Roberto Orci, Director of Star Trek 2016 Wants Kirk and Spock Together Again!

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Roberto Orci, Director of the yet unnamed Star Trek 3, has made it public that the first draft of the story for the latest big screen adventure of the crew of the intrepid Starship Enterprise is finished and that the studio is very pleased with it. Just last Week, Zachary Quinto let it slip that filming should start on the film in about six months. All this is great news, especially if we want to see a movie comleted in time for Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016, but the biggest news got dropped just yesterday, Orci wants to reunite William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy on-screen as Kirk and Spock for the first time since 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country!

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The rumor comes from Badass Digest, and if true, this is some monumental news for Trekkies, the world over. Badass Digest reports:

“I have learned that the script for Star Trek 3 includes a scene that re-teams Shatner and Nimoy onscreen as Kirk and Spock for the first time in canon since 1991′s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. It would be a pretty huge moment for fans of the franchise, and likely the last time we’ll ever see Shatner as James T. Kirk in official continuity.”

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Shatner made it known that he was interested in appearing in the first of the two latest Trek features, but in the case of Star Trek 2009, A small scene was planned, but a cameo featuring Kirk was never filmed. Nimoy of course signed on as Spock Prime, for both Trek 2009 and Into Darkness. In the proposed scene from 2009, During Zachary Quinto’s Spock’s last interaction with his older self (Played by Nimoy) is given a pendant containing a hologram, a birthday message from Captain James T. Kirk, as well as a congratulatory message on his ambassadorship.

Shatner was so upset at not being included in the film, that he publicly attacked J.J. Abrams in multiple interviews, and in one interview accused him of , “Being a pig,” by not including him in the film Shatner has since apologized to Abrams for this. Abrams admits to not having spoken to Shatner since. In an interview with Playboy, Abrams said,

“I haven’t spoken with him in a long time, but I did read something where he gave me a fantastic underhanded compliment. Something like our movie was a fun action ride and maybe one day it’ll have heart. A great compliment only to pull the rug out in a way that only Shatner can do. I adore him.”

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Abrams is also just as quick to admit that his new timeline could easily see Shatner’s return to the world of Star Trek saying:

“The point of creating this independent timeline is to not have the restrictions we had coming into this one. And one of those restrictions was that Kirk was dead.”

This seems like a winning idea, that could really bring Star Trek Full circle and lend more validity to “Abramsverse,” of Trek. It would undoubtedly be a big win for the studio as well, bringing back what are arguably two of pop cultures biggest icons to the roles they made famous a full half century earlier. It would also be a thrill beyond measure for Trek fans of all ages to see Shatner and Nimoy together again as Kirk and Spock, “Boldly Going,” into the, “Final Frontier,” one more time, celebrating the golden anniversary of one of the most enduring, and endearing franchises ever created.

What do you think? Is it a good idea to bring them back for the 50th anniversary? Would you like to see Shatner and Nimoy in action one last time as Kirk and Spock? Do you think Shatner would agree to a part in the film after being snubbed in the first two?


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Tim Piland

Timothy Piland is a classically trained tenor and opera singer. He was born and raised in the Springfield, Mo. Area.

He has performed Roles for Springfield Little Theater, Vandivort Theater, Springfield Regional Opera and Mobile Opera. He has also worked for the Puccini Festival, and the Kansas City Lyric Opera.

In his performing career he has performed roles in: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Man of La Mancha, Die Fledermouse, La Fanciulla del West, Gianni Schicchi and many other shows.

In 2007, he toured the United Kingdom with the Church of the Incarnation out of Dallas, Texas. This included a week long engagement at Westminster Abbey, as well as a 9 day engagement at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 2009 he originated the role of the Priest in "Frankenstein, Monster" by Le Wlhelm at the Gilloiz Theater.

He appeared onstage as Rupert Giles for, "A Class Act productions," in their ongoing presentation of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: A Reader’s Theatre Parody, from March 2010-July 2013.

In November 2011, he made his directoral debut, directing "Star Trek Live Onstage: The Trouble with Tribbles," also for "A Class Act." He went on to direct 14 of the next 17 episodes of that live stage show.

Each Christmas you can also catch him at the historic Pythian Castle where he performs in a, "Night of the Dueling Santas," a Christmas dinner show of his own writing. He has been the Ghost Tour Guide for the castle since 2010.

He has been featured on The Discovery Channel, SYFY Channel, The History Channel, NPR.

He is the founder of Harvest Moon Productions and oversees events ranging from concerts to straight plays. He is currently writing a book called "Ghostly Tales From Pythian Castle," which hopefully will see production at some point in 2014.

In 2013 he was cast as Dr. Howard Lagrasse in the 5 episode silent Horror web series SHADOW BOUND, for Arcane Productions. Most recently he was cast in a role in the feature film EVERYTHING, for Parallax Studio.

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