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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015
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By James Desborough & Jon Boon


William Shatner has caused a universe of confusion over his future in the Star Trek movies — but he exclusively told Dish Nation he knows nothing about the new Star Trek 3 film and likely will not appear in it.

Just three months ago Shatner tweeted, “I’m back!” hinting that he would be returning as Captain James T. Kirk on the big screen and just a few days later he confirmed he had met with then-director Roberto Orci.

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But on Feb. 5 at his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show Gifting Ceremony, Shatner told Dish that with Orci having left the project now, he may no longer be boldly going where no man has gone before.

“I know nothing. You know more about it than I do,” Shatner said of Star Trek 3.

“I don’t even know the guy who’s writing it. I know the director was let go, someone else was writing it…I have no prior knowledge. I am completely in the blind. I sincerely mean no one has talked to me about anything, nor should they.”

Adding to the confusion over his involvement with Star Trek, Shatner told Dish he’s working on his own separate Star Trek project!

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“Now, I am planning a 50th anniversary show. I am planning that, [it’s] by no means sold yet,” he said.

“But that’s my only communication with Star Trek.”

When asked if he would be reuniting with actors like Leonard Nimoy, Walter Koenig and George Takei, he responded, “There’s no gang [to get back together].

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“The gang has mostly left us. My thought is Star Trek had a number of lessons not unlike The Clangers (British TV show) — for an older group of people. And it’s those lessons, those ideas, those novel things that science fiction looks to the future that Star Trek had. That is the stuff I’d like to emphasize.”

Shatner’s character used gadgets like the cellphone, GPS and digital voice recorders in the show, and he feels his new show should reflect that vision and ambition.

“That and an enormous amount of people that had their lives changed as a result of watching Star Trek. Also, I do a lot of documentaries,” he revealed.

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“And I’m planning a new documentary with NASA. And one of the astronauts yesterday said to me, ‘My life changed when my mother was watching Star Trek and I, a child, hiding behind a sofa caught a glimpse of you as Captain Kirk changed my life.’ That’s one of the astronauts I’m working with.”

Shatner’s history with the Star Trek series has been complicated. James T. Kirk actually died in Star Trek Generations back in the 1990s.

However, when the J.J. Abrams reboot came along, it was Leonard Nimoy as Dr. Spock who appeared again. Shatner had a public spat with Abrams who said he would never let him return, but Orci held talks. Now that Justin Lin has taken over as director, Shatner’s return hangs in the balance.

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Acting legend, versatile star and popular philanthropist, Shatner confirmed that and Wells Fargo are teaming up again to host the 25th Hollywood Charity Horse Show in April.

Shatner, 83, handed out checks to the charities supported by the annual show at a private event at Six Restaurant in Studio City, Los Angeles.

All proceeds from the event benefit special-needs children across the city of Los Angeles through local charities including: AHEAD With Horses, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL) and The Painted Turtle.

Shatner spoke of his excitement that his charity project had raised nearly $500,000 last year. REO Speedwagon star Kevin Kronin will perform at this year’s star packed spectacular.

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“This is our 25th anniversary, and this past year we have raised close to $500,000 and we hope to make that kind of money this coming year. We are giving out that money to very grateful charities who have participated in the Hollywood Charity Horse Show,” he dished.

“This year Kevin and some members of the group will be entertaining us. So there are still some tickets available with proceeds going to the charities so come along.”

This year’s gala will be held at the Equestrian Center in Burbank, California. For more details click here or here.

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