William Shatner's scifi series to receive animated show

By: H&I Staff     Posted: September 28, 2021, 2:23PM

William Shatner is one of the science fiction pillars of our time. Obviously, he's known as originating the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek in both the original series, the animated series, and many of the movies. Or maybe you think of him from his classic Twilight Zone episode, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" where he sees a gremlin on the wing of a plane. 

But his role in scifi is hardly limited to the onscreen. In 1989, Shatner created a series of futuristic dystopian novels called TekWar. The books follow officer Jake Cardigan who gets framed for selling "Tek", a mind-altering illegal drug that comes in microchips. He gets bailed out by the head of a private investigation agency on the condition that Cardigan works for the agency busting Tek-related crimes.

Shatner described the books as "an attempt to blend Star Trek with T.J. Hooker.

The books received a line of comic books, trading cards, a TV series with Shatner as the head of the investigation agency, and multiple TV movies, also featuring Shatner. The series wrapped up in 1996.

However, twenty-five years later, TekWar will be gracing our TV screens once more. Pure Imagination Studios has announced that they will be producing the new series.

The show, being described as an adult animated series, aims to take full advantage of the technological advances since then. To pair with the reality-altering, high-tech world of the show, "viewers will be able to participate with the show in different forms of technology via mobile, tablets or wearable devices."

"We want to do something that hasn’t been done before. Who better to do that with than one of the greatest legends in the sci-fi universe," said Pure Imagination's Chief Executive of Fun. 

"My association with Pure Imagination is beyond my sheer imagination. Imagine bringing to life this wonderful character in a variety of ways, so technologically advanced," Shatner said. "This is the future and I am looking forward to it."

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