‘Star Trek 3’ Shapes Up

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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.

Hollywood website Deadline has revealed that the Shaun Of The Dead star has just started work on the third instalment of the revived franchise – news confirmed on the Twitter account run on his behalf. The pair stepped in when Roberto Orci, who had been due to write and direct the follow-up to Star Trek Into Darkness, unexpectedly beamed off the project last month. There had been rumours that Pegg’s long-time collaborator Edgar Wright would take over as director, but now Justin Lin, who has worked on The Fast and the Furious franchise, will be doing the job. 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.

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. Having co-written “Spaced,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “World’s End” with his long-time friend and co-collaborator Edgar Wright in the past, his writing bona fides should impress all those who are not too amused by Patrick McKay, John D. 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.

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. 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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