With Patrick Stewart set to reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series, many fans have been wondering if Star Trek: The Original Series star William Shatner might just also find a way to return as Captain James T. Kirk. However, don't hold your breath.
“That word, ‘resurrect.’ That’s a key word,” Shatner told ComicBook.com when that site asked him about the possibility of reprising his role for a new series. “Resurrect. You’d have to resurrect me, Shatner, in order to do the daily [laughes] I don’t what Patrick is doing doing that. Doing a series is debilitating for a young guy, for a 25-year-old, which I was doing when I was 25 years old. It’s a physical wrecker, it’s a mental wrecker, and it’s a homewrecker ‘cause you’re working 14, 18 hours a day. And in the last series I did, Boston Legal, I had, in rush hour, a two-hour commute. So add that.”
Shatner then gave a definitive answer on the subject. “So no, I would not be interested in doing a series, per se,” he said, “but I will be on the air in something this year in something I can’t tell you about right now, but you’ll hear about it soon, and maybe on two and maybe even three shows that’ll be on for 10, 12, 14 episodes.”
Kirk died in 1994's Star Trek: Generations, which proved a controversial for many fans of the series. However, there's always the possibility that a younger version of the character could appear at some point, as has been the case with Spock on Star Trek: Discovery. Still, it doesn't sound like there will be a revival series starring the now 87-year-old Shatner any time soon.
CBS already has several Star Trek shows on its slate, including Discovery, an animated series for younger viewers and Lower Decks, an animated comedy from Ricky and Morty writer Mike McMahan. There are also reportedly talks for a series focused on Discovery's Emperor Georgiou.