the ’60s.
According to the rumor, there is a scene in the script 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.” This scene would also likely be the last time we see Shatner in the official Star Trek continuity, given his advanced age and the altered continuity This isn’t the first time that Roberto Orci has attempted to bring Shatner into the new films. He and Roberto Orci wrote a small part for him in Star Trek, but Shatner refused the part because it wasn’t as big as Nimoy’s was. J.J. Abrams was also considering including Shatner in Into Darkness, but nothing materialized from that.
Shatner’s last appearance in the Star Trek canon left a bad taste in many fans mouths when Kirk met an anticlimactic end in Star Trek Generations. If Shatner’s being given the opportunity to play Kirk one last time, he needs to take it. It would be great to see the original Kirk and Spock together one last time, and considering that this role is described as “plot-driven and integral,” it would be worth Shatner’s time to return. Let’s give a grand sendoff to one of the greatest sci-fi duos of all time.
However, after Star Trek 3, the series needs to stop referencing the original universe. Some of you may be furious at me for that comment, but honestly, if they’re so desperate for Star Trek to be a reboot, don’t half-ass it. Either stick with these new actors, or go back to making movies from the original continuity.
SOURCE: Badass Digest