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William Shatner set sights on Star Trek the musical

Published 10/11/2015 | 00:06

William Shatner played Captain Kirk in Star Trek
William Shatner played Captain Kirk in Star Trek

William Shatner hopes to arrange a show to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek - and it could even be a musical.

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The 84-year-old, who played Captain Kirk when the television series launched in 1966, is trying to arrange an anniversary show for Star Trek's half century next year.

He told the Press Association: "I'm attempting to sell a 50th anniversary show, but so far I've had very little luck. Maybe because Paramount's going to do their own - but I don't know how they can do their own without me. I've never been contacted.

"I've been actively trying to do a 50th anniversary show... W e had a big company say, 'What about a musical or a music variety show?' That got some traction - but nothing's come of it yet."

Since Star Trek became a cult success in the 70s, Shatner has appeared at fan conventions, made a documentary about the series, and even written science fiction novels set within the Star Trek universe.

Despite this, he does not watch himself in the original Star Trek - and has avoided seeing the newer series or films.

He said: "I haven't watched myself on Star Trek, except when forced to because I'm directing something. So there are many, many of the episodes that I did all those years ago that I have never watched, and that goes for every iteration of Star Trek... I just haven't had the time.

"The people on Star Trek: The Next Generation are friends of mine, and they kid me about the fact that I have never really seen a full-length Next Generation ."

Shatner is close friends with Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the series which ran from 1987-1994.

It was on a double date with Sir Patrick and his wife that Shatner's - then girlfriend, now his wife - revealed she didn't watch Star Trek either.

The actor said: "T he four of us went out on a date, and my prospective wife said to Patrick, 'How can you be Captain if my husband's Captain?' She had never seen a Star Trek!

"We all laughed. And we couldn't figure it out either."

Shatner's latest project is A Christmas Horror Story, in which he narrates four interwoven stories featuring murder, possession, and a zombie outbreak at Santa's workshop.

But horror films do not feature in the Shatner family TV schedule at Christmas any more than Star Trek does.

The father-of-three said: "Am I going to watch horror films at Christmas time? No.

"Christmas time is usually the time when, for the last many many years, I have taken my family, children - and after my children got married and all that - taken them some place for a family holiday."

:: A Christmas Horror Story came out on DVD on November 9.

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