Shatner Wants a Part in Star Trek 2

03/04/2011

Paramount

To be sure, William Shatner was the iconic leading star of “Star Trek” (The Original Series), and his portrayal of Captain Kirk lives on in bold color through various media. Along with his eclectic castmates, including the enigmatic Mr. Spock, played with super subtlety by Leonard Nimoy, audiences were treated to Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic, yet drama-filled vision of our future traveling through space. Well, it seems Shatner’s future with the renewed vision of Star Trek is not without drama itself.

When J.J. Abrams was constructing the 2009¬†Star Trek movie, The Shat wanted in. Abrams admits he had an idea for him to appear in the film, but apparently Shatner fought for a more significant part. He lost that negotiation with nothing, and now he’s back at the bargaining table for something in the next movie. It’s a sticky wicket, but I’d assume most audiences don’t want him involved, myself included. William Shatner has changed since his role as Kirk in the 1960s; he’s morphed into a joke that he gets, and mirrors back at us for profit. He should not return to the Trek universe… especially after directing the abortion known as Star Trek V.

Nimoy worked in the reboot, because we still know him as that serious, super-smart Vulcan from back in the day. Shatner is just a begging egomaniac, and trying to wedge him in to a new episode would simply ruin any chance of winning back the fans that hated the last movie, as well as disappoint those of us who liked it.

The Guardian of Time was a character in my favorite TV episode of “Star Trek,” and coincidentally, The Guardian has more on this saga of whether or not this man will boldly go on to Star Trek 2 glory, or not.


Indy 5 Confirmed

06/09/2010

Wait, where are the monkeys?

Hold onto your fridge, it looks like Dr. Jones is going on another adventure soon. No obnoxiously long title yet, but it’s been leaked that the new script will take him (and Mutt) to the Bermuda Triangle, and George Lucas/Steven Spielberg will helm the fifth entry in the series. Reports say that this will be the final installment, and it will “stay true to the series’ roots, and won’t contain lots of state-of-the-art special effects.”¬†Maybe.

That’s what they said last time. Then they opened the film with CGI groundhogs.

My hope is this will actually be pretty darned good, a triumphant return to greatness, like what happened when The Last Crusade successfully washed the taste of Temple of Doom from our brains.

UPDATE: Producer Frank Marshall tweets:

The rumor about INDY 5 is completely false. Nothing has changed, we are not shooting next year and still in the research phase…

Hmm. Well, if it’s “completely” false, why does he indicate the intention? If anything, this is more good news; they’re taking their time to write a good script.


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