Simon Pegg Is Co-Writing Star Trek 3

Simon Pegg Is Co-Writing Star Trek 3

When not playing as Scotty, Simon Pegg will take time away from Engineering to write Star Trek 3's script.

The strange history of the upcoming Star Trek film just got a little more interesting. A mere month ago, we learned it would be directed by Fast & Furious' Justin Lin after Roberto Orci stepped down. Now it turns out that Scotty is helping out with the script - or to be more specific, actor Simon Pegg will be co-writing alongside Doug Jung.

Although best know for his acting work, Pegg certainly has lots of writing experience. He co-wrote the entire "Three Flavors Cornetto" trilogy of Shaun of Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End, as well as Paul and Run, Fatboy, Run. Doug Jung, meanwhile, is known for his TNT series Dark Blue and was a writer and producer for HBO's Big Love.

Now what exactly Pegg and Jung will create for Star Trek 3 remains to be seen. The new film will reunite the entire rebooted Enterprise crew - including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Karl Urban - for a new adventure. Having Pegg, Jung, and Lin working together on a sci-fi movie could be promising, and we'll see the result on July 8, 2016. Just don't be completely surprised if Scotty has a little more screen time than before.

Source: Deadline

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This could actually be good news for once...

Sounds good. Pegg has experience with character chemistry, he's good at it I think. He's also one helluva geek with, no doubt, plenty of respect and love for what made the Star Trek shows of yesterday such a blast to watch. Maybe he can inject some of that love in the script, make it feel like the franchise we love.

So the writer of Hot Fuzz and a random TV-series writer with little other experience writing for what will likely be one of the biggest blockbusters of its release year.

... well, can't do worse than Orci. Bring it on!

If his prior work and a few personal accounts are anything to go by, Pegg knows his stuff.
I'm pulling for him here; even if only it's because he co-wrote one of my favorite films of all time (Hot Fuzz).

Hmm so will we see Kirk having to apologise for Spock making inappropriate comments?

JarinArenos:
So the writer of Hot Fuzz and a random TV-series writer with little other experience writing for what will likely be one of the biggest blockbusters of its release year.

... well, can't do worse than Orci. Bring it on!

Pegg was a co writer on the series TV Spaced

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced

Pegg is total Star Trek fanboi and will get the feel far better than you think.

albino boo:
Hmm so will we see Kirk having to apologise for Spock making inappropriate comments?

JarinArenos:
So the writer of Hot Fuzz and a random TV-series writer with little other experience writing for what will likely be one of the biggest blockbusters of its release year.

... well, can't do worse than Orci. Bring it on!

Pegg was a co writer on the series TV Spaced

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced

Pegg is total Star Trek fanboi and will get the feel far better than you think.

Sarcasm aside, my last sentence is actually totally honest. This makes me happier about the movie than I have been to date.

Thanks JarinArenos.

A TV series writer, yes, but the main series that he's known for is Spaced. That's cred enough right there. And besides Hot Fuzz, there's Shaun of the Dead, Run Fatboy Run, and Paul. As well as hitting the trifecta of SF as an actor, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Dr. Who.

See, shorting him on his resume as you did, sent me to the IMDB, where I discovered a previously unknown (to me) comedy series with some of my favorite actors, Asylum, with Henry (Grant) Naylor, Julian Barrat (who would make a fantastic Comic Relief Dr. Who), Jessica Hynes, Norman ("the thing about space, you see, it's fundamental quality...") Lovett, Bill Bailey, and the aforementioned SP.

So, thank you, sir.

bkd69:
Thanks JarinArenos.

A TV series writer, yes, but the main series that he's known for is Spaced. That's cred enough right there. And besides Hot Fuzz, there's Shaun of the Dead, Run Fatboy Run, and Paul. As well as hitting the trifecta of SF as an actor, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Dr. Who.

See, shorting him on his resume as you did, sent me to the IMDB, where I discovered a previously unknown (to me) comedy series with some of my favorite actors, Asylum, with Henry (Grant) Naylor, Julian Barrat (who would make a fantastic Comic Relief Dr. Who), Jessica Hynes, Norman ("the thing about space, you see, it's fundamental quality...") Lovett, Bill Bailey, and the aforementioned SP.

So, thank you, sir.

Have you seen Black Books? Bill Bailey was a regular in that one and Simon Pegg guest starred in one episode.

Well considering JJ Abrams has openly admitted to not liking Star Trek and Simon Pegg is on record as loving it, I think this is a very good step in the right direction. Maybe a more traditional Star Trek plot and less lens bloom.

Orci out, Pegg in.

That is literally the best possible outcome this could have had, in terms of writing.

Let's see... Given that he landed a cameo in Land of the Dead, I picture him showing up as a Red Shirt.

I would hope the next Star Trek focuses on the crew a bit more than dopey action, for all the last two movies many faults, the crew are brilliant, even Chris Pine's oblivious over confidence fits perfectly.

The only one I think that's got short shrift has been Uhura, so maybe Pegg can give her a better part next year.

Actually kind of excited. Yay.

FalloutJack:
Let's see... Given that he landed a cameo in Land of the Dead, I picture him showing up as a Red Shirt.

Who Pegg? He's Scotty.

Pegg does know Trek and he does know character so hopefully we'll see more of the crew...and a recreation of the bar brawl from The Trouble with Tribbles.

octafish:

FalloutJack:
Let's see... Given that he landed a cameo in Land of the Dead, I picture him showing up as a Red Shirt.

Who Pegg? He's Scotty.

Pegg does know Trek and he does know character so hopefully we'll see more of the crew...and a recreation of the bar brawl from The Trouble with Tribbles.

Wow, I completely missed that. He looks different to me in that role.

Hopefully he can make the entire series stop sucking, but i'm not holding my breath

albino boo:

bkd69:
Thanks JarinArenos.

A TV series writer, yes, but the main series that he's known for is Spaced. That's cred enough right there. And besides Hot Fuzz, there's Shaun of the Dead, Run Fatboy Run, and Paul. As well as hitting the trifecta of SF as an actor, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Dr. Who.

See, shorting him on his resume as you did, sent me to the IMDB, where I discovered a previously unknown (to me) comedy series with some of my favorite actors, Asylum, with Henry (Grant) Naylor, Julian Barrat (who would make a fantastic Comic Relief Dr. Who), Jessica Hynes, Norman ("the thing about space, you see, it's fundamental quality...") Lovett, Bill Bailey, and the aforementioned SP.

So, thank you, sir.

Have you seen Black Books? Bill Bailey was a regular in that one and Simon Pegg guest starred in one episode.

Hipster Geek has not only seen Black Books, Hipster Geek has seen Dirk Gently, Garth Merenghi's Darkplace, Nathan Barley, and watched Spaced during its initial American broadcast, which was only over a couple of weeks at 2am on one of the lesser (at the time) cable channels. Hipster Geek is now so jaded, he only watches Ijon Tichy, Raumpilot on repeat while he works on his Blake's 7 cosplay outfits.

Hipster Geek also buys only unmarked dice so he can mark them himself, considers d10s an abomination, and particularly d10s numbered 11-00, and likewise, d4s with numbers on the top.

I've been wanting them to do this for ages.

The potential downside is they could end up just using him as an obscure-reference-sounding-board.

Continuing to completely miss what made Star Trek the sci-fi icon it is but have many more shout-out types in jokes to give loyal Trekkies something to smile at while watching a generic sci-fi action film.

This will probably be the best Star Trek now!

"Although best know for his acting work, Pegg certainly has lots of writing experience."
I guess this depends on where you are from... I knew he wrote most of the movies he appeared in.

So.... "Star Trek 3: Scotty's amazing adventure" ?

Glad to hear that Paramount has finally seen the light and told Orci to f*ck off. Sounds like whatever script he and his amateur-hour colleagues had previously devised was so horrid even the studio must have seen it was just absolute trash.

Maybe this, together with his loss of the director's chair, marks the beginning of the end for Fail-Upwards Orci and co. One can only hope.

Back on topic though, I'm confident Pegg can write a good script for Star Trek. The overriding concern is whether he's going to be allowed to do a proper Star Trek script and not just another brainless action film. I'm obviously not expecting something like the old TOS or TNG episodes where it's more thinking than fighting, but surely there's got to be a balance between thought-provoking Sci-Fi and just really flat out dumb 'splosions etc. If we get another Into Darkness, then the reboot series is as good as dead.

Hopefully Pegg writes the sequel in a way that makes it so I don't have to what Into Darkness to get whats going on

Being a fan of something is a double edged sword.

At one end he could go in with respect, trying to put in what he values about the aspects of the original Star Trek stuff and ultimately making a solid and respectful product.

On the other end he could just be writing fan fiction, taking the appearance of a Star Trek product without actually slicing through it and figuring out what worked to incorporate it into the new project.

I'm not a fan of Star Trek, but if I was I wouldn't be getting my hopes up (unless the first two reboot Star Trek films were that atrocious and the only way is up, of course).

This awesome! Maybe Scotty can finally bring some more humor to this next movie, and get it to exploring more of the universe. Hell, just make him the director anyway!

Evonisia:
Being a fan of something is a double edged sword.

At one end he could go in with respect, trying to put in what he values about the aspects of the original Star Trek stuff and ultimately making a solid and respectful product.

On the other end he could just be writing fan fiction, taking the appearance of a Star Trek product without actually slicing through it and figuring out what worked to incorporate it into the new project.

I've got hopes, I know it's not Star Trek, but if we take Shaun of the Dead(in my opinion, one of the greatest zombie movies there is despite being a comedy), Paul and Hot Fuzz as examples; even though they're written by a total fanboys of the genres, they never feel like they're coming off as fanfiction (despite Paul clearly being so for Peggs character at the very least), they still feel original and fresh, while still retaining the elements of what makes the genre they're paying homage to great without distilling it down to JUST that and nothing else.

Him and Wright /get/ that just because certain elements have to be present or are integral to the genre, you still need to build on it with something more than that, that it's no good just cramming as many references or cliches as possible in and expecting it to create a good movie.

IMHO At this point the reboot series is beyond saving and needs to put out of it's misery. Star Trek needs to return to it's roots TV with a new TV show set 100 years after the events in Nemesis.

..does this mean we'll see Chris Pine be shot out the airlock in the first scene?
(Yes the actor, not the character.)

It's just... I don't care anymore, especially if they're "bringing back" the shitty cast from the other two shitty movies.
Yeah I'm still pissed. Lens flares. Whatever.
I hope Star Wars goes the same way so I can at least enjoy the tears of that fanbase and we can all mope over a beer.

If not good, then at least he'll make it fun.

Smilomaniac:
..does this mean we'll see Chris Pine be shot out the airlock in the first scene?
(Yes the actor, not the character.)

It's just... I don't care anymore, especially if they're "bringing back" the shitty cast from the other two shitty movies.
Yeah I'm still pissed. Lens flares. Whatever.
I hope Star Wars goes the same way so I can at least enjoy the tears of that fanbase and we can all mope over a beer.

My theory is JJ Abrahms REALLY wanted to make a Star Wars movie but had to make do with Star Trek and we watched how incompatiable those two are together. Sooo I'm more hopeful about him with Star Wars and I hope he never ever touches Star Trek again.

CAPTCHA: One, Two, Three.
Are you trying to say something Captcha? Is that how many Abrahms star trek movies are in our future or how many there will ever be? BE MORE SPECIFIC CAPTCHA!

 

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