Star Trek and Mission: Impossible - Fallout star Simon Pegg says he is set to direct his first film, possibly starting in 2018. Filmgoers know Pegg primarily for his on-screen roles, including his performance as Chief Engineer Scotty in Star Trek and his on-going role as computer wiz Benji in the Mission: Impossible movies. Fans of Edgar Wright of course know Pegg for his roles in the director's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End.
But Pegg is and always has been much more than a performer. Pegg wrote for TV early on in his career, then hooked up with Wright to not only star in but co-write all three Cornetto movies. Pegg's writing credits also include the movies Paul and Run, Fatboy, Run, both of which he also starred in. Pegg later joined Doug Jung in penning the screenplay for Star Trek: Beyond, the movie credited by many with re-vitalizing the Star Trek series creatively (if not at the box office).
Now, Pegg is ready to put on another hat, that of the director. Speaking to Empire, Pegg revealed he is set to take the director's chair for his first feature film and may be ready to roll cameras in 2018. He said:
“My directorial debut […] will hopefully be shooting by the end of this year. [Producer Nira Park] sent me a script last year and said, ‘This might be your first film.’ I read it and said, ‘I think you might be right.’ Sure enough, that’s what we’re gearing up to do in November.”
When asked for specifics about the film project, Pegg would only answer cheekily, "It’s a porno." We do know the movie he's talking about here is not Slaughterhouse Rulez, the film he and Nick Frost have set up at their production company Stolen Picture. Described as a horror-comedy about a subterranean monster unleashed by fracking, Slaughterhouse Rulez will see Pegg and Frost reuniting on-screen after starring together in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Though that sounds like a perfect movie for Pegg to make his directorial debut on, the film already has a director in Crispian Mills.
Given Pegg's writing track-record, we can make some educated guesses on what type of movie he has lined up for his first time out as director (since we assume it's not actually a porno). First off, it's fair to surmise the movie is some kind of genre piece, possibly horror or sci-fi. Second, it's likely the movie has a strong comedy element. Third, it's very possible the movie uses comedy in part to deconstruct the conventions of whatever genre is being tackled, as Pegg and Wright did in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Or, it's possible that Pegg means to go off in a completely unpredictable direction and do the type of movie fans would never imagine him doing.
As for Pegg's other upcoming projects, the writer-actor (and soon to be director) of course can be seen this summer helping Tom Cruise save the world in Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Pegg will also star in the drama Lost Transmissions, about a music producer suffering a psychiatric crisis, as well as the animated film Hump. Meanwhile on the Star Trek front, things seem to be moving as regards Star Trek 4, with S.J. Clarkson signing on to become the franchise's first female director. And of course there is still much speculation about Pegg and the rest of the Star Trek gang starring in a non-Kelvin timeline Trek film being developed by Quentin Tarantino.