William Shatner still wants to do a Star Trek 50th anniversary special...but as a musical?

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Nov 13, 2015, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

William Shatner is still hoping to be part of a Star Trek 50th-anniversary special and is trying to convince pretty much everyone to let him have a go at it. 

The original Captain James T. Kirk has been trying to blast a special off the ground in time for the iconic sci-fi series’ half-century milestone next year for a while now -- so far, with no luck.

Earlier this year, Shatner revealed to an assembled audience at Fan Expo Vancouver the exciting news that he had been shopping a special around to a few networks, including Syfy [Blastr’s corporate parent], but was waiting to hear back from them. “The 50th anniversary show would be about the ideas that Star Trek dramatized,” he said.

In an article with The Guardian published today, Shatner gave the fans an update on his struggles to get his special made, indicating there could be a massive shift from what he originally planned on doing:

“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.

“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.”

What do you think? Would you like to see William Shatner host a musical/music variety show for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary? Or does that sound like a disastrous idea to you? Whether or not this thing gets made, it could NEVER be as bad as that 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, right? 

(via The Guardian)