Star Trek 3, the third film in Paramount’s rebooted sci-fi series, has seen a major overhaul behind the scenes. Roberto Orci, producer on Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness, was set to take over directing duties from J.J. Abrams, who helmed the previous films, in addition to penning the script for Star Trek 3. However, when Orci stepped down, Paramount was in need of a new director and a new script.
The studio found a new director in Justin Lin (Fast Five) and a new screenwriting team in Doug Jung (Dark Blue, Banshee) and co-star of the previous two Star Trek films, Simon Pegg (The World’s End). Though reactions to Pegg being tapped as co-writer were mixed, his Star Trek co-star Chris Pine is confident in the actor/writer’s abilities.
In an interview with MTV News at Sundance Film Festival, Pine jokingly said that he’s worried about Star Trek 3 becoming a long “Simon Pegg monologue.” But, on a more serious note, Pine gave his co-star a vote of confidence.
Read Pine’s full quote:
“We’re all really excited because I think what we enjoy about it is that we have a laugh and we want to make sure that that’s still kind of embedded in there so to have Simon writing it is the perfect fit.”
Pine’s reference to his co-star’s role as Scotty, engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise, in the last two Star Trek films does give Pegg the experience of knowing his character as well as the others in the films. Additionally, Pegg is familiar with both the larger Star Trek franchise as well as Paramount’s reboot series.
Pine was also asked whether he knew anything about rumors of William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk, appearing in Star Trek 3. The actor responded, “We are quite literally the last people in production to read the script.” Since Orci’s script (which those rumors were based off of) was scrapped when he stepped down, it’s possible an older Kirk may not appear in Pegg and Jung’s new draft.
With Star Trek 3 aiming for a 2016 release date, pre-production and production on the film will need to move forward quickly, as filming on the next Star Trek movie was originally expected to begin in the spring. Since Paramount hasn’t given any indication Star Trek 3 will divert from this schedule, it may not be long before we learn more about Pegg’s new script for the film. Then we’ll be able to make judgments on something tangible rather than Pegg’s previous writing credits and Pine’s opinion.
Star Trek 3 opens in U.S. theaters on July 8th, 2016.
Source: MTV News