'Star Trek' Sequel Can Have Khan and William Shatner

'Star Trek' Sequel Can Have Khan and William Shatner

With the new 'Star Trek' movie having an alternate timeline, director J.J. Abrams reveals that future plot for next movies can involve villain Khan Noonien Singh and original star William Shatner.

Talks of sequels build up even more as director J.J. Abrams opens doors to the possibility of villain Khan Noonien Singh and original star William Shatner appearing in next movies. When talking to MTV on Friday, May 15, the filmmaker said, "Believe me, whether it's William Shatner or Khan ... it would be ridiculous to not be open to those ideas," after pointing out that the newly-released "Star Trek" has established an alternate timeline that allows new storylines to be told.

"It'll be fun to hear what Alex and Bob are thinking about Khan," Abrams moreover said of his future meeting with screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to discuss the potential plots for the sequel. "The fun of this timeline is arguing that different stories, with the same characters, could be equally if not more compelling than what's been told before."

Speaking more of Khan's idea, the "Lost" creator explained, "[Khan and Kirk] exist - and while their history may not be exactly as people are familiar with, I would argue that a person's character is what it is." He added, "Certain people are destined to cross paths and come together, and Khan is out there ... even if he doesn't have the same issues."

As for the Shatner's issue, Abrams stated, "I wouldn't rule out anything." He continued, "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. But this all assumes that there's another story that's going to be told. We're all still coming down from making this movie."

Chronicling the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow U.S.S. Enterprise crew members during their time at Starfleet Academy, "Star Trek" debuted atop the North American box office. Introducing a younger line-up of Star Trek crew, which include Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, it dug up $75.2 million in its first week in theaters.

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    Sep 21, 2009

    I vote for something new. Like I have read elsewhere why not just put them on an alien planet and go from there... I would like to see Shatner, just to help with the tie in (while they are still alive). Plus he rocks. Loved future spock. Don't know if Khan is a good idea... sure show him when hes young, and what he was like. But don't put the whole storyline around him. Can't wait! Wish they were doing a new TV series rather then movies...

    Jun 23, 2009

    I wont say much because I'm new to Star Trek. As far as Shatner goes I think people are thinking too much on him being in a "starring" roe; I heard there were some problems where he wasn't offered the starring role in the first one and so he refused to do even a cameo, so Shatner willing I think it would be really cool if he came in as a supporting character like Lenard Nemoy did as future Spock. However I do not think it would be a good idea at all to bring Shatner in as the new lead character so I hope that's not what people are thinking when they hear he might be in the next movie.

    Danny Nand
    Jun 13, 2009

    I think that William Shatner as Captain Kirk is a true legend. Having him in the sequel will be, I believe, a huge asset as he has a huge fanbase. People love nostalga and since the timeline had been altered in the Star Trek movie then it will be plausible for him to return. I think it will be something magical to the fans of the original show as to them he was Star Trek.

    Ron Querubin
    Jun 09, 2009

    True - I have reservations about them messing with Khan. Montalban's character was the perfect villain and foil to Shatner's Kirk. But, if 's Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight has taught us anything, it's that legendary performances can be topped by exploring new aspects of the character. If they try too hard to follow Montalban's performance, it'll fail. But, if they can find a put together a great script and a uniquely talented actor to interpret the character from a fresh angle, they may even surpass STII:TWoK. Those two elements, however, constitute a HUGE if. Frankly, I'd rather they not mess with perfection, but the payoff for a successful execution might well translate into multi-Oscar wins.

    James McDonald
    May 17, 2009

    I would still go see the next Star Trek movie in 2011, no matter what the story is. I thought Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) was the best Star Trek film and story I have ever seen. Ricardo Montalban's performance as "Khan" (for the second time) was brillant. Ricardo Montalban and William Shatner never were physically in the same room together for this film. As Montalban had said, he was playing to a script girl saying the lines and Shatner's part was filmed four months apart. I don't think they should mess with the Khan story and just let the original stand only because there is no way they are going to find any well known actor so magnificent that could equal Ricardo Montalban's film performance. Maybe Jimmy Smits. I can't think of another Latino or native American actor that would fit the role and have the box office audience attention. William Shatner has changed and aged. many people believe he has become more errogant these days. If he could get himself in shape to be "Kirk" again and have a physical scene with "Khan", (Perhaps Khan holding Kirk captive for leaving him on the Alpha Ceti), I would be for it. I don't know. Maybe J.J. Abrams might think William Shatner would be a box office risk. I truly enjoyed the new movie, Star Trek (2009) and I wish they could start filming the next one soon. This waiting for 2 to 3 years for a sequel is aging me.

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