Simon Pegg Giving 'Star Trek 3' All He's Got by Co-Writing the Script
It's a pretty foregone conclusion that the principal cast members of the rebooted Star Trek franchise would be coming along for Star Trek 3. That includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg. But one of the crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise has a new job outside of the ship as well. Deadline reports Simon Pegg will also now be responsible for co-writing the new draft of the script with Doug Jung, the creator of the TNT police drama series "Dark Blue." Previously, Roberto Orci was going to have his hand in writing the script, but that was before he departed the film.
Pegg (who will also be back as Scotty) has considerable writing experience with comedy and a variety of genres since he co-wrote Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End with director Edgar Wright, all films with considerable action and comedy. As for Jung, in addition to his work at TNT, he also wrote a film for Bad Robot and Paramount called Diamond, and apparently it's that script that landed him the Star Trek gig. Here's hoping this pairing results in an adventure superior to Star Trek Into Darkness as far as substance goes, and gives us somewhere a little more bold to go this time around.
As we know, Fast & Furious franchise director Justin Lin is the one stepping up to get behind the camera for Star Trek 3 now, and it sounds like Pegg and Jung will be polishing the script for a final round before it goes in front of cameras (remember, Orci isn't writing the script anymore either). Pegg and Jung better hurry, because Paramount Pictures has already set a July 8th, 2016 release date. While that can easily be changed, surely the studio doesn't want to miss out on releasing a new Star Trek movie on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the original television series from Gene Roddenberry. Stay tuned for more.