Simon Pegg set to steer ‘Star Trek’ for real as he signs on to co-write new sequel

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Simon Pegg To Co-Write Star Trek 3 With Doug Jung 0.

It looked like 2016’s Star Trek prequel-threequel was in trouble last month, following the hasty departure of co-writer/director Roberto Orci. 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.Okay, so maybe that’s not the actual official title of the third Star Trek series, but the star of all those amalgamated films, Simon Pegg, is co-writing the third movie in the franchise. Payne and Roberto Orci who had been working on the script when Orci was attached to direct Star Trek 3, but when he was removed from his directing duties so went their script.

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. 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. Pegg, who’s also a self-proclaimed geek, dedicated hours of his life to satirizing Star Wars and managed to incorporate a large portion of his science fiction interests in most of his films, as well as in his cult television series from 1999, Spaced. 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. However, the report suggests that the two writers are just starting the script, which means it may be a while before we hear any details concerning the sequel.

Like Abrams, Pegg is a noted Star Wars fan, so at least we can probably count on him to maintain the series’ trend of Wars-ifying the Trek universe.

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