A very happy 81st birthday to Bill Shatner from all of us! On this illustrious occasion, the William Shatner School of Toupological Studies humbly publishes the following open letter:
March 22nd, 2012
To: J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof and Paramount Pictures.
Subject: William Shatner honorary epilogue.
Dear Trek producers,
What if there was a way to honor William Shatner by having him make a very small but significant contribution to the new Star Trek movie currently in production? What if that way presented no storytelling or logistical or financial headaches? Simply put: what if it was win-win all the way?
Why not give the iconic member of the Trek family the opportunity to once again record his famous "Space, the final frontier..." narration at the end of your movie? Remember how Leonard Nimoy got to read the famous narration at the end of The Wrath of Khan? Wait a minute, wasn't Spock dead? What did it mean? One thing, it turns out - it was a nice, touching moment...
On August 10, 1966, Bill Shatner was rushed off the set of Star Trek and into a sound studio to record what would become an iconic coda for a franchise that still flourishes 45 years later. It only took two takes. Add some shots of stars, Alexander Courage's "ping...." and a legendary prologue to endless cosmic adventures was forever seared into the collective imagination.
"Space --- the final frontier. These are the voyages..."
Wouldn't it be a nice little tribute to Bill Shatner to have the actor come in and record that coda again for the very end of the new Trek movie? What will it mean? How will it be explained? That's the beauty of it - as with TWOK it won't have to be. It will just be a very touching nod, a salute, a passing of batons, an awesome moment...
Surely that's a win-win...
William Shatner has reached 81 years of age full of strength and vigor in part thanks to an attitude of always enthusiastically and energetically saying "yes". In that spirit, we humbly offer the above suggestion.
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