HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY
Star Trek happy 50th birthday
September 8, 1966
"Obviously it's Star Trek, nearly anything is possible. There's the fairly simple notion that on the day Kirk was born another timeline began. But in the other timeline, Kirk died onscreen (in Generations). I don't know how he would come back unless we went into this other reality and we did a timeline and reality jump. In all the years we've been working on this, I've yet to hear a pitch that didn't sound too contorted and contrived for an audience to swallow. And I've talked to him (Shatner) about it. If Kirk had lived there'd be an answer. But there's something about his having died that makes it impossible."As you may well know, William Shatner has been quite outspoken in the past about not being cast in any of the reboot movies. At one point, when J.J. Abrams signed on to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Shatner even called the filmmaker a "franchise pig," saying he thinks that the filmmaker not casting him yet is "foolhardy." Still, J.J. Abrams did say that "anything is possible," so perhaps we may see William Shatner's Captain Kirk in the future.
“I would say there’s no replacing him, there’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.”This is obviously the right call. Yelchin made Chekov a beloved character in the hearts of moviegoers again, it’s best to move on in a respectful way.