Brief “Star Trek 3,” “The Stand” Updates

First came a report that William Shatner would appear in the upcoming third “Star Trek” film as an older Captain Kirk, Shatner himself confirmed that he had been in contact with producer J.J. Abrams about the project.

Now, the original reporter and always great Devin Faraci at Bad Ass Digest has added some more to the story:

“My sources are now telling me that not only will Shatner be in the movie, his scene will have him meeting Chris Pine. Also in that scene: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. But if my sources are steering me correct this won’t be original timeline Spock – it’ll be future alt-timeline Kirk and Spock. Basically the scene will have Kirk and Spock interacting with their future selves.”

In other news, and at last report the film adaptation of author Stephen King’s famed work “The Stand” was going to clock in at three hours. To get the 1,000-plus-page novel that condensed though, the film’s director Josh Boone has had to shave the work considerably down.

Even so, one film seems too small for such a story. King himself, speaking with MTV, has now hinted it may ultimately be split in two: “I think that his take is terrific – and don’t count on it being one film. There’s talk about doing it in an entirely different and innovative way, and I don’t want to go into it because that’s Josh’s baby.”