Thursday 19 September 2019

William Shatner set sights on Star Trek the musical

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.

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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