William Shatner Confirms He Will Not Be In Star Trek 3, Reveals Plans For 50th Anniversary Show
When William Shatner tweeted "I'm Back" a few months ago, he sent Star Trek fandom into a frenzy of activity as the Internet lit up with speculation that Captain Kirk would be coming to Star Trek 3. Now though, it looks as if Shatner has dashed everyone's hopes by stating that he knows nothing about any planned involvement in the Star Trek sequel, much like he did when stories ran about the rumor last year...
""I know nothing. You know more about it than I do," Shatner told Dish Nation. "I don't even know the guy who's writing it. I know the director was let go, someone else was writing it…I have no prior knowledge. I am completely in the blind. I sincerely mean no one has talked to me about anything, nor should they."
Towards the end of last year, Shatner revealed that he had met with Roberto Orci, who at the time was in place as the director of the movie, but Orci is no longer on the project and it would appear that Shatner is as in the dark about Star Trek 3 as any of us. Fast and Furious director, Justin Ling, is now on board to direct the movie and it was recently revealed that Simon Pegg would be helping to re-write the script for the movie, which is scheduled for release in the Summer of 2016.
In the same conversation with Dish Nation, Shatner also confirmed that he is working on creating a 50th anniversary Star Trek show, but when asked whether or not he would be reuniting with some of the show's original gang of stars, he simply said there wasn't any gan to get back together. Star Trek's 50th anniversary is up next year and it's still not entirely sure what Shatner has planned for his show, but the actor did stress that he wants it to be as revolutionary as the original was when it debuted in 1966.
My thought is Star Trek had a number of lessons not unlike The Clangers (British TV show) - for an older group of people. And it's those lessons, those ideas, those novel things that science fiction looks to the future that Star Trek had. That is the stuff I'd like to emphasize."