Simon Pegg Recruited To …

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Simon Pegg Co-Writing ‘Star Trek 3’!.

Doug Jung, the co-creator of television cop drama Dark Blue, and Simon Pegg, the geek-friendly actor who already plays Scotty in the Star Trek franchise, are co-writing the new installment of Paramount and Skydance’s sci-fi adventure franchise.

The likes of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve and Karl Urban will return for ‘Star Trek 3.’ With ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ director J.J. But Pegg’s writing bona fides are impressive: Alongside longtime collaborator Edgar Wright, he co-wrote modern cult classics Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. Payne and Roberto Orci, who amid a series of shuffles have dropped out of the picture following the news that The Fast and The Furious director Justin Lin would be sitting in the director’s chair instead of Orci.

Strange as it sounds, Star Trek has a long history of actors taking on behind-the-scenes roles: Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and Jonathan Frakes all took turns directing past feature films. (Directing-wise, Spock > Riker > Kirk, although Riker made First Contact so it’s a close one.) Jung has fewer credits, having worked mainly in television—he created undercover cop series Dark Blue. It’s unclear if Pegg and Jung are writing an entirely new script or working from material by previously reported writers Orci, JD Payne, and Patrick McKay. William Shatner was the honcho on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Jonathan Frakes directed Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection, and Brent Spiner helped with the story of Star Trek: Nemesis. So with Paramount hell bent on getting Trek up and running to make it in time for the anniversary, we’re looking forward to the franchise having some Pegg-style wit in it when it hits theaters 2016. So while the news of his attachment the script may have alarmed one or two of you initially, actually there couldn’t really be anyone more qualified for the job.

Zachary Quinto, who stars as Spock in the reboot recently revealed that the picture was expected to begin filming “sometime in the next six months,” back in September. But with a script still in the works we’re expecting filming and therefore the release date, which was planned to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary.

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