William Shatner is interested in having a Star Trek musical to commend the famous science fiction series 50th anniversary.
2016 will be 50 years since Kirk first commanded the Enterprise in 1966 and Shatner is looking to get arrange a way to commemorate the show’s history despite never getting in contact with the executives at Paramount studios.
“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,” the 84-year-old explained to The Guardian.
“I’ve been actively trying to do a 50th anniversary show … We 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.”
Shatner has always stayed close to the franchise over the years appearing at fan conventions and partaking in Star Trek documentaries but explained to the publication that he has avoided watching the newer series or films. “I haven’t watched myself on Star Trek, except when forced to because I’m directing something,” the actor said. “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.”
Currently CBS is developing a new Star Trek series which will air exclusively on the network’s subscription service, CBS All Access. Additionally, the third film in the rebooted Star Trek film series entitled Star Trek Beyond will be hitting theaters on July 8, 2016.
On Sunday, Shatner will be honored with the Icon Award for lifetime achievement at the second annual Voice Arts Awards.