More than four decades after they first squared off on an isolated desert planet, William Shatner comes face-to-face again with the menacing Gorn species of Star Trek fame to settle a longstanding feud.
But this time the battle begins on a comfy sofa with the two former foes seated in front of a video screen as they fight again in promotion for the April 23 release of Star Trek: The Video Game.
The original Kirk-Gorn duel was seen in the classic 1967 “Arena” episode of the Star Trek series.
In the promotional video released exclusively on Yahoo! Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com), Shatner and the Gorn are seen casually playing Star Trek: The Video Game when an onscreen dispute leads to a friendly fight re-enacting actual choreographed punches from the classic TV brawl blow-for-blow. This time, however, couch pillows replace the space rocks that were thrown the first time around.
William Shatner and the Gorn reunite for the promotion of Star Trek: The Video Game (2013).
“What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes,” commented LeeAnne Stables, president of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures, the studio releasing the game. “Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time.”
William Shatner and his Gorn co-star in the classic Star Trek episode “Arena” (1967) and now (2013).
The video showdown between the two Star Trek icons can also be found online at www.startrekgame.com, and highlights the co-op play that is at the heart of Star Trek: The Video Game, which will be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.
The promotional video was produced in-house at Paramount Pictures under the creative direction of senior VP, Brian Miller and shot on location in a ranch-style home in suburban Los Angeles.
Star Trek: The Video Game is under license by CBS Consumer Products and will be released April 23 in North America and April 26 worldwide by Paramount Pictures and Namco Bandai Games.