After 45 years, that 'lost' Trek script is finally getting filmed

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Dec 17, 2012

Well, this is an interesting twist. It was just a few weeks ago that science fiction writer Norman Spinrad learned that his "lost" Star Trek: The Original Series script "He Walked Among Us" wasn't as lost as he first thought, when a fan brought him a copy looking for an autograph.

Now it seems Spinrad will finally get to film the aborted script just as he envisioned it, albeit 45 years later.

The folks behind the fan-led semi-professional web series Star Trek Phase 2, which carries on where the original series left off, are working with Spinrad to bring the script to the small screen. Spinrad has endeared himself to Trek fans as author of the fan-favorite episode "The Doomsday Machine" from the original series.

The "lost" script, which was written in 1963 and soon edited to the point that Spinrad just asked for it to be axed, finds the crew of the Enterprise grappling with the leader of a civilization who has greatly abused the Prime Directive.

Spinrad revealed the filming project via his Facebook page, and guess who he'd like to star: none other than William Shatner himself, though not as who you might expect.

"I'd like to have William Shatner act in it—not as Kirk, but as Bayne! And Shatner being Shatner, I think I just might talk him into doing it since I did write 'The Doomsday Machine,' and he could read the script, and it's just the sort of off the wall notion he might like."

It's admittedly a long shot (Spinrad has put out a public call on Facebook for anyone who can put him in touch with Shatner), but you've got to admit this could be awesome.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the Phase 2 folks, they really are legit. They've been named a TV Guide Online Video Award winner for Best Sci-Fi Web series, and have been nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards in the past.

Spinrad just recently published the script for "He Walked Among Us" via Amazon, but the filming project could open the episode up in a whole new way.

What do you think? Are you interested in seeing a 45-year-old Trek script finally get in front of the camera?

(Facebook via Forbes)

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