Simon Pegg to co-write Star Trek 3

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.The third Star Trek movie that is to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the popular science fiction franchise has seen a few changes in the past, with Roberto Orci being replaced at the helm by Furious 6 director Justin Lin.

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. Now the latest word is that Simon Pegg will be co-writing Star Trek 3 with Bad Robot writer Doug Jung, along with Pegg reprising his role of Scotty in Star Trek 3 of course, reports Deadline.

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. The actor has had previous experience at writing for the big screen of course, Pegg worked with Edgar Wright to pen the Cornetto trilogy that consisted of 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. 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. 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”.

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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