Simon Pegg To Write ‘Star Trek 3′ With Doug Jung

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Great Scotty! Simon Pegg Co-Writing the New ‘Star Trek 3′ Script.

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.EXCLUSIVE: Simon Pegg has been set to co-write Star Trek 3, the film that just got Fast & Furious director Justin Lin aboard after Roberto Orci exited the helmer chair.Just as Scotty has been called upon to save the USS Enterprise so, so many times before, is now belowdecks making sure boldly goes to theaters in July 2016. Pegg’s already a pivotal player in the JJ Abrams-produced Paramount/Skydance pic; he also will reprise his role as Scotty, the engineering wiz originated by James Doohan in the original 1960s Gene Roddenberry series.

Although Pegg’s screen time in these films doesn’t match that of the triumvirate of Kirk, Spock, and Uhura, he steals every scene he is in with his effortless charm and humor. 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. 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.

Roberto Orci was previously sitting in the captain’s chair, making his feature directorial debut filling in for JJ Abrams, who has hands full with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Mercifully, last month somebody figured out it might not be the best idea to hand a directorially untested writer of Transformers the key to a potentially massive franchise sequel.

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