Phil explores the potential for Shatner to revive Kirk in a big-screen adaptation of Star Trek: The Return
If you’re like me and you burst into tears when James T. Kirk perished at the end of Star Trek: Generations then you’re gonna love this! Hot on the heels of the success of Star Trek: Discovery Season Two and Star Trek: Picard, it seems another Starfleet Captain is open to a sensational return to the final frontier. During an interview with The Metro, James T. Kirk himself William Shatner was asked whether he would be willing to return to the Captain’s chair for another spin around the galaxy. Here’s what he had to say:
“If they wrote it and it made reasonable sense then I’d love to (revive Captain Kirk), I wouldn’t do a series. If the role was written properly and it wasn’t a cameo or gratuitous; being there just to show my face, I wouldn’t do that”.
This is glorious news. The last time we officially saw Shatner as James T. Kirk was in the climax of Generations when he sacrificed himself to save the galaxy. However, aside from being a renowned actor Shatner is also an accomplished best-selling author, and during his literary adventures penned a sensational novel titled: Star Trek: The Return.
The story was nothing short of a triumph and depicted a resurrected James T. Kirk revived by The Borg and transformed into the ultimate weapon to be used in a plot to destroy Captain Jean Luc Picard. The story delved deep into Star Trek lore and revealed some mind-blowing connections to past adventures often turning the events of previous movies on their heads. I cannot praise the novel highly enough. It is truly one of the finest Star Trek books I have ever come across. That being said, should CBS choose to adapt Shatner’s sublime story for Star Trek: Picard‘s timeline – Star Trek: The Return would make for one hell of a big-screen adventure.
While this dream scenario remains just that, I would love to see a big-screen adaptation of The Return. With Shatner willing to return for one more adventure the timing couldn’t be better. If handled with the love and care the story deserves it would arguably be one of, if not THE BEST Star Trek movie of all-time and would catapult the franchise back to where it belongs – wowing audiences and exploring the human adventure.
If you haven’t checked out Star Trek: The Return I’d urge you to grab a copy NOW.
Once you’ve read it – we’ll swap notes. In the meantime, the ball appears to be in CBS’ court – but when James T. Kirk sets his mind to something, not even a Klingon fleet can stop him. Just ask General Chang!
Live long and prosper.
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