Simon Pegg Reportedly Co-Writing ‘Star Trek 3’ Script

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Actor Simon Pegg reportedly in talks to co-write next Star Trek film.

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.It appeared as if 2016’s highly anticipated Star Trek sequel was facing some trouble behind the scenes not too long ago, following the quick exit of co-writer/director Roberto Orci.

But soon after Paramount decided to tap Fast & Furious savior Justin Lin to direct the project, now comes news that seems will undoubtedly please Trekkies (or Trekkers) everywhere. 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. Playfully dubbed as the “Cornetto Trilogy” by their director and star, the three films each tackle a particular genre (horror, action and sci-fi) and combined smart wit and originality to overwhelming critical praise. 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. In addition, it will also mark the first time these particular two have worked together on a project, so the success of this third film is hard to predict given the combination of talent contracted to pen the script.

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. The end result of those conceptual and/or tonal changes may prove successful or very flawed once the box office numbers and critical/general audience response are revealed, but one cannot accuse Paramount Pictures of “playing it safe”. If Paramount is truly hung-ho on pushing for Star Trek 3 to more resemble a film like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Pegg will probably prove to be one of the best available comedic writers to work on the script. His previous films have a variety of offbeat humor, action, and some science fiction elements to such critical success, and this news only shines further light on the previous rumors of Edgar Wright possibly being talked about for the directing chair as well.

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