Although the franchise seems to be a priority for Paramount Pictures considering the haste with which the creative team has shifted around to meet a 2016 release date, the sequel to 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness has seemed to be in a state of flux recently. While Roberto Orci, co-writer of the first two films, was slated to direct for awhile, he’s now settled into the role of producer, apparently with little involvement over the actual story that will be executed. Now, though, we know of one familiar name that will be entering the arena of Star Trek as a writer, and it’s a familiar face from the new iteration of the franchise.
According to Deadline, Simon Pegg, who plays the Enterprise‘s chief engineer Montgomery Scott, will be co-writing the film along with writer Doug Jung, creator of a TNT television series called “Dark Blue.” Pegg certainly has a high level of familiarity with the Star Trek franchise, and has become something of an icon in the modern geek community for his body of work with Edgar Wright and Nick Frost.
Pegg also joins a longstanding tradition of other Star Trek actors that have contributed to the writing process for films in the series, with original Spock Leonard Nimoy directly contributing to the stories of Star Trek II-IV and VI (directing films III and IV), original Kirk William Shatner contributing to the story for Star Trek V while serving as director, “The Next Generation’s” Commander Riker, Jonathan Frakes, directing both Star Trek: First Contact and Insurrection, and “TNG’s” Data, Brent Spiner, helping to formulate the story for Star Trek Nemesis. In addition to his new writing duties, Pegg will also return to the role of Scotty that he first took up in 2009’s Star Trek.
As a massive fan of the franchise, I’m encouraged by this. Pegg is no stranger to the writing process, having helped to write the “Cornetto Trilogy” of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End with director Edgar Wright, along with 2007’s Run Fatboy Run that he co-wrote with comedian Michael Ian Black. Still, as a stated fan of the franchise, hopefully Pegg can help to bring back some elements of the franchise that have been lost by the last two films and help to push the crew of the Enterprise into the unknown for their new, five-year mission.
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